COLTS NECK, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the State Route 34 (SR 34) and County Route 537 (CR 537) intersection improvement and bridge replacement project.
The project included the widening of SR 34, widening of CR 537, replacement of the existing traffic signal with state-of-the art technology, replacement of the CR 537 bridge (1300-A18), replacement of the SR 34 bridge (1308-152) and installation of bio-retention basins.
Commissioner leadership roles go to Arnone and Kiley
January 8, 2020
LINCROFT, NJ – Monmouth County Commissioner Thomas A. Arnone and Commissioner Susan M. Kiley were appointed as Commissioner Director and Commissioner Deputy Director, respectively, at the Board’s 2021 Organization Meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Brookdale Community College.
“We held conference calls every single week with all 53 mayors, met regularly business chambers, the arts community and the many people who needed our help. We received $108 million in CARES Act funding and distributed $35 million to our businesses and non-profits, $25 million to our municipalities to reimburse for COVID-19 expenses,” added Commissioner Director Arnone. “But our work is far from done. We will work now on the COVID-19 vaccine and continue with our testing program as we carry on our fight to end this pandemic here in Monmouth County.”
“I am honored that the Board has put their faith in me to serve as Deputy Director again this year,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Kiley. “I look forward to continuing to work with Commissioner Director Arnone, and the entire Board, on behalf of our Monmouth County residents.”
Prior to the selection of the Board leadership, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Commissioner Lillian G. Burry and Commissioner Ross Licitra were sworn into office.
Hanlon, who was elected into her second, five-year term, was issued the Oath of Office by the Honorable Joseph W. Oxley, Judge Superior Court Monmouth County. Burry was sworn into her fifth, three-year term as Commissioner by the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton, Judge Superior Court Monmouth County. Licitra was sworn into his first, three-year term as a Commissioner by the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton as well.
“It has been the honor of my life to serve as Monmouth County Clerk for the past five years and I am grateful to the residents of Monmouth County for placing confidence in me to serve a second term,” said Clerk Hanlon. “I look forward to the next five years with much enthusiasm and excitement.”
“Having just been re-elected to a new, three-year term, I am prepared to commit myself to making the restoration of Monmouth County my highest priority. My experience as both a government official and a business owner particularly qualify me for this mission,” said Commissioner Burry. “I am convinced we can bring Monmouth County back as a stronger, more sustainable, place for people to work, play, visit, and call home. I believe, when working together, there is nothing we can’t do.”
“It is truly an honor and a privilege for me to have been elected by the residents of Monmouth County to offer my service on the already tremendous Board of County Commissioners,” said Commissioner Licitra. “I have been a public servant my entire adult life and cannot think of a better place to bring my 35 years of government service than this Board, joining the leadership of Monmouth County.”
Each of the Commissioners thanked County Administration and employees for their hard work throughout 2020, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Last year, we were met with unprecedented challenges that impacted our local economy, resources, social services and public health systems. These were challenges that we could not have prepared for, and I am proud of the work our County has done and continues to do for our residents,” said Commissioner Nick DiRocco. “We are not done with COVID-19 yet and we are back in the throes of this pandemic. I am confident that next year, I will be able to stand here and say we once again delivered essential services to all County residents.”
The Commissioners also expressed their thanks to Commissioner Director Arnone and Commissioner Deputy Director Kiley for their dedication, leadership and responsibility to Monmouth County in 2020 as well as former Commissioner Patrick Impreveduto for his time as a public servant as a Commissioner, formerly referred to as Freeholder, as well as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Holmdel Township.
The Commissioners made a number of citizen member appointments to various County boards and commissions that included:
- Addiction Services (three year term) – Lester Richens
- Bayshore Outfall Authority (five year term) – Michael J. Kalaka and Rocco Impreveduto
- Construction Board of Appeals (four year term) – Donald A. Clare
- Environmental Council (three year term) – Wilma Morrissey, Scott Thompson, John Vig and Ashley Reese
- Fair Housing Board (five year term) – Joyce Quarles and Rev. Joseph Thelusca
- Historical Commission - Regular member (three year term) – Glenn Cashion, Joseph Grabas and Barbara Harrigan. Chairwoman and Presiding Officer (three year term) – Barbara Harrigan
- Library Commission (three year term) – Mary Ann Musich
- Mental Health Board (three year term) – Julia Barugel
- Assistant Fire Marshals (two year term) – Charles Shirley and Thomas Welsh. Assistant Fire Marshal (unexpired term ending Feb. 22, 2022) – Michael Burke
- Planning Board – Regular member (three year term) – James C. Schatzle and Marcy McMullen. Alternate member (one year term) – John Mele and Lori Ann Davidson
- Recreation Commissioners – Regular member (five year term) – Michael Harmon and Anthony Fiore. Regular member (unexpired term ending March 15, 2021) – Joseph Di Bella
- Shade Tree Commission (five year term) – Thomas Ritchie
- Youth Services Commission (three year term) – Amy Altenhaus, Kathy Collins, Wendy DePedro, Carl Jennings, Ivan Kaplan and Lester Richens
For additional information about Monmouth County and the Board of County Commissioners, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.
