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WLB Mayor Pleads 'May It Stop'

WEST LONG BRANCH: Mayor Janet Tucci paused as she opened the Feb. 21 Council meeting to speak with gentle, clear emotion about the massacre at the Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

With sadness on her face and words of sympathy for the families and friends suffering the loss, she prayed, "May it stop. May it stop."

Council members, sharing the feelings of the moment, lowered their heads, as silence filled the room.

Not a long list of items, the caucus before the main meeting went quickly, with a 35-minute executive session for contract and personnel matters.

Mentioned at the caucus, the marijuana discussion begun at the Feb. 7 meeting continued briefly. It may bring about a zoning change focused on prohibition of sale other than medical use. More to follow, as actions in a half dozen county and local towns actions are ongoing and being considered by the Planning Review Committee.

An ordinance regarding salaries for employees was introduced and scheduled for adoption at the March 7 meeting. A new position of Emergency Services Records Administrator was introduced to name an individual who will assure compliance with reports and oversight of vehicles and other service maters.

The name of the First Aid Squad is being changed to Wes Long Branch Emergency Medical Services, Inc. and the squad has filed for certification.

Seventeen residents used the provisions of the new federal tax rulings to pay borough taxes and prepaid prior to Jan. 1, 2018. Contact the borough office for rules to be followed for third and fourth quarter refunds paid before January 1.

The old borough hall and police building on Poplar Avenue may be in its final demolition stages. More to follow.

To adjust meeting dates to avoid Jewish holiday date conflicts and meet borough meeting requirements, dates for upcoming meetings will be Aug. 29 and Sept. 12 both at 6:30 p.m. Change the date on your borough calendar, it is suggested.

Police Chief Paul Habermann said police actions of following bus trips for the schools will continue and school walkthrough visits will also continue. The students get a chance to see and meet the police members in the community as well as school staffers. Frequent visits and communications with school administration complements these regularly scheduled duties.

About $250,000 escrows paid for various projects will be returned to Monmouth University as authorized for the borough's Chief Financial Officer.

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