RED BANK, NJ – After two postponements, the council made appointments to the Red Bank Redevelopment Agency (RBRA).  Named with their staggered terms were:

Councilwoman Kate Triggiano, term expiring 12/31/19

Councilman Hazim Yassin, term expiring 12/31/19

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Wilson Beebe, term expiring 12/31/21

Alpha Reynolds Lewis, term expiring 12/31/21

Megan Massey, term expiring 12/31/22

Jan Wouters, Esq., term expiring 12/31/23

David R. Huber, term expiring 12/31/23

The Agency consists of seven commissioners who, with the advice and consent of the council, were appointed by Mayor Pat Menna.  The Agency will be limited to two members from the borough council or who are employees of the Borough.  Click HERE to read the ordinance.

The RBRA was suggested by the Government Strategy Group (GSG), a consulting firm hired by Red Bank last year to provide municipal management.

At a previous council meeting, Ken DeRoberts, CEO of GSA said, "One of the main projects we will be working on will be the municipal facilities, and we're looking to explore public/private partnerships so that we can rebuild these facilities that are in dire need.  We recommended that the borough engage in a review in five to seven years, and perhaps once a lot of these projects are completed, that the Agency be dissolved."

The council voted on a settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center to comply with the borough’s obligation to add more affordable housing for low- and moderate-income buyers or renters.  Bottom line: Red Bank was obligated to provide 740 units, but with the town being nearly built out, they agreed to 92 units. 

New developments such as the former Visiting Nurse Association headquarters, and Montgomery Terrace and Evergreen Terrace apartment complexes owned by the Red Bank Housing Authority, will also be factors in providing more affordable housing units.

To read the Fair Share Housing Center report, click HERE.

To read the approved ordinance, click HERE.

Looking to build a new shed in your back yard?  Read the new ordinance restrictions by clicking HERE.

Got an alarm system that gives off false alarms?  First two will get you a warning, the third false alarm will cost you $250 and $500 for all subsequent false alarms.  To read the ordinance, click HERE.

Your electric bill going down?  Maybe. 

The council passed an ordinance to establish and electric and/or natural gas aggregation program.  Nick Reynolds, representing Concord Energy Services, discussed their energy aggregation strategies and how they might lower the energy cost for residents.  “At all the towns we worked in, it’s at least a 10% savings.”   In addition, in answering a question from borough resident Stephen Hecht, “We get paid by the winning supplier at the energy auction, it doesn’t cost the town any money,” said Reynolds. 

To see the PowerPoint presentation, that includes a slide of savings for other towns, click HERE.

The White Street/English Plaza Improvement project is moving forward with the council voting to approve a resolution to accept bids. 

At a February 28th council meeting, The Red Bank RiverCenter contracted with the Red Bank engineering firm ENGenuity Infrastructure led by Jaclyn J. Flor, President and CEO, which provided a plan to improve White Street and the English Plaza Parking lot.  “Ultimately the goals for White Street and English Plaza are to improve the safety; the lighting is substandard in the lot, there’s a lot of people walking within the parking area and not enough room for vehicular circulation, but to also address the tripping hazards, and the ponding,” said Flor.

To see a draft engineering concept plan of the English Plaza parking lot, click HEREpdf.

To see a PowerPoint of the White Street/English Plaza Streetscape Improvement Proiject, click, HEREpdf.

To read the entire Agenda of last night, click HERE.

To see a video of the workshop, courtesy of Suzanne Viscomi, click HERE.

A council workshop meeting is scheduled for May 1st, and the next council meeting is May 8th, both starting 6:30pm and held in the council chambers at borough hall, 90 Monmouth Street.

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