RED BANK, NJ: Mayor Pat Menna opened the council meeting with all council members present.

The greater part of the meeting was the passing of several resolutions for the hiring of professional services including; two insurance firms; one to handle health and the other for property and casualty coverage; two law firms, the first to handle tax appeals and second to hire a public defender.

Other resolutions passed were; 

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  • The hiring of Kathy LoPresti as a full-time Administrative Assistant.  LoPresti formerly worked as a senior secretary for the RBPD’s Detective Bureau.  To read the resolution, click HERE.
  • The re-appoint Adrienne Doherta as a temporary, part-time clerk.  To read the resolution, click HERE.
  • Commemorating the Centennial of The Ratification of the 19th Amendment.  To read the resolution, click HERE.
  • A first ordinance reading for the leasing of a property at 208 Pearl Street to be used as the police impound yard for storage of vehicles and related equipment.  The annual lease is $16,800.  To read the ordinance, click HERE. To read the lease agreement, click HERE.

At the public comments portion of the meeting, former Councilwoman Cindy Burnham and Red Bank resident Marjorie Cavalier presented the council with an indiscernible  photo of a sign at Marine Park.  “It’s a historic sign.  We never noticed it because of the condition that it was in,” said Burnham. 

The sign was removed and will be replaced by the borough.  Take a look at the sign and what was originally imprinted on the picture carousel.

Cavalier, a retired History, Social Studies and English teacher said, “In addition to the sign, there’s a lot of historic places in Red Bank and maybe you can think about having a formalized walking trail that highlights some of these.  I wonder how many people know where (Count Basie’s) house is located on Mechanic Street?”

That prompted Mayor Menna to ask Cavalier to have an initial discussion with him to write a historical review on Red Bank, including, “To recognize the contributions of the native individuals whose land we are now on.”

The meeting adjourned and the council went into an executive session to discuss the litigation case of Crystian vs. Red Bank.  The lawsuit was filed in November 2017.  

To read details from a previous TAPinto Red Bank article about that lawsuit, click HERE.  

To read a copy of the lawsuit, click HEREpdf.

To read tonights full agenda, click HERE

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

A council Workshop meeting is scheduled for February 5th, 6:30pm and the next council meeting is Wednesday, February 12th, 6:30pm, both held at Borough Hall.

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