The E-Newsletter from the Board of Chosen Freeholders
No. 1, Vol. 1 Summer/Fall 2006
County to sell methane gas from landfill
FREEHOLD – In a move
that will increase revenue, the
Monmouth County Board of
Chosen Freeholders has struck a
deal with GSF Energy LLC to sell
the methane gas that is produced
from the decomposition of solid
waste at the Monmouth County
Reclamation Center, Tinton Falls.
GSF Energy owns landﬁll gas
recovery facilities across the United
States and already has a landﬁll
gas recovery operation at the
Monmouth County Reclamation
Center, in which it captures some
Superintendent Chris Murray (right) shows Freeholder Director William C. Barham how the county
of the methane gas and converts
disposes of its compacted household solid waste. The decomposing trash produces methane gas. See Methane, Page 7
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The Place You Want t Be
Got cow? Farmland is being preserved
at a rapid pace in Monmouth County
• So far, 106 farms com- programs, the state typically
prising some 9,835 acres pays 60 percent, the county pays
have been protected from 24 percent and the municipality
future development. pays 16 percent. The easement
permanently retires the
It’s easy to spot a new housing development rights, but the
development. One day it’s a property remains in private
cornﬁeld and the next there’s a ownership and can be used for
dozen new homes instead. agricultural purposes.
What’s not so easy to detect • The Direct Easement Purchase
is the many acres of farmland Program is similar to the County
that are being saved from Easement Purchase Program,
development. Except for a except that the property owner
simple sign noting a particular would apply directly to the
farm is being preserved, there’s State Agriculture Development
no obvious clues to signal to Committee (SADC).
passers-by that something • The Fee Simple Program.
beneﬁcial has happened. Under this program, the state
Yet, it’s happening all over buys a farm outright, retires the
Monmouth County – and at land’s development rights, then
an aggressive rate, thanks to auctions the property to the
the combined efforts of local, highest bidder. The property
county and state government. So must continue to be farmed.
far, 106 farms comprising some • Eight-Year Program. With
9,835 acres have been protected the Eight-Year Program,
from future development. farm owners agree to restrict
“The preservation of farmland nonagricultural development
creates many beneﬁts for for a period of eight years in
agricultural industry producers exchange for certain beneﬁts
and consumers in addition to such as grants of up to 50
protecting the environment and New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus and percent of the costs of approved
maintaining the rural character of Freeholder Lillian G. Burry welcome the 75-acre Jennings Farm in Soil and Water Conservation
Monmouth County,” said Joseph Upper Freehold into the Farmland Preservation Program. projects.
McCarthy, chairman of the The Board of Chosen
Monmouth County Agriculture farms not only strengthens the take the lead in safeguarding Freeholders currently provides
Development Board. agriculture industry, but allows their farmland resources. ﬁnancial resources in support
The Monmouth County future generations to enjoy a • The County Easement of farmland preservation efforts
Board of Chosen Freeholders county rich in rural character.” Purchase Program, which is to 10 municipalities. Those
recognizes that the window of There are several ways farms currently being transformed by municipalities comprise most of
opportunity to preserve the can be preserved. the state into a more ﬂexible the county’s remaining farmland
county’s remaining agricultural • The Planning Incentive program modeled after the P.I.G. and its overall land base.
land base is limited. Grant farmland preservation Program. The new program “The county is committed
“More than 50 percent of all program (P.I.G. Program). would provide counties with to saving farms,” Freeholder
farms preserved during the 20- The P.I.G. Program provides “block grant” allocations of $2 Director William C. Barham
year history of the Farmland state grants to eligible counties million each and the opportunity said. “Farmland preservation
Preservation Program have and municipalities to purchase to compete for more money up protects not only the farm, it
been preserved in the last ﬁve agricultural easements on farms to an annual maximum of $8 preserves the quality of life in
years alone,” Freeholder Lillian in designated project areas. It million per county. Monmouth County that we have
G. Burry said. “Preserving these empowers municipalities to Under both of these all come to enjoy and cherish.”
Howell, site of ﬁrst farm preserved, adds two more to the program
HOWELL – Another 15 acres of other preserved farms, open space, or active Township is preserving farms at such a rapid
farmland has been preserved in Howell. The farmland preservation acquisition projects. pace and is committed to working with the
county acquired the development rights on The Brooklyn Cowboy Farm is located within township on future farmland preservation
the Brooklyn Cowboy Farm, a standardbred 1½ miles of two preserved farms and ﬁve efforts,” Freeholder Director William C.
boarding and training operation, in late May. active acquisition projects, while the Peacock Barham said.
