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Council Meeting Of December 17, 2019

Huisman retires

Revised 9th Ave plan approved

PILOT ejected from 11th Ave contract.



  1. Yipee wrote:

    FINALLY some good news out of this crew. Cone man retiring. Now, people, DO NOT LET THEM promote another (2nd) Captain. The position IS NOT needed in a 25 man/woman department. We can finally save $200k a year. In fact, go with no Chief and give Kirchenbaum another $50k stipend and we can save $350k a year to pay off debt and put off raising taxes next year when Cox retires. Please people, keep on top of this. This Dept. is way too top-heavy and bloated.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  2. 11th Ave Traffic wrote:

    Townhouses on 11th will be a nightmare for traffic, they need to make 11th Ave a two-way street again.
    Rajun Cajun won’t be happy about that as they will lose the diagonal parking.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:48 am | Permalink
  3. WHAT! wrote:

    Good riddance to Hiseman. He was an incompetent thief of a chief. Kirshbaum is not the answer either. He can barely handle the BA job. Scott and Cox couldn’t handle it either, they are dopes. Bring in a competent public safety director to straighten out the Keystone Cops!

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 8:23 am | Permalink
  4. Average Joe wrote:

    #1 Seems like an above average comment

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  5. anonymous wrote:

    #3 In light of the recent tragedy of the murder of Det Seals from JCPD you should have respect for officers. Not to mention how many officers are killed everyday in the line of duty! They put their lives at risk to protect us….so please explain why you think Belmar PD is incompetent? Do you put a uniform with a badge on everyday and risk your life??? Considering your comment I think not.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  6. eugene creamer wrote:

    the 9th Avenue/BOA redevelopment plan is a phantom plan … it doesn’t exist.

    the public was told by the professional planner that a revised redevelopment plan would be nicer than the draft plan … then exited the meeting without leaving a single piece of paper.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  7. How Many Townhouses wrote:

    There are 4 buildings on the 11th Ave property that it seems they will be demolishing.

    Did they say how many town homes they intend to build ? Or will it be another gigantic ugly high rise like 10th Ave ?

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:08 am | Permalink
  8. Pour Some Salt on It wrote:

    I just amazed how quickly he was able to get the Jacks Tavern liquor License transfer done for the Beach House ? Maybe if retired earlier we would’nt be dealing with the Salt Law Suit ?

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  9. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #5 – Do you put a uniform with a badge on everyday and risk your life
    Sir/Madam, Life and death is a daily issue for every person, every minute of every day until they die. Some people live to extreme old age and some people die in a few days of their birth. It’s all a daily crapshoot for everybody good and bad.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12:43 pm | Permalink
  10. salt n peppa wrote:

    #8- Agreed. I want to see cone-man along with the other defendants testify as to why Salt never happened. Hopefully their testimony will prevent us from shelling out $millions. That’s the least they could do, after all we’ve paid cone-man over a half of a million dollars since this sham occurred.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  11. WHAT! wrote:

    #5. The murder of Det. Seals has nothing to do with my opinion of Acting Chief Hiseman. I fully respect law enforcement but have no respect for Hiseman. The Belmar Police dept are only a product of their shitty leadership. Hopefully the mayor will hire a competent public safety director to get the dept back on track.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
  12. anonymous wrote:

    #9-no I don’t nor did I make a derogatory comment regarding Belmar PD. I have many many friends in LE so trust me I know firsthand the risks they take everyday!

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    The deal with the Devil has already been made. There is no hope with this Mayor and council and the PD. As always, the plan is already in motion long before the public hears about it. It’s the way of the Belmar politics.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  14. Joan Corallo wrote:

    The people “anonymous “ on this blog are very likely to jump all over my comments regarding our Chief of Police. My experiences with the Chief going back to his first becoming a Belmar officer have been nothing but positive. Many interactions over the years and all good. Stellar performance during Sandy that kept our Borough functioning. I wish only the best for him on his retirement.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:19 pm | Permalink
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    #5 what a shameful strawman argument.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  16. Noreen Dean wrote:

    Joan is right. Think back to Sandy bs Belmar and the States of NEW Jersey, etc. The Chief Law Enforcement Officer is in charge when there is a State of Emergency Declared not the much ballyhooed Mayor of the video camera. Our Chief, at the time, chose to leave for vacation on Thursday before the predicted SuperStorm. Drew,as second in Command, was a Leader in every sense of the word and I for one respect him for his 24 hour a day vigilance during our time of need. Plus his determination and implementation of one way street calming traffic measures.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  17. NewKids on the Block wrote:

    What a sad day for Belmar. The town board votes to close the institution of Jack’s and puts the interests of a developer over the interests of the residents. I hope this trend doesn’t continue.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  18. Fed Up wrote:

    #13 You are spot on. There is a deal already made that will shock everyone when it comes out.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  19. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    I don’t think the attacks on the BPD are justified. We’re a small town and the police do their jobs well enough. They give tickets and tape areas off after an accident and do the things small police depts. are in place to do. If anything major comes up, of course the state police will take care of it. Other than the ridiculous pay with many of the higher ranking officers, I have no complaints about their performance of their duties.

