By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone
Happy February! I hope everyone has been staying safe and warm this past week with the extremely cold weather. I’m excited that our friend Punxsutawney Phil did not see is shadow signaling that an early spring will be upon us.
Many exciting things have taken place last couple weeks.
On January 28, I participated in a Town Hall style meeting in Tinton Falls with Senator Vin Gopal as well as County and State employees to address the community’s concerns about the recent increase in odor coming from the reclamation center. The several hundred people who showed up at the meeting, and many who didn’t, are justifiably concerned about the environmental impact of the dump on the health of our residents as well as property values.
I thank Senator Gopal for his partnership on this issue, especially with regard to bringing the State DEP onboard. I want the Tinton Falls and surrounding communities’ residents to rest assured that your health and safety is the County’s paramount concern. In the coming weeks and months, myself and the other freeholders will have some very positive announcements to make about the future of the reclamation center. In the meantime, we are grateful that the work we are doing is working to reduce the odor at the dump.
I had the opportunity with Sheriff Shaun Golden to join former Governor James McGreevey at a press conference for NJBUILD to promote their Pre-Apprenticeship program that is now available to Monmouth County residents. This beneficial program provides free training programs across multiple counties. Our main focus is to keep Monmouth County residents working and I am proud to support a program that will help ensure that.
I was also able to attend the Ribbon Cutting for the Monmouth County Health Department’s new building. I am so glad that this historic building was renovated and is continuing to be used by the County. As I always say, infrastructure will be here long after we are all gone and it is so important that we preserve them.
Another exciting event I was able to attend was the Monmouth County Fire Academy Firefighter 1 Class 122 Graduation. I am so proud of these young men and women for their dedication and service to our County!
In addition, I co-hosted an Elected Officials Workshop with Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon. It was such a great event that gave elected officials, whether newly elected or experienced, the opportunity to learn a lot of important information about all aspects of County government. We had speakers from many different departments throughout the County give presentations and the turnout was fantastic!
On another note, this month our Tourism Department attended the New York City Boat Show. They will be attending several trade and travel shows with our tourism partners this winter to promote all Monmouth County has to offer our visitors. I am proud to serve as liaison to this department which is a 2.5 billion industry in Monmouth County.
Lastly, I want to mention that we are just a little more than two months away from Made in Monmouth at Monmouth University. As liaison to the department of Economic Development I would like to encourage all residents and visitors to take advantage of this free event that features hundreds of consumer products made right here in Monmouth County.
As always, it’s a privilege to serve as your Freeholder Director.