RED BANK, NJ: It was not a good look for the mayor and council last night as the council meeting began immediately after the Workshop meeting.

Arriving at about 6:20pm, Jim Scavone, the outgoing Executive Director of the Red Bank RiverCenter and Stephen Catania, Board Chairman of the RiverCenter along with several others, expressed disbelief that council meeting had ended.

It was determined that an updated agenda was published which stated that the, "Regular Meeting of  Mayor and Council held in First Floor Counvil Chambers immediately following workshop meeting."

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During the public comment portion of the meeting, Suzanne Viscomi questioned the council saying that, "At the debate last year Councilman Yngstrom, you said a charter study regarding the type of local government that is best for out town could not be done because it was not in the budget.  The budget process is in progress now.  Will money be earmarked for this action item that was part of the management report? "

Mayor Menna responded that monies must be allocated through a resolution from the council.  "We cannot allocate something that is not on the table," said Menna.

Viscomi responded, "Do we have money to do a resolution, or, do you do a resolution, and try and look for the money?"

The mayor thanked Viscomi, ending the conversation. 

To watch a video of that exchange, click HERE.

Viscomi was referring to a scathing consultant's report issued in May 2018. To read this report, click HERE

Mayor Pat Menna opened the council meeting and went through the agenda items in his usual professional and efficient manner.

Several of the Resolutions passed were:

  • Shared services with Eatontown for use of their brush and compost facility
  • The hiring of a full time confidential executive assistant
  • Gregory Cannon was retained as the borough attorney at a monthly fee of $4,000 and an hourly rate of $150 with an annual amount not to exceed $60,000
  • Charles J. Fallon of the firm of Fallon & Company as the borough’s auditors at an annual amount not to exceed $37,500
  • Lisa A. Gorab of the firm Goldman & Spitzer as Municipal Bond Counsel attorney at an annual amount not to exceed $20,000
  • Daniel J. O’Hern of the firm O’Hern & Heugle, as Special Counsel for Tax Appeals at an hourly rate of $145 with an annual amount not to exceed $20,000
  • Mark Tabakin with the firm of Weiner Law Group, as Labor Counsel Attorney at an hourly rate of $150 with an annual amount not to exceed $45,000
  • William G. McGuinn with the firm of Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst and Doukas, as Municipal Prosecutor at an annual amount not to exceed $30,000
  • Kevin P. Wigenton, Esq., as the Public Defender for the borough at a monthly retainer of $1,750 and an hourly rate of $150 with an annual amount not to exceed $20,000
  • Leslie G. London with the firm McManimon, Scotland & Baumann as Special Counsel for Redevelopment at an hourly rate of $215 with an annual amount not to exceed $65,000
  • Gene J. Anthony as the attorney for the Rent Leveling Board at a rate of $275 per meeting and $150 per hour with an annual amount not to exceed $6,000

To read the full agenda, click HERE

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

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