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RED BANK: DUPONT Q&A

On the ballot November 2: charter study commission candidate Mike DuPont. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Red Bank voters will have 11 candidates to choose from when they elect a five-member charter study commission November 2

Here’s what candidate Mike DuPont had to say in response to a questionnaire sent to all contenders by redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: DUPONT FILES FOR CHARTER SEAT

mckenna dupontMike DuPont, right, riding with law partner and former mayor Ed McKenna in the Red Bank centennial parade in 2008. (Photo by John T. Ward and Chris Ern. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

UPDATE: After publication of this article, redbankgreen learned that John Jackson filed a petition with the borough clerk for a candidacy Tuesday afternoon. This update also adds John Gosden as a resident known to be gathering petition signatures.

Former Red Bank councilman Michael DuPont has made the November election for charter study commission a race.

DuPont told redbankgreen he filed his candidacy petition Wednesday morning, making him the sixth declared candidate for a seat on a five-member body.

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RED BANK: GOP CALLS DUPONT ‘SORE LOSER’

duponts 110315Councilman Mike DuPont, with his wife, Doreen, beside him, addresses Democratic supporters on election night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Republicans blasted incumbent Councilman Mike DuPont as a “sore loser” Thursday for seeking a recount of his apparent two-vote loss in last week’s election.

DuPont is scheduled to appear before a judge in Superior Court in Freehold Friday on his petition for a  recount, which Republicans say would constitute an “unprecedented” fourth counting of votes from the November 3 squeaker.

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RED BANK: DuPONT LOSES BELMAR JOB

dupont-010111Red Bank Councilman Mike DuPont was squeezed out of his post as Belmar’s borough attorney Tuesday, four days after a court ruling found shortcomings in his handling of a ballot question there, APP.com reported Tuesday.

The website of the Asbury Park Press reported that DuPont resigned at the request of Mayor Matthew Doherty, “after a Superior Court judge ruled that the borough didn’t properly vote on placing an explanatory statement for a bond question on the Nov. 3 ballot.”

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RED BANK: DUPONT ZAPS JETSUN PROPOSAL

rb tennis 060614 2The red clay courts, idled since Hurricane Sandy, as seen from the Monmouth Boat Club next door. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank Councilman Mike DuPont has signaled he will oppose a proposal for a privately owned recreational center on the site of the borough’s riverfront tennis courts in Marine Park.

Calling the proposal, by Jetsun Enterprises, “10 pounds of potatoes in a 5 pound bag,” DuPont wrote in a letter that it “puts every imaginable use down at Marine Park with the exception of not having a ferris wheel” and could turn Red Bank into “Coney Island South.”

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RED BANK: DUPONT TO MAN TOLLBOOTH

dupont“I’ll take your offer. You tell me the time and place,” DuPont told a rep for the tolltakers’ union, which is fighting a move to privatize collections. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank commuters may encounter a familiar face as they slow to pay a toll on the New Jersey Turnpike one day soon.

Borough Councilman Mike DuPont could be in the tollbooth, making change.

The Asbury Park Press reports that DuPont, a lawyer who wears a third hat as a New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioner, has accepted a challenge by the tolltaker’s union to walk – or stand still – a mile in their shoes.

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RED BANK: DUPONT TOUTS COMPOSTING

ComposterTim Zebo does some composting at his Red Bank home in 2008. (File photo. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Red Bank could become the first New Jersey town to recycle food, according to proponent Councilman Mike DuPont.

At Wednesday night’s council meeting, DuPont announced that he is asking the borough Environmental Commission to comment on an informal proposal for a municipal composting program.

Some of his colleagues were amused. DuPont is known for green initiatives – he proposed banning plastic bags in 2008, though the suggestion was never enacted into law.

“You’re really becoming Farmer Brown, huh?” asked Councilwoman Sharon Lee.

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RUN v. BECK? “NOT THIS YEAR,” SAYS DUPONT

dupont-010111This week’s edition of the TriCity News envisions a head-on political collision between two Red Bank residents  — Councilman Mike DuPont and former council member Jen Beck — over the 12th-District state Senate seat she now holds.

But it’s not happening. Not this year, at least, DuPont tells redbankgreen.

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DuPONT’S NEW GIG CAUSES CLASH

dupontRed Bank Councilman Mike DuPont at a council meeting last month. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

While Councilman Mike DuPont’s appointment as attorney for another town was the unmentioned reason behind his request last Monday that Red Bank change its bimonthtly meeting schedule, up in Sayreville, the appointment was an occasion for political theater.