In early June, it obtained the development Farm is less than half mile from a farm that The ﬁrst farm preserved in Monmouth
rights on the Peacock farm, an ornamental will be preserved in July. Both properties are County was the 70-acre Meade Farm, a sod
nursery farm. near the Manasquan Reservoir. farm located on Howell Road. It entered the
Both properties are in close proximity to “The County is excited that Howell Farmland Preservation Program in 1987.
STAFF READY TO HELP
Inside the Veterans Memorial Building in
downtown Freehold is one of Monmouth
County’s best kept secrets. At least that’s what
Patricia Watson says about the Monmouth
County Department of Consumer Affairs.
“We handle everything from appliance
repair and auto shop complaints to problems
with contractors and misleading advertising,” Patricia Watson, director of the Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs,
said Watson, who is the director of the ofﬁce. reviews cases at her desk in Freehold. Her ofﬁce handles 1,000 complaints a year.
“Any kind of problem a consumer can have,
we can handle … and if we can’t, we will merited claims against businesses in the county.
direct it to the people who can.” In June alone, 71 cases were opened and
With a staff of six, the county Department more than $30,000 was recovered on behalf of
of Consumer Affairs handles about 1,000 consumers. Some cases take several months or
complaints each year. even more than a year to settle. Watson said most
“Consumers need to know what a great cases are resolved within a matter of weeks.
resource we can be for them,” Watson said. “It is very satisfying to be able to help people
The department investigates residents’ get results,” she said.
complaints against Monmouth County Consumers who wish to ﬁle a complaint can
businesses. Often, rather than going to court, obtain a complaint form by calling the Consumer
consumers who feel they have been victimized Affairs ofﬁce at (732) 431-7900.
can turn to the Consumer Affairs’ staff to Watson also encourages people to contact her
mediate disputes, Watson said. ofﬁce before they sign a contract.
Already this year, the ofﬁce has opened “Consumers can contact us to ﬁnd out if a
378 cases for investigation and recovered business has had any complaints ﬁled against
more than $225,000 for consumers who had them recently,” she said.
County to hold economic development summit Sept. 29
FREEHOLD – To keep jobs environmental regulation and too. We must create a sustainable Edward J. Bloustein School
and workers in Monmouth County, the pending closing of Fort economic development plan for of Planning and Public Policy
the Board of Chosen Freeholders Monmouth, she said there is a the county.” at Rutgers University, is guest
is making preparations to hold pressing need for county ofﬁcials “Monmouth County has one of speaker. Hughes is an economist
the county’s ﬁrst Economic to work proactively to make sure the ﬁnest workforces in America,” and author who specializes in New
Development Summit at Branches jobs are available in Monmouth said Beatrice M. Duffy, director Jersey’s economy.
in West Long Branch. County to of the county’s Department of “We need to create an effective
“This exciting event will bring replace the ones Economic Development and program preserve high-paying
together all of our top business, that are lost. Tourism. “It is among the best jobs, but also to attract new ones,”
government and civic leaders in a “Many of the educated and most experienced Little said. “Monmouth County
setting where issues ranging from forces changing and diverse. They create and has a lot to offer. We want business
employee relocation to attracting the economic produce some of the most decision-makers everywhere to
new jobs and businesses to the landscape in advanced medical, computer and give us a close look then locate,
county can be fully explored to Monmouth communications products in the expand or remain here.”
gauge the impact these will have County give world. Our challenge today is to The summit will be held Sept. 29
on our local economy,” said very little to LITTLE keep them here.” at Branches, 123 Monmouth Rd.,
Freeholder Anna C. Little, who no warning,” Issues to be discussed by a six- West Long Branch. Invitations will
is working with the county’s she said. “In the case of Fort member panel include the possible be sent to Monmouth County’s
Department of Economic Monmouth, we are fortunate to consequences of the fort’s closure, business and civic leaders. A
Development and Tourism to have some advance warning. While the aspects of the marketing continental breakfast and lunch
coordinate the economic summit. reacting to forces already affecting program to protect the workforce will be provided. For more
With the dot.com crash, our economy, it makes sense to and the opportunities for future information call the Department
the events of Sept. 11, 2001, take the eventual closure of Fort growth, Freeholder Little said. of Economic Development and
increasingly restrictive state laws, Monmouth into consideration, James Hughes, dean of the Tourism at (732) 431-7470.
