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Council Meeting Of December 1, 2015


  1. belmarguy wrote:

    Dave, how come there was no mention about the website situation?

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    What situation?

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I hope the Belmar Tax payers are ready & saving their $$$$ , between adding the Lake Como PD ( shared service agreement ), not being able to pay every single special police officer through the Beach Utility ( next lawsuit ) , and the how the town is going to pay for the rebuilding of the pavilions. ( guess what nothing is free ) the chickens are going to come home to roost. You would think the Mayor would actually want to know how the appeal turns out before he starts to build and he actually knows how much money he can allocate from the beach utility LEGALLY . There goes your 5yrs of no Tax increase , Mr. Mayor

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  4. belmarguy wrote:

    The guy with the belmar bar website.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm | Permalink
  5. admin wrote:

    belmarguy, turns out the town had nothing to do with it.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm | Permalink
  6. Belmar Independant wrote:

    I am always more interested in what is missing. The unoccupied chair where the boro attorney sits. In this case where he was not present and on the agenda online would be present. Whats up with that?

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  7. Katrina wrote:

    Yeah! Just got tax assessment for 2016. Up another 16 grand. That after last years 20 grand. How very exciting.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
  8. crazy wrote:

    Their is no brotherhood in Belmar DPW. There was no mention of someone going to work drunk over the summer and driving a boro truck. He was so drunk that a Belmar police officer had to pull him out of the truck and make him sit on the bench in front of Beckmans so the officer could call a supervisor. If that was anybody else they would have been fired. Mike Campbell mentioned that the guy was hired to replace someone else. Mike doesn’t mention the the guy that he replaced was Shaun Keefe who was there for 15 years and was forced to resign because he approached his ex-wife about committing insurance fraud with the 14th ave house that the Home by Summer campaign was building for her. When it came out that Mr. Keefe knew about the fraud it got back to the mayor and the mayor told Mr. Campbell to fire Mr. Keefe. What kind of brotherhood is that.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  9. say what wrote:

    So after Mr. Keefe dedicated 15 years of his career to serving the boro of Belmar they replace him with a drunk. Good job Belmar.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Permalink
  10. DJais Drunkard wrote:

    I been working on The RAILROAD – all the livelong day – BELMAR homies, it gonna be summa and my real homeboys GONNA TEAR UP Lake Como – watch out Belmar PoPos I’m DJais legit.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm | Permalink
  11. Belmarguy wrote:

    8, dpw isn’t the only ones going to work drunk.. The life guards are constantly drinking and doing drugs on the beach during working hours. Surprised that life guards aren’t drug tested daily because most of them would fail.. Should be manditory they they’re tested! But lots of life guards are under the influence daily.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 4:57 am | Permalink
  12. linlee wrote:

    Katrina’s post about her extreme tax assessment increases prompts me to look here for clarification/understanding of my own assessments. This summer’s 2016 “Preliminary Tax Bill” showed a decrease of 20K for my land assessment. The post card I received from Belmar’s assessor’s office yesterday indicated the decrease to be 10K. Why the discrepency between the big yellow preliminary tax bill and the little post card assessment? Anyone know the answer to this question.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  13. admin wrote:

    Not sure about that but because of the county allowing the “opt out” I think in 2017 we’ll be back to the 2014 numbers.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  14. Guest wrote:

    11,I can tell you DPW employees are randomly drug tested and It means nothing.Mr Campbell picks and chooses who gets tested and he uses it to intimidate certain employees.Some would get tested every week and others maybe once a year.Whats funny is the employees who were harrased and tested once a week never failed and the others due to the fact they are Mr Campbells favorites fail continuously and they are given a week off or offered help but not fired.Like his new pet.It was rumored they wanted his full time hire date to be on the 1 year anniversary of his sobriety.He was sent to a program after being caught under the influence at work over and over.Another employee,a heroien addict,caught dirty more than once,still there because of who he is.Then there is the 2 Veterans who Mr Campbell favors because he’s big on military, stone cold drunks during and after work.Best of all you can find Mr Campbell’s brother in law at Jack’s every night of the week.Nothing but favoritism,who you know and where your from.And the employee Mr Keefe also a rumor but it’s being said Mr Campbell said he would never move up to supervisor or anything else after his years of service because Mr Campbell didnt like him due to the fact he was born and raised in Neptune even after his dedication and countless hours working and jumping for Mike whenever called on.And dont even get
    me started on the prescription pill abuse between employees there.Belmar would be discusted and they all use the same dr.They deserve to be investigated for all the wrong doing.They really need someone to come in and clean Belmar up so it can be the town we all know it can be and once was!I hope they all fall.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  15. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    MATT DOHERTY–PRO UNION ?????? Tell that to the members of PBA LOCAL #50/LAKE COMO as they collect their pink slips. “What’s in it for me” Matt will be vastly lowering the levels of service the resident’s of Belmar are now accustomed from their Police Dept. as he attempts to MERGE the departments. Heads up. Better apply for your gun permits now for security and safety you may not have tomorrow.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    the winter months are actually worse in terms of crime in Belmar. Blotter doesn’t show all the drug, theft, fights, assaults, etc.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
  17. belmarguy wrote:

