Red Bank will lease space in church for use as senior center

RED BANK – The members of the Borough Council in Red Bank have approved a lease with Trinity Episcopal Church, West Front Street, that will permit the municipality to use space in the church as a temporary senior center.

It is expected that recreational activities and meetings will be held in the building for the benefit of the borough’s senior citizens.

The Red Bank Senior Center, Shrewsbury Avenue, has been closed since 2019 due to infrastructure issues.

On Jan. 27, council members adopted an ordinance approving the lease with Trinity Episcopal Church. The term of the lease is for three years, commencing Jan. 1. The borough has the exclusive right to renew the lease.

The rent for the space in the church will be $2,000 per month, according to the agreement. Borough officials will make a one-time payment of $700 now to prepare the space for its intended use as a senior center.

The municipality will have unlimited access to the church’s common area, with the exception of Sundays prior to 2 p.m. Kitchen access will be provided Monday through Friday, according to the agreement.

In other business, council members appointed Wanda Jenkins as a school crossing guard for the 2020-21 school year, effective Feb. 1 through June 1. The daily rate for the position is $29, according to a resolution.

And, council members appointed Nancy Limon-Tlahuetl and Bruce Wilson as part-time parking enforcement officers with the Red Bank Police Department, effective Jan. 4. The hourly rate for the position is $16, according to a resolution.