County receives national award
‘Homeward Bound’ recognized for helping homeless
FREEHOLD – Monmouth County of Human Services. “As a result, many to decent, affordable and stable housing,”
has received national recognition for a persons with mental illness are currently said Steven Horvath, assistant mental
program begun two years ago that provides placed in a correctional institution. health administrator, who oversees the
rental subsidies and case management “In addition, with an average one- case management aspect of the Homeward
services to chronically homeless families bedroom rental costing $900 a month plus Bound program.
and persons who suffer from mental utility costs, the chronically homeless has The program is funded by a $1,005,480
illness and substance abuse. no chance of securing stable, safe, decent, grant from the U.S. Department of
The program, called “Homeward sanitary housing,” Ms. Miller continued. Housing and Urban Development. All
Bound,” is federally funded and managed “Yet we have been able to show that with of the funds are used to provide rent
by a partnership of the county and our help through the Homeward Bound subsidies. Homeward Bound is currently
community-based agencies that treat program these individuals and families providing 44 rent subsidies and is
persons with mental illness and substance can get the housing and treatment they operating at maximum capacity.
abuse. The goal is to provide safe and need.” Members of the Homeward Bound
stable housing as well as substance abuse There are about 450 adults and 230 Coordinating Committee include the
counseling and mental health services. families in Monmouth County who are Monmouth County Mental Health Board,
“Compliance with the service contract the Monmouth County
is mandatory in order for the program Public Housing Agency,
participant to continue receiving the CPC Behavioral Health,
Homeward Bound rent subsidy,” said Jersey Shore University
Freeholder Robert D. Clifton, liaison to the ‘The program Medical Center Addiction
county’s Department of Human Services. Services, Visiting Nurse
“In other words, the program recipient is recipient is an active Association-Central
an active partner in the program, rather partner in the program, Jersey, Gateway Day
than someone who simply receives a Treatment program,
benefit. They must agree to treatment in rather than the Monmouth County
order to get the housing subsidy.” someone who simply Division of Social
In recognition of the program’s Services, New Jersey
innovative approach to providing housing, receives a beneﬁt. They Department of Veterans’
the National Association of Counties must agree to treatment Affairs, and Guiding
(NACo) has awarded Monmouth County a Light Day Treatment
2006 NACo Achievement Award for the its in order to get the program.
effort “to promote responsible, responsive The first year of the
and effective county government.” Of housing subsidy.’ program, Homeward
the nation’s 3,066 counties, 95 received a Bound’s steering
NACo achievement award this year. ROBERT D. CLIFTON committee approved 48
“I continue to be amazed at the DEPUTY FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR applications for housing
innovation and efﬁciency that counties have assistance. Of those, 45
developed to address the new issues and individuals were able to
problems they are facing,” said Jacqueline find suitable housing
Byers, NACo’s director of research. “This in some form of emergency shelter at and have a signed lease, translating into
year’s programs did an exceptional job of any given time, Miller said. Of those, a 94 percent success rate. This compares
doing more with less. Our achievement more than 40 adults and families are to a 33 percent success rate under the
award winners have reafﬁrmed how county considered chronically homeless due to traditional Housing Choice Voucher
governments address problems with smart, drug dependency and mental illness. Section 8 program. Of the 45 approved
creative solutions.” The nature of the co-occurring disability leases this past year, Homeward Bound
The driving need behind the Homeward (substance abuse and mental illness) is achieved a 97.8 percent success rate in
Bound program is the lack of affordable magnified by their instability of housing. keeping participants in the permanent
housing for the chronically homeless An individual living in temporary or housing placement – and in treatment.
population and the documented failure of emergency shelter, or in an unsupervised “The Homeward Bound program is an
the client to succeed in traditional mental transitional housing arrangement, are ambitious attempt at providing permanent
health, substance abuse and social service less likely to attend mental health or housing to a multi-problem and recidivist
programs. Further evidence of the need substance abuse treatment programs. population,” Freeholder Clifton said. “It
for this program is the ongoing loss of Consequently, the population is trapped is a county-sponsored , community-based
permanent housing stock in the county in an unforgiving, downward spiral. coalition that provides a rent subsidy
due to redevelopment. Homeward Bound evaluates the housing payment for permanent housing coupled
“This is a difficult population to choice of participants to ensure they are with a coordinated case management
serve; the pattern of substance abuse, in safe neighborhoods. program designed to break the cycle of
discontinuance from medication and “Our past experience in dealing with relapse resulting from loss of housing.
withdrawal from treatment usually leads the chronically homeless and HIV positive It is a successful merge of public and
to aberrant behavior,” said Lynn Miller, population indicates that successful private resources, and I commend them
director of the county’s Department health treatment is directly proportionate on receiving the NACo award.”
