Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

FAIR HAVEN DISPATCH: BY THE NUMBERS

LSPDUnder Little Silver’s proposal, a dispatcher in Little Silver would direct patrol responses to calls from Fair Haven.

Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre has published on his blog a head-to-head analysis of the competing offers from Monmouth County and Little Silver to take over the borough’s emergency police dispatching operations.

Here’s the document, which includes cost breakdowns as well as Q&As about the nuts and bolts of the two proposals: Download Shared Dispatch Comparisons

In terms of annual costs to Fair Haven, Little Silver’s pitch has the edge, coming in at $42,720 — less than two-thirds the $66,084 the county would charge.

But capital equipment outlays would set Fair Haven back $117,858 if it contracts with Little Silver, twice the sum a deal with the Monmouth County 911 Communications Center would cost.

The information in the report was discussed at the Fair Haven council’s February 23 meeting, when Little Silver officials outlined their plan. But this is the first time the information has been made available to the public in printed form.

The answers in the Q&A were developed by Fair Haven borough Administrator Mary Howell and police Chief Darryl Breckenridge after consulting with officials from Little Silver and the county sheriff’s department.

The eleventh-hour Little Silver proposal was clearly a game-changer, as Fair Haven was all but set to sign a deal with the county. As far as Halfacre is concerned, it’s also the more appealing scenario.

“Little Silver is every bit as, if not more responsive to our concerns,” he tells redbankgreen. “Little Silver wants to make it work.”

For the sake of efficiency, the county “wants every town [that contracts with it] to be a square peg in a square hole, and I understand that,” he says.

But Little Silver, which adjoins Fair Haven, has an approach to call response that the county might not share, he suggested.

“They send an officer to the house for every call,” he says of the Little Silver PD. “No calls get blown off. There’s no resident who’s too big a pain” to get a response.

Neither plan, though, is likely to satisfy residents for whom round-the-clock staffing of the Fair Haven police headquarters is the foremost concern.

Howell
and borough Attorney Sal Alfieri are scheduled to meet today with their
counterparts in Little Silver to begin working up a draft contract for
review by the council.

Halfacre said he was unsure if that document
could be prepared in time for next Monday night’s council meeting.

Email this story

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
GOING GREY
Workers painting the stone facade of the PNC Bank at the corner of Broad and Harding Thursday morning. An upgrade? Maybe it’s just pri ...
COFFEE & WILDLIFE
RED BANK: The best wildlife show in town can be taken in from a waterfront bench outside the public library, and it's totally free.
FAWNING OVER HER BABY
A mother deer and her fawn were spotted between a row of garages on Hudson Avenue and some trees alongside the Broad Street parking lots. Re ...
EVENING ESCAPE
RED BANK: Sailors in Monmouth Boat Club's weekly racing series found tranquil conditions on the Navesink River Tuesday evening.
PEAK COLOR ON BROAD
RED BANK: A year after they were installed, downtown mini gardens have added to "transformational" improvements, says business owner.
RED BANK: FAIRIES MOVE IN ON WHITE STREET
Red Bank: Girl scouts turns tiny parking lot plot of dirt into a "magical girls sparkle garden."
TRAINING UNDER FIRE
RED BANK: Volunteer firefighters train to cut into pitched roofs under active fire conditions.
“SUPERMOM” WANTS YOUR VOTE
Business owner. Dyed in the wool, lifelong Red Banker. Mother of six. Yup, seems like Anita Pierce does it all. In other words, she’s ...
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS
RED BANK: Town prepares for Saturday's Pride in the Park celebration with another lawn art design by public works supervisor and Fire Chief ...
MOVIES VIA LIBRARY
RED BANK: Public Library now offers members access to streaming movies via Kanopy, with some 30,000 titles and tons of content for kids.
NEW RAINBOW CROSSWALK ON BROWN PLACE
Kicking off pride month, some Brown Place and Spring Street residents, ages 5 to 11, constructed a rainbow crosswalk with chalk over the wee ...
WHAT TO WEAR?
RED BANK: Dressmakers' mannequins appeared to mull what to wear as they looked down on Monmouth Street last week.
SYMPHONY RETURNS JUNE 29
RED BANK: An annual crowd pleaser returns June 29 with a free concert in Marine Park by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, RiverCenter said ...
Heard on the Green
Heard on the Green
DUCK RESCUE EFFORT
Duckling rescue attempt underway in sewer at East Front and Broad, 10:29 a.m.
HOUSING CRUNCH
Demolition begins for new apartments at Globe Court and Mechanic Street.
FEELING SNAPPY
      Snapping Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs this time of year and are a common site along the Swimming River waterfr ...
TUB TIME
RED BANK: A sparrow waits for the next available dirt tub while two others take their Sunday baths. (Click for video.)
CHECK IT OUT
A bench outside the Red Bank Public Library provided a serene view of our beautiful Navesink River Monday evening.
WAYWARD SLIM JIM
Anybody lose a Slim Jim? A “Sweet Mild O’ Mine” flavor Slim Jim was seen left unattended on this mailbox on Mechanic Stree ...