In a dramatic council meeting in the Middlesex County town that same night, DuPont’s appointment prompted the mayor and two Republican council members to storm out because, according to local paper The Suburban, they wanted a different law firm representing the governing body and argued that the appointment circumvented the mayor’s authority.

That left the remaining four on the council to vote on whether to hire DuPont, who is a partner on Broad Street with former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna in the McKenna, DuPont, Higgins and Stone firm. Which they did, handing.

Can you say awkward?

“Yes it was,” DuPont told redbankgreen.

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DuPONT: CAN WE DO THIS SOME OTHER TIME?

dupont-010111Councilman Mike DuPont at Red Bank’s government reorganization meeting on January 1. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s borough council is mulling a change in its bimonthly meeting schedule to accommodate a recurring conflict on Councilman Mike DuPont’s calendar.

The problem? He has to be at another council meeting, in another town, at the same time.

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DuPONT: TAX NON-PROFITS

dupontRed Bank Councilman Mike DuPont says it may be time to end tax-exemptions for most non-profits.

In the latest round of verbal sparring between Red Bank officials and the town’s representatives in Trenton, Councilman Mike DuPont has floated what he hopes is a solution to the borough’s fiscal woes that all can embrace:

Tax non-profits.

It’s done elsewhere, and is under consideration in additional locales, DuPont says in a March 18 letter he sent to state Senator Jennifer Beck.

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COUNCIL CANDIDATE: DuPONT

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Today, redbankgreen kicks off a series of unedited audio interviews with each of the four candidates for two seats on the Red Bank Council up for grabs in the November 3 election.

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BOROUGH TAX UP AVERAGE $134 FOR YEAR

DuPontCouncilman Mike DuPont says the finance committee that he heads is still looking for places to cut.

Higher pension costs and an expected increase in tax delinquencies are the main drivers behind a potential increase in Red Bank's local tax rate, borough officials said last night.

They unveiled a 2009-2010 spending plan that would boost the bill on a home assessed at the average $407,000 by $134 for the year, or three-quarters of one percent.

At the same time, they said they're considering steps that could soften the impact on taxpayers, including a one-day-a-week summer furlough for borough employees.

The $19.4 million budget, does not reflect the savings — estimated at $35,000 to $40,000 annually — from layoffs of six part-time employees who will be let go this week, said Councilman Mike DuPont, chairman of the borough's finance committee.

"This is not the final document," said Mayor Pasquale Menna.

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COUNCIL TIES UP BAGS, HOSPITAL DEAL

RiverviewrubbleThe site of the former Worden-Hoidal Funeral Home on East Front Street, owned by Riverview Medical Center, is not covered by the deal.

After a year trying to knit together a consensus, Councilman Mike DuPont finally got a watered-down version of his plastic bag ordinance passed by the Red Bank governing body Monday night.

Also in the ‘done’ box following the council’s final session of 2008: an agreement under which Riverview Medical Center will up its annual payment in lieu of taxes to the borough.

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SCALED-BACK BAG LAW ON AGENDA

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After repeated and unsuccessful efforts by Councilman Mike DuPont to ban Red Bank stores from distributing plastic bags, the borough council tonight is scheduled to take up a series of scaled-back measures aimed at fostering recycling and education.

On the agenda is a proposed ordinance requiring any retail business that gives out bags to collect returned bags for recycling, with pickup provided by the borough. Violations carry fines of up to $500. Here’s the language: Download 2008-27.pdf

A pair of related resolutions is also on the table for the 7:30p bimonthly meeting. One would encourage the borough schools and Red Bank Regional High School to “implement educational programs designed to educate their students as to the environmental harm caused by plastic bags of all types and to implement other programs similar to the ‘When You Pack, Use a Sack’ campaign.”

The other calls on the New Jersey Legislature to ban plastic shopping bags statewide.

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BAG BAN TREED — AGAIN

DupontbagCouncilman Mike DuPont takes his lumps at Monday’s meeting.

Is the ordinance that wouldn’t die finally dead?

As he has repeatedly over the past ten months or so, Councilman Mike DuPont tried getting his ban on plastic bags passed by Red Bank’s governing body last night.

This time, even his fellow majority Democrats sat in deafening silence when called upon to second the proposal so it could be voted on.

The rebuke followed a PowerPoint presentation by DuPont that several food and plastics industry representatives ripped as factually inaccurate; a critique by a Broad Street merchant who claimed she’d been misled about the scope of the ordinance; and a scolding by a resident that the council was wasting its time on something so “petty.”

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BAG LAW MAY BE TABLED — AGAIN

BagA stray bag flutters along Monmouth Street recently.