‘Slow the Flow – Recycle!’
Freeholders aim to reinvigorate recycling
FREEHOLD – Landﬁll space boost recycling in the schools. To burn trash and the freeholders
is ﬁlling up and recycling rates demonstrate how much of what adopted a non-burn waste plan.
have tapered off. To reverse they throw out can be reused and An important component of
this trend, the Board of Chosen recycled if disposed of properly, that non-burn waste plan was
Freeholders has announced the county will sponsor a long- to extract as much trash as
a renewed commitment to term recycling program beginning possible from the landﬁll through
recycling. The freeholders urge all in September in which children recycling. Unfortunately, over the
residents to join them. from selected schools will record years, we have made it easier to
“Residents, schools, businesses the volume of cans, bottles and throw trash away than to recycle
and institutions in Monmouth newspapers they produce. it. That needs to change.”
County achieved the highest “Schools produce an enormous The county’s decline in recycling First celebrated in 1970, Earth
recycling rate of 61 percent in amount of recyclables,” Freeholder mirrors rates recorded by the Day is designed to broaden
1997,” Freeholder Director William Anna C. Little said. “We do a good state. The decline coincides with support for environmental
C. Barham said. “Since then, the job teaching a decision by the Legislature in programs, rekindle public
public’s interest and participation our children 1997 to end funding for recycling commitment to the environment
have waned and recycling rates hit about the programs. The only money for and build community activism
an all-time low of just 48 percent importance municipal recycling programs is around the world through a broad
in 2004. We must do better and of recycling, the annual recycling grants funded range of events and activities.
take what we can reuse out of our but we need through the “Clean Communities “I was delighted to see so many
waste stream.” to actively tax.” Unfortunately, the amount children participating in our Earth
In April, Monmouth County participate in towns receive is only a small Day Fair and learning about the
kicked off its “Slow the Flow a recycling portion of what was originally environment,” Freeholder Lillian
– Recycle!” initiative at the program provided. The state provides no G. Burry said. “Earth Day is a
annual Earth Day Fair held at to bring NAROZANICK funding to the county for recycling time to renew our commitment
the Monmouth County Library that message home. Without programs. Existing recycling to building a healthier and cleaner
headquarters in Manalapan. a recycling program, all of the programs are funded through the world, and that includes our
The initiative aims to increase bottles, cans and paper that could Reclamation Center’s budget. commitment to recycle. To ensure
the public’s awareness about the be recycled wind up clogging “Monmouth County needs to a clean environment and protect
beneﬁts of recycling, thereby our landﬁll. I challenge each and be more aggressive to increase our natural resources, we also must
boosting the county’s recycling rate every school to get more involved awareness in our communities be willing to work year round.”
and reducing the amount of waste in recycling. I am sure if given the of our need to recycle and In the schools, students in
that ﬂows into the Reclamation tools, the children would do a control waste disposal costs so Monmouth County celebrate
Center in Tinton Falls. wonderful job.” we can lengthen the life of our Earth Day each year by
This two-pronged initiative In 1987, Monmouth County Reclamation Center in Tinton participating in a variety of art
includes a general reminder was one of the ﬁrst counties to Falls,” Freeholder Robert D. and science competitions, which
about the beneﬁts of recycling, implement mandated recycling in Clifton said. “We cannot continue were are judged by the Planning
supported by public service New Jersey, Freeholder Theodore to allow recyclable materials to take Board members and staff. For a
announcements on local radio, J. Narozanick recalled. “In 1991, up valuable space at our landﬁll. list of winners, click here.
and a more targeted effort to the voters rejected a proposal to We are running out of room.”
WIB exceeds all federal performance standards
FREEHOLD – Monmouth County’s or expanded programming,” said Wyatt Earp,
Workforce Investment Board, in collaboration The Monmouth County chairman of the WIB’s One-Stop Career
with the Monmouth County Board of One-Stop Career Center Centers Committee. “This allows us to enhance
Chosen Freeholders, has exceeded all 15 the quality of our service delivery, and to
performance standards established by the is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. serve more customers.”
