BELMAR, NJ — Six new members have joined the Belmar Planning Board, as part of the borough’s recent reorganization under Mayor Mark Walsifer.

Taking their seats on January 14 as mayoral appointments on the nine-member board were Borough Councilwoman Patricia Wann and five resident members: William Lindsey (mayor’s designee), Jay McDermott, Joseph Rizzitello, Ted Protonentis and Nick Valente.

While Wann’s term will run through the end of the year, the Class IV citizen members will serve through December 2022.  In addition, Public Works Director Michael Campbell was reappointed to the board for another year.

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Retaining their board seats were Rick Meyer and Thomas Burke, whose terms run through December 2021. Alternate member Robert Forte will also return, to be joined by newcomer Sal Marchese. Both men, who were not present at the meeting, will serve through December 2020.

The board selected McDermott as its chairman, while Meyer will retain his post as vice chairman. McDermott had served on the Planning Board before being appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment after it was re-established in 2004. He served on that body for some seven years — as chairman for most of them — before he was not reappointed by then-Mayor Matthew Doherty in 2014.

McDermott replaces former Planning Board Chairman Ed Windas, who stepped down last year after serving in that post for more than 20 years.

Mayor Walsifer, who also took the oath of office and made the appointments, thanked everyone for agreeing to serve on the volunteer board, which is tasked with guiding the orderly development of the borough, including hearing land-use applications in accordance with the borough’s master plan.

In other business, the board reappointed Douglas Kovats of Kenney Gross Kovats & Parton, Red Bank, as its attorney and also approved an hourly rate increase for his services — from $90 to $120.

The Planning Board typically meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street. Due to the Presidents' Day holiday, its next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 11. Agendas and meeting minutes can be found on the borough's website by clicking here.

In photo above, being sworn in to the Belmar Planning Board by attorney Douglas Kovats are, from left: Chairman Jay McDermott, Joseph Rizzitello, Public Works Director Michael Campbell, Ted Protonentis, William Lindsey, Councilwoman Patricia Wann and Nick Valente, and Mayor Mark Walsifer, at right in foreground.

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