Long Branch:At a Community Meet session of the Long Branch Mayor and Council, held at the historic LB High School front section, left in one piece as the new high school was built. The auditorium is "back in the day", familiar to the residents at the meet-and-greet with Mayor John Pallone the new Council.
The purpose was to get close to the city residents and do so with an update on the proclaimed 100-Day Plan he and his running mates had introduced during their campaign. Not yet 100 days progress has been reached in the 5 major strategic areas the plan has organized to move forward. He and his team touched on the 25 sub-projects that comprise the basic 5 areas, most still "works in progress".
The Mayor was joined by the team of Rose Widdis, Dr. Mary Jane Celli, Bill Dangler, Mario Vieira and Dr. Anita Voogt. Also on the panel were city department leaders who were most helpful to questions requiring the details involved in the various concerns of the constituency, such as traffic in the city, cleanup city work and the detailed plans and work required, some already underway.
Abandoned property will be addressed to aggressively go after the problem, Part of the Improve City Services area of the 100 day pact. The "Stop Long Branch" economic program that helps with city tax relief for residents by businesses offering price breaks that earn tax revenue for Long Branch and goes to reducing taxes to residents. The businesses benefit also through more patronage which may add to jobs in town.
Art and other beautification desires are a part. The paintings that have been a welcome niceties along the beach front for years is one subject. They will be taken down for the winter, and repositioned next summer. The works are with this article.
They will also be looking into Shared Services, partnering with other municipalities on purchasing in bulk, thus saving costs. Televising the Council meetings and other activates will bring the citizenry more informed to what is going on, to see programs and activities the Council is planning, a means to improve transparency.
Reaching out to would-be partners such as with the Federal Work Study going on with Monmouth University will bring more attention to programs and greater knowledge to be used in looking to the future.
The more complete status report is still targeted for the 100 Day objective, but after that the plan must continue, Progress will be based in some degree to priorities, funds, citizen input and just the time and effort it will take to meet the ambitious objectives the Plan guides the governing body.