Friday, February 8, 2013
Roadwork underway ahead of snow arrival
What has started as a wet storm should turn to snow sometime over the night and crews have already set out to work on the roads in Monmouth County. That work has included applying a salt brine to the roads to prevent them from freezing according to a press release from the county. Crews will also be using rock salt on the roads as the snow comes. Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone said the county is being proactive as the county waits to see what the full affect of the storm will be. "We prepare for storms well in advance," he said. "Our snow room is activated and we are monitoring the storm's progress throughout the day and into the weekend." Arnone said there will be "a full complement of crews out clearing the county roads." That …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
County urges residents to get ready before inclement weather
The brunt of Hurricane Sandy is not forecasted to affect the local area until late Sunday night into Monday morning. Before then, Monmouth County officials are asking residents to do all their preparation so they are ready for what figures to be extended periods of strong winds and heavy rain. Getting prepared includes having things ready for people of all ages from children to senior citizens as well as making plans for pets if an evacuation becomes necessary. "We are asking all residents to take this weekend to prepare, plan and stay informed," said Freeholder Director John P. Curley. "County staff is working to make sure that we are prepared and can respond effectively, we ask that residents do the same." Sheriff Shaun Golden said in …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Annual memorial held at Monmouth County Fire Academy
Hundreds of firefighters from around the county came to the Monmouth County Fire Academy on Sunday morning to honor their 43 brothers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony included not only first responders but also other local officials from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. To honor those who were lost a rose was laid at the memorial, which is located at the front of the academy. There also was an awards ceremony to honor local firefighters for a variety of accomplishments and achievements.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Rosemarie D. Peters and Shaun Golden named to Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey
Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters and Sheriff Shaun Golden have been named President and Vice President, respectively, of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey(COANJ) according to a news release from the county. Golden, a Howell resident, was elected sheriff in 2011 after replacing current Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno when she left for the post in Trenton. Peters is in her sixth year as surrogate and also has been named the Judiciary-Surrogate Liaison Committee for the New Jersey Supreme Court. She also served on the Middletown Township Committee as a committeewoman, deputy mayor and mayor. Peters served as the vice president of the COANJ this year while Golden served as its secretary. The membership of the …
Friday, September 14, 2012
County spokesperson’s absence felt in first freeholders meeting following his death.
Monmouth County spokesperson William ‘Bill’ Heine’s absence in the Freeholders’ Meeting Room was palpable Thursday. During his five-year tenure, the 54-year-old Howell resident regularly sat in the audience with other county department heads during freeholder board meetings, fielding questions before and after such sessions from journalists, residents and freeholders alike. Heine died from a heart attack on Sunday, Sept. 9. In the first meeting of the county board following the county spokesperson’s death, freeholder Director John Curley opened the afternoon workshop session in the Hall of Records Building in Freehold by recalling Heine as a “gentle soul.” “Our family has gone through a very, very difficult period in the loss of our public…
Friday, July 13, 2012
Program asks for personal info
At a time of year when air conditioning systems send electric bills through the roof, Monmouth County is advising residents to be aware of a scam aimed at emptying their wallet rather than dropping their bill. The scam reportedly involves those involved telling their victims they are with a federal program that will pay their electric bills. "This is a multi-state scam built on bogus claims that the president is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills," Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said in a release. Burry, who also serves as the liaison to the county's Department of Consumer Affairs said no such program exists, and residents should be aware of that fact in case they are contacted. So far the scam has been reported not only …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Ban on outdoor water use remains in effect throughout Monmouth County after collapse of three water mains at Swimming River Reservoir
Saturday afternoon: The boil water advisory has been reduced to cover just the towns directly served by New Jersey American Water Company. Towns still under the boil-water advisory are Middletown, Holmdel, Aberdeen, Highlands, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Shrewsbury, Long Branch, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbor and Neptune. Monmouth Beach, Lake Como and Shrewsbury and Ocean townships were added this morning. For a map of the affected area(s), click here. In these towns, the boil-water advisory pertains to residents, businesses and health care facilities. Affected businesses include hotels, restaurants and bars. The advisory means water should be brought to a rolling boil …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Tax levy in 2012 spending plan held at $302,475,000 for third year.
Years of operating in "cost-savings mode" led Monmouth County to adopt a declining budget for the second straight year, according to county Director of Finance Craig R. Marshall. The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a $487,350,000 spending plan by a unanimous vote Thursday at Middletown Town Hall. The 2012 budget is $4,150,000 less than last year’s, bringing the county’s spending to 2009 levels. Freeholder Gary Rich said the 2012 budget maintains the quality of services Monmouth County residents expect while holding a flat tax levy. “We will continue our tradition of providing relief to the taxpayers of this county while still maintaining that level of service,” Rich said. The budget includes a $302,475,000 tax levy for…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Tax levy in 2012 spending plan will be held at $302,475,000 for third year.
Monmouth County’s proposed 2012 budget will hold a flat tax levy and reduce the overall spending plan by $4,150,000 over last year. The county’s Director of Finance Craig R. Marshall outlined the $487,350,000 million budget during Thursday’s freeholder meeting at the Hall of Records building in Freehold Borough. The governing body introduced the spending plan by a unanimous vote. “We’ve been in cost-saving mode since the beginning of 2008 and made drastic changes in these unprecedented economic times. We’ve continued to provide a high level of service to the taxpayers of this county that they have come to expect,” Marshall said. The county has reduced its workforce and pursued additional revenue streams to combat shrinking ratables, …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Citizens Campaign urges board to reinstate rescinded 2008 regulations.
The Monmouth County freeholder board will not reinstate its 2008 pay-to-play regulations, despite criticism from the citizens group that helped craft the resolution. Supporters of the Citizens Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy group, attended Thursday’s Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting at the Hall of Records building in Freehold to question the governing body on its vote to rescind the county’s pay-to-pay rules in favor of the state’s. “This was a sweeping law, it was the strongest one in the state,” said Heather Taylor, spokesperson for the Citizens Campaign. “We’re here to ask the freeholder board to reinstate the previous policy. If there’s confusion or other issues let’s find a more sensible solution than just throwing …