While I am currently exploring a few issues, here are some of the topics discussed, in brief:
Mayor Robert J. Bergen announced that April is Alcohol Awareness Month in Keyport.
The township is in the process of applying for a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmer’s Home Administration. Bergen said this would save the borough thousands of dollars a year were it able to clean up its water and sewer act.
The mayor is also working with a group of Keyport residents to help the township “go Green.” He said the project is in its infantile stage and needs monetary support before implementation, but the goal is a good one: Create Green, efficient homes and save money.
Several residents expressed their concern about the ominous garbage problem developing in Keyport.
Many are finding themselves having to clean up when others leave their trash, dog droppings, coffee cups and alcoholic beverage bottles all over town. Suggestions were made in order to regain the town’s “Bayshore Pearl” image.
JoJo Merla’s residence on 17 Atlantic St. was questioned. After converting a garage into a single-family apartment, Merla was denied permits by the township.
The now three-family unit is for sale but Merla has still not obtained permits. While council members said it was legal to build, apply for permits, be denied and then not live there, several members of the community claim to have seen people living at the residence.
Look for these issues to resurface in an upcoming issue of The Courier.
PHOTO: Councilman John Kovacs and Bill Larkin of the KFD at this year’s annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade. (Melissa L. Gaffney)