U.S. Department of Labor for the program Monday through Friday. To In fact, Earp said Monmouth County’s
year that ended June 30, 2005. The standards make an appointment, call performance was among the strongest
measure the effectiveness of programs and of New Jersey’s Workforce Investment
services supported by the federal Workforce (732) 747-2282. Boards. He also commended the staff of the
Investment Act (WIA). Monmouth County Division of Employment
“The fact that we are not only reaching our of job seekers who are served with WIA and Training for their efforts.
goals but actually exceeding them is good funding, including their wages and length “I look forward to continuing to help
news for Monmouth County residents who of employment. The success of programs people develop the skills they need to
are looking for jobs, and for area businesses designed to prepare youth for the workforce ﬁnd gainful employment, and to working
that are seeking qualiﬁed, pre-screened job by teaching them job readiness skills also are with the WIB and Monmouth County
candidates,” said Freeholder Robert D. measured. to strengthen the area’s economic
Clifton, liaison to the WIB. “Exceeding performance standards means development and social well-being,”
Among the areas measured are the Monmouth County is eligible to receive federal said Bill Wood, Executive Director of
employment and re-employment rates incentive funding for use in developing new Monmouth County’s WIB..
Fitch, Moody’s, S&P agree County soliciting
Monmouth County scores AAA bond rating applications for
All three agencies praise county’s conservative ﬁnancial management park grants
FREEHOLD – Once again, tax base; wealth and income levels the tax levy. As a result, the
Monmouth County’s bonds have that exceed the state and national freeholders adopted a spending FREEHOLD – The
been granted AAA ratings by levels; regular operating surpluses plan that contains a 3.3 percent Monmouth County Board of
Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & and high current fund balances, increase in the tax levy, which is Chosen Freeholders is once
Poor’s, the nation’s three bond and manageable overall debt. lower than the rate of inﬂation and again soliciting applications
rating agencies. “The AAA rating with a stable does not impact county services. from municipalities wishing to
Only a small percentage of outlook incorporates the county’s Standard & Poor’s said the compete for their share of $2
counties throughout the United sound ﬁnancial operations county’s conservative ﬁnancial million from the Monmouth
States have been granted AAA and healthy management has resulted in strong County Municipal Open Space
ratings, the highest rating, and only reserves, operation and ﬁnancial ﬂexibility, Grant Program to build or
a handful of those have received substantial stable growth in its $90 billion expand local parks facilities.
the highest score from all three and expanding tax base, and low debt levels. Applications for the fourth
rating agencies, according to Mark tax base and Conservative budgeting practices round of grants have been mailed
E. Acker, Monmouth County’s modest debt contribute to Monmouth’s recently to all 53 Monmouth
Finance Director. position,” performance, S&P said. County municipalities.
The AAA ratings recognize Moody’s “Monmouth County consistently The grants, part of a
Monmouth County’s sound reported. exhibits strong ﬁnancial competitive matching-funds
ﬁnancial management, stable “ M o o d y ’s performance and management,” program for municipalities, are
growth and low debt burden, anticipates the ACKER S&P said in its ﬁnancial report. administered by the Monmouth
according to the three bond county will continue to beneﬁt Fitch commented on the County Park System and funded
rating agencies. As a result, each from low unemployment rates that county’s strength in the areas of through the Monmouth County
agency also awarded the county a are below the state and national ﬁnancial planning, management Open Space Trust Fund. Last
favorable stable future outlook. medians.” and budgeting. “The adopted year, nearly $2 million was
“This is the eighth year in a “As liaison to the Finance 2006 budget maintains the distributed to 13 municipalities.
row Monmouth County received Department, I am very pleased that county’s practice of controlling “I encourage all of our
AAA ratings by these agencies,” Monmouth County was rewarded expenditures while conservatively municipalities to submit their
Freeholder Director William once again for its continued estimating revenues and is plans for park improvements
C. Barham said. “This means demonstration of sound, ﬁscal performing as expected.” or open space acquisitions,”
the county is doing a good job management,” Freeholder Anna “It is gratifying when rating said Freeholder Lillian G.
managing its resources. I commend C. Little said. “We are able to enjoy agencies afﬁrm our AAA ratings,” Burry, liaison to the Monmouth
Mark Acker for the way he has greater ﬂexibility in providing Acker said. “These are our ﬁnancial County Park System. “This
handled the county’s ﬁnances.” services to our residents because report cards, and we passed with is a wonderful opportunity
According to Moody’s Investors we have been conservative in the highest grade possible.” for towns to participate in a
Service, the AAA rating is a our spending and we continue to Moody’s, S&P and Fitch also program that shares the costs
reﬂection of the county’s strong maintain very low debt levels.” anticipate that the eventual closing of improving their local parks
local economy; active residential In preparing the 2006 budget, of Fort Monmouth will not have or acquiring more open space.”
andcommercialretaildevelopment; the county’s Board of Chosen any long-term impact on the All 53 Monmouth County
substantial and rapidly growing Freeholders focused on minimizing county’s economy. municipalities are eligible to
apply for funding awards.
