WEST LONG BRANCH: Mayor Janet Tucci asked the borough council to approve a resolution (R-16-75) opposing the New Jersey Natural Gas Company's 22% rate increase. In her strong opposition the mayor called the gas rate increase "astronomical". In the proposal it says the rate of inflation is closer to one tenth of the amount the NJNG is seeking..."
The increase could run from $21.69 to $117.91 increase in consumer costs. And monthly service charges up 118%.
A big reason for the increase was attributed to the controversial Southern Reliability Link, a high pressure gas transmission pipeline not built yet but running from Burlington County to Monmouth and Ocean counties. Environmental spokespeople, residents, politicians and advocacy group representatives voiced their concerns with NJNG's proposed 24-percent rate hike. The borough complained about this as adversely affecting preservation of the NJ Pinelands.
The resolution asks the NJ Board of Public Utilities to deny the filing by NJNG.
Resolutions were passed to appoint Long Branch CFO Michael Martin as WLB CFO and David Spaulding as Purchasing Agent pending bid threshold resolution.
An issue about permitting less impervious surfaces in favor of pervious (non-water drainage blocking) materials for construction pavers was passed on to the Planning Board.
The Franklin Lake hydrilla controls contract was approved.