RED BANK, NJ: The council approved a motion to forgo selecting seven individual members for the new Red Bank Redevelopment Agency (RBRA) and will discuss at the next Workshop meeting scheduled for April 3rd.

In other business the council:

* Passed a resolution for the Riverside Garden Park Environmental Improvement Project to obtain funding in the amount of $56,782.50 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program.  The council will pursue a matching State grant in the same amount for a total cost of $113,565.00.  To read the resolution, click HERE.                        

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* Passed a resolution for the Bellhaven Park Improvement Project to obtain funding in the amount of $105,842.86 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  The council will pursue a matching State grant in the same amount.  The total cost of the project is expected to be $423,371.45.  To read the resolution, click HERE.

Borough Business Administrator Ziad Shehady said, “Both of these projects have been approved and are already funded.  The reason we selected these projects for grant applications is because a lot of the technical, design and engineering work has already been done.”

Laura Neumann, of the borough’s contract engineering firm CME Associates, discussed the Riverside Gardens project said, “This is a very passive project that includes replacing the boardwalk decking to ensure the shoreline stays stable, some landscaping enhancements and a flag pole installation and benches.”

Regarding the Bellhaven Park, “There has been some substantial iterations of that plan, this now includes an observation tower, which keeps with the environmental nature and provides a way for people to enjoy the shoreline and some recreational components,” said Neumann.

Take a look at the proposed plans on the carousel, plus pictures of this pocket park.  Presently there’s a small-pebble path that wraps around the grounds overlooking the Navesink River. 

As you wander in farther, it’s like you’re on an island of rugged beauty and untempered vegetation.  Even in its wild state, it’s quite beautiful and worth the effort to take a look for yourself.

Bellhaven Park is located on the west side off Locust Avenue.  To see a Google map of the area, click HERE.

Borough resident Josephine Guttadauro asked the council about an application to open a marijuana dispensary at The Galleria saying, “Everyone I’ve spoken with in town has no knowledge of that actually happening.  Why would we do that in our community?  We have to look at the adverse effects.  My question is, “Did you approve to open up a dispensary in Red Bank?””

Administrator Shehady responded saying, “The governing body amended the ordinance to allow for (a) medicinal marijuana (facility) that is licensed by the State, not recreational.  That was not discussed and has not come up.” 

Regarding a marijuana dispensary at The Galleria, “An application did come into the zoning department to request whether that fits within the parameters of the zoning ordinance.  The zoning department denied that application,” said Shehady.

To watch a video of the entire council meeting, courtesy of Suzanne Viscomi, click HERE.

To read the draft minutes of the March 13th meeting, click HERE.

The next council meeting is April 10th, 6:30pm. 

These meetings are important.

They determine how and where your money is being spent, and what the future direction your elected officials are taking the borough.

Plus, it can be the best free show in town. 

Come, learn and voice your opinion.

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