PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE LONG BRANCH CITY COUNCIL WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020 AT 6:00 PM FOR WORKSHOP AND EXECUTIVE SESSION – THE REGULAR MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 7:30 PM.
THE MEETING WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON YOUTUBE. IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE, USE YOUR LANDLINE OR CELL PHONE TO CALL IN. WE ENCOURAGE ALL PARTICIPANTS TO CALL IN AT LEAST 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETING START TIME.
PLEASE DIAL IN BY USING ONE OF THE NUMBERS BELOW. IF YOU RECEIVE A BUSY SIGNAL, YOU MAY TRY ANY NUMBER ON THE LIST:
THEN ENTER MEETING ID: 814-3875-1701 FOLLOWED BY THE POUND SIGN (#)
FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON ORDINANCES AND FOR THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PORTION, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY PARTICIPATE BY DIALING *9 ON THEIR PHONES TO “RAISE THEIR HAND” IN THE VIRTUAL MEETING – A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CITY WILL CALL YOU BY THE LAST 3 DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO PARTICIPATE. AT THIS POINT, YOU WILL BE UNMUTED TO SPEAK AND MUST STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD. YOU WILL HAVE FIVE (5) MINUTES FOR THIS MEETING AND WILL BE GIVEN NOTICE WHEN THERE IS ONE MINUTE LEFT TO SPEAK.
FOR THE FULL AGENDA, GO TO LONGBRANCH.ORG
MARY MOSS, RMC
OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK
OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK
November 3, 2020 General Election
Below is the polling locations and district assignments for Long Branch:
Long Branch High School-404 Indiana Avenue, Long Branch
5, 6, 8, 9
Oceanic Fire House29 Norwood Avenue, Long Branch
Lenna W. Conrow School-335 Long Branch Avenue, Long Branch
15, 16, 17
George L. Canatrambone School-240 Park Avenue, Long Branch
1, 2, 3, 4
Gregory Elementary School-201 Monmouth Avenue
11, 12, 13, 14
Similarly, to the July Primary Election, the November 3, 2020 General Election, all active registered voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots for voting in the 2020 General Election without the need to submit a vote by mail application, per State law. The 2020 General Election will be conducted primarily via Vote by Mail, with limited polling locations open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day for voting on paper provisional ballots only and accessible voting devices for disabled voters only.
Mary Moss, RMC- Deputy Municipal Clerk
For the locations of the drop boxes around Monmouth County click here.
LONG BRANCH TO RETURN TO PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR POSITION IN RESPONSE TO POLICE AUDIT
(LONG BRANCH)- Mayor John Pallone and the City Council announced today that they will be reinstating the position of Public Safety Director in response to a police audit performed by Government Strategy Group released today. The goal as outlined in the audit, is to improve efficiency, save costs, and better manage all municipal services including Police, Fire, and OEM.
After taking office in 2018, the Mayor and Council took swift action to eliminate four vacant high-ranking spots from the Police organizational chart - two deputy chief positions, a captain position, and lieutenant position. Doing away with those newly added but still unfilled positions eliminated potential salaries totaling almost $900,000.
The return of the Director of Public Safety position was carefully studied and strongly recommended by the City’s consultants during their review of the police department. The costs for it are clearly offset by the administration’s 2018 belt tightening.
It was a stated goal of the Mayor and Council to examine all municipal services. A comprehensive review of the police department was initiated through the efforts of an outside entity. As the City’s largest municipal department accounting for 20% of the municipal budget, it was logical to begin there with a full and objective outside review. This would provide a beneficial way to examine the inner workings of the department and obtain ideas for its improvement.
Government Strategy Group conducted a “Review and Evaluation of the Police Department”. In their conclusions, they indicated that having all of the City’s emergency services including Police, Fire, and OEM under one centralized command, the Office of the Director of Public Safety, will lead to a more efficient and coordinated effort. Also, reinstating this position will provide our elected officials with a direct and appropriate line of communications to the City’s emergency services departments. Mayor and Council note that they will be keeping the position of Chief of Police which was also an option suggested in the audit.
