WEST LONG BRANCH: With business matters on the agenda, the Council Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19 took time out to have Mayor Janet Tucci, a big festival fan, and Councilman Fred Migliaccio remind attendees of the borough's Fall Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.
The festival is in its third year of friends enjoying hayrides, pumpkin picking (a kids favorite), candy corn, inflatable rides and all the great thing and activities that everyone enjoys this time of year.
Tucci and Migliaccio thanked the Recreation Committee and volunteers for the efforts to assure a fun "day, with a Sunday, the 23rd "as a rain date, just in case." Shore Regional High volunteers will be assisting with setup and take down support.
Councilman Chris Neyhart announced the Halloween curfew will run from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. for children under the age of 18. Escorting by adults (parents, teachers older family members, for example) may provide guidance to the younger children on their way to and from events and "Trick or Treats" activities.
There will be a new Blue Line for Locust Avenue:
Neyhart told the meeting that a suggestion to promote and encourage public support to the police as the need to improve communications and understanding with regard to the public and the police around the various parts of the country. West Long Branch has been in a continuing set of programs to that end.
A suggestion to strongly re-emphasize the commitment to those ends is to be through a new, blue line down Locust Avenue. PBA Local 141 is providing the paint purchase and the Eosso Brothers Paving Company from Farmingdale / Hazlet will be doing the painting of the line.
The borough has hired Patricia Reevey as Payroll and Finance Clerk with related other duties in bookkeeping.
There was discussion in the Executive Session (private) to be sure proper administration of sick leave, retirement payments etc. are fairly administered.
The Division of Local Government Services had the borough respond to a survey of how the governing body is providing information and performing certain tasks such as response to tax inquiries of the state and determining if the responses are timely.
As an example. The borough had some delays as they went through the loss of a Chief Financial Officer at a short notice. It also incurred other delays and a negative score, as viewed by the state. The borough had 8 or 9 faults from various causes. A penalty may be assessed if the state so decides. Nine has been determined as yet.
(Note: This reporter asked about the survey which seemed in need of clarification, setting standards or requirements to pass, etc. The survey could benefit from a revisit to its format and clearer requests and measurements.)
A resident returned to ask for help resolving a noise condition near her home. The mayor will pursue.