RED BANK, NJ: The first order of business was Proclamations, Announcements & Presentations.
The Rumson Country Day School was recognized by the council for their Horizons program that offers to nearly 150 (kindergarten through eighth grade), students from low-income families, in the Red Bank, NJ area. I want to thank the town and the police department for being great friends to Horizon for making sure our kids are safe, said representative Lori Hohenleiter. To read about the program, click HERE.
Other recognitions were:
- Ms. Denise Larson-Ely, received a proclamation for winning the 1st runner up title for the Ms. New Jersey Senior America 2019 pageant. Extraordinary woman. Larson-Ely received a liver transplant over twenty years ago from a 75 year-year-old woman. After recovering, she left a Wall Street career and began studying nursing at Rutgers University becoming a registered nurse at age 52. "By entering this pageant as a senior and a liver transplant recipient, I might even save some lives", said Larson-Ely. To read a remarkable story about this remarkable woman published by TAPinto, click HERE.
- Danny Murphy of Danny’s Steakhouse, celebrating his 50th year in business. To read a recent TAPinto Red Bank article on Danny, click HERE.
- A $5k check presentation from JCP&L for the National Night Out event.
- Announcement of a 9-11 observance at Riverside Gardens, 9:30am
A multitude of ordinances were passed including:
- Prohibiting the use of single-use plastic and polystyrene foam containers. Click HERE to read the ordinance.
- A bond for capital purchase was commented on by Red Ban resident Tom Wieczerzak who questioned the boroughs' purchase of fire truck, saying, "2018 a 5% tax hike, this year was a 2.3% tax hike. Now, we want to do a 1 million dollar fire truck when there's a lot of other issues going on in this town. This is not about public safety, rather, a continued lack of vision." To see the video of Wieczerzak's impassioned plea, click HERE.
- New buildings or additions that are more that 5,000 square feet will be required to provide at least 25% of that area as a green roof. To read the ordinance, click HERE.
- Construction cranes used within the Borough must be registered. Click HERE to read the ordinance.
Two First Readings were passed:
- Providing designated spaces in municipal parking lots for compact cars. Click HERE and HERE to read the documents.
- The naming an alley way for former mayor Edward J. McKenna, Jr.. This issue launched passionate comments from the public including Allison Gregory, who read from an article relating several incidents and convictions of the former mayor; driving while intoxicated, including one when a pedestrian was struck crossing E. Front Street. "Driving down a street with that name doesn't really make sense to me and I hope you'll reconsider," said Gregory. Gregory is a GOP candidate running for a seat on this year's council election. Residents William Poku, Albert Larotunda and and a supercharged Cindy Burnham also voiced their opinions. You'll really want to see these remarks, click HERE to watch the video. Click HERE to read the document.
Several resolutions were passed, including:
- Authorizing an application to the Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund for improvements to the East Side Park and Mohawk Pond/Count Basie Park. The amount requested is $250,000. To read the resolution, click HERE.
- A shared Services agreement between the Borough and the Red Bank RiverCenter for the StreetScape Project. Click HERE to read the resolution. Click HERE to read a recent TAPinto Red Bank article that includes pictures and PowerPoint presentation on the StreetScape project.
- Awarding of a contract to CME Associates, not to exceed $25,000, for engineering services for the East Side Park and Mohawk Park projects. Click HERE to read the resolution.
Support of State and Federal legislation that provides greater transparency of political donations. To read the resolution, click HERE.
Lastly, the council approved these Special Events:
- Request from Ghost Tours to conduct street tours throughout town beginning at the Dublin House at 8pm on Fridays from August 16th through November 8th.
- Request from residents of Elm Place to hold a Block Party between Hudson Avenue and Spring Street from 3:00pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday, September 14th, 2019.
To read the full agenda and their associated documents, click HERE.
To watch a video of the entire meeting, courtesy of Suzann Viscomi, click HERE.
To read the draft minutes of the July 24th council meeting, click HERE.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th, 6:30pm.
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