Long Beach Township Swears in Police Officer Sean FarrellMunicipality Establishing Parks and Recreation Committee
Members of the Long Beach Township Police Department lined the municipal courtroom Monday afternoon as Mayor Joseph Mancini conducted the swearing in of new officer Sean Farrell, who was joined by his parents Kelley Farrell-Sheldon and Jim Stottlemire.
“He’s not only a fine officer,” said Police Chief Anthony Deely, “he’s a decent human being,” who, Deely added, is compassionate and family-oriented.
“We think you’re really going to appreciate the work ethic of this young man.”
The chief also thanked township officials for their support of the police department.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the governing body introduced the 2017 budget, with total general appropriations at $27,842,000 and the local tax for municipal purposes at $18,528,202. Total general appropriations for 2016 were $27,430,700, with the amount to be raised by municipal taxes $18,050,015.
A complete copy of the 2017 budget will be available for inspection in the municipal clerk’s office at least one week prior to the April 3 public hearing, set for 4 p.m.
Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi, a practicing physician, voiced the township’s opposition Monday to legislation recently signed by Gov. Christie to limit opioid painkiller prescriptions in an attempt to curb addiction and overdoses. The measure decreases the initial allowable supply of opioid drugs from 30 to five days; doctors must have another consultation with the patient to prescribe more. Individuals in treatment for cancer, chronic pain or end-of-life care are exempt under the law.
The legislation also includes coverage mandates for substance abuse treatment for those with state-regulated insurance plans and pushes for continuing education for the professionals who prescribe drugs.
“Whenever the government gets involved in medical decisions they invariably screw it up, and this is no different,” said Lattanzi. “We think the governor is going about this all wrong.”
In other news, the township has endeavored in recent years to create various new parks throughout the municipality, and has worked to improve its popular Bayview Park, across from town hall in Brant Beach.
This summer, as the township clerk’s office announced, Bayview Park will host recreation vendors, and the municipality is also in the process of approving a food truck vendor for the site.
Also new this year, the park will feature recreational equipment storage racks, available for rent from May 1 through Oct. 1.
“To coincide with all the exciting developments, the township is now giving taxpayers an opportunity to get involved,” the municipal clerk’s office notes. “By establishing a volunteer Parks and Recreation Committee, residents will be able to share opinions, ideas and concerns regarding their community’s recreational areas.”
Mancini and members of the township’s Public Works Department will meet with the committee “to collaborate ideas and continue improving recreational activities for all of our residents and visitors,” the clerk’s office adds.
Township taxpayers interested in joining the committee are advised to contact the clerk’s office at 609-361-1000 for additional information.
The township Transportation Department is also readying for the summer season. The municipality’s John Deere Gator utility vehicles will be operational for beach transportation through Memorial Day weekend on select guarded beaches, and will be available through the summer once the beaches are fully open beginning June 17.
And, the municipality is currently planning its summer 2017 events calendar. Keep an eye on the website, longbeachtownship.com, for updated information.
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch