West Long Branch: The Council was diggin into the budget for next year with worry and what-ifs. There will be a revaluation of properties this year but not in time for 2012 taxes. The borough has to look ahead to future years as current budgets are planned.
Old Police Building:
Council needs to decide on what to do with the former police building at 95 Poplar. The aging structure has been a sore spot for years- before John Demaree was chief and dampness plagued it. A decision must be made on whether to demolish it, at a pretty hefty cost, or bring it up to code and to sell. “It’s not a good time for real estate,” Mayor Janet Tucci remarked as Councilmember Jose Villa cited possible options, saying “More to follow.”
Borough Maintenance Work:
The January snowfall used 12 DPW hours of sanding and salting, which was not bad, said DPW Liaison Councilmember Steve Cioffi. DPW has begun tree maintenance at Wall Street Park, ahead of usual. Work with Shore Regional to provide salt will see SRHS vehicles used and buying at cost from the borough, until more planning for sharing is pursued. AlsoTucci is talking to other towns about storm drain coverage using shared services. More to follow.
Cioffi and Tucci thanked Jennifer Reed her work on the borough calendar.
A Moment of Silence for Those Who Passed:
Tucci asked the attendees for moment of silence, a remembrance for Cioffi’s mother Doris and for Councilmember Fred Migliaccio mother Mae. Both recently passed. Even more recent and unexpected was PD Capt. Larry Mihlon’s mother, Tucci announced.
In executive session, Council discussed the Shared Services agreement with Ocean, and police matters – probably consolidation with Oceanport or changes as Eatontown takes over parts of Ft. Monmouth.
School Board Elections Moved:
The school board voted to move its elections to November, unless there is a budget vote needed should the numbers exceed the State cap. The BOE vote negated need for any council action.
New Snow Ordinance:
The new snow ordinance was referenced asking resident to clear the streets of parking if the ground is snow covered or risk police action.
Possible costs for lake wall repairs and light bulb replacement brought protests from two residents who said the costs should be borne by the developers who did the dredging work in recent years. Councilman Cioffi took issue, saying the problems were caused by bored kids tossing wall materials into the lake. Migliaccio said that the lighting issue was due to normal aging of the bulbs and other equipment as to be expected. Attorney Baxter thought the residents were comparing apples and oranges.
New members appointed to the Planning Board were: Ellen Twigg from the Environmental Commission and Stephen Bray, a new appointee.