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 4:57 am | Permalink
  20. Guest wrote:

    18 – I think the man at the end of the meeting was starting to spell-out the plan, but didn’t get to the point. Another buddy-buddy deal is in the works for the borough administrator job and a new police department structure.

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:46 am | Permalink
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    #17— you must be new and have no clue for one, the borough didn’t close jacks or have anything to do with it. Jacks wanted to sell their business and liquor license. The purchase price not small at all. No one has said anything about redevelopment. And if you look into the purchaser of liquor license it’s the individual who owns the brewery. He wants the year round liquor license but had to buy the building to get it. Your just starting a rumor without any real knowledge, if you didn’t know the situation you should ask before you blame and assume you know

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 8:03 am | Permalink
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    People. The guy was dong a job he gets paid very highly for. That’s it. Do you laud the sanitation engineer or the clerk at 7-11. Whatever the deal is, it BETTER save us money. Drain the swamp.

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  23. Pour Some Salt on It wrote:

    If you don’t think he had anything to do with slow walking the Salt license transfer then please go put your head back in the sand. When the town pays out huge to the Harmon’s you should send the former acting chief a big thank you . The whole thing couldn’t of happened without his involvement. 27 years of great service to the town tainted because he cow tailed to Matt. Just saying

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 8:41 am | Permalink
  24. Guess wrote:

    DPW Campbell becomes police director?

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 9:52 am | Permalink
  25. Another Highrise wrote:

    Councilwoman Wann seemed surprised that the number of apartments didn’t change when Mr. Brennan asked. Seemed like her reasons for changing her vote to yes (as opposed to her planning board vote) no longer made sense. She was quoted in Coast Star, “My concerns at the planning board were the parking and the height” She said they were addressed, but there was no change in parking, and although there was a mysterious stepdown supposedly added, the overall height remained the same.

    I’d be surprised if any of the council members even saw the updated plan before the vote. As Mr Creamer stated in #6, nothing was actually shown or released. In fact the ordinance specifically mentions the draft presented to the planning board (which did not contain the changes).

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    #24 – if it isn’t Campbell, it will be another former Monmouth Co. Prosecutors Office connection. Have to take care of the legacy.

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  27. Another Highrise wrote:

    Disregard my last sentence, the changes were an amendment.

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  28. Guest wrote:

    18 … one year so far of Doherty 2.0

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  29. 11th Ave wrote:

    The new development next to 7-Eleven on 11th Avenue will have 10 single-family townhomes, each with three bedrooms and a two-car garage. They would replace the existing five homes currently on both sites.

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  30. Registered Democrat wrote:

    #10 how would their testimony prevent us from shelling out money ?

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
  31. Salt and Peppa wrote:

    23. You are correct. The former acting chief cow tailed to Dirty Doherty throughout the Salt liquor license transfer just like he did with the lifeguard fiasco. These lawsuits along with his thieving salary and overtime will ultimately cost the taxpayers millions.

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  32. Unbelievable wrote:

    #18- Let me guess. They are going to skim Tommy and Tina and make Campbell’s son Chief???

    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:23 am | Permalink
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    Odds are the BA will become the new public safety director and the guy making a dollar will be the new BA. Friends, friends and more friends.

    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 8:20 am | Permalink
  34. Chuckles wrote:

    Why not hire cone-man as head of Garbage Recycling at $150k a year. He could use his skills learned at FBI school that cost us $50k. Same old BS, different faces. At least Matt smiled at you when he was screwing you.

    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  35. The Commish wrote:

    Why was the developer for 11th ave given a sweet deal. Yes it’s not a pilot program but provides for a graduated tax assessment over 9 years. I knocked down a house in need of redevelopment and as soon as I received the CO my taxes were increased to 100% of the new assessed value.
    Another sell out by the mayor and council.

    Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    Who is the developer/owner

    Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  37. belmarfriend wrote:

    Where is the outrage that the Sachem Pond LLC redevelopment plan was pushed through after being tabled at the previous council meeting? I can only guess that many people don’t even know about it, since it took place during a time when many people are focused on holiday preparation. Even the way it was listed on the agenda seemed to avoid identifying the site by 9th Ave location or developer. It seems to me to be a shady way to do this, rather than the “transparency” that M&C seem to like to talk about.

    Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:54 am | Permalink
  38. market free wrote:

    #17- The town didn’t ‘vote to close an institution like Jacks’.
    The owner of the institution of Jack’s sold the building and the liquor license so that he can enjoy a very well deserved retirement. The town officials merely approved it. Do you think that the mayor and council go around closing businesses?

    Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  39. Mr. Definitely wrote:

    #17 –
    It’s precisely because the town of Belmar did not get involved that made the Jack’s sale appropriate. The town should not get in the way of such a transaction given the actual nature of the sale.

    Agree with all who say the budget (and its health) should be at the top of things considered regarding the Chiefs replacement and all decisions made related to his retirement.

    Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:23 am | Permalink

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