MAYOR’S VOTE HALTS TREE-LAW SAW

hot-topic rightAfter almost a year and a half of on-and-off debate, an effort to trim Fair Haven’s tree-protection ordinance failed Monday night, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Mayor Mike Halfacre, who votes only in the event of a council tie, cast the decisive vote, halting  amendments pushed by Councilman Bob Marchese that would have made it easier for property owners to remove trees.

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SIDEWALK SIGNS OK FOR ANOTHER YEAR

sandwich-bds-120811Sandwich board signs are are here to stay – at least for another year. Though there have been some ‘issues’ of merchants posting signs away from their stores to get better visibility, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna says the signs, permitted by ordinance in July 2010, have been a success, and the borough council this week extended the expiration of the ordinance to December 31, 2012. (Click to enlarge)

RUMSON TREE TUSSLE RESUMES

Rick Jones, who shot this video in August, and his wife, Cindy Zipf, claim flooding in their neighborhood was worsened by clear-cutting that the town should not have allowed.

A dispute over the removal of trees from a residential building lot in Rumson continues in public Monday night with neighbor expecting a “show down” with a developer, she and her husband say in a press release.

Borough officials, however, contend that Cindy Zipf‘s claim that They turned a blind eye to a wholesale “murder ” of trees on Navesink Avenue is unfounded.

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MORE LICENSES, HIGHER FARES IN TAXI LAW

black-taxiRed Bank is expected to adopt changes made to its taxi licensing ordinance. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

After hashing out concerns with local cabbies over proposed changes to Red Bank’s taxi licensing ordinance, the borough council is poised to adopt a new version of regulations that features more licenses and “substantially reduces fees.”

But a person hopping into a cab will pay more.

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FAIR HAVEN TREE ORDINANCE DIES

zoe-gallagherZoe Gallagher, 13, had rallied support for the measure after trees on a Poplar Avenue property were cut down to make room for two houses. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

A proposed local law that would have required property owners to notify neighbors of plans to remove trees failed to gain passage in Fair Haven Monday night, the Asbury Park Press reports.

The proposal had pitted residents who wanted to preserve greenscape against others who saw the law as an affront to property rights. Councilman Ben Lucarelli argued that requiring a person who wants to remove a single tree to notify their neighbors is excessive regulation, the Press reports.

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OOPS: IT’S NOT HISTORIC — YET

80-efront-red-bankThe lot, at the corner of East Front and Washington Streets, has been vacant since a Victorian home was demolished in 2005. (Click to enlarge)

Last week, redbankgreen reported that a Monmouth County architect had met recently with historic preservation advocates in Red Bank about building a four-unit condo project on a vacant lot at the corner of East Front and Washington streets.

The meeting was a courtesy call of sorts. Brendan McHugh, a Manasquan-based architect working for an unidentified prospective buyer and developer of the site, sat down with members of the borough’s Historic Preservation Commission to give them a heads-up and get early feedback on the plan. He hadn’t, and still hasn’t, filed any formal proposal with the town.

The commission plays an advisory role in land use issues involving properties in the Washington Street Historic District, and the lot McHugh was targeting was in the zone.

Or so everyone at the meeting thought.

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