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Freehold Borough officials move to re-establish crosswalks

FREEHOLD – The Borough Council in Freehold Borough is taking action to re-establish crosswalks that officials said were inadvertently removed during a repaving project.

On Feb. 3, council members introduced an ordinance that will, if adopted, establish pedestrian crosswalks at the following intersections and locations:

• Across Barkalow Avenue 600 feet west of the intersection of Patten Street and 400 feet east of the intersection of Michael Lane;

• Across Broad Street on the northern side of the Club Place intersection;

• At Dutch Lane Road, beginning at a point 1,407 feet east of the centerline of Broadway;

• Across West Main Street on the eastern side of the McLean Street intersection, 588 feet west of Throckmorton Street;

• Across West Main Street on the western side of the Brinkerhoff Avenue intersection, 95 feet west of Yard Avenue;

• Across West Main Street at the eastern side of the Lincoln Place intersection, 107 feet west of Manalapan Avenue;

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for Feb. 18. The council may adopt the ordinance that evening.

Portions of West Main Street (Route 537) were repaved by Monmouth County, which owns the street.

According to the ordinance, several longstanding crosswalk locations were inadvertently removed during the repaving project and although the crosswalks had been in existence for many years, not all of them were included in the borough’s ordinance as designated approved crosswalks.

Through the proposed ordinance, the crosswalks that were removed will be reinstated and designated as approved crosswalks.

The ordinance states that the public has long been using those crosswalks with no adverse consequences and that the Freehold Borough Police Department has recommended their inclusion in the schedule of approved crosswalks.

“The mayor and council have determined it is in the public interest to revise the ordinance pursuant to the recommendation,” the ordinance states.

In other business, the council authorized the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division to conduct aerial mosquito control operations in Freehold Borough.

According to the resolution, the county is authorized to apply pesticides by aircraft for mosquito control in certain areas of Freehold Borough designated by the county as being either larval mosquito habitat or areas harboring high populations of mosquitoes constituting either a nuisance, a health hazard, or both.

And, the council confirmed the removal of Terrance Custis and Tyler Jordan as members of the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission.

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