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Point Beach Court Likely to Stay in Point Boro

Towns still negotiating

 

Point Beach Municipal Court is likely to continue operating out of Point Borough's Borough Hall on Bridge Avenue, according to the Borough attorney.

But negotiations are still ongoing, and any plan agreed to by the towns still has to be approved by a Superior Court judge.

Point Borough Attorney Jerry Dasti said, after the council's executive session, that the matter of municipal court had been discussed in closed session after the regular meeting.

When asked about the court scenario, Dasti said, "The (Point Beach) court will stay here." He was amazed to hear from Patch that

"I don't know anything about that," said Dasti.

Regarding the ongoing issues on where Point Beach court will be held, Dasti said, "There's a question about staffing and we discussed that in executive session. The Borough has paid 15 percent towards administrative salaries and the Beach wants more, I think. But I think it will be resolved by the next meeting."

Also after the meeting, when asked about current negotiations, Councilman Chris Leitner said, "They (Point Beach) made a decision that it would benefit them keeping the court here. It doesn't matter to us where it is."

The primary reason the Beach wanted its court back in its own Borough Hall is that it was spending a lot in overtime pay to full-time police officers and detectives to work in municipal court in Borough Hall because Point Beach's special police officers have no jurisdiction in the Borough.

Point Beach Police Chief Kevin O'Hara had said earlier this year that manning municipal court in the Borough cost Point Beach about $20,000 in overtime in 2011.

The two towns are working on a resolution to that staffing issue, but Leitner said he could not yet disclose details because it's still pending negotiations between the towns and, ultimately, pending approval by Superior Court Assignment Judge Vincent Grasso.

Point Beach officials could not be reached for comment on Tuesday night due to the lateness of the hour.

Point Beach, at a council meeting early in the year, had agreed to send a signed agreement to Point Borough urging them to allow Point Beach to take its court back.

The 2010 contract for the municipal court shared services agreement was for three years and can only be undone if both boroughs agree to that.

Point Beach's municipal court moved from to in 2010 as part of a shared services contract between the two municipalities that also called for the towns to share a municipal court judge and administrator.

The Point Borough municipal court has always operated out of Borough Hall on Bridge Avenue and will continue to do so.

KingNeptune September 05, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Guess the Rogers, Hennessy & Dyer consolidation plan didn't work out as planned for Pt Pleas Bch. Imagine the damage they could have done if they were still in office.
JD September 05, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Why don't they just merge the 2 towns.. Ridiculous... They can save both towns lots of money!! Merge the 2 school districts.... and more money will be saved.... Oh... I know... so the council can keep their health benefits and collect a pension... just when they want to retire... they get a fulltime public job for 5 years... and all the years on council count... so they get full pension based upon past 5 year average pay. If I were Christie... I'd cut off all state funds to both towns muni and school operations until they merged. But there are many other small towns and school districts that need to merge... Lavallette... the 2 seasides.... bayhead/mantoloking... etc etc.
A Resident September 05, 2012 at 12:59 PM
"Why don't they just merge the 2 towns.. " Might have something to do with the residents of both towns not wanting to merge? We like our small towns and small school districts.
Beach_N8iv September 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
You want a full on voter/taxpayer revolt? So far consolidation with The Boro has COST us, not saved us money. Why should the taxpayers in The Beach have to take on The Boro's bills? If the voters of The Beach seriously want consolidation we should look south not west.
Buddy September 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Thats funny, look at the damage that HAS been done by the current crop of idiots!!!!
KingNeptune September 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
A Beach/Boro merger would be a complete disaster. The low taxes the Beach residents have been enjoying would vanish. The only reason it was even considered a few years ago was because a certain former Boro councilwoman thought such a feather in her cap would put her in tight with the Christie administration.
craig September 06, 2012 at 11:14 AM
beach--- why on earth would "south" ever ever want to merge with Pt Beach?
Vince Barrella September 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Exactly what damage might that be Buddy?

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