Beach passes state best practices questionnaire

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Point Pleasant Beach has passed the state’s best practices review for 2020, officials announced recently.

Annually, New Jersey asks municipalities from all over the state to complete the questionnaire to check up on municipalities and their process of government. Each borough uses the exam to see how well their rules and operations are matching up to what the state guides. 

According to Borough Administrator Christine Riehl, out of the 30 scored questions in the best practices, the borough answered 27. To pass the best practices questionnaire in New Jersey municipalities have to answer no less than 21 of the scored 30 questions. 

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Ms. Riehl said overall the borough found no major issues after filing the best practices on Nov. 3.

According to Ms. Riehl, the questions ranged from borough operations and rules within personnel, budget, ratables, procurement, capital projects, transparency in government, shared services and more.

The entire process looks at 60 questions. The 30 unscored questions often look towards economic development, planning and more, said Ms. Riehl, most of which the borough is working toward in its revitalization efforts downtown. 

“COVID-19 was on the list this year, which was of course new,” said Ms. Riehl. 

Councilman Bob Santanello said he hoped borough residents know how important the work was for the borough. 

“It’s a huge task and to only get three possible wrong out of 60 is just amazing,” said Mr. Santanello. 

Mr. Santanello explained the amount of work that goes into completing the questionnaire. 

“I just want to give kudos to Christine [Riehl] for that because it is a huge process that she takes on every year,” said the councilman.

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