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The Arnone Report: Made In Monmouth Returns This Weekend

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Hello, everyone!

We have a lot of exciting events and programs in the coming weeks and months. However, I want to take the time this week to write about one of our biggest and most popular events returning this weekend – Made in Monmouth!

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Posted: April 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Arnone Report: Monmouth County Spending $43.8 million less than in 2010

By Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder Director

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Happy Spring!

Last week the 2019 Monmouth County budget was approved during the March 18th meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The adopted budget is $449.6 million, for comparison, in 2010 the County Budget peaked at $493.4 million, before its steady descent to $449.6 million in 2019, a decrease of $43.8 million.

In 2010 the County spent $173.6 million on salaries and wages, and in 2018 the county spent $166.8 million.  That amounts to a $6.8 million reduction in payroll spending while providing salary increases to our employees in each of those years, and maintaining services. This can be credited to an aggressive approach to vacancies and the provision of services including job consolidation, shared services, and outsourcing.

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Posted: March 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments »

Arnone Report: Freeholder Director’s update on efforts for odor mitigation and more

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

The first topic this week I would like to provide an update is our efforts at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. It continues to be our mission to eliminate the odors emitted at the site.

As you may know, the County purchased an odor neutralizer that continues to be applied directly to the most critical areas, as well as other areas as needed. We will continue these efforts until the odor is under control. This remains a top priority for us at the County and we look forward to continuing an open dialogue with those impacted by this situation.

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Posted: March 4th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Freeholder Director’s update on efforts for odor mitigation and more

The Arnone Report: Public Works Keeping Roads Safe, Ongoing Progress At Dump

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

I hope everyone stayed safe and warm during last week’s snow and ice storm. We anticipate more inclement weather this week and as always, the County is prepared for whatever comes our way.

I’d like to thank our department of public works employees for working throughout this recent storm to clear our roads and county-owned properties. As always, these employees did a great job. I’d also like to thank our first responders who were also out working throughout the storm in difficult weather conditions.

It has been a busy and exciting few weeks in the County!

I want to update everyone on our efforts to eliminate the odors being emitted at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. Last week we installed five vapor system stations. It is important to note that these non-toxic vapors do not mask the odors, but rather neutralize the odors, which is more effective.

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Posted: February 19th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Public Works Keeping Roads Safe, Ongoing Progress At Dump

The Arnone Report: Progress at the dump and other good news

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.

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Posted: February 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 8 Comments »

The Arnone Report: Freeholder Director Tom Arnone’s Update on Monmouth County Government

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Millie Gonzalez of Union Beach, Ms Wheelchair NJ, is honored by the Monmouth County Freeholders

I hope everyone is staying warm, happy and healthy this winter season. It sure has been cold the last few days but on the bright side, summer is only a little more than 100 days away!

It has been an eventful few weeks at the County. During our last Freeholder meeting, the Freeholders honored the new Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey, Millie Gonzalez from Union Beach. Millie’s accomplishments are incredible and she is a true inspiration to us all for overcoming so many obstacles and achieving her goals. The Board looks forward to continuing our support for her in Little Rock, Arkansas where she will compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2020 competition this July! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 22nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Freeholder Director Tom Arnone’s Update on Monmouth County Government

Arnone Report: Happy New Year!

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season spent with friends and family.

It’s hard to believe it is already January, but here we are. Thankfully we’ve lucked out so far with no major snowstorms impacting our area. However, as I have noted before, the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering has been preparing for inclement weather for months and is ready to serve at a moment’s notice.

I would like to discuss the county’s annual reorganization meeting that was held last Thursday afternoon. I can’t mention this meeting without first thanking the students in the singing group Stardust from Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Freehold Township. After hearing them sing at an event last fall, I asked if they would like to perform the National Anthem at our reorganization meeting. I can speak for the entire Freeholder Board when I say what a terrific job they did!

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Posted: January 7th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Happy New Year!

Arnone Report: County supporting business and education, keeping the roads safe and clean

By Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder Director

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season! It’s hard to believe the first day of winter is right around the corner when it feels like we just celebrated the end of summer!

As liaison to the department of public works and engineering, I want to ensure everyone that our employees have been preparing for any potential storms during the upcoming winter season. We have the best crews around who all have the same goal in mind – to keep our residents safe during any inclement weather. Our number one priority always has been and always will be safety.

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Posted: December 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: County supporting business and education, keeping the roads safe and clean

The Arnone Report: Monmouth County leads the way in Shared Services and Generous Hearts

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Well, it seems as if fall is now officially here! After a hot summer season, these cooler temperatures are a nice relief! I hope everyone is enjoying the season and picking the perfect pumpkins. I have been staying busy and I would like to take some time to share what I have been up to around Monmouth County.

Last Friday, we hosted our annual Shared Services Summit at the Monmouth County Fire Academy. We had a fantastic turnout, with nearly 80 people attending and representing more than 35 municipalities, school districts, fire districts, police departments and other entities throughout the county. Those who attended were able to learn more about shared services available to them through our Clerk’s office, tax board, Sheriff’s office, purchasing department, department of public works, IT department and the fire academy.

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Posted: October 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Monmouth County leads the way in Shared Services and Generous Hearts

The Arnone Report: Pound The Pavement for Puple: Stomp out Pancreatic Cancer

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Happy October! It’s hard to believe were already in the midst of the fall season but, like all seasons in Monmouth County, there is always plenty to do! Make sure to check out our Grown in Monmouth and Monmouth County Tourism websites for upcoming events and activities.

I’d like to focus on one topic in particular for this week’s letter and that is the upcoming Pound the Pavement for Purple 5k and 2-mile walk in Neptune and Neptune City this Saturday, October 6th. This annual race is presented by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Neptune Township Committee. I’m proud to serve as a co-founder of this race with Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

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Posted: October 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Pound The Pavement for Puple: Stomp out Pancreatic Cancer