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West Long Branch Council Gets Into Sand – Salt Sharing

WLB Council looking to move salt and sand from SRHS property and help improve Franklin Lake

West Long Branch:  A proposal for the borough to work with Shore Regional High School to deal with runoff of salt and sand into Franklin Lake seemed good on the surface, when Councilman Chris Neyhart brought the subject to the January 18 Council meeting.  It looked like a chance to move the school’s stockpile of storm materials from the campus to borough property, near or with the town’s stash.   The move would help mitigate a long term environmental problem at the lake. There may be a savings in tax dollars as well, if bulk purchasing opportunities came about.

Exploratory discussions have been going on with the WLB DPW Director Earl Reed and SRHS buildings representatives to probe the possibilities and frame the studies needed.

The discussion led to council discussion about where to store materials, priorities for who gets first shot at it, the school or the borough when a storm is in progress and a host of other issues to be resolved to formulate a plan. The school is a separate entity, autonomous and not part of the town governance. There was also the possibility of asking Long Branch to be the receiver/purchaser or both.

The host of “what ifs” ended with agreement for more research.  "More is to follow", Mayor Tucci said.

In other WLB Council Business

TAXES: Kennedy said this year’s property revaluation will not be reflected in property taxes until 2013. 

COMMUNICATION: Councilman Fred Migliaccio introduced new FCC requirements for the fire, first aid and police department wireless systems.

ZONING:  A resident asked if Monmouth University has applications before the Zoning  Board. Council was not officially aware of any. The Board is autonomous, not reporting to the council. It was later ;earned that a fence application for MU’s property at Cedar Avenue and Larchwood was in the works for February Zoning .

An application for tennis player locker rooms in an existing building comes up this month due to “permitted use” regulations. The university has asked for relief in cases where property exists  to save costs. With the town “built out”, numbers of Board applications has dwindled.

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