Last year, 18 towns submitted
Transportation vision for Asbury Park unveiled requests for grants seeking a total
• Surveys of transit riders of $3.4 million, of which the
ASBURY PARK – The Board of Chosen Freeholders
Board of Chosen Freeholders and members of the business
community about important approved 13 applications and
recently unveiled a conceptual awarded $2 million in grants.
Transportation Improvement study transportation needs and issues.
• An emphasis on tying The deadline for submitting
that supports the city’s exciting a grant application is 4 p.m.
revitalization efforts. together the Transportation
Center, surrounding residential Sept. 20, and only complete
The study identiﬁes appropriate applications will be considered
physical improvements to the neighborhoods, the business
district, and the waterfront area for funding. Winners will be
city’s Transportation Center and announced in December.
key connecting street corridors, as with improved streetscapes on
major corridors leading to the “Quality parks and open
well as a new transit shuttle service economic opportunities of its space contribute to the quality
needed to support a revitalizing unique downtown business district, Transportation Center.
• An approach that also considers of life enjoyed by all Monmouth
community. Asbury Park is reclaiming its glory County residents,” Freeholder
“The City of Asbury Park days as a vacation hot spot and transit, bicycle and pedestrian travel
and other means of transportation Burry said. “I hope we get 53
is at the beginning stages of shopping destination.” applications.”
a tremendous renaissance,” The Transportation to help restore the community.
The full study and appendices Further information on the
said Freeholder Theodore J. Improvement Study complements grant program can be found
Narozanick, who secured federal vibrant residential, business and can be found on the county’s
Web site at http://www. at the Monmouth County Park
and county funding to conduct the waterfront redevelopment plans System’s Web site at www.
study. “With its beautiful beaches already adopted by city ofﬁcials. m o n m o u t h p l a n n i n g. c o m /
and boardwalk, coupled with the Features of the study include:
Methane expanding its operation and we will be able to compressed into a high-grade, pipeline quality
substantially increase our revenues from the sale product that could be sold onto a nearby natural
of excess methane gas that is naturally produced gas pipeline. The gas pipeline company would
From Page 1 there,” Narozanick said. “The Reclamation be able to blend it and use it to heat homes in
Center is producing dividends for the public Monmouth County.
it into electricity and sells it. Under this new that we had not envisioned 20 years ago.” “This new facility will take advantage of the
contract, GSF Energy will recover nearly all GSF Energy, a subsidiary of Montauk Energy high natural gas prices we expect to see for the
of the methane gas produced at the landﬁll Capital, has owned and operated landﬁll gas foreseeable future,” said John Schmitt, president
and, in addition, will assume responsibility recovery systems for more than 25 years. The of Montauk Energy Capital. “The ability to
for all capital improvements, operation and company has more than 20 landﬁll gas investments channel the methane gas into both our electric
maintenance costs for the gas facilities. in the United States, and converts landﬁll gas into generating station and our gas processing
“This is a very good deal for Monmouth high Btu, pipeline-quality gas and/or electricity at facility will provide us some ﬂexibility in our
County – to be able to fully tap this valuable about half of those sites. operations and, at the same time, generate a
energy-producing resource from our landﬁll Since 1998, a GSF beneﬁt for Monmouth County.”
and bring a sizable revenue into the county Energy aﬃliate has Schmitt said he hopes to have the new
coﬀers,” Freeholder Director William C. owned and operated a facility up and running in 18 to 24 months,
Barham said. “Because the county’s share is tied 10-megawatt electric depending on how long it takes to obtain the
to revenues, this deal has the potential of being generating station at the required permits from the state.
worth up to $1 million a year for the county.” Reclamation Center, “These gas-to-energy plants operate very
Under the agreement, Monmouth County where it uses a portion cleanly,” Barham said. “Most of the methane
will be paid a monthly royalty calculated as of the methane gas from gas is being burned oﬀ into the atmosphere.
a percentage of GSF Energy’s gross revenues the landﬁll and turns it Now, we will be turning it into a product that
from the sale of output at the Monmouth into electricity, which it will signiﬁcantly boost county revenues. This is
County Reclamation Center, with a guaranteed then sells to Jersey Central BARHAM one more example of how this Board of Chosen
minimum royalty of $50,000 per month, or Power & Light Co. Freeholders is ﬁnding ways to make Monmouth
$600,000 a year. Under the contract, Monmouth County County government more eﬃcient.”
