Brick Town Council Calls for Smoke-Free Casinos, New EMS Funding, and Ocean County Liaison

In a recent Brick Town Council meeting, the members engaged in discussions on a series of resolutions, including a call for smoke-free casinos, the allocation of funding for the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Task Force, and the appointment of an Ocean County liaison for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Mayor Lisa Crate also recognized Riley Sherwood for her work on the “Project Fill the Classroom” initiative.

The council’s resolution to support an extension of the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act to include casinos spurred a considerable debate. Vice President Andrea Zapcic underscored the necessity of ensuring clean air in workplaces, especially for casino workers. By backing this bill, the council aims to close the smoking loophole in Atlantic City casinos, thereby promoting a healthier work environment.

Another resolution involved the allocation of funds for the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Task Force. Councilman Perry Albanese stressed the significance of replacing aging EMS equipment and vehicles, an investment that bolsters the township’s emergency preparedness.

In an effort to safeguard the county’s interests, the council also proposed a resolution for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to designate an Ocean County liaison. This move seeks to ensure that the county’s concerns and interests are adequately represented in relevant matters.

The council also authorized contracts for a range of services, such as snow removal, computer and printer supplies, and dental and vision insurance. UnitedHealthcare Vision and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America were awarded contracts for vision and temporary disability insurance, respectively, with both companies offering a 0% increase in rates.

The council also addressed several motor vehicle selling licenses, a towing license renewal, and a mobile home park license for Princeton Beach Estates LLC. Additionally, they approved the renewal of police towing licenses for 2024, following inspections that confirmed compliance.

The proposal to amend fees at Traders Cove Marina also sparked a debate. Council Vice President Zapcic explained that the rate increase aligns with other local marinas, while ensuring that Brick residents continue to enjoy a discount.

The acquisition of real property for open space preservation also saw discussion, with the Brick Open Space Savers Committee recommending the purchase of a 1.75-acre property on the corner of Herbertsville Road and Maple Avenue. The property, currently zoned as a Village Zone, is adjacent to the Sawmill tract open space area.

The council also deliberated on several inspection fund releases and a tax exemption resolution. Public comment sessions saw residents voicing their support for a smoking ban in casinos, expressing concerns about snow removal bids, and sharing experiences about air pollution from the Garden State Parkway.

A poignant moment arose when a resident of Jewish descent called for the council to condemn both anti-Semitism and anti-Arab or Islamic hate crimes, sharing a personal story of a relative who was a refugee during World War I. Another resident expressed gratitude for the council’s approval of a section affecting Van Road, acknowledging efforts to address disturbances caused by tractor trailers in the area.

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Mayor:
Lisa Crate
City Council Officials:
Heather deJong, Andrea Zapcic, Perry Albanese, Derrick T. Ambrosino, Vince Minichino, Marianna Pontoriero, Melissa Travers

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