West Long Branch:Mayor Janet Tucci kicked off this week's meeting with the news that the County will tend to the over-grown clean-up of the cemetery on Locust and Wall Street. At the last meeting, when the question was raised about getting the Monmouth County Clean Communities workers available to repeat their assistance last year there was little hope to get any.
Mary Lynch who created and moderates the "Save West Long Branch Cemetery" Facebook Group called needed attention the the "un-owned", unfunded cemetery issue. With her help the borough received much needed labor from the county Dept of Corrections. The borough is not able to do any work directly on the property due to legal constraints. With the approval from the Mayor, the deal was sealed and cleanup achieved.
The new bocce courts at Ronan Shirvanian Park are almost ready. A Recreation Commission project got help from residents to get the ground leveled, the surface smoothed and the heavy wooden frames placed.
The 2 courts are almost a "Go" said Councilman Chris Neyhart, telling the story with a new slide video presentation at the June 20 Council session. The video is a large, new facility screen in the meeting chambers.
The Rec Commission Fishing Derby event of June 17 was also great viewing as kids and parents were on the screen proudly displaying their catches: the largest, the first caught and more, with a multi-prize drawing capping the show.
A new police vehicle was authorized. Three summer music contracts were signed.
Councilman John Penta showed slides with commercial vehicles parked in borough streets, possibly in violation to local ordinance. One truck is used for cleaning the streets and drives. It gets washed in the street daily, the residue flushed into the street drain. He is looking for code enforcement under the new ordinance.
Councilman Bray is following up on four way stop street issues, especially those where children walk to school.
Administrator Stephanie Murray said repairs to the sign at borough Hall is underway with parts just arrived.