RED BANK, NJ: The Red Bank council held their online Workshop meeting on Wednesday, 6:30pm.
Borough Business Administrator Ziad Shehady and all councilpersons were in attendance with Mayor Menna arriving at approximately 7:30pm.
These workshop sessions have the borough’s department heads discuss upcoming ordinances/resolutions and other matters relating to Administration, Finance, Police, Engineering and Emergency Management and any other pertinent matters.
The Workshop Meeting sets up the agenda and discussions for the next regular council meeting.
The council brought up a resolution for the 2020 operating budget that is expected to be presented at the next council meeting, August 19.
On Tuesday, the Red Bank Finance Committee held an online 2020 Budget Report meeting. Councilman Michael Ballard is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Not in attendance were Finance Committee member Hazim Yassin or Business Administrator Ziad Shehady.
That drew the ire of Ballard at the Workshop meeting directing his remarks at Shehady saying, “I was and the residents were disappointed that you weren’t at that meeting, on a budget that you primarily you put together. I expected you to be there, I made several calls to you. I think it was disrespectful.”
“Councilman, I think it’s disrespectful to be doing this publicly. There’s a lot of facts that you do not know. You did not ask me to be on this call. You scheduled it without so much as consulting me as to my availability,” responded Shehady.
To listen to this dialogue, click HERE.
On the public comments portion of the meeting, Red Bank resident Marybeth Maida thanked Councilman Ballard, “For speaking openly to the Business Administrator regarding his feelings about his no-show,” also saying, “We missed you yesterday Hazim (Yassin), it would have been good for you to be there, you’re on the Finance Committee.” Maida voiced her opinion on the borough’s trash survey saying, “I reached out to Springfield (Township) where “Z” (Shehady) last worked last and I OPRA’d (Open Public Records Act) their contracts and learned that they didn’t save any money by reducing garbage pickup. Not one cent.”
To listen to Maida’s comments, click HERE.
The nearly three-hour meeting moved forward through the agenda with Laura Neumann, Borough Engineer, providing an update on the White Street project.
On a completion date, “Everything’s weather dependent…, the final (road) surfacing should be completed by early October,” said Neumann
Several borough parks came up for discussion, including Marine Park that focused on parking improvements. The parking lot is expected to be expanded by taking over the clay tennis courts that were destroyed the storm Sandy back in 2012.
To read a previous TAPinto Red Bank overview article on the Marine Park improvement project, click HERE.
Click HERE to see the Marine Park Master Plan graphics, that include a side-bar legend that shows the possible future of Marine Park.
To read the Workshop agenda, click HERE.
To watch a video of the entire meeting, click HERE.
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