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WLB Council Meeting: Fireworks Location Up In The Air

Mayor Janet Tucci remembered Mr. Ralph Yamello, retired borough Police Captain and Councilman for his years of service as a resident. Mr. Yamello passed away on May 7.

The mayor thanked all who participated in the Memorial Day ceremony, acknowledging the presence of the the first aid, fire, police services and the borough’s military and social groups.

Road Program

The road program plans to repair streets most in need under the ongoing review by engineers. The program determines which streets are in good shape, fair condition and in poor shape. The 2014 program streets are Mount Drive, N. Locust and Rivington Avenues, 2013 carry-overs due to funding.

Spring cleanups

… Are in progress and property owners were reminded to keep brush and pilings at curbside to less than 6 inches diameter and reasonable length for branches to be picked up.

Mayor Janet Tucci remembered Mr. Ralph Yamello, retired borough Police Captain and Councilman for his years of service as a resident. Mr. Yamello passed away on May 7.

The mayor thanked all who participated in the Memorial Day ceremony, acknowledging the presence of the the first aid, fire, police services and the borough’s military and social groups.

Fireworks

 

The location of the WLB fireworks is up in the air. The launch area at Shore Regional High is not available due work done to the athletics field and parking lot. A new launch area requires safety measures for public seating at Franklin Lake and for homes nearby- so borough officials were looking for a new location but so far to no avail. There had been talk about possibly canceling them if no suitable location was found.

Click It or Ticket Seat Belts Safety Program

Police have begun enforcement and public outreach efforts to educate drivers about the importance of buckling seat belts. The campaign focuses on rear seat passengers, mostly children.

Planning Board Zoning Applications Improvements

It will be easier and less costly for re-users / new owners of business and resident property users to get official approvals when the property is used essentially in the same manner as the previous tenants. Relaxing cumbersome zoning requirements will reduce costs and time for businesses and residences and for the borough. Zoning requirements will not be compromised in the new processes.

Hydrilla Contract

A contract for Franklin Lake maintenance was approved for the Aquatic Technologies, Inc. for $28,832 for 2 years. The annual summer maintenance keeps the lake in good health, council said.

Resolutions

The Summer Concert Series Contract for the Motor City Band in August 22 was approved.

The new Tax Assessor is Scott R. Imbraccio, with the employment contract to be prepared.

A veteran exemption effective as of January for Michael T. Ruane, per a Department of Veteran’s Affairs in which certified him as being a 100% permanently disabled veteran, was approved for taxes on 22 Homestead Avenue.

Other Council Actions

The complaint about ice cream vendors’ noise and lack of license is a work-in-progress. One vender has licensed and agreed to quiet down the noise. The other two are up for meeting with officials. The sound level has been noticeably reduced following discussions with the vendor, it was reported.

The West Long Branch Shopping Center on Wall Street availability for use is still pending. Mayor Tucci said application was approved by the Zoning Board 5-years ago with remedial actions required before businesses can rent the space. Many repairs and other requirements have not been met by the owner, even as potential renters have complained. The borough has been blamed for the delays, council said.

 


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