    14 – There is a kid they just hired a year ago that has an arrest record of getting caught with drugs down at the marina. He’s married to a well know business owners daughter in town too.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
  18. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #17 – Sounds like there was probable favoritism in that hire, but do you know how the guy is doing on the job? Maybe he’s doing alright. He wouldn’t be the first guy a good woman straightened out.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:50 am | Permalink
  19. Guest wrote:

    17 I know who you are talking about and you would be amazed how many of the young men working down at the marina not only do drugs but sell to other employees and Belmar residents.Its joke between all of them.Been going on for a long time.But once again its who you are and who you know know.yhere are a good handfull of men that work there that should have been gone years ago.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 9:09 am | Permalink
  20. say what wrote:

    If you were to fire the drug users and alcoholics from the DPW you might only have two employees left.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11:43 am | Permalink
  21. belmarguy wrote:

    #19-Post his initials and then I’ll know we’re on the same page. Its 26 years old, more or less I can tell you that..

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  22. Guest wrote:

    21 CW

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  23. Guest wrote:

    I guarantee you there’s liquor on Santa and Jingles breathe tonight.Santa is one of the worst but he’s an ex marine so I guess that’s acceptable.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  24. Say what wrote:

    21. Beckmans

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
  25. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Interesting conversation. I’m an older man and have worked with many alcoholics over my years as a structural ironworker. Many of those guys who drank too much were darn good hands. As were many guys who didn’t drink were lousy workers. We should get off this malarkey that if a guy drinks he can’t do a decent days work. That’s just a bunch of baloney started by people who never put their hand to actual labor.
    Also, when I worked on jobs down around Wall St. in the city, you should have seen all those Wall St. workers in the Blarney Stone bars at 6AM pounding booze down. And they were handling all that money. I’m not talking about just mailroom guys either. There were plenty of bigshots there.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  26. belmarguy wrote:

    22, 24 – Bingo. I rest my case.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm | Permalink
  27. Say what wrote:

    Everything that belmar does is half ass

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
  28. guest wrote:

    25-Tom you are absolutely right in what you are saying but this conversation is not so much to attack the workers on whether they drink or don’t. It is to make people aware of the foul that these superiors in Belmar do,and the favoritism that goes on. The fact that this DPW director comes in and starts cleaning house getting rid of three very respected and hardworking men who were an absolute asset to the Boro because he does not like things about them or should I say they couldn’t be bullied like the rest.Yet he keep these men who have no time with the Boro who are known to be problems,who continue to fail drug screenings,who make fools of them selves around town and at formal town functions.Most importantly drive our Boro vehicles with our children on the street even worse during our snow storms while under the influence.So yes It is a problem and not just Malarkey we are speaking.And this is ok because they are Mike Campbell’s minion’s and his little wind up soldier’s feeding his huge ego while trying to secure full time position’s and advancements for supervisory positions. All the rules should be set for each and every employee.It is the views like the one you have just expressed that allow things like what we have going on here to continue.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm | Permalink
  29. guest wrote:

    #25 so you must be a drunk also. There is a fine line between drinking and being a laborer and drinking and being behind a front end loader. It doesn’t matter how good someone may think they can work while intoxicated. It is against the law. This isn’t 1945. I don’t care about any drunk wall street guy. I am worried if the guys that are plowing my street at 3am were drinking before they were called into work.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
  30. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #28 & 29, I’m not looking for an argument nor am I taking Mike Campbell’s side. But these ideas of drinking and drugging are way out of hand. Like anything in life, there are different levels of drinking and drug use. As I said, I’ve worked with some real boozers in my day who worked 40-50 stories over the street in Manhattan and never hurt a soul while doing some heavy duty dangerous work over people’s heads way down in the street below. Anything this little town DPW does doesn’t come near that. As far as the children are concerned, they’re people like anyone else. No one wants anybody to be hurt. But in the case of children, for the most part the only way to hit one of them is to run into their house because they spend most of their days indoors, or am I the only one who’s their absence on the streets in the last several years?
    As far as this taking care of certain people, I never approved of that, but I realize it will never stop as long as people remain people. So we can forget about that issue.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm | Permalink
  31. anonymous wrote:

