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Newsmakers: Ask Mayor Ben Lucarelli

Pose questions to the Fair Haven mayor; and, his answers will be posted next week.

If there’s something you’ve had on your mind and been meaning to ask someone in town with authority, now’s your chance.

Starting with , Rumson-Fair Haven Patch will be featuring a series of question-and-answer forums on the site targeted to make residents better acquainted with people of authority in different capacities.

It’s a chance for you to speak up and local public figures to provide some answers. The series, entitled “Newsmakers …” will also give residents a better understanding of what lies within each featured figurehead’s realm of responsibility — a civics lesson rolled into an interview, so to speak.

So, starting with Mayor Lucarelli, who has welcomed the chance to answer any queries of him you may have, ask away.

You may either leave your questions in the comments section below or email them to elaine.develde@patch.com.

All questions will be forwarded to the mayor; and, next week, his answers will be published.

Fire away, Fair Havenites!

Shore Flicks June 21, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Mr. Mayor, it's our pleasure to once again bring the Free Summer Movie Series to Fair Haven at no charge to the town's budget. Will you be able to join us when we show Ferris Bueller's Day Off this Tuesday at Fair Haven Fields? If so, please bring canned goods for our nightly food drive!
MARK HANNA June 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Hey Ben, great party last week. Let's do it again soon,(like next year). Have you given any thought about making the strip of land between Fisk and the ball field a dog park?
a concerned Maple Ave resident June 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Is there any way Maple Avenue and 3rd Street can get curbs and sidewalks? It's a very busy street with police and fire vehicles and park activity and our children need a place to walk that's not in the street.
Elizabeth June 25, 2012 at 05:55 PM
1. Why does Fair Haven Road only have a sidewalk on the opposite side of the school? 2. Wouldn't it be great if Fair Haven and Rumson create a walkway/bike path on River Road? It's so dangerous to walk along this road! It would be an opportunity to get people out of their cars and perhaps a little more foot traffic in the Fair Haven/Rumson shops and restaurants along the way. 3. Sometimes you don't realize what a beautiful, charming community you have until you no longer have it. Fair Haven has lost so much of it's "charm and character" which just adds to the desirability of the community. Where is the architectural review committee? You can build new to look old, to blend in to the charming town it is. For example, look at how special and beautiful Fair Haven Road is between the River and River Road. These homes are so special, so full of history - DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
Ben Lucarelli June 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Yes, I will be there and I encourage all to attend and bring something for the food drive.
Ben Lucarelli June 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Mark, Thank you, a good time was had by all. We have not considered this site for a dog park but we are exploring other recreation opportunities for our four legged friends.
JosephGhabourLaw June 25, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Did you know that separated, bicycle-pedestrian paths can increase property values by up to $8,800? I wish I could pedal River Rd, but driving to Hartshorne park is scary enough for me. http://128.175.63.72/projects/DOCUMENTS/bikepathfinal.pdf
Ben Lucarelli June 25, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Concerned Resident, You bring up an issue that has been and remains a concern of the Borough. It is the reason why Third Street is closed to vehicular traffic during school hours. Unfortunately given our limited capital budget and our may roads in disrepair it may be some time before we are able to upgrade this area with sidewalks.
Ben Lucarelli June 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Elizabeth, Thank you for your questions. 1. This is the reason why we have cross walks and crossing guards. 2. As an avid cyclist I am a proponent of Shararrows which are currently being installed on street is Red Bank, (they are two chevrons with a cyclist symbol) that indicate that cyclist have a priority. This question is timely in that we will be making an announcement at tonight's Council meeting. 3. Your point here brings up the conflict between government dictating taste and Constitutional private property rights. It is one reason why our Planning and Zoning Boards are barred from making decisions based on architectural design.
Ben Lucarelli June 25, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Joseph, Thank you for the reference. As you can see from my answer to Elizabeth's question # 2 above your concern is on our agenda.
Mark Olson June 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Will it ever be a priority to repair the curbs on Ridge Foad betweet Cambridge Ave. and Hance Road? After all the imporvements to the downtown, it seems a shame that as you enter our town on Ridge Rd. the curbside is such a visual mess.
Patrick Tapke June 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Congratulations on becoming Mayor of Fair Haven. Is there any way we can stop the County from putting up these huge black boxes at our intersections. They are blind spots for children riding bikes and someone is going to get hurt. Especially at Hance and River where the kids ride to school. They look terrible as well.
Brian June 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Mr. Mayor, Which section of FH River Rd is sheduled for the continuation of the streetscape project? I assumed all of River Road was going to get new sidewalks eventually.

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