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By: takebacklakewood | January 14, 2017

Zoning Board Reorganization

On Jan 9th the Zoning Board held their reorganization meeting.  Mordechai Gross was sworn in as a new alternate member and sat on the board as Mr. Lankry will be out for several months for personal reasons. The committee voted to reappoint Mr. Halberstam as the chairman for 2017. A list of new procedures was shown with many new rules that the board is enacting. See our website for all of the rules which primarily relate to when an applicant will be allowed to push off an  application in addition to new decorum rules for both the board members and members of the public.

In the days before the meeting we pointed out a conflict where a zoning board member was applying before the board to build several dup...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 07, 2017

Jan. 2nd Township Committee Reorganization

On January 2nd the Township Committee held their annual reorganization meeting. Albert Akerman was sworn in to a new 3 year term. A vote was held appointing Ray Coles as the Mayor. The news had initially broke in mid December but the final decision was only confirmed 30 minutes before the meeting. While in past years the vote was always unanimous, in this instance Albert Akerman voted no. He was commended by several speakers and rounds of applause for having the courage to vote his conscience and make a decision on his own. While he said he loves Coles and will work with him, a statement of disapproval needed to be made about the circumstances surrounding the appointment. When Mike Delia was called ...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 31, 2016

What role does the Township Committee play?
The Township Committee (TC) in Lakewood is comprised of 5 elected officials who are elected to 3 year terms. They are each paid a salary of approximately $28,000 per year plus health benefits for the part time work that they do which includes attending two TC meetings each month in addition  to being liaisons to the various boards of the township. Each year the TC members vote on which one of them will serve as mayor for a 1 year term. The mayor is in charge of setting the agenda for the meetings and therefore has the ability to work on proposing ordinances that could promote positive changes to Lakewood if they so desire although ultimately each ordinance would need 3 votes to pass. Often, ordinan...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 24, 2016

What is our mission?
This movement was started with one goal.
To slow down the high density building that is currently taking over Lakewood in a way that is detrimental to all of the current residents. Many of the residents of Lakewood are frustrated at the frenetic pace of building that has plagued their neighborhoods. Coupled with the lack of infrastructure upgrades, this has crippled neighborhoods and the entire town with traffic that keeps on getting worse. Even with the housing that has already been approved but not yet built there are thousands of houses slated to go up in the next year or two that will drastically increase our current traffic problem. The residents of Lakewood will continue to spend more and more of their precious tim...

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