    I think it is pathetic that this group is bashing the same group of guys (dpw) that worked around the clock during superstotm sandy assisting everyone bailing water from their homes. The majority of these guys at that time were just seasonal workers earning $10 an hour. Someone does something wrong and is let go and now everyone is on a witch hunt. Remember people of belmar..those who live in glass houses… and make sure all your own skeletons are remove from ur closets.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
  32. Belmarguy wrote:

    CW did not work for dpw during hurricane sandy. My house was fine during sandy, none of the dpw drug addicts helped me.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 3:54 am | Permalink
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    I love all these people defending Shaun Keefe and how wonderful he was. Yeah same guy that happily signed away his parental rights to his first child and makes NO effort to see the other three, but you know at least he doesn’t drink right.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  34. Guest wrote:

    33 So how does someones personal life affect there work performance! As for Mr Keefes personal situations with his children ,you obviously don’t know his ex wife or maybe you do.And as for an older child that you speak of he was a child himself and and was pretty much forced to give rights up.Just ask his ex wife.That is if your not her.As a very close co worker of Mr Keefes I can tell you next to no one knows about his personal past.And we all have a past.Does not make him a bad person or a bad worker.He worked extremely hard at the Boro for many years,he raked the beach for yearsvat 3am everyday.he worked every snow storm.He worked every race,every seafood fest,every volley ball event.Every ParadeHe lit the Christmas tree for years ,he built the beautiful manger last year that sits at town square.He took pride in his job and did it well.And up until recent times while he was goingvthrough a nasty divorce with Ms HBS he never missed a day or took off from work.And at the end of the day they threw him away like he was garbage all due to problems his wife created for him at work due to her ties with many people frombthe town.Also for anyone that knows the family,Mr Keefe always particapated in everything with his children at school ,town functions.He was very well known unlike his wife who took part in nothing.Mr Keefe is a awesome father who loves his children unconditionally ,but like many bitter ex wives she has poisened her children and people who are a part of our town against him.As a person who worked with him for 15 years and heard it all,you know nothing of what you are saying so maybe you need to get your facts straight before you attack someones personal character TRK!

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  35. belmarguy wrote:

    Why is belmar still looking for money to build this families home?

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
  36. Guest wrote:

    I know alot of residents have been questioning that but not enough to get an answer.I assume they are still collecting to pay off any outstanding debt or to complete work that we still see being done even now with the family finally being there.They are all getting over.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 5:44 pm | Permalink
  37. BEN REAL wrote:

    #35 They are still trying to collect money because a lot of the contractors have not been paid for the work they have performed. The “mayor” wanted Home by Summer to appear successful in time for the election. He didn’t care if it was at the expense of the contractors. And word on the street is the “mayor” loaned $10,000.00 of his own money to help move the job along. I hope this helps answer your question.

    Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
  38. slap shot wrote:

    What else is funny is if you go on the Monmouth county website one of the Home By Summer property’s is still in foreclosure.

    Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm | Permalink
  39. belmarguy wrote:

    So is the mayor collecting the money through the belmar website to pay back himself? lol, little fishy if you ask me.

    Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
  40. Susan Ranallo wrote:

    It’s amazing how so many people on here can use they’re not so subtle clues to who these workers are but are too afraid to use they’re really names. Why? Because you don’t think your personal life and opinions should effect your work life? The “brother-in-law at Jack’s every night” has drinks socially with friends he is not getting out of control and causing scenes. The “two drunk veterans” come to work sober and then also go out and work together doing lawn work on the side before going out drinking. “CW” was arrested for a small amount of marijuana 10 years before he was on the job and passes his drug tests as well as was the longest part time worker at the time of his full time hire . I believe there is some favoritism in the newest hire. I don’t think it’s wrong to hire someone back if they have proven themselves sober for a year however they should have been knocked down to the bottom and the part time workers who have been there and not screwed up should be available for full time hire first. As far as Shaun Keefe goes as that seems to be the major conversation here, I can not say for sure if his reasons for leaving felt forced or not but once again his personal life should not have taken away from him being a hard working employee of this town for 15 years.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  41. admin wrote:

    To “S” who just sent a comment:

    If you wish to comment here under a real name you must include your email so I can confirm you really are that person and not someone using somebody else’s name.

