By PETE WALTON
The state Motor Vehicle Commission will set up shop at the Neptune City Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 7.
Mayor Andrew Wardell said appointments must be made by calling the borough office in order to take advantage of the service.
When the Borough Council met earlier this week, Wardell thanked Councilwoman Pamela Renee for helping to secure the satellite setup for Neptune City.
A limited menu of services will be offered, specifically license and registration renewal, non-drivers’ license, “Real ID” for domestic air travel (if driver’s license is expiring within six months), initial license after passing the road test, and examination permit.
Also at the meeting, the council approved ordinances authorizing the issuance of bonds for road improvements and for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Two ordinances were introduced, one authorizing bonds for the purchase of police cameras, and another for fire department equipment.
Members of the public asked for an update on the borough’s efforts to address the ongoing emission of odors from the TFH-Nylabone plant on West Sylvania Avenue.
Wardell said he is open to a suggestion by one resident that the borough hire an outside environmental consultant to advise the governing body on the matter.
Borough Administrator Kevin Kane told Kelly Lynch Strazdas, president of the Neptune City Homeowners Association, that he was working on providing answers to the group’s questions as expressed in a letter he received.
The council heard a presentation on an Open Space grant application for further improvements at the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex. Wardell said that the application was separate from one seeking funding for the purchase of the former Knights of Columbus Hall which adjoins the complex.
The mayor said the borough would not buy the property unless it received a grant to cover the cost.
Councilman David Calhoun said he would provide information about grants offered through a foundation set up by actor Gary Sinise. Calhoun said the borough’s emergency response needs could be a good fit for the grant program.
Councilman Glen Kocsis said that this year’s National Night Out festivities in Neptune City are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 3 in Memorial Park.
Kocsis and the mayor said that the Neptune City Police Department intends to make the event very special this year.
Food and drinks will be provided, along with live music by Stringbean and the Boardwalk Social Club. Shoreline Dance Academy will host a children’s dance party. Pete & Elda’s will again sponsor a pizza eating contest, and the Cone Zone will put on an ice cream eating contest. There will be a super slide, bounce house, and a dunk-a-cop dunk tank sponsored by Rock Investments. Giveaways will be offered by Pro Lawn Care and teachers at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.