RED BANK, NJ:  Mayor Pat Menna opened the meeting by discussing the alternative side of the street parking ordinance, saying, “That particular proposed ordinance has gone through a number of different provisions, there’s been a lot of exchange between residents, DPW, our professional staff and our police department.”

The mayor continued stating, “The proposed ordinance and any solutions that would have been deriving from that ordinance were, to me, genuine and of real public interest concern.  In light of the substantial comments that have been generated, it would seem a better use of the councils time to consider a motion to reject the ordinance.”

And with a unanimous vote, the council voted to dismissed the ordinance.

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After the vote, Councilman Ed Zipprich commented that, “The mayor pointed out that we will be referring back to the departmental committee and then we would certainly entertain it once again.”

Councilwoman Kate Triggiano explained a new “Volunteer Translator Program,” saying, “These translators will be available for the police and for community events in town.  I want to thank Lt. Sardo and our Chief of Police for their hard work on this program.”  Lt. Juan Sardo described the program which was translated into Spanish by a volunteer.

Borough Business Administrator Ziad Shehady presented a concept redevelopment plan for the westside’s Johnny Jazz Park. 

This park dedicated to the memory of Ralph 'Johnny Jazz' Gatta Jr., a local butcher and lover of the Jazz Music.  The Park is located in the corner of Drs. James Parker Blvd and Shrewsbury Avenue.

The borough is applying for a $200,000 (non-matching) grant from the Monmouth County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  Shehady discussed that there are CDBG guidelines based on demographics and the need of that (westside) community, saying, “Based on those conditions, we felt that Johnny Jazz Park would make an excellent candidate for a revitalization project.” 

Shehady provided some details on the concept plan that will be submitted to the County including: a semi-circle stage platform, numerous ADA enhancements for those with disabilities, added lighting, re-landscaping, wood fibered mulch.  Following the perimeter of the park is a proposed seating wall, and a new holiday tree will be planted. 

Also planned were musical play equipment designed for parks including a number of drums that are “Large structures, very colorful, very bright and great for kids to come there and play with them,” said Shehady. 

To see a previous article from TAPinto Red Bank for upcoming concert dates at Johnny Jazz Park, including this Friday, click HERE.

In public comments, Borough resident William Poku reminded the council that he had suggested several months ago that a plaque be installed honoring those past residents of color.  “Something that people would aspire to,” said Poku.

Allison Gregory suggested that they place a fence along Shrewsbury Avenue saying, “This is a very, very busy road.”  Ziad Shehady responded that “We did not want to cut off access to people walking into the park, but that’s also why we put the seating wall so that acts as a bit of a barrier.”

The council approved the following:

Borough property owners have been extended a grace period to extend their third quarter 2019 tax payments due to Monmouth County delaying certifying new tax rates.  The extension is until September 13, 2019.  To read the resolution, click HERE.

An ordinance prohibiting the use and distribution of single use plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene foam containers by businesses.  To see the ordinance, click HERE.

An ordinance requiring new buildings or additions with more that 5,000 square feet be required to at least 25% as a green roof.  It has to be a “real” green roof;, quoting from the ordinance, “Plants maintained in in pots or other containers shall not be considered green roofs.”  To read the ordinance, click HERE.

An amendment regarding the driveways (including expansion), and parking areas of one- and two-family homes was introduced which changes the way lot coverage is calculated.  To read the amendment, click HERE.

A Resolution to amend the time and place of next year’s council and workshop meetings.  To see the proposed dates, click HERE.

To read the complete agenda of tonight’s meeting, click HERE.

To read the draft minutes of the June 5th Workshop Meeting, click HERE.

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

The next workshop meeting is scheduled for August 7th.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for August 21st.

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