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RED BANK: PAY-TO-PLAY RULES IN PLAY

money-full-columnElected officials would be permitted to vote on applications by their campaign contributors under a law change that’s up for a vote in Red Bank this week.

And the upper limits on what contributors can give politicians would soar to more than six times the current cap.

That’s according to an article in Saturday’s Asbury Park Press.

The proposed changes have baffled state Senator Jen Beck, a former Red Bank who favored an ordinance that went into effect after her tenure. That law would be gutted if the proposed changes are approved, she said.

“This only opens the borough to political influence and corruption,” Beck told Press reporter Larry Higgs. “It’s unclear to me why [Mayor Pasquale Menna] would move in that direction, when he supported” the existing ordinance.

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CUT DOWN, BUILDER TRIES NEW TREE PLAN

The health of the tulip poplar at center, above, has been a pivotal issue in the dispute. Below, the developer’s latest tree plan. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An ethics issue, arcane rules about tree removal and the opposition of neighbors have turned a three-house subdivision in Fair Haven that once appeared problem-free into a movable battle of wits and passions.

On Wednesday night, Buttonwood Investors returns to the planning board for yet another go-round over its Woodland Drive property.

This time, however, it has a new plan for dealing with trees.

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FAIR HAVEN: TREE LAW IN FOR TRIMMING

fh-boro-hallThe councilman most opposed to the ordinance says he’s open to compromise, but still itching to repeal it. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

On Monday night’s borough council agenda in Fair Haven: another attempt to retool the controversial tree-protection law.

Whether it actually goes to a vote is a separate matter.

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