Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, left, and Fair Haven Councilman John Lehnert.
A proposal to create a unified police department for three peninsula towns appears headed into a shallow ditch as it faces two public hearings this week.
Last week, Rumson residents received a letter from the mayor and council outlining a host of reservations about a plan for a limited combination of services between their police department and those in Fair Haven and Little Silver. Rumson plans a public hearing at its regular session Tuesday night.
The letter, which Mayor John Ekdahl describes as an expression of consensus, says the governing body cannot support the proposal. The anticipated savings would be too small $192 to $256 per Rumson household annually without any enhancement of present service levels, the letter claims.
That plan, outlined in a reported completed last month by Patriot Consulting Group, had been touted by backers, including Ekdahl, as a go-slow approach that was far short of, and would not necessarily lead to, a full consolidation of the departments. But as the letter makes clear, Rumson won’t be supporting even the limited plan. Already, the police chiefs in all three towns had expressed misgivings about the plan.
Meantime, tonight the borough council in Fair Haven plans to discuss what it heard from residents at a public hearing last month little of which has been favorable.