Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Borough Council adopted a bond ordinance which funds the demolition of 68 Main Street in Englishtown.
The Englishtown Borough Council has approved a bond ordinance for the demolition of 68 Main Street. The Borough has decided to knock down 68 Main Street, a two-story single family home, because it has been deemed a hazardous structure and its removal will lead to the general improvement of the Englishtown Borough, according to the adopted ordinance. The home, located at the corner of Dey Road and Main Street, is approximately 1,880 square feet and made of wood. It is currently uninhabited and falling apart. This project is estimated to cost $125,000, but a maximum bond amount of $119,000 was issued for the project. A $6,000 down payment for the bond was appropriated in a previously adopted budget; the bond is for five years. These funds …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The curfew ends trick-or-treating at 8 p.m.
The Englishtown Borough Mayor and Council have amended their curfew ordinance to include a Halloween curfew for the first time ever. Now, no one under the age of 18-years-old will be allowed in public places in Englishtown, unless accompanied by an adult, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. Additionally, Trick-or-Treating is limited to Oct. 31 and must end at 8 p.m., no matter how old the trick-or-treater is, according to the amended law. This does not apply to people under the age of 18-years-old who are traveling from: If a parent or guardian permits a minor to violate these provisions, they will also be guilty of breaking this law, according to the newly amended ordinance. Those who violate this law will be …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Borough gathered in front of the fire department on Patriot's Day to remember those who lost their lives 11 years ago.
Englishtown residents gathered in front of the Englishtown Fire Department last night to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Englishtown police and fireman stood proud in their uniforms and the feeling of gratitude for their selfless service was pervasive among the crowd. Englishtown Mayor Thomas Reynolds spoke about the devastating timeline of the attacks eleven years ago and offered gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Englishtown Councilman Gregory Wojyn and Crossroads Assembly of God Pastor Frank Jacobs spoke about the altruistic work of the servicemen in Englishtown and to all who sacrificed their lives on Sept. 11. Wojyn set an encouraging and patriotic tone by quoting President …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Matlosz Court became an official street of Englishtown on Thursday, Sept. 6.
The Englishtown Mayor and Council have officially named a new Borough street Matlosz Court in honor of Christopher Matlosz, a former Englishtown police officer who was killed last year while on duty in Lakewood. The newly constructed neighborhood is directly off of South Main Street across from the Englishtown Fire Department. Matlosz, 27, was shot and killed in a gang-associated ritual by Jahmell Crockam in January 2011. Crockam, a Manchester resident, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of the Matlosz this past March. A beloved member of the Englishtown Police Department, Matlosz served the Borough for almost two years between October 2004 until August 2006 when he joined the Lakewood police force. When the …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Englishtown is applying for an Open Space grant to purchase 17 Main Street to turn it into a parking lot.
A public hearing on Englishtown’s application for an Open Space grant was held last week. The Englishtown Council plan on applying for a Monmouth County Municipal Open Space grant for the purpose of acquiring 17 Main Street, the lot adjacent to the Englishtown Municipal Building. The governing body would like to turn this piece of land into a parking lot. Since the parking lot would provide much needed spaces for Sanford Park and Lake Weamaconck patrons the acquisition of the property qualifies for the open space grant. The application is a 50 percent match, meaning the county would put up half of the project’s amount and the Borough would be required to put up the other half. The Council has put in an offer to purchase 17 Main Street at $…
Monday, July 30, 2012
The council is interested in purchasing 17 Main St. in order to turn the property into a municipal parking lot.
The Englishtown Council introduced a resolution last week to apply for a Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Program land acquisition grant to help fund the purchase of the property adjacent to Englishtown Town Hall. The council has been proactive in acquiring the 17 Main St. property in hopes of turning it into a municipal parking lot. The central location of this lot between Lake Weamaconk and Sanford Park qualifies it for the grant since it will be benefiting recreation facilities within the Borough by supplying a parking lot sufficient in size for both locations. The Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Program does a 50 percent matching for all projects up to $250,000. Therefore, the most that Englishtown can apply for right now is $…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
With Englishtown Day not happening this year, do you think Englishtown should continue to work towards having their own community day?
Usually celebrated in the month of May, Englishtown Day will not be taking place this year, as the Borough said they did not have enough funds this year to make it happen. Councilwoman Lori Cooke said that she has been talking to locals who would be willing to make donations for next year, as Englishtown Day needs to be supported solely through donations. "The problem is you have a lot of other communities that are having their 'Days' and it's very hard to get the vendors," Englishtown Mayor Thomas Reynolds said at the last Council meeting. According to Cooke, the cost of the rides and the bands make up the majority of the expense and the Borough has not had money to pay for Englishtown Day in at least four years.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sgt. Richard Settele is recognized for a heroic act and almost all officers receive awards for their shooting skills.
Englishtown Lt. Peter S. Cooke, Jr. and Councilwoman and Police Commisioner Cindy Robilotti handed out awards to several Englishtown Police Officers at the Borough Council meeting last week. A proclamation of the Mayor and Council was read in honor of Sgt. Richard Settele’s exceptional service, specifically for apprehending a woman with a weapon at a group home for the developmentally disabled on Feb. 7. “Upon Sgt. Settele’s arrival, he was immediately confronted by an individual brandishing a large kitchen knife,” the proclamation reads. “Sgt. Settele was able to convince the individual involved to disarm the weapon, thus preventing the need for more serious action to be taken.” Settele’s composure under the extreme circumstances and …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Councilwoman Maryanne Krawiec was the one dissenting vote of the council in the adoption.
The Englishtown Borough Council adopted the 2012 municipal budget last night, which has a 5.7 cent increase on the tax rate from last year. A total of $1,153,802 of the budget will be raise from taxes. Originally the tax cap levy was at zero, but due to an adjustment by the divisional local government services the levy is now under by $13,407, Borough Administrator Laurie Finger explained. The appropriation cap bank, or the amount the Borough Council can spend on appropriations, was under the cap by $173,624 for a total of $1,588,748. Finger told the council that this budget represents revenues being maximized and expenditures being curtailed. The budget also reflects the Fire Prevention Bureau being transferred to the Fire District. Two …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Englishtown will be applying for a Community Development Block Grant to create real crosswalks and upgrade sidewalk ramps.
Englishtown will be making an application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for 2013 for the purpose of creating crosswalks and making sidewalk ramps handicap accessible. The CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the money is administered on a county level. HUD focuses on providing aid to low to moderate income citizens. Currently, the Borough of Englishtown does not qualify for Community Development funds because it does not meet the percentage requirement of low to moderate income residents required to qualify. Englishtown Borough Engineer Tom Harris said that Englishtown qualified 25 years ago, but the construction of new homes has brought a new demographic people to the …