Government

May 22, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar’s summer renters move in this weekend, they will quickly learn there will be “zero tolerance” for any behavior that violates coronavirus-related restrictions and longstanding borough laws, according to officials. That means following social distancing guidelines and ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — In any given summer, Lake Como is a hot spot for seasonal renters, located just blocks from the Belmar beachfront and having six bars within walking distance. But with such popular establishments as Bar Anticipation and D’Jais closed due to the current coronavirus crisis, it’s ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s seasonal traffic flow plan took effect on May 15, as summer renters will be permitted to begin moving in on Friday, May 22. In light of the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus crisis, seasonal residents will be required to follow all rules for social ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s seasonal traffic flow plan will take effect tomorrow, May 15, as summer renters will be permitted to begin moving in next Friday, May 22. In light of the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus crisis, seasonal residents will be required to follow all rules ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has shelved a residents-only permit parking plan that would have continued after the state’s current stay-at-home order is lifted. Instead, the borough council has directed its engineering firm to make recommendations for a plan that would establish permanent parking ...

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LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como officials have taken to the streets to discourage visitors from coming into their communities during the state’s current stay-at-home order. Effective April 25, Lake Como has implemented an emergency parking permit program for all residents, while ...

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LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Parking is now prohibited on North Boulevard along the northern banks of Lake Como — the latest move to stop the flow of visitors into Lake Como and Belmar during the state’s current stay-at-home order. The decision announced by Lake Como Mayor Kevin Higgins on April 15 ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has brought aboard a new chief finance officer in a restructuring of personnel to manage the borough’s finances. The borough council on April 7 appointed Ricardo Llanos as CFO in a part-time capacity and signed a contract with Holman, Frenia, Allison, P.C., of Red Bank to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Dogs are no longer allowed on the Belmar beach, Maclearie Park on Route 35 is closed and summer rentals are on hold through Memorial Day — the latest efforts by officials to keep out-of-towners from visiting the borough during the coronavirus crisis. Mayor Mark Walsifer announced ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s Seafood Festival has been put on hiatus this year as the borough has canceled all special events through July 1 in response to the coronavirus crisis. The 34th annual festival, which would have been held on May 15 through 17, was relocated last year to the borough's ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como will not be issuing certificates of occupancy on residential rental properties, including summer and short-term vacation rentals, through at least the end of April. Mayor Kevin Higgins notified borough residents yesterday, March 29 that he has suspended all property ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Under a state of emergency issued by Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer in response to the coronavirus outbreak, all municipal offices will be closed indefinitely to the public and most programs will be suspended starting tomorrow, March 16. There are no changes to trash and recycling ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has canceled all governmental meetings and special events throughout the borough until further notice, under a state of emergency issued by Mayor Kevin Higgins in response to the coronavirus outbreak. “We have no indications of any positive (coronavirus) infections ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar expects to dam up a deficit in its water/sewer budget with a new tiered rate structure that increases rates based on water usage. In essence, property owners who use the most municipal water will pay more, under an ordinance adopted by the borough council on March 17 to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s water woes have heated up to a financial boiling point, according to borough auditor Robert Allison. During the borough council’s February 18 meeting, Allison presented financial projections for 2020 that show the water/sewer utility budget falling into the red by nearly ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Because Belmar’s municipal offices will be closed on Presidents Day, recyclables will be collected by public works on the following day — Tuesday, February 18. However, there will be regular trash collection on Monday, February 17 for residents in Zone 1 — from Ocean Avenue to B ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Women serving in various roles in Lake Como government were recognized this week as part of Monmouth County’s yearlong commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon attended the borough council’s February 4 meeting for its ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Recyclables will be collected in Belmar on Tuesday, January 21 because municipal offices will be closed on Monday for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, there will be regular trash collection by DeLisa Waste Services for residents in Zone 1 — from Ocean Avenue to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After a bumpy beginning last week, Belmar officials are hoping for a smoother road ahead when the Department of Public Works’ recycling crew rolls out on January 13. Much of the confusion during last Monday’s first recycling collection by Public Works employees was over the size and ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — The swearing-in of Lake Como Borough Councilman Douglas Witte to his 10th term on the governing body highlighted its annual reorganization meeting. And shortly after Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Quinn, a former borough councilman himself, administered the oath of office, Witte ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With Monday’s launch of recycling collection by the Belmar Public Works Department, residents are reminded to abide by the borough’s recycling ordinance, which states: ■  Recycling containers should not exceed 32 gallons in capacity and 50 pounds in weight. ■  Each household is ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Councilmen James McCracken and Thomas Carvelli took their seats for full three-year terms during the governing body’s annual reorganization meeting on January 4. After completing one-year unexpired terms last year, both men were elected to full terms in November’s general ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With the start of the new year, Belmar's recyclables will be picked up every Monday, beginning January 6. That’s when the borough's Department of Public Works will be taking over recycling collection. In November, the borough council handed over recycling responsibilities to the ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — DeLisa Waste Services will continue collecting recyclables in Lake Como for the next three years. At its December 19 meeting, the borough council awarded a new $141,000 contract to the Tinton Falls-based company for 2020 through 2022, which breaks down to $42,000 for next year, ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Improved efforts by Belmar to reduce the borough’s flood hazard risk will translate into greater savings in flood insurance premiums for certain property owners with National Flood Insurance Program policies. Under the NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS), the borough has earned ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After receiving one proposal with a triple-digit hike in recycling costs over five years, Belmar is looking to bring curbside collection in-house. DeLisa Demolition Inc., the Tinton Falls-based company that currently has the borough’s recycling contract, was the sole bidder for a ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como will soon be adding the South Belmar First Aid Squad property to its real estate portfolio. The borough council last night voted to authorize the $420,000 purchase of the now-closed squad building and parking lot at 703 18th Avenue, following the squad's inability to ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Bamboo is now on Lake Como’s “not wanted” list. The planting of running bamboo is prohibited throughout the town, and any existing plants cannot be replaced, under a new ordinance approved by the borough council. Although bamboo usually starts off as an ornamental planting — ...

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BELMAR, NJ — There’s good news to report on Belmar’s financial front. At the borough council's October 1 meeting, officials announced a laundry list of cost savings and new revenues totaling nearly $900,000, prompting Mayor Mark Walsifer to table a final vote on a bond ordinance to finance $1.3 ...

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  BELMAR, NJ — While the borough’s lease on the former church property currently occupied by the Belmar Community Center/Library Annex ends in three months, it has not been given a firm date on when the move needs to be made. “Although the lease expires December 31, 2019, we will be working ...

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