RBC RAISES KICK-IN ON BASIE FIELDS UPKEEP

count-basie-fieldsRed Bank Catholic will pay more for its use of Count Basie Fields to help defray the cost of the turf upgrades. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank Catholic‘s rent is going up.

The borough council Wednesday night voted to amend the parochial school’s annual lease of Count Basie Fields in order to help cover the $878,000 cost of a recent artificial turf job. Most of the cost — $537,500 — was covered by two grants, said borough Administrator Stanley Sickels said.

RBC will now pay $80,000 a year for use of the fields for the next 15 years, up from $55,000. It will also contribute $50,000 a year over the next three years into the field’s capital improvement fund, Sickels said.

Here’s the resolution on the agreement: 10-255draftresolution

Here’s a rundown of other happenings from Wednesday night’s council meeting:
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BOARD KICKS SANDWICH SIGNS TO THE CURB

sandwich-board3Sandwich board signs have made recent appearances on Red Bank’s streets despite being prohibited under current borough law. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If Red Bank businesses are allowed to put sandwich board signs on their sidewalks this year, it won’t happen with the support of the borough’s planning board.

Rejecting, by a 4-1 vote, a recent proposal by the council to revive an old ordinance that permitted the signs outside stores and restaurants boroughwide, board members said the move is in conflict with the objectives of the town’s master plan and would impede pedestrian traffic and accessibility.

“I don’t think it really conforms to our master plan, and I think it would be more of a public hazard than public good,” acting chairman Guy Maratta said.

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A SANDWICH BOARD SUMMER, MAYBE

sandwich-boardThis Monmouth Street business has a half a sandwich board outside; the borough is considering allowing full-sized versions on sidewalks this summer. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Councilman Ed Zipprich says that for more than a decade, Red Bank’s borough council has chewed over, bandied about and confabbed — all but taken action, really — the idea of allowing businesses to put out sandwich boards on the sidewalks.

“We know this has been debated many times between 1992 and 2009,” Zipprich said.

Yet you haven’t seen one on a borough sidewalk since Mayor Pasquale Menna was in his fifth year as a councilman in 1993.

Could this possibly be the summer of the sandwich board?

Zipprich hopes so.

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