The audit paid particular attention to the Long Branch police department division of Support Services. It is specifically noted in the audit that:
“An entire division is devoted to Support Services, consisting of a number of non-sworn and administrative functions plus traffic safety and code enforcement. This division is managed by two ranking positions, a Captain and a Lieutenant, supported by other sworn personnel. Many of the duties and work responsibilities in this division should be performed by the Director of Public Safety’s office, such as budget preparation for the Police and Fire Departments, code enforcement, information technology, and various other administrative duties. Having many of these duties handled by civilians rather than sworn personnel will lead to cost savings and great efficiency. Also, sworn personnel can then be assigned to true police duties.” – Government Strategies Audit
“Historically, Long Branch had a Director of Public Safety from 1979 until about 2017. The Director was in charge of all of the City’s emergency services, including our police department and fire department services. Given the recommendations in the police audit, we believe it is in the best interest of our residents to bring this position back,” Council President Mario Vieira said.
“We did not know when we asked for this study over a year ago that so much also would change in the world, all leading us to confirm our decision that a Public Safety Director would best suit the City. The pandemic really taught us just how critical coordination of emergency services is to a city,” Mayor Pallone stated. “The recent power outage reinforced our concerns.”
The position has now been posted, as the City is seeking qualified candidates to apply. For more information about how to apply, go to the city website LONGBRANCH.ORG.
“We look forward to any ideas our new Director of Public Safety offers to the City of Long Branch. As council members, we are always looking to put the safety of our residents first,” Councilman Bill Dangler said.
“The accountability that this position has to the public will be beneficial for the future of our city,” Councilwoman Rose Widdis said.
The City of Long Branch is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Learn more at www.longbranch.org.
GOVERNMENT STRATEGY POLICE AUDIT
Mayor John Pallone announced Thursday, July 8th that the City will be receiving a grant to improve and beautify the area on 3rd Avenue in the vicinity of the NJ Transit Train Station. In addition, NJ Transit has agreed to update the station itself. The whole project will cover beautification such as painting the NJ transit building, landscaping with new trees and flowers, parking lot repair, concrete patching, platform repairs, and lighting in the tunnel.
The parking lot repair has started this week and the other work will continue during the Summer months.
"This improvement is long over due. We are very happy to be receiving this grant and believe it to be a welcomed enhancement for 3rd Avenue and the surrounding areas," Mayor Pallone stated.
"Making improvements within our city has always been a goal of our administration. Even small changes like landscaping and flowers really makes a difference and we plan to continue to do projects like these and apply to grants to help cover the costs," Mayor Pallone said.
Exact details of the improvements include:
The grant includes improvements to pedestrian areas including sidewalks and intersections from Morris Ave to Lowden Ct along 3rd Avenue, as well as landscaping upgrades
Renew landscaping at the station by removing dead trees and other vegetation, and planting new disease resistant tree species, as well as flowers and attractive ornamental grasses
Upgrade the station parking lot, patching and smoothing deteriorated areas, renewing the blacktop coating and restriping
Replace lighting and fixtures in the station pedestrian tunnel with energy-conserving LED lights and fixtures, that will provide much better illumination while being environmentally friendly
Painting of the station building and repair of deteriorating concrete on the station platform
For more information about this project or other beautification efforts in the city, please call the Mayor's Office at 732-571-5640. ####
CITY OF LONG BRANCH NOTICE As per city Ordinance 247-4 “Permits for Special Events” no events or gatherings can be held on municipal property (parks or beaches) without submission of a Special Event Application or a Wedding Application. Fees and insurance applies to all submissions. No alcohol or generators are allowed on municipal property either. For more information contact Danna Kawut at email@example.com or refer to: https://www.longbranch.org/departments/ProgramsEvents/programsevents
Attention Long Branch Business Community:
In anticipation of Governor Murphy allowing the further re-opening of restaurants and retail businesses with restrictions and/or modifications, we have created temporary permits to allow restaurants and retail businesses to open with expanded usage modifications.