HELP MAKE TRAVELING IN MONMOUTH COUNTY EASIER
Input Sought on Visiting Popular County Destinations
MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ –Traveling in and around Monmouth County year-round could be easier in the future with the help of residents and visitors alike. The Monmouth County Department of Planning, in cooperation with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), announced a study today called Monmouth Within Reach to gather public www.MonmouthWithinReach.com to learn more about the study and provide .and develop strategies and best practices for managing travel demand. The goal of the study is to make it easier for people to get where they need and want to go in the County. Visit
“This project is going to develop strategies and best practices to reduce congestion related to tourism and events by using the resources we have to more effectively manage the demands on our transportation network,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone,liaison to the Monmouth County Public Works and Engineering Department who represents the County on the NJTPA Board of Trustees.
Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Department of Planning added, “We are hopeful that high levels ofinvolvement from residents and visitors can enable us to formulate recommendations that will make traveling in the County on heavy travel days smoother for everyone.”
The Monmouth Within Reach study is being led by transportation planners from Monmouth County and the NJTPA, with professional assistance from Stantec and Stokes Creative Group, Inc.
It is also important to note that this study was approved for federal funding in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. The study team recognizes that the pandemic has impacted the public’s ability to attend events in 2020. The team is using transportation data from 2019 to review congestion levels related to tourism and events and looks forward to an appropriate time for the study’s recommendations to be implemented when tourism and event attendance returns to normal.
Please visit the project website, www.MonmouthWithinReach.com, to review frequently asked questions, and take the to share how you travel throughout Monmouth County, identify what areas of concern you see, and the improvements you recommend. The results will be used to help develop potential strategies for the future.
County completes in-house intersection improvement project
FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone recently announced the completion of an in-house intersection improvement project at County Route 537 (Monmouth Road) and County Route 524 (Stagecoach Road).
“I am excited to announce that the County has successfully completed the intersection improvement project at Monmouth Road and Stagecoach Road, which are both County Routes, located in Freehold and Millstone Townships,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The newly-aligned intersection was opened to traffic earlier this week and now has improved sight distance and safety for everyone who uses the roads.”
The goal of the intersection improvement project was to enhance the safety on both of the County Routes (CR), where CR 524 previously formed an acute angle at the intersection of CR 537. The project realigned CR 524, forming a 90-degree angle with CR 537 and creating a T-intersection.
“In order to expedite the reconstruction of the intersection, the design, construction and inspection of the improvements were performed by the Department of Public Works and Engineering, which saved the County nearly $350,000,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “By completing this project in-house, the County avoided delays and costs associated with awarding public contracts. Conducting formal bidding and awarding contracts could have potentially delayed the start of the project until spring 2021.”
In total, the County maintains approximately 1,000 lane miles of roads, 924 bridges and culverts and 239 traffic signals and beacons.
Reconstruction of BRIDGE LINKING HAZLET, KEANSBURG
County adopts $452.8 million budget for 2020
April 8, 2020
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has adopted the County’s $452.8 million budget for 2020. The budget, introduced on March 12, was subsequently adopted at the live-streamed April 7 Freeholder Meeting.
Before the budget was passed, the Freeholders elected to roll back their proposed salary increase. The Freeholders’ salaries will now be the same as they were in 2008. Further, the Freeholders declined to take health benefits or mileage reimbursement for travel, as has been done by previous Freeholder Boards, which results in thousands of dollars in savings.
“The Board continues to take a conservative approach to budgeting in order to ensure that all County Departments and Divisions are being fiscally responsible year round,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is important to note that Monmouth County continues to maintain the AAA Bond Rating, the highest possible rating assigned by credit agencies, and is dedicated to long-term financial planning to ensure future financial stability.”
The 2020 spending plan reflects operational savings of approximately $4.5 million in health care costs, workers compensation, shared service agreements for youth detention centers and lower pension costs. Over the last 10 years the County’s budget has actually decreased by $40.6 million from $493.4 million in 2010 to $452.8 million in 2020.
The annual budget covers the cost of maintaining 1,000 lane miles of roads, more than 900 bridges, 16,000 acres of County parks, emergency management services, 911 emergency communications, law enforcement through the Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s offices, elections, deed recording and passport services in the County Clerk’s Office, probates and adoptions through the Surrogate’s office as well as numerous additional programs and benefits.