I attended the June 21, 2012 Holmdel Township Committee meeting last Thursday evening. Two issues stood out as worthy of comment. Jenni Blumenthal gave Friends of Holmdel Library bags to each TC member reminding him of all the work done for years by volunteers to plan for a new library in Holmdel. While the mayor graciously accepted his bag and Larry Fink already had one, other members appeared less genial. Jenni’s fiery resolve, however, and spirited endurance are an inspiration to all library lovers who still hope that one day Holmdel will have a library in its own building or at least above ground.
On another issue, Mark Levinson questioned the TC about the new ordinance allowing alcohol consumption at township owned parks. He mentioned that in Colorado, where he used to live, there had been issues with public drunkenness as a result of leniency in alcohol use and wondered if the TC had considered requiring use of off duty police officers or some other protections to enforce drinking and driving restrictions. Mayor Impreveduto readily agreed that precautions were necessary to be added to the ordinance. I was happy to hear that as I considered the danger of navigating Middletown Road after drinkers left Bayonet Farm.
As I left Town Hall, however, I was sad that more people did not attend the meeting. Democracy works best when people inform themselves of the issues and hold their lawmakers accountable. Fortunately, for those of us who can only rarely attend the meetings, there are people like Mark Levinson and Jenni and Ralph Blumenthal who watch the proceedings and ask the necessary important questions. I hope to join them more often and hope other people will join me.