GSF Energy’s responsibility for all capital will still be able to use a small portion of the Landﬁll gas recovery systems have an
improvements and maintenance of the gas methane gas if and when it builds its own additional environmental beneﬁt – the methane
collection system wil cinlude regulatory electric generating station. The county is seeking gas displaces the consumption of other fuels,
monitoring, data collection and preparation of a grant to build a small electric generating including coal, oil or natural gas.
all environmental compliance obligations and station to produce enough electricity to power “Unlike coal, oil or natural gas, landﬁll gas
reports. This represents a guaranteed savings of its operations at the Reclamation Center, for a is a man-made renewable fuel,” Schmitt said.
$300,000 a year for Monmouth County, on potential savings of up to $1 million a year. “Using it to produce electricity or to heat
top of the $600,000. With the expanded gas-to-energy operation, homes decreases our nation’s dependence on
Freeholder Theodore J. Narozanick said GSF GSF Energy will build, at its own cost, a gas fossil fuels, particularly coal and oil, which do
Energy has been paying the county $250,000 a processing facility at the Reclamation Center not burn as cleanly as natural gas.”
year since 1995. capable of processing nearly all of the excess
“I am happy to see that GSF Energy will be methane gas. After it is collected, the gas can be
and are further challenged by the and establishing an account county enough to also extend a caregiver
complexities in the health care residents can easily start to connect or chronically ill person’s network
system that hamper accessibility to with other caregivers and their to include their ﬁnancial advisor,
From Page 1 the services they need. family members and friends who attorney, religious advisers and
manage chronic conditions, “While family members are critical are homebound. others in their support network.
stave off the isolation frequently support resources, they often lack “VieBridge Connections creates To further facilitate
associated with being a caregiver the formal training and knowledge a virtual community of caring collaboration and support in
and review the latest disease for proper care giving and, being put for those who need it most,” said the best interest of the caregiver
management and wellness in the role of caregivers, put their Janet Corbally, program director and the homebound, VieBridge
information. own health at risk,” Clifton said. for VieBridge Connections. “This Connections includes online
“Meeting the needs of the “VieBridge Connections provides online offering brings our county reminders, video conferencing
growing numbers of people caregivers the tools they need to residents together, with the tools and Webcasts, chat rooms and
coping with chronic illnesses and manage the care of a loved one – they need to manage some of the discussion forums, and the ability
aging issues is acknowledged to even over great distances, thanks to toughest situations in their lives. to monitor vital signs, such as
be one of the most pressing U.S. the Internet. This puts Monmouth VieBridge Connections expands blood pressure, glucose levels and
health care issues,” said Freeholder County on the cutting edge when it mutual support among consumers, weight. VieBridge Connections
Robert D. Clifton, liaison to the comes to making applicable use of gives informal caregivers a strong also includes an “ask-the-expert”
Ofﬁce on Aging. “Most people modern technology.” sense of support, and helps feature that enables consumers,
with chronic illnesses rely on VieBridge Connections is professionals stay in the know caregivers and professionals to
informal caregivers such as currently available as a free service about clients.” submit questions and receive a
family members to help them for Monmouth County residents. VieBridge Connections also private response.
stay at home and manage their Simple to use, VieBridge supports a wide range of health VieBridge Connections is
conditions.” Connections requires a personal professionals, including nursing available now by signing up for
Industry research shows that computer with a standard Web care managers, dieticians, ﬁtness a membership account at www.
almost 75 percent of health care browser and a broadband coaches, therapists, social workers, viebridgeconnections.net. For
spending is for chronic care. Many connection, such as those available pharmacists and physicians’ ofﬁces. more information, please contact
people with chronic conditions through local cable providers. By In addition to health professionals, the Monmouth County Ofﬁce
struggle with staying independent, logging into VieBridge Connections VieBridge Connections is ﬂexible on Aging at (732) 431-7450.
