WEST LONG BRANCH: Mayor Janet Tucci opened the September 6 Council meeting with a request that everyone keep the families hit by the hurricanes in mind and offer help as good neighbors with thoughts and donations as can be offered. More is to come and we at the shore have seen the damages storms can bring.
She reflected on more positive events of the past season in thanking Joe De Leonardo and the recreation Commission volunteers for a summer of enjoyment, music, fishing and other good times.
After reports of council members, the meeting was opened to public business and several residents told of unknown people walking about their neighborhoods as if to take some actions with properties, two or more apparently being escorted by a person who seemed to be trying to interest the others as if to sell the properties, even though no property was on sale, at least not publicly.
These public "visitors "did not approach the owners or give any indication of what they were doing. Their presence gave concern to the council meeting attendees. Strangers have been appearing, some attendees said, with no apparent reason. Some residents said they thought the intruders were "LLC" people looking to influence sales of real property in the town.
The strangers walked around the properties, some in a manner thought to be trespassing, although not "illegally" since no signs or indications were posted by owner asking that no trespassing be allowed. There are such signs available to residents by the Borough Clerk's office for those who wish to not be bothered by canvassers, sales people., etc.
The residents were advised to contact the police to check out the "intruders" for police to investigate as a request of their public, since other interrogation by the PD has limitations under law.
At the meeting temporary Business Administrator Stephanie Murray asked those concerned residents to let her know about such incidents, and if believed inappropriate, call the police. That call suggestion applies to any suspicious events residents see taking place.
In addition, police have been exercising close vigilance to control cases of speeding cars in residential neighborhoods. The situation seems to have gotten more often the case, some residents said.