RED BANK, NJ: The Red Bank Borough council held their second online meeting yesterday evening with all councilpersons in attendance except for Hazim Yassin.  According to Business Administrator Ziad Shehady, there were 14 attendees online.

Let’s begin towards the end.

Executive Session

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Prior to adjournment of the meeting and going into executive session, borough attorney Greg Cannon said that they would be discussing, “A possible property acquisition in connection with the development of the property on the corner of Maple Avenue and W. Front Street.” 

TAPinto Red Bank spoke with a real estate broker who had previous involvement with the property.  The broker, who requested anonymity, speculated that a portion of the property that is encumbered by wetlands and buffers may be donated to the town to augment Maple Cove, a nature area where small-crafts can be launched onto the Navesink River.

Public Comments

There is a public comments portion that winds up the council meeting where borough policy states that those who wish to speak must identify themselves by their full name and address.  

On speakerphone, a person initially said his name was “Jeff,” was asked to identify himself, replied, “I don’t want to do that, and…, according to the Sunshine Law, I don’t have to.” 

Borough attorney Greg Cannon stated that, ‘We don’t allow anonymous participation and the Sunshine Law allows the governing body to set the parameters.”

The speaker replied, “My name’s Jim and I live at 1 Main Street, Red Bank.”

“It’s good enough for me,” answered Cannon.

“Jim” presented several questions to the council:

“Why are you guys still allowing a puppy mill in the town?” 

“What are you going to do to recognize the seniors that are graduating from high school this year?” 

“How much money is in the animal trust account?” 

“Why weren’t you more prepared for a pandemic?” 

“How many public employees have been infected by the COVID-19 virus?”

“What are your plans to deal or compensate for the shortfall in fines, taxes, etc., for the township?”

The meeting adjourned without a response from the council.

Now, let's start at the beginning.

Mayor Menna opened the meeting and proceeded through the agenda which included a Resolution awarding of a $975,975 contract to Lima Charlie Construction for the White Street improvement project, which passed with all council members voting “Yes.” 

To read the submitted bids, click HERE.

To a previous TAPinto Red Bank article on the White Street project that includes graphic renderings, click HERE

Payment of bills totaling over $2.6m was unanimously passed by Resolution.  To see the details of these bills, click HERE.   

A “Small Cell Equipment” Ordinance was adopted to place telecommunication boxes in the public right-of-way.

The ordinance will issue a fifteen-year term license to a carrier for upgrading the wireless Internet to the 5G standard.

What is 5G?

For 5G, a completely new infrastructure with a much higher concentration of antennas is required.  The main advantages of 5G are a greater speed in the transmissions, a greater number of connected devices and the possibility of implementing virtual networks.

Historically, when more cell coverage was needed, the carriers built new towers several miles apart.  5G however, requires that antennas to be positioned within 1,000 feet of each other.  Plus, each antenna will need to be connected by a new fiber optic line, which in turn must be brought back to a switching station where new high-tech routers and switches are concentrated to move the vast volumes of data. 

To watch a very informative video entitled “Everything You Wanted to Know about 5G,” click HERE.  The video is a courtesy of IEEE Spectrum.

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

The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th.

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