Shade Tree, Park System employees Freeholder Burry
to represent county
help to save American chestnuts on fort panel
FREEHOLD – Freeholder
Chestnut trees Lillian G. Burry has been
once towered above chosen to represent Monmouth
County on the Fort Monmouth
forests in Northeast EconomicRevitalizationPlanning
Authority. The Board of Chosen
There’s a love story to be Freeholders appointed her to the
told about the work being done post, citing her experience with
high in the canopy of some of Earle Naval Weapons Station,
Monmouth County’s woodlands. when is was targeted for closure.
With a little help from the “Serving on the Colts Neck
Shade Tree Commission and the Township Committee, Lillian
Monmouth County Park System, Burry has worked with top
American chestnut trees are naval attorneys and ultimately
mating. was able to
This is not your typical boy- secure Earle’s
meets-girl love story. Rather, it is position in
a love affair many volunteers in Colts Neck.,”
Monmouth County have with the remarked
American chestnut tree. Freeholder
Once a towering giant among Theodore J.
forests across the Northeast., the Tony Rosati (above) of Narozanick,
trees are now ﬁghting for their Middletown shows the w h o
very lives. The native tree has nominated
blight that is killing Ameri-
been devastated by blight, a type her for the BURRY
of fungus that eats away at the can chestnut trees. This
base of the tree trunks. tree, which was pollinated believe she is most qualiﬁed
To help save the species, recently with an Asian to help in the development
Monmouth County ofﬁcials have chestnut tree in an effort to of a bright future for the Fort
teamed up with the American save it, is in Holmdel Park. At Monmouth community.”
Chestnut Foundation to locate right, a worker demonstrates “I feel very strongly that the
American chestnut trees in the the artiﬁcal mating technique best years are ahead for our
county’s parks and woodlands, used to pollinate the trees. residents who work at Fort
and pollinate them with the Monmouth now and for the
blight-resistant Asian chestnut. businesses that currently serve
The idea is to produce, over “The American chestnut is Volunteers trying to save the them,” Freeholder Burry said.
time, a tree that has mostly estimated to have comprised as species tie plastic bags around the The panel’s role is to develop
American chestnut characteristics, much as 50 percent of forests newly pollinated ﬂowers. They a comprehensive revitalization
but with the blight-resistant in the Northeast,” said Gary will return to the parks in the fall to plan for Fort Monmouth after its
qualities of the Asian chestnut. Lovallo, superintendent of the harvest the chestnuts for planting. closure by the U.S. government
“There was a time when all county’s Shade Tree Commission. At ground level, volunteer Tony in the Base Realignment and
of the trees you see here were “No single event related to trees Rosati of Middletown pointed to Closure process.
underbrush to the American is more devastating than the the trunk of the tree, where the
chestnuts,” Bob Summersgill chestnut blight. It changed the blight was very visible. New shots Monmouth
of Warren Township and past entire ecosystem.” spring up around the blighted
president of the Pennsylvania The rescue mission in trunk. If they are not eaten by
chapter of the American Chestnut Monmouth County began deer ﬁrst, they will eventually get is published quarterly online
Association said of the trees in last year when the Shade Tree the blight, too. by the Monmouth County
Tindall Park, Middletown. “They Commission, the Park System “There are a several other Board of Chosen Freeholders.
were a very signiﬁcant and and the chestnut foundation chestnut trees in Monmouth
important part of the landscape.” began planning their work. County, but this is the largest we William C. Barham
In early July, Summersgill The blight was ﬁrst discovered have found,” Rosati said of the Robert D. Clifton
and other volunteers with the in 1904 in New York City after tree in Holmdel Park. Theodore J. Narozanick
American Chestnut Foundation, the lethal fungus was accidentally The last hope for the American Lillian G. Burry
met with the county’s Shade Tree imported on Asian chestnuts. chestnut rests with its Asian Anna C. Little
Commission and Park System By 1950, the American chestnut cousins that brought the disease. ~
employees to begin pollinating - once numbering one out of “As long as the American Department of Public Information
what is believed to be the only every four trees in the forest - was chestnut tree keeps sprouting, William K. Heine, Director
American chestnut tree in the ﬁnished as a healthy tree. there’s always a chance to cross- Danielle Brancadora, Editor
564-acre Holmdel Park. To this day, the stumps send up breed with a resistant strain,” (732) 431-7310
A tree found in Tindall Park in sprouts that also quickly succumb Lovallo said. “This research is ww.visitmonmouth.com
Middletown was pollinated, too. to the blight. extremely important.”