By PETE WALTON
Avon residents will soon have a new way to receive information from the borough.
Mayor Ed Bonanno said Avon is speaking with a vendor about an e-mail notification system for non-emergency messaging.
At this week’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners, the mayor said the borough’s reverse 911 system will continue to be used for emergency announcements.
Bonanno said the e-mail announcements would deal with matters such as rescheduling trash collection due to holidays.
The new system would also be available to non-residents who are interested in getting the messages, the mayor said.
“We hope to have the e-mail system up and running soon,” he said.
Also at the meeting, the commissioners approved the 10 members of its new Main Street Business Enhancement Advisory Committee.
Named to the committee were Mayor Bonanno, Planning Board member Frank McGovern, Marty Carroll, Katie Finn Cashman, Brenda Connolly, Kelly Cotillo, Roger Domal, Eric Mayer, Brendan T. Reilly and Gary Weber.
“More people than we expected volunteered for the committee,” Bonanno said. “We hope to start in the next couple of weeks.”
The committee will “study the future of the district [as] to its economic stability, growth and development” as well as to advise the governing body on improvements and “examine the feasibility of expanding and contracting permitted uses within the business district,” according to the resolution which established the committee.
The panel is to provide a report of its findings and recommendations within 180 days of its formation, according to the resolution.
“Anyone with ideas can reach out to one of the commissioners or anyone on the committee,” Bonanno said.
Acting Municipal Clerk Thea Kratochvil said she took part in a conference call with officials of the Monmouth County Board of Elections to discuss issues related to this year’s general election.
Kratochvil said that anyone who has misplaced or damaged their ballot can obtain a new one at the county clerk’s election office, 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold, before 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, Election Day.
Ballots can be deposited in secure pick-up boxes around the county until 8 p.m. on Election Day. The nearest box for Avon residents is at the Belmar Municipal Building, 600 Main St. in Belmar.
The commissioners approved a bond resolution for storm water drain improvements. The borough received a grant of $180,000 for the work from the state Department of Transportation.