WEST LONG BRANCH: With the blizzard threat behind the town, West Long Branch Council began details on planning for the next seasons at Franklin Lake and a special place for a community garden.
Mayor Janet Tucci opened the meeting with the flag salute and a moment of reflection, asking attendees to keep in mind with thanks for the improving health of long time public servant Municipal Judge Louis Garripo.
Tucci showed a look of relief as she thanked the Department of Public Works for their diligence in handling road conditions in the Monday near blizzard. She added her thanks for the commitment of police and fire as she thanked those several First Aiders who spent the night of the storm at the FA building as a 'Just in case "precaution.
Tucci and the Council was also pleased that former Councilman Steve Cioffi took charge in his Emergency Services position as a volunteer, another 'caring for the community', she said.
The courts were closed; the schools were closed. Even so, things went quite well, with the exception of Clerk Lori Cole's office getting flooded from the tremendous rain that drenched borough hall.
Councilman Stephen Bray who handles Financials said the 2017 budget is going through final preps and will be ready for public review at the April meeting. Costs to replace he borough website is in the costs.
Councilman John Penta, Public Works liaison, added thanks for their super storm work.
Council's Recreation Committee Liaison MaryLynn Mango announced that the Fourth of July plans are in he works with new music groups and fireworks on the agenda at the lake. Summer concerts are set for July 14 and 28 and for August 11 and 25 "So please note calendars."
Council has not made a decision yet on the location for the community garden, but Ronan Park is on the table for possibilities.
A borough truck was sold for $18,000, versus the proposed minimum bid of $3,000. Communications issues in the fire department operations appears to be fixed. Time will tell, but things look good.
Sitting in for Attorney Greg Baxter was attorney Joseph Hughes, Esq.