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.


Our community pillars help us carry out our 100-Year Vision

Check it out

Health and Wellness

Red Bank YMCA

At the heart of the Red Bank community since 1874, our Red Bank Family YMCA is here to support health and well-being for all. We’re a special place where people of all ages, interests and backgrounds gather to grow in spirit, mind and body.

Learn More
organization-banner
organization-banner

SEA BRIGHT TO STUDY POSSIBLE MERGER

sea-bright-boro-hall-500x375-4762461The move follows inquiries by borough residents concerned about rising costs of government, said town hall officials. (Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

A group of Sea Bright residents has been charged with investigating the big C.

No, it’s not a dread disease, though it has a dramatic aspect. It’s consolidation.
The borough council Tuesday night approved a resolution creating a citizen advisory committee to study a possible consolidation with one or more nearby towns.
But Mayor Dina Long says she’s still not sold on it.

The advisory committee will evaluate options “within the local geographic area and examine potential benefits and costs, both financial and cultural,” according to the resolution passed as part of an omnibus vote on several resolutions. No specific potential consolidation partners were mentioned.

A written report is to be submitted by December 31.
Long told redbankgreen that the move is driven by residents, and being handled by them because town officials have their hands full with post-Sandy recovery.
“We chose to empower those residents” who can dedicate the time and energy to studying the question themselves, she said.
She’s made no outreach on the issue to nearby towns, she said, and is withholding judgment until she sees the report.
“I’m somebody who needs to be convinced,” she said. Town officials have looked into shared services in the past, short of consolidation, and “so far nobody has been able to do [consolidation] for less. We have to see a true benefit.”
There is, however, a “huge problem” with school taxes, and  “relief from school taxes is what drives my interest,” she said.

Consolidation is gaining attention in the wake of Hurricane Sandy as one way to address the financial fallout, said committee member Marianne McKenzie Morse. She noted that that the professional salaries of experts such as the planning officer or engineer are significant costs to a small town.

“You sit back and look, and say, ‘Wow, how can we do better?’,” she told redbankgreen. “Given the economics, it’s responsible to explore all the concepts for cost savings. You don’t know if it would be beneficial until you explore it.”

Morse is involved with statewide organizations that promote consolidation – one is Courage to Connect NJ – and ‘good government’ in general, such as the Citizens Campaign.

This is an opportunity for people who want to strengthen their communities, Morse said.

“Since Sandy, lots of people want to donate time and energy, and many have broad skill sets to contribute,” she said. When municipalities consolidate, the needs and offerings of both communities have to be considered – and this is where skilled volunteers can be helpful, she said, citing the example of an architect who lives out of town but is taking an active interest in the recovery process.

Morse also pointed to the example of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, which officially consolidated this year.  But the police departments of both municipalities had already been working together for several months, making assessments of who was doing what and where. When Sandy hit, she said, they found themselves better-positioned to handle the challenges that came with it.

Morse is aware that people have concerns about retaining local identity.  “For instance, people say they live in Lincroft, not Middletown.”

“We have to talk about it, let’s not let people speculate about what the facts are.”

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank business owner happier than to hear "I saw your ad on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
HEARTY FAREWELL FOR HARDY
RED BANK: Council to honor DPU supervisor Rich Hardy, who retired recently after almost 39 years of keeping things running.
HOMEBOUND? READ ON…
RED BANK: Can't get to the public library? It's now offering free delivery and pickups for homebound borough residents.
TAMING A BEAST OF A WEEK
RED BANK: After the second snowfall of the week, a borough family finds the perfect use for it – a Godzilla snow sculpture.
RED BANK: LIBRARY CLOSED, BUT THE HILL’S OPEN
RED BANK: Though the library was closed by a snowstorm, kids got to enjoy the riverfront property's steep slope Tuesday.
LIGHT(HOUSE) MAKEOVER
This year, getting ready for spring means a midwinter makeover for Strollo's Lighthouse in Red Bank.
TODAY: LOCAL PUPPY COMPETES ON ANIMAL PLANET’S “PUPPY BOWL”
Red Bank’s very own rescue puppy, Biscuit, is set to compete in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl this Sunday, February 11, at 2 PM. Th ...
WHAT? NO redbankgreen NEWSLETTER?
Apologies to redbankgreen newsletter subscribers: the daily email hasn’t gone out for two days because of technical issues.
RED BANK: TIRED OF SKEETERS?
RED BANK: Tired of mosquito bites every summer? Monmouth County has a free program to help eliminate skeeter breeding grounds.
SEA BRIGHT: POLAR PLUNGE FOR ST. JAMES, OTHERS
Hundreds braved the wind and sea on Sunday at 1PM in support of St. James Elementary School, and other Catholic schools in the area. The eve ...
RED BANK: RBR CLAIMS TITLE
RED BANK: Watch pure joy as the RBR boys basketball team celebrates its first B North championship in 17 years.
RED BANK: FORGET-IT FRIDAY
RED BANK: Train Station can be a lonely place Friday mornings, especially with cold rain in the forecast.
RED BANK: CROONING YOUR LOVE
RED BANK: Imagine a quartet of impeccably dressed gentlemen showing up at your beloved's workplace, singing of your love.
RED BANK: BLACK RIVER ROLLS ON
RED BANK: A 68-year-old rail freight engine can still be counted on to draw a trainspotting fan or two when it rolls through town.
RED BANK: ‘MONDAY SWEAT’ MEETS
RED BANK: Joined by the Hazlet Running Club, members of the Red Bank Run Club met for their "Monday Sweat" at Count Basie Field.
RED BANK: CARD SALE BOOSTS GYM DRIVE
RED BANK: Charter School Foundation offers student-deisgned Valentines cards to help raise funds for a gymnasium.
RED BANK: LOVE IS IN THE… WINDOW
RED BANK: Up next: Valentine's Day, and Partyline finds the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe getting ready for a surge of love and craving.
CLOSING THE BOOK ON A GREAT CAREER
The Red Bank mayor and council honored with a resolution Linda Hewitt (in red) on her retirement from the Red Bank Public Library at Thursda ...
RED BANK: RAIL COMMUTER’S VIEW
A commuter's view of the Route 35 Cooper's Bridge over the Navesink River, as seen from North Jersey Coast Line train 3320 out of Red Bank F ...
RED BANK: PROMISING PROMS
RED BANK: Prom season approaches, and Lunch Break once again steps up with its 8th annual Prom Giveaway of donated dresses.
RED BANK: DOWN BY THE RIVER
RED BANK: Partyline contributor Karly Swaim captured a gloomy mood in Riverside Gardens Park Wednesday evening.