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Committee Created to Oversee Red Bank Community Garden

Chairperson to report to borough administrator; fees to be deposited in recreation account

Red Bank has cleared an obstacle in its years-long quest to build a Community Garden with the formation of a committee to oversee the plot, planned for Marion Street.

The Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution at its regular meeting Wednesday night to establish the Red Bank Community Garden Ad Hoc Committee for the rest of 2012. 

"We finally have an ad hoc Community Garden committee... don't faint," Councilwoman Kathleen Horgan said to laughter. "There have been many hours put into this."

The committee will consist of chairperson Elizabeth Seydell of Chestnut Street and members Kathleen Gasienica of Locust Avenue, Anne Jones of Peters Place and Kenton Seydell of Chestnut Street.

Seydell will "report directly to Mr. (Administrator Stanley) Sickels regarding any and all activities that requrire borough approval or require expenditures by the borough," Horgan said.

The Community Garden Committee is tasked with establishing rules and procedures for garden use, including "application forms, hold harmless agreements and a fee schedule for annual use," according to the resolution. Such policies will be subject to Sickels' approval and/or the Borough Council, when applicable.

Fees incurred from the use of the garden will be funneled into the borough's recreation trust account and used to pay for any expenses necessary for the garden.

Horgan said the borough will be responsible for insurance coverage, water, the maintenance of a no-freeze hydrant on the borough-owned property, as well as the "possible use of a small shed" that currently exists.

"It's a positive thing being done in a positive way," Mayor Pat Menna said.

Prospective gardeners initially wanted the Community Garden located on a riverside plot next to the library on West Front Street, but council disagreed.

More than two dozen plots throughout the borough were considered until the Marion Street site, on a piece of borough-owned land, was selected.

Cindy Burnham September 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
"We finally have an AD HOC committee" says Councilwoman Horgan. Ms. Horgan, where have you been? We have had a sanctioned committee under the EC for almost two years. We have a chair, co-chair, secratary& treasurer. We have a bank account, application packets and had done flyers in the neighborhood to let folks know what was happening. You see, RB thought we were going away and that they were done with us, but NO. After tilling the plots and securing leases RB panics because the Garden Committee was moving forward. How can we get this away from Cindy Burnham? How can RB Council people get credit for this? How can RB look good after making fools of themselves over & over again regarding the CG. RB, namely Mr. Sickles, the Borough Administrator, stopped all work and told us we had two options. Become a 501c3 or become a Borough Program under Parks & Rec. There was an Option C. That would have been to have the council pass an ordinance making us a stand alone committee. This RB Council knows that I will be moving into RB this Wed and they know that I plan to run for council in the 2013 election against Horgan & Lee. Need I say more?

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