Amidst a summer awash in bad news, there is a very good news story I’m pleased to share regarding the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth; a topic I am asked about frequently. Since the fort was closed by the U.S. Army in 2005, I have been a member of both public-private agencies, led by the state, that first planned, and is now executing plans to transform the fort into a hub of recreation, commerce, technology, innovation, education, residential and retail use. Tangible results emerged last year and continue to increase this year. More are on the near horizon, bringing jobs, ratables and opportunities for the public to enjoy new open spaces and recreational options within the borders of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls.
As the county’s representative, first on the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Planning Authority (FMERPA) and currently on the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), I identified certain facilities and spaces for county use early on. Last year, the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering took over, refurbished and is now utilizing the fort’s former motor pool, bringing critical services including snow and storm damage removal closer to that region. The county Park System now runs the former teen center and pool, a beautiful facility. Programs initiated there last year have been well-attended and growing. This year, we opened the pool for classes. The reception and attendance have been outstanding. We hope to increase programs at the pool next summer. That’s just the beginning…admin | Filed under: Fort Monmouth, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders | Tags: Eatontown, FMERA, Fort Monmouth, Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority, Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, Lillian G. Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Oceanport, Tinton Falls | 5 Comments »
Monmouth County has received a new AAA bond rating from all three major rating agencies for the 16th consecutive year, according to a statement by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders.
“This is the 16th straight year the County has been awarded AAA status from Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr., liaison to the County’s Finance Department. “Monmouth County continues to be top-rated in how it manages taxpayer money.”
The three rating agencies rated the upcoming Monmouth County Improvement Authority’s (MCIA) governmental refunding bond series and reaffirmed the ratings of the County’s outstanding debt.
“Monmouth County continues its demonstration of sound, fiscal management. The County has been careful in its spending and continues to maintain low debt levels,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry. “As a result, we are able to have greater flexibility in delivering quality services to our residents. It shows how well the County is managing its resources and planning for the future.”
Monmouth County is the only county in New Jersey and one of less than three dozen counties in the nation that can claim to have received the highest score from all three rating agencies. The AAA rating is higher than that of the State of New Jersey and the United States of America.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Gary Rich, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Serena DiMaso | Tags: AAA Bond rating, Fitch, Gary Rich, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Government, Monmouth County Improvement Authority (MCIA), Moody's Investor Services, S&P, Serena DiMaso, Standard and Poors | 24 Comments »
By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone
Recently a Mayor’s Luncheon was held in Belmar for the purpose of giving Belmar businesses a forum to meet and discuss tourism and how it benefits businesses at the Jersey Shore. I was happy to attend and join Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty in greeting the local business owners and to share with them what the County Tourism Division does to promote the industry. The luncheon was held at Ollie Klein’s Waterside Café located on River Road in Belmar.
Additionally, we are currently working toward entering into a shared services agreement with Hightstown to utilize the Monmouth County Vehicle Wash facilities. This is yet another approach to help reduce costs and redundancies in the delivery of public services, while adding some additional revenue for the county to help offset our operational costs. Because Hightstown already has a shared services agreement with Roosevelt Borough for trash collection which is hauled to the Monmouth County Reclamation Center, it makes good sense for them to utilize the county vehicle wash facilities as a value added shared services while they are in the area. Howell Township has just been added to our MODIV property tax assessment shared services system. This system has been recognized for innovation and excellence in public service by the Harvard Kennedy School and Moody’s Investor’s Service for its role in streamlining the delivery and implementation of the tax assessment process. Certain municipalities have seen savings of up to 65% through this shared service.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Tom Arnone | Tags: Belmar, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Economic Development, Freeholder Tom Arnone, Hightstown, Made in Monmouth, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Monmouth County Government, Roosevelt, The Arnone Report, Tom Arnone | No Comments »
A surplus helicopter previously deployed by the Monmouth County Mosquito Commission was sold via online auction on June 17 for $421,000, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
All told, the County netted $2,686,208 through the online sale of 38 surplus items from the County Fleet, the Sheriff’s Office, Buildings and Grounds, the Reclamation Center and property seized by the Prosecutor’s Office during the spring auction.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: Freeholder Gary Rich, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Government surplus auction, Helicopter, Monmouth County | 18 Comments »
Companies must register to participate; jobseekers do not
LINCROFT, NJ – Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Fall Job Fair scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19 at Brookdale Community College.
“Employers who have immediate job openings are invited to participate in Monmouth County’s Fall Job Fair,” said Freeholder Serena DiMaso, liaison to the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development. “This will improve the probability that jobseekers will find employment by attending.”
The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend.
The 2014 Monmouth County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft.admin | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Economy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Press Release | Tags: Brookdale job fair, Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Job Fair, Monmouth County, Press Release | Comments Off
August 4-August 10
Monday, August 4
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuesday, August 5 & Wednesday, August 6
INDOOR MOVIE-OCEAN TWP
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED
Tuesday, August 5
DINNER AT THE OG PAVILION
4:30 PM -7:00 PM
Ocean Grove Auditorium Pavilion
Cost $12 per person.
Fish ‘n Chips or Chicken Nuggets Dinner
Tuesday, August 5
OUTDOOR MOVIE–RED BANK
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Riverside Gardens Park
By Greg Kelly
• Manasquan Firemen’s Fair – MORE INFO
• Lucky Me at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
• Godspell at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
• A Few Good Men at Duncan Smith Theatre (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
• Clam Festival (Highlands) – MORE INFO
• Sunset Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay – MORE INFO
• The Wizard of Oz by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO
• Keyport Firemen’s Fair – MORE INFO
• Martha’s Vineyard Weekend Trip via Seastreak (Highlands) – MORE INFO
• APPETITE: Andrew Zimmern at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
• Night Boat Tours on Manasquan Reservoir (Howell) – MORE INFO
• WW I & the Rise of Military Communications (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO
• Give Us the Scoop on Your Favorite Ice Cream Topping (WLB) – MORE INFO
• Eat, Drink, Dance, Bowl, Repeat (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
• 145th Annual Camp Meeting Association Week (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO
• Shakespeare by the Sea (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
• Walking Lantern Ghost Tours (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
• American Littoral Learners on Sandy Hook – MORE INFOadmin | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Highlands, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: Clam Fest, Fireman's Fair, Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Highlands Clam Festival, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Seastreak, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, Things to do on the Jersey Shore, Things to do on the Jersey Shore this weekend | Comments Off
Late last month, Governor Christie signed into law Assembly bill 3424, which extended the two percent cap on binding interest arbitration awards. I was present when Governor Christie inked his name to this bill, extending the cap through December 31, 2017.
The law which originally set the two percent cap was enacted back in 2010 when the Governor joined with legislative leaders to implement these important reforms to a segment of the government system that desperately needed revamping. Historically, it was a system that had often run amok, awarding benefits to the public unions in question without regard for the town or county’s ability to pay for such benefits.
The 2010 law was historic and vital—and temporary. The original law included a Sunset clause, which allowed the law and its terms to expire as of April 1, 2014 if no action was taken by the legislature to extend it.admin | Filed under: Gary Rich, Monmouth County, Opinion | Tags: Freeholder Gary Rich, Gary Rich, Monmouth County, Opinion, Sunset Provisions | Comments Off