BELMAR — After hearing criticism during Tuesday night’s council meeting alleging inadequate communication with the fire department, the mayor and council approved a motion requesting all recent communications concerning the Volunteer Hook and Ladder firehouse’s renovation project.
The impromptu motion was made during a heated public comment session at the end of the meeting, which saw multiple residents approach the microphone to voice their disapproval of the acting administration’s progress to resolve electrical concerns at the firehouse on 11th Avenue, which has been without full power for 69 days.
The issues discovered at the Volunteer Hook and Ladder firehouse were first raised at the July 25 council meeting, when the council approved a resolution for emergency appropriations to begin repair work on the building’s outdated knob-and-tube wiring system.
Hook and Ladder President Kevin Moroney addressed the council during the second public comment session and openly denounced the inadequate communication he says the borough has provided to the fire department regarding the project’s ongoing efforts, as well as dismissals of their attempts to assist the borough in moving forward with these necessary renovations and their refusal to include or inform the department about meetings or engineering evaluations of the building.
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