RED BANK, NJ – The Red Bank Council meetings can be interesting, mundane, contentious, uplifting and sometimes fun.  One thing they always are is informative. 

The Council does not administer or become involved in the day-to-day administration of borough affairs.  They essentially act as the managers for the town.  A policy is a course of action for a community. Policy-making often takes the form of passing ordinances or resolutions at Borough Council meetings.

The next council meeting is tonight, Wednesday, January 8th, 6:30pm at Borough Hall, first floor.  Click HERE for the Agenda.

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Attend and you’ll learn a lot about how local government works.  Participate with your voiced opinion and you’ll feel empowered.  The council listens, responds and, if practicable, takes action. 

How do I know what is on the Council agenda?

Each week's Council agenda is available on the Agendas Center page.  Hard copies are also available at the City Clerk's Office located Borough Hall.  

What is the difference between a Resolution and an Ordinance?

A resolution is typically a non-binding expression of the Borough Council's values or position on an issue.  

An ordinance is legislation which necessitates changes in our current laws, policies or procedures as a city, which is codified in the Red Bank Municipal Code.

What is the difference between a “first reading” ordinance and a “second” or “final reading” ordinance?

Ordinances must be read once during a council meeting before the meeting at which the ordinances will be voted on.  

A “first reading” ordinance is only a reading, no testimony and no votes are taken.  

A “second” or “final reading” ordinance is set for action and open for testimony at the subsequent meeting.  

Resolutions do not have first and second readings, so if they are on the current agenda, they are up for a vote that night.

Can I speak at a Council meeting even if my issue is not on the agenda?

Absolutely.  At every Borough Council meeting there is typically two public comment opportunities.  The first is at the beginning of the meeting and limited to agenda items only.  The second comes near the closing of the meeting and is for governmental issues. 

According to council rules, the person who wishes to comment comes up to a podium and must state their name and address into a microphone for the record.  They are limited to 5 minutes and must ask all of their questions at one time.  The appropriate council person will respond.  Typically, there is no "back-and-forth" discussion. 

At the reorganization meeting held on January 1st, Mayor Menna, said, "Beginning in January, and at least once a month, an hour prior to the council meeting, I will have an open session where any questions, any issues can be brought up, and we'll pass it on to the appropriate department heads." 

How do I let my Council representatives know my opinion on an issue if I cannot speak at the meeting when that issue will be voted on?

You can find each council member's email address on their respective pages on the Council website as well as the Borough Council phone number: 732-530-2777.  Click HERE for this information.

You may call, email or write a letter to individual Council member's or the Council as a whole. The mailing address is: Borough Council, 90 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

What’s Red Bank’s Municipal Code?

The Municipal Code provides the legal details of the governing bodies of Red Bank.  To see this document, click HERE.

So, be a squeaky wheel, attend the council meetings and let your elected representatives know how you feel.

Plus, it can be the best free show in town!

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