    There is no need to re-submit the whole comment, you can send a comment with just your name and email and I will delete it after confirmation and then publish the other comment. Either that or can ask me to remove your name and add some anonymous type of name instead.

    Email addresses are NEVER published.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink
  42. anonymous wrote:

    #40 What I find funny is that while you are talking about people being afraid to use their own names and some with very good reason,When looking up your name out of curiosity and after seeing Admins post to you regarding your comment it seems as if you to were trying to conceal your identity as well.When googled nothing for you comes up ,that is of course unless you live in Ewing NJ or up state New York. non the less thru all the post i think the point was not really to attack the employees themselves.though I can tell you ,you are 110 percent wrong about those two veterans and I think the comment made about employees going around town acting out of control and causing scenes were not intended towards the brother in law at all,actually he is a really great guy but the point again was to show the favoritism and extreme nepotism that goes on in our town as well as most.It was to bring attention to the fact that you can be the best and work the hardest and it means nothing or can be a problem who continues to break rules and do what you want but as long as you know the right people and know how kiss the right butt,you are ok.looking at what you wrote I assume you are personally close to CW and the others,and by the way CW is not a bad kid but non the less its a small town and people only remember the bad you do and not the good.As for Shaun Keefe I can tell you he most definitely was made to feel forced out of a job that he loved and was proud to do and anyone who really knows him as I do knows that to be a fact.Mr Campbell didn’t like him from the start and everyone knew because he made it very clear at every opportunity. So maybe we should all just lay off. the focus was towards the administration, directors and supervisors.And the fact that they feel they make the rules ,call the shots,and earn and spend the money how ever they want.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
  43. Susan Ranallo wrote:

    The admins comment was because I was unaware I was required to include an email. I am 52 and apologize for not being all over social media. This is my real name however and I sublet on 15th ave. I do not know any of the men personally but I have gone through similar accusations in the past that almost cost me my career. I do not want to see some good men go through a that because of of the actions of a few. There most definitely needs to be change but pulling out every person’s secrets online does not accomplish such.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  44. Susan Ranallo wrote:

    I agree there is a definite need for some change.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm | Permalink
  45. Guest wrote:

    I just wish we could get some leaf pickup in Rhode Island Point!

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:21 pm | Permalink
  46. Crazy wrote:

    #43 This is the only way to voice our opinion. How can you make a statement that you dont know these people personally but you knew that CW got caught 10 years ago with pot. You also spoke about Shaun Keefe as if you were not sure if he was right to leave. When the fact is that he was forced out because he knew to much about the Home by Summer scam. You also knew about the drunk veterans in which you statement was not true because there was plenty of times that I can recall when the both of them were working on the road or in heavy machines when they were intoxicated from the night befor. Before they go landscaping their first stop is the liquor store and they drink the whole time they are cutting grass. The only thing that you said that was right is about the favoritism for the new hire. Even though people think that he has been sober for a year. I heard that was not true. I heard he is at a bar in sea girt every weekend. And he is not there to work. The brother in law is one of the best people that i know.and should not even be talked about.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:46 pm | Permalink
  47. Susan Ranallo wrote:

    I stated that I didn’t know if he was forced out, not that he didn’t have a right to leave? Also, this is a small town not knowing people personally does not mean I have not heard tons of people talking about what is being said on here. I heard many people discussing the disagreement with what was said but no one standing up for the people despite their beliefs. As I stated I had a similar situation happen to me and I wish someone would’ve helped and just wanted to do what I felt was right. However, you have agreed with me on every basis except the “two veterans” so I do not know what you are even arguing with anymore.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:50 am | Permalink
  48. Love the Beach wrote:

    My apology for writing this but I am not impressed with this thread or others threads of like info discussing employees. Who are we to judge all these employees, not knowing what is the truth and what isn’t. If it is at least half truth or some thruth, I would hope that this governing body or this Mr. Campbell would do something about it. I also think that Belmar salaries are at the very top scale range in comparison with like towns similar to ours. Needless to say, we are not a rich town but want the best employees giving them a decent salary, that they deserve. That is no question as far as I am concerned. This governing body seems to be a give away program without regard for taxes to our poor folk (lol). All kidding aside, I am NOT a happy camper about the high salaries of our employees. Just doesn’t jell. Guess we can’t take salaries back now but something has to change, and, fast.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

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