WEST LONG BRANCH: The borough council has accepted a proposal to costs savings in an electricity purchasing, a 3-year deal that will reduce monthly costs by $30,000, at $10,00 per year through a bidder purchasing agreement. The $39K estimate is based on current rates and future costs. The prices are up and down prices that follow trends in rates, assumed to go up above current trends.
The presentation to the governing body with questions from Attorney Greg Baxter, resulted in a Council "Yes" to the contract described by Energy Market Exchange (EMEX) representative John Smith, their Director for managing national energy utility portfolios, and WLB Purchasing Agent David J. Spaulding, who helped clarify the nature of market conditions in such matters. Services and billing will still come though JCP&L.
• In other matters the Council approved the borough's participation in the October 8 Columbus Day parade in which Councilman Fred Migliaccio will preside as Grand Marshall. Rain date is Oct. 15, to avoid last year's rain out of the only date. This year will have a just-in-case date.
• Work to demolish the old police building is set to begin Sept. 15 after much waiting.
• Councilman Stephen Bray reported the borough web site is up, working well, and will have more changes as experience with the new happens.
• Councilwoman MaryLynn Mango reminded all that this week at Franklin Park will host the Dave DeLuca music band on Friday, Aug. 11 and the Fall Festival at the lake is set for Sunday, Oct. 2.
• Councilman John Penta reports that the DPW is looking to fill vacancies. Jim Erhard has resigned from DPW with recognition for his excellent contributions over the years and Mayor Tucci's added "great job and thanks."
• Donald Brocklebank has been appointed to the Planning Board and Debbie Kessler to the Senior Citizens Commission. Councilwoman Susan Juliano said there are 3 new volunteers, and approval for "Regulars" Ashley Ellison and Lukas Jackey, with "Alternates" Alexa Goldstein and Kusal Tholka-Mudalige.