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Jerry Wojciehowski says he feels safer knowing that a child who is approached by a stranger while playing basketball on Fisk Street can just walk inside the nearby borough police station, talk to a dispatcher, and have an officer called out to the scene.
Wojciehowski, of Maple Avenue, is not the only Fair Haven resident who enjoys the security and he and other residents speaking at Monday’s borough council meeting described as the “small town feeling” of knowing a dispatcher sits inside police headquarters round the clock.
The threat of losing that feeling, as well as a dispatcher who knows the officers personally and the layout of borough streets, motivated about 40 residents to speak out against a council proposal to join Monmouth County’s emergency dispatch system this year as a cost-cutting measure.
“It’s an instant relief to be able to walk into that police station,” Wojciehowski told Mayor Mike Halfacre and the council during the hearing, the first of three scheduled on the topic. “That is why I choose to live in Fair Haven.”
By SUE MORGAN
Rose Greco doesn’t own a boat, but felt it necessary to stand up Monday night for boat owners who might not completely understand the wording of proposed revisions to the Fair Haven’s boat storage ordinance.
“It’s ambivalent,” Greco said of language intended to update the 30-year-old boat storage law. “Does anyone here really understand it?”
In the end, a council majority agreed with Greco and with Mayor Mike Halfacre that the wording of the revised ordinance needed to be made clearer and more detailed.
By SUE MORGAN
Peter and Patricia OSuch say that what they see as over-regulation in Fair Haven is leaving the town’s residents feeling disaffected, alienated, and bullied.
“They’re micromanaging the residents,” said Patricia, who with her husband has resided on Parker Avenue for seven years. “It’s unreasonable.”
Her comment was prompted by proposed revisions to boat storage ordinance that would force the couple to store their 14-foot long vessel and its trailer not in their side yard, but in a small backyard between November and April.
But it reflected a general sense among attendees at Monday night’s bimonthly council meeting that residents are feeling put-upon.
Other complaints centered on a summons issued to a 4-H member for the goat he tends in his family’s yard and the construction of a dome to store road salt opposite homes near the public works yard.
By SUE MORGAN
He’s been on the job little more than seven months, but Rich Gardella, 35-year-old, spike-haired Fair Haven employee, is saving the modest-sized bedroom community big bucks and giving the town tighter control over construction than its had in years, officials say.
He’s doing it the old way: by wearing multiple hats. As the Borough Engineer, Public Works Supervisor and planning board engineer, Gardella draws up schematics for sewer basins, reviews plans for every home and business addition, and makes sure the leaves get picked up on time and ballfields get mowed. He also pulls duty inspecting construction sites.
In fact, he’s saving the town so much money that it just gave him a raise.
Complaining that the new street paving through the historic business district resulted in unacceptably shallow gutters, Fair Haven officials last night said they would order the contractor to redo the job, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.
From the story:
The issue is that the pavement is too thick on the sides, making curbs almost disappear, [Mayor Mike] Halfacre said.
“It should have been done right on Wednesday night, when their dump trucks and steam rollers were out there,” Halfacre said. “The only option is to go out there tomorrow night (today) and rip up the fresh pavement and do it right.”
By JOHN T. WARD
Mayor John Ekdahl, who drew no opponent, sailed to another term.
There were no surprises in Fair Haven, where two Republicans ran unopposed for two council seats, though one of them will break the all-male lock on the all-GOP body.