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Deal Lake bridges to open next week

  By DON STINE Two major bridge replacement projects – one between Asbury Park and the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township and one on Main Street between Interlaken and Loch Arbour – should be completed next week and the roads open to traffic. Freeholder Thomas Arnone, liaison to the county Department of Public Works and Engineering, said this week that the bridges, both crossing Deal Lake, are expected to be open by May 23. The eastern end of Grasmere Avenue in Interlaken, which was also closed to through traffic beginning May 2 for milling and repaving on the roadway adjacent…

Interlaken Railroad Crossing to Close

  The closing of a railroad crossing on Grassmere Avenue in Interlaken will require a road closure and detour according to the Department of Transportation. Two way traffic on Grassmere Avenue will be closed between Main Street and Bridlemere Avenue from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until Wed. May 25. Grassmere Avenue was closed for an earlier construction project on the adjacent roundabout. The DOT also said the detour from Main Street to Grassmere Avenue will direct traffic from Main Street to Corlies Avenue, Westra Street and Grassmere Avenue. The traffic detour has been coordinated with the local police. If…

Interlaken Borough Hall Upgrades

  Interlaken’s Borough Hall on Grassmere Avenue will see some improvements this summer using federal Community Development Block Grant money. The borough received an $110,000 CDBG grant that will be used to fund upgrades to bathrooms in Borough Hall and make them handicapped accessible. “We will also be redoing our front counters as well,” Borough Clerk Lori Reibrich said. She said the work is expected to take place over the summer. Also, Buttermere Avenue in Interlaken has been repaved- completing a longtime project that has improved all east-west direction streets in the borough. “This was that last east-to-west street in…

Blue Star Memorial Program in Interlaken

  Interlaken has unveiled a Blue Star By-Way marker, honoring those who have served in the military, at the flagpole at Borough Hall. The Blue Star Memorial Marker program originated with a New Jersey garden club in 1944 that planted approximately 8, 000 dogwood trees along a 5-1/2 mile stretch of highway as a living memorial to the men and women of the Armed Forces. The Blue Star was chosen to symbolize the memorial because it was used during World War II on flags and homes of families that had a son or daughter in the service. At the close…

In Interlaken: Candidates Running Unopposed

By DON STINE Three incumbent Iinterlaken Borough Council members, including the mayor, are running unopposed in the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. All three are Republicans. Mayor Michael Nohilly is running for a his second four-year term as mayor and incumbents Robert White and Mervin Franks are running for three-year terms. Nohilly previously served a three-year term as a councilman. The mayor serves a four-year term in Interlaken. No Democrats are in the race. “I’m running for a second term simply because I care about keeping Interlaken peaceful, quiet, and with everyone’s views appreciated and valued,” Nohilly said. He said…

Main Street Bridge Over Deal Lake to Close

  The Main Street bridge over Deal Lake connecting Loch Arbour and Interlaken will close to all traffic at 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 and remain closed until May 2016. “Monmouth County is replacing the bridge on Main Street that crosses over Deal Lake,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Utility relocations were performed before Memorial Day 2015, but work was halted during the summer to limit impacts on summer tourism. With the passing of Labor Day, we are now ready to start the bridge reconstruction.” This week, the County’s Public…

Interlaken GOP Primary Race

  By DON STINE There is a primary race in Interlaken for the mayor’s seat as well as two Borough Council seats. Two mayoral candidates and three Borough Council candidates are seeking the local Republican Party nod in the upcoming June 2 primary to run on the GOP line in the Nov. 3 general election. Mayor Michael Nohilly is being challenged in the primary by Councilman Keith Miller, who ran in a GOP primary four years ago as a mayoral write-in candidate. Mayoral terms in Interlaken are four years and the mayor only votes if there is a tie among…

Interlaken Feasibility Study Costs to Be Discussed

  By DON STINE The cost for a feasibility study to look into merging Interlaken with neighboring Loch Arbour, which may result in a one-time tax increase of about $121 to $193 for the average Interlaken homeowner in 2015, will be reviewed by the Borough Council during a special meeting on Wed., April 8. “The requests for proposals came in considerably higher than we anticipated,” Interlaken Mayor Michael Nohilly said earlier this week. The borough sent out a request for proposals (RFP) to do a feasibility study and two were submitted by the March 27 deadline. A $50,000 proposal was…

Interlaken Plans Feasibility Study on Proposed Merger

  By DON STINE Interlaken will receive requests for proposals to get prices from various companies on what it will cost to do a feasibility study on the proposed merger between the borough and neighboring Loch Arbour. At last week’s Borough Council meeting, the council approved the final wording on the RFP and authorized Borough Administrator Lori Reibrich to advertise it. She said the proposals would probably be sent out and advertised within one week and there is a 30-day deadline to submit a proposal. The council unanimously authorized the RFP last month but wanted to proof the text before…

No Action on Loch Arbour’s Merger Proposal

  By DON STINE Interlaken and Loch Abour residents will have to wait until after the first of the year to see if the Interlaken Borough Council will proceed to study a proposal to merge to two small communities together. The council last week split three-to-three on approving a request for proposals to be issued to hire an independent company to further study the merger issue after a larger, joint meeting was held on the matter earlier this month. Mayor Michael Nohilly, who could have broken the tie, abstained from voting so the matter. It will be carried on to…

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