RED BANK, NJ:  Mayor Pat Menna opened the council meeting having a quorum of members in attendance with only Councilman Hazim Yassin absent.

Mayor Menna kicked off the meeting by making a presentation to each member of the Red Bank Charter School Girls' Basketball Team for a winning record that lead them to a league championship.  “These girls gave us their all this season, and we broke a lot of records including one of our girls who got a school record of 111 points this season,” said coach Jessica Dayton.

The mayor also read a Proclamation decreeing March of 2020, “Women's History Month.”

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In other business, the council voted and approved:

A resolution to terminate the license agreement with Endeavour Provisions, LLC doing business as Park Jam who has the concession stand at Riverside Gardens Park.  The food and drink stand just cannot make enough money to cover their expenses and the $10k lease paid to the town.

Park Jam’s lease is up May 19th, and has a three-year extension option. 

The vendor asked for a “substantial reduction” in the payment to the borough, which rejected their proposal according to the Resolution, which stated that, “…the prior two concessionaires…all failed to provide sufficient income to the Borough to justify the continuation and/or extension of the respective concession licenses.”  The borough is exploring other options for the building.   

The Bellhaven Park improvement project has escalated to $227,188 with the approval of payments to contractor, Precise Construction for the removal of an underground storage tank at a cost of $18,173.  Click HERE to read the Resolution. 

The consulting firm T&M Associates was awarded $11,950 to supervise the tank removal and remediation. The park is located at the end of Locust Ave.

Other approved resolutions were the retirements of Red Bank Police Capt. Michael Clay and Borough Engineer Glenn Carter. 

Councilman Michael Ballard gave a heartwarming speech on the retirement of police officer Clay saying in part, “I think Capt. Clay has been a real treasure to the borough of Red Bank, and we may never see a police officer that had so much passion for Red Bank.”

A First Reading of an Ordinance that is based on the borough’s adoption of the International Maintenance Code was read into the record.  The ordinance clarifies certain sections of the code including, “The height of all weeds, grass, and other vegetative growth shall be no higher than ten inches, and that insect screens be installed and secured in windows at all times.”

To see the full agenda, click HERE.

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

The next Workshop meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30pm.

The next regular council meeting will be held Wednesday, March 11th, 6:30pm.

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