WEST LONG BRANCH: Residents of Dennis Street are enjoying their homes and neighbors have been visited by Borough Administrator Vincent Cantillo since Aug. 6, the last borough council meeting.
At the meeting Dennis Street residents told the council about the loud, aggressive behavior of tenants in 2 houses in the area, one on Dennis and the other on Wall. They raised quality of life issues and said safety was an issue since the street was jammed with too many cars from those tenants, creating problems for emergency vehicles if needed.
Cantillo said the two homeowners were visited by Code Enforcement’s Jim Miller, who reminded them of the ordinance that holds owners accountable for tenants under certain conditions including the behaviors exhibited in the complaint. One house is up for sale.
West Long Branch Police have been paying extra attention to the area and traffic violations. Code does not permit lawn parking, one of the offenses reported.
Cantillo said the neighbors who attended the last meeting have not reported any more troubles.
Council matters carried over for the Sept. 3 meeting include:
1. Hazardous Mitigation Plan (Mr. Cantillo), to review the work to address flooding issues, e.g. on Norwood Ave. near Beachwood and behind the BP on Broadway and Rt.36. Required is public notice and fact gathering to qualify for county grants. It is part of a 5-town work plan to address Whalepond Brook Flood Plain as well.
2. Obtain public input and ideas for a proposed bike trail through the several towns in the Monmouth County Complete Streets program's bike lane improvements plan. Other towns considering the plan include Little Silver, Tinton Falls, Shrewsbury, Red Bank, Fair Haven, Rumson, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Ocean Township and Oceanport.
3. Public discussion of a revised ordinance to simplify tenant’s applications for existing properties when new businesses will replace old tenants who move out. The changes will simplify the process and allow more efficient use of borough resources. It will make the borough easier to do business with.