RED BANK, NJ: With a packed Agenda, the Red Bank council met last night and went through various Proclamations, Ordinances and Resolutions.

Highlights of the meeting included a unanimous vote on a resolution to settle a lawsuit brought by Memone Crystian, former head of Red Bank’s Parks and Recreation.  Crystian filed a federal lawsuit in November of 2017 against the borough and several former and current officials, alleging she was subject to racial bias and a hostile work environment.

To read a previous TAPinto Red Bank article on this , including a copy of the lawsuits, click HERE.

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Other resolutions approved:

  • A request for a six-month extension from the NJ Department of Transportation which awarded the borough a $350,000 grant for the White Street road improvement.  The borough was required to award a contract on or before February 21, 2020.  The extension request is for August 21st.  The extension request is due the unforeseen need to replace the sanitary system below the road which will required the Borough to make application to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust to finance the sewer replacement.  If approved, the first bid will be advertised at the end of this month
  • The council voted to amend their 2020 temporary appropriations to make additional appropriations.  This will be contingent upon the formal adoption of the municipal budget.  To read this resolution and the list of expenses, click HERE.

The meeting kicked off with Mayor Pat Menna reading the annual Black History Month Proclamation which he then presented to Gilda Rogers and Mark Fitzsimmons representing the T. Thomas Fortune House.  “The Cultural Center is not only about acknowledging Afro-American culture, but all cultures that we hope to recognize and support,” said Rogers.

Several Red Bank residents spoke during the public comments including:

Ben Forest commented on the borough’s Master Plan.  “I know you’ve been committed to reviving and re-doing it at some point, it’s been awhile, twenty-five years since the original Master Plan.  Our town is turning into a small city.  Have a process.  Have a hearing, have people come, have planners say, “this is why we think this is a good idea.”  I think the Redevelopment Agency should be part of this process,” said Forest.

Claudia Loonan complained of a neighboring property on Bank Street that has been an eyesore for years.  “Last November several council members asked for my vote with a promise that they would listen.  Tonight, I’m asking you to take action.  Specifically, the property at 90 Bank Street continues to endanger the citizens of Red Bank as well as our environment.  Since voicing these concerns over three and a half years ago, the property has only gotten worse," said Loonan.

Loonan spoke about the infestation, stray animals, mosquitoes and the “Piles of waste that have now made it onto the sidewalk.”  The property owner is listed as William Poku.

Freddie Boynton voiced his displeasure with several properties that have been vacant and in disrepair for years on Shrewsbury Ave. and Dr. Parker Blvd., “Trash all in the back, out front.  Why can’t we get these (property owners) to clean it up?”   

As always, Red Bank will have their great array of special events, including the Beer, Wine and Food Fest, Sunday in the Park with the NJ Symphony, the 11th Annual Guinness Oyster Festival, and many others.

To see the dates of these special events and read the entire agenda, click HERE.

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

The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th.

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