West Long Branch: Mayor Janet Tucci opened the meeting with a remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. “Only a few of us here tonight were alive at that time,” she said. She asked all to remember those who gave their lives.
The Council meeting was fairly brief. Here are the highlights:
Tucci told of her attendance at the NJ League of Municipalities Convention in November, including sharing ideas among other municipalities, attending training and education courses and hearing important municipal concerns. She urged the council members to attend next year as the town is considering shared services, tax changes, and other concerns happening at all levels of state, county and mu-municipal levels.
Councilman Chris Neyhart is pushing for study work on an earlier issue of false alarms (burglar alarms, for example) still in need of further investigation. False alarms are costly, and ordinances governing false alarms due to faulty operations need to be enforced. The matter is now with the police for review.
Councilman Steve Cioffi reported that the borough has picked up 1,682 cubic yards of leaves with the brush season about to begin. He urged residents not to mix brush in with leaves due to the problems created when leaf vacuum trucks get clogged with the brush.
The new front end loaders due soon will go promptly into service. The old one gets traded in to reduce net costs. The new Swap loader has multiple use capabilities as a dump truck, a flat bed and sander, or to plow snow. Another sander vehicle will help with roadways in bad weather.
DPW planning for 2012 for employee evaluations, getting more use from vehicles and improving operating efficiencies is in progress.
A replacement for a Planning / Zoning Board Clerk is sought since the resignation of Susan Woodroffe. Contact Borough hall.
Councilwoman Barbara Ruane reported on fire department training, and the installation of ventilation devices on vehicles exhausts and for the building.
Councilman Jose Villa and Business Administrator John Kennedy are looking further into hiring a consulting firm to take over Construction Office functions to improve resident response.