Again, this is all contingent upon Governor Murphy lifting some restrictions currently in place. By allowing restaurants and retail to view and fill out these permits in advance, we look to provide our business community more time to prepare for this next phase.
Below is a more detailed explanation
RESTAURANTS: As part of an effort to support the local economy, the City of Long Branch has determined that some local restaurants may be able to temporarily establish outdoor seating for their establishments with the issuance of a temporary use permit.
These permits may allow restaurants, on a case-by-case, limited basis, to expand the areas available for outdoor seating. The temporary use permit for outdoor dining is only for restaurants with an active mercantile license from the City of Long Branch. If the restaurant currently has approved outdoor dining the temporary use permit is only necessary if the restaurant wishes to temporarily expand their approved outdoor dining space.
RETAIL: The City is also issuing temporary use permits for outdoor retail sales for businesses with an active mercantile license from the City of Long Branch. This is to allow for the outdoor display and sale of merchandise. The temporary use permit is only valid during normal business hours.
Restaurants and businesses interested in applying for a temporary use permit can find the corresponding application below. Completed applications should be sent to the City Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee for a temporary use permit for qualifying restaurants and businesses.
*Temporary use permits shall be restricted to normally permitted current zoning activity and shall be related to the principal commercial activities in operation on the subject property. Temporary use permits shall not be issued to occupy unimproved properties or areas identified as open space, preserve, drainage or detention areas, or landscape buffers. Safe ingress and egress shall be provided to the site, including emergency access measures at all times. If the applicant does not own the area, a letter from the property owner granting permission to utilize the subject area identified within the temporary use permit, during the requested time period, shall be provided by the applicant.
All restaurants and businesses receiving the temporary use permit must comply with the requirements of social distancing and other regulations in accordance with applicable Executive Orders issued by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
- Temporary Dining Permit.pdf
- Temporary Outdoor Retail Sales Permit.pdf
Introducing Long Branch Community Connect!
A collection of Long Branch Businesses that have created new ways to keep you active, positive & connected during the coronavirus crisis. The page focuses on local online services and positive virtual programs to keep you connected during this challenging time. Examples of these may include, but are not limited to virtual story time, yoga, music, song, resources, dance, art programs, book clubs, exercise, therapeutic, educational, healthy diet, support groups, etc.
If your Long Branch business is offering these or similar online programs, please fill out the short form at: longbranch.org/communityconnectsignup to be added to this page!
All Long Branch Businesses that offer online services or specials specific to the current crisis are welcome to request to be listed.
Restaurant owners please sign up for our Local To Go page at: longbranch.org/LongBranchLocalToGo
Introducing Long Branch Local To Go!
For a list of Long Branch Restaurants offering
delivery and/or take-out services during the
Coronavirus crisis visit: www.longbranch.org/LocalToGo!
Please help to support these local restaurants that have
remained open to serve our community!
TO BE ADDED TO OUR PAGE VISIT: https://bit.ly/LBTakeOut
EFFECTIVE 7/13/2020, LONG BRANCH OFFICES ARE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - 732-222-7000
Attention Long Branch residents: Beginning Monday March 16, 2020, Long Branch offices will be CLOSED to the public to protect residents and employees and to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. However, our staff will be available to assist you by phone or email. Please check our website at longbranch.org to find phone numbers, emails, and forms. You can also contact the department you are looking for by calling 732-222-7000. We will be updating our website constantly with modifications to any services. Thank you for understanding. Please also sign up for Long Branch Alerts at longbranch.org/alerts to receive the most up to date texts, calls, and emails.
Administration - 732-571-5645 - email@example.com
Building - 732-571-5690 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Clerk - 732-571-5686 - email@example.com
Finance - 732-571-5688 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire Bureau - 732-571-5651 email@example.com
Health - 732-571-5665 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Library - 732-222-3900 - email@example.com
Personnel - 732-571-5662 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning/Zoning - 732-571-5647 - email@example.com
Public Works - 732-571-6520 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchasing - 732-571-5656 - email@example.com
Recreation - 732-571-6545 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Center - 732-571-6542 - email@example.com
Tax Assessor - 732-571-5658 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax Collector - 732-571-5657 - email@example.com
UEZ - 732-923-2040 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Long Branch has a new and improved system for keeping in touch with our residents. We are calling it Alert Long Branch and the service is being provided by smart911.com.
