RED BANK, NJ: Mayor Pat Menna opened the online council meeting last night with all members in attendance.

Councilwoman Kathy Horgan began by reading a Resolution honoring Kelly Rosano as the highest-ranking Red Bank Senior at Red Bank Regional High School for the 2019-2020 school year.  Rosano was inducted into the National Honor Society and plans to study architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As of June 15, restaurants have been allowed to open with an indoor capacity of 50% and outdoor dining that follows social distancing guidelines.  To assist these and other businesses, the council passed a Resolution to create an outdoor “Mall” by closing off certain streets.

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“On behalf of the business community I want to thank the mayor and council for being tuned in to what’s going on and helping us move forward and getting the businesses back in operation,” said Laura Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Red Bank RiverCenter.

Beginning today the following streets will be closed off:

  • Broad Street (from Front Street to Wallace Street), from 2:00pm every Thursday until 11:00pm every Saturday, will be closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Monmouth Street (from Broad Street to Maple Avenue), from 8:00am to until 11:00pm every Sunday, will be closed to vehicular traffic.

The Red Bank Municipal Budget Presentation was introduced by resolution and passed with a public hearing scheduled at the next council meeting on July 22.

“This is not a budget I would ultimately vote to pass.  There’s work that can be and will be done on this budget before I will ever support it.   I will move it forward with the caveat that there will be amendments,” said councilman Michael Ballard. 

Responding, Mayor Menna said, “It’s a very difficult time for municipalities.  We are at the end of the flow (of funds), so we have to deal with the budget.  We have responsibilities not only to our residents but to the future vitality of the borough.”  

Speaking of bills, the council passed a resolution approving bills in the amount of $4,477,873.  To see a list of these bills, click HERE.   

In another financial matter, the council approved a Resolution to provide additional funding prior to the formal adoption of the municipal budget.  To see these expenditures, click HERE

The borough unanimously passed a resolution to settle a tax appeal settlement with Bank of America.  From the tax years 2018 to 2020, the tax assessment was reduced by $3,470,500.   Councilman Ballard voted no and councilman Zipprich abstained without comment.  To read the original assessments and requested tax court judgement, click HERE.

Shore Top Construction Corp., was the lowest bidder and awarded a contract in the amount of $902,492.50 for the White Street Parking lot improvement project.  To see all the bids, click HERE

A budget of $564k was approved by Resolution for the Red Bank Special Improvement District, which is managed by the Red Bank RiverCenter.  The amount will be raised by tax assessment of the District.  A public hearing is scheduled for July 22nd council meeting beginning at 6:30pm. 

The Public comments portion of the meeting are limited to statements from the public with questions not being allowed, i.e., there is no “back and forth” dialogue. 

A caller under the admitted pseudonym, “Mike Rowland of 19 Covid Way” questioned in a testy way if the police department would be, “Publishing all the major disciplinary internal affairs investigations,” on the borough website. 

Borough attorney Greg Cannon replied that if he was referring to the new State directive, the borough will, “Comply with whatever the law is.”

To read the draft minutes of the May 27 council meeting, click HERE.

To read the draft minutes of the June 3 Workshop meeting, click HERE.

To read the full agenda, click HERE

To watch the video of the meeting, click HERE.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22.

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