A proposed ban on plastic bags may be tabled yet again while its sponsor, Red Bank Councilman Mike DuPont, meets with objectors and other interested parties, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

The aim would be to craft a compromise version of the law, the Press says, reporting that DuPont…

said he is willing to table the ordinance Monday night to meet with the business community, the environmental commission and other council members on a possible compromise.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday for a public hearing and final vote on the proposed bag ban.

The idea of tabling it was suggested by Nancy Adams, executive director of the RiverCenter business alliance.

Adams said Tuesday that she’d like a compromise worked out between the two proposals, which accomplishes the goal to reduce bag litter in the streets and the river.

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SUPPORT FOR BAG BAN GOES LIMP, FAST

Dupont_leeCouncilman Mike DuPont’s initiative got enough votes for introduction, including one from Councilwoman Sharon Lee, though she said she disagreed with its punitive thrust and could not support adoption.

A proposed ordinance that might have put Red Bank in a national spotlight by banning commonly-used plastic grocery bags got treated like a bag plastered to the grill of speeding truck last night.

A parade of speakers — including several from the food and packaging industries — rose to denounce it as wrongheaded in terms of economics, the environment and public policy. No one had much to say in favor of it except for its sponsor, and by the end of the debate, even he was saying that if nothing else, the bill had spurred discussion of the issue.

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PLASTIC-BAG LAW RECYCLED, UP FOR VOTE

Img_9701_2A plastic shopping bag flutters in a tree on Monmouth Street recently.

It’s not quite the far-reaching approach that its sponsor, Councilman Mike DuPont, first proposed late last year.

But an ordinance that DuPont thinks will enable Red Bank to begin to get control over the scourge of flyaway plastic grocery bags appears headed for approval by the governing body.

A public hearing and vote on the ordinance is scheduled for tonight’s 5:30p meeting. Here’s the full text: Download plast_bag_ordinance.pdf

“We have a number of environmental assets here in Red Bank, including the river and open space, and plastic bags are certainly a bane to those assets,” DuPont said when he introduced the revised ordinance Feb. 27.

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RED BANK: HISTORIC REFERENDUM ON BALLOT

Red Bank would still be known as the “Borough of Red Bank,” even if the form of government is changed by referendum, Charter Study commissioners say. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

While Red Bank’s 114-year run under a “borough” form of government is widely thought to be nearing an end, that’s still a matter for voters to decide in the November 8 election.

And even though no widespread opposition to the ballot referendum on the change has materialized, there has been some pushback. In addition, voters continue to seek  clarity about the stakes, said Charter Study Commission Chairwoman Nancy Facey-Blackwood.

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RED BANK: BBQ KICKS OFF REFERENDUM PUSH

Democratic mayoral candidate Billy Portman flipped burgers at the event. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The outcome of the public question on the ballot in Red Bank’s November election – whether to change the forms of both government and elections – appears an easy call.

Voters last year overwhelmingly approved the creation of a Charter Study Commission, which in turn unanimously moved the referendum to the ballot in July. And so far, no organized opposition has emerged.

Still, looking over their shoulders, referendum advocates held a Labor Day campaign launch event with the aim of drumming up support at the polls.

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RED BANK: REFERENDUM ON CHANGE SET

Chairwoman Nancy Facey-Blackwood at the Charter Study Commission’s final meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank residents will decide whether to give the town’s governmental structure an historic overhaul following action by the Charter Study Commission Tuesday night.

Adopting its final report en route to dissolving itself, the commission made one last tweak to the November referendum, calling for run-off elections in cases where no candidate wins a majority of votes.

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RED BANK: CHARTER REFERENDUM ADVANCES

A view of Wednesday’s Charter Study Commission meeting. (Photo from Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank residents would vote on whether a “council-manager” form of municipal government should be implemented under an agreement by the Charter Study Commission last week.

If approved by voters in a referendum expected in November, the change would would replace the management structure in place since the borough’s creation in 1908.

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RED BANK: NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS ADVANCE

Ben Forest outside Sickles Market last September. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njLamenting the “unpleasantness” of Red Bank politics in recent years, Charter Study Commission member Ben Forest made a tearful plea for nonpartisan elections Wednesday.

The commission’s other four members informally agreed. They also began sorting through alternatives to the borough form of government in use since the town was carved out of then-sprawling Shrewsbury Township in 1908.

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RED BANK: TURNOUT LIGHT FOR FORUM

A screengrab of Wednesday’s meeting, held via Zoom. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

An online public forum held Wednesday night by Red Bank’s  Charter Study Commission was brief, as only two residents chimed in.

But more have weighed in by email, according several commission members. And one consistent theme is that residents don’t want an appointed mayor, they said.

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