Click the link above to sign up. We plan to use Alert Long Branch for more than just emergency alerts, in the near future we will use it for community notifications.
Click here to go to the Long Branch Health Department Page regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
City of Long Branch Commercial Vehicle Parking Permit Program
The City has passed an ordinance requiring that those who want to park a commercial vehicle on any city street between 8pm and 7am must first obtain a Commercial Vehicle Parking Permit. The vehicle registration and applicant’s driver license must bear the same address within the City of Long Branch. The number of permitted commercial vehicles to be parked on the street is limited to one per residence or Postal Address.
Permits for commercial vehicles to be parked on the street will be issued by the Police Department’s Traffic Unit. The charge will be $25 per permit per year (not pro rated). The fee is based on the cost to the city of operating the program. As of January 1, 2020, Long Branch will give commercial vehicle owners 60 days to comply, and then summonses will be issued.
To apply for a permit, please visit: https://www.thepermitportal.com/IPS
From the ordinance 325-3 L (2), “No commercial vehicle, trailer, truck, van, taxi, bus, (school or otherwise), tow truck, limousine, recreational vehicle or vehicle, trailer, truck, van, taxi, bus (school or otherwise, tow truck, limousine, recreational vehicle with lettering or design showing the name and/or contact information of a commercial service thereon (a “prohibited vehicle”) may park on streets within the City between the hours of 8:00pm and 7:00am, seven (7) days a week, without a permit issued in accordance with this ordinance. “Commercial Vehicle” is defined as any commercial vehicle either by the State of New Jersey or the state in which the vehicle is registered.“
SHOP LONG BRANCH
A program designed to encourage residents to support local businesses.
Individuals who sign up for a SHOP LONG BRANCH card will receive discounts at participating businesses. Discounts will be applied directly to the individuals property taxes or provided in the form of a year-end check for non-residents or those who rent.
Businesses that have signed up thus far:
Bacon Beach Grille (49 Atlantic Avenue)
BBQ & Salad Shack (138 Myrtle Avenue)
Bella's Pizza (425 Liberty Street)
Bell Liquors (706 Broadway)
Butcher's Block Restaurant (235 West Avenue)
BR Help Center (489 Broadway, 2nd Floor)
Caputo's Italian Pastry Shoppe (444 Ocean Blvd North)
Cortez Cigar (23 2nd Avenue)
Dancing Through Life (132 West End Avenue)
Finer Details (187 Westwood Avenue)
Interworld Highway (205 Westwood Avenue)
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service (103 Brighton Avenue)
Lapidus Décor (182 Broadway)
Leonard P. Kiczek, Esquire (226 Broadway)
Natural Healthcare (10 West End Court)
Norah's Irie Jamaican Restaurant (530 Springdale Avenue)
Sands Dry Cleaners (444 Ocean Boulevard North)
Shelly's Jewels (605 2nd Avenue)
Sip's Ace Paint & Hardware (700 Joline Avenue)
The Link News (176 Broadway)
The Peddler (150 Ocean Boulevard North)
V & S Auto Brokers (517 Broadway)
And More To Come!
Shop Long Branch cards are available to all residents and city visitors at various municipality locations including:
· Long Branch Public Library - Main (328 Broadway)
· Long Branch Public Library - Elberon (168 Lincoln Ave)
· City Hall - Information Desk (344 Broadway)
· Community Development Office (228 Broadway, 2nd Fl)
· Senior Citizens Center (85 2nd Ave)
· Recreation Department (231 Wilber Ray Ave)
· Chamber of Commerce (228 Broadway, ground level)
· BR Help Center (489 Broadway)
· Finer Detail (187 Westwood Ave)
Each participating business will have a window cling identifying itself as a member of the program.
If you are a local business and would like to learn more about the program, or to sign up for the program, please contact
Roberto Ferragina of Long Branch's Office of Community & Economic Development
email@example.com / 732.923.2041