The memorial service for departed Holmdel Police Chief R. Bruce Phillips will be held at the Holmdel Community Church, 40 Main Street, Holmdel on Tuesday, March... 27th at 11:00 am. Chief Phillips joined the Holmdel Police Department in 1965 and retired in 2004, after serving 39 years, 33 of those years as Chief of Police. Bruce Phillips had a long and illustrious career, and the Department is saddened by his passing. The Holmdel Police, and Law Enforcement in general, have lost a great advocate and friend. One who deserves a proper send-off.
It is with great sadness that the Holmdel Police announces the passing of retired Chief of Police R. Bruce Phillips. Phillips was the second Officer ever hired... by the Holmdel Police Department in 1965. He was promoted to Chief in 1971 replacing the previous Chief, his father, Joseph Phillips. Bruce Phillips had a long and illustrious career, serving as President of both the Monmouth County and New Jersey State Police Chiefs Associations. He is credited with the development of many programs that still continue to this day; including the annual NJ Police Memorial Service, and the Police-Security Expo. Bruce retired from Law Enforcement in 2004, and moved to Kentucky. A memorial service is being planned for the first week of April, and all details will be disseminated as soon as they are finalized.
JCP&L Update from Mayor Tom Critelli:
Less than 100 residents still remain without power. We have been told by JCP&L they will be restored by 6:30pm. Those residents still without power may come to the Courtroom at the Municipal Building to stay warm, and charge your electronic devices.
Mayor Critelli will remain in contact with JCP&L throughout the day.
JUDGE MAKES RULING ON JCP&L HIGH VOLTAGE LINE
Yesterday, the Honorable Gail M. Cookson, ALI issued an initial decision denying Jersey Central Power and Light’s (“JCP&L’s”) petition to locate high-voltage power lines down New Jersey Transit’s (“NJT’s”) North Jersey Coast Line right of way (“ROW”).
Agreeing with Holmdel and our neighboring municipalities’ ongoing concerns, the Judge wrote that “the use of this particular NJT ROW for 230 kV monopoles of an average height of 135...’ and maximum height of 210’ is untried, untested, and likely infeasible due to its narrow width, age, and proximity to residential communities. . . .The aesthetic, real estate, and environmental impacts on the five communities is overwhelming and is not offset by the interests of all JCP&L ratepayers.”
The case now proceeds to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”), which may accept, reject, or modify Judge Cookson’s decision in rendering a final decision. The BPU is expected to rule within the next 45 days, unless an extension is exercised.
“We are grateful to have received this well-reasoned, common sense decision from Judge Cookson, finding that high tension power lines up to 210’ tall have no place in our community” said Holmdel Mayor Tom Critelli. “I urge the Board of Public Utilities to promptly accept Judge Cookson’s decision rejecting JCP&L’s petition.”
“I would like to thank the Holmdel Township Committee, our neighboring municipalities, counsel from the Joint Municipal Group, and RAGE for all of their efforts leading to this result. But most of all, I would like to thank the public, as we could not have received this favorable initial decision without your support and grassroots opposition to the JCP&L application,” said Critelli.
Important Message from Mayor Tom Critelli:
With numerous power outages affecting our residents, coupled with the expected sub-freezing temperatures tonight, the Township is opening a “Warming Station.” This warming station will be located at the Holmdel Senior/Community Center (6 Crawfords Corner Road) and will be open from 7:00pm this evening until 7:00am Friday morning.
Holmdel residents are welcome to come to the Center where they can sit down and warm up. There will b...e outlets available to charge cellular phones or other electronic devices. We will also have water and coffee available. Please be advised that this is not a shelter. There will be no cots available for sleeping, but there are restrooms available on site. Residents who plan to utilize the Warming Station are encouraged to bring their own snacks if they wish. The center will be staffed by members of Holmdel’s Office of Emergency Management.
If you need more information please call 732-946-4400.
Holmdel Township advises you of the following:
Every road in the township has been plowed. Any fallen trees that were not tangled in power lines, have been cleared from the roads.
There are currently no road closures. The traffic lights in the south end of town are all still out. JCP&L reports 1,300 customers in Holmdel are without power. Most of these power outages are in the southern part of town, but there are a few locations in the north without power. JCP&L advised tha...t they are in the process of restoring power to those affected. However, they are unable to provide an estimated time of restoration.
Many trees and power lines are still snow covered and are being weighed down. Trees and limbs have the potential to fall in the roadways, on homes, and power lines. These falling limbs can be dangerous to residents outside and you need to stay away from them.
To report power outages, downed wires OR for inquiries about restoration, please call JCP&L’s hotline:
Please do not call the Holmdel Police Department or Holmdel Township Offices.
Due to continued power outages, all Holmdel Township Public Schools as well as SJV High School and St. Benedict are closed.
Attention! Due to the inclement weather, all Holmdel Township offices will be closed as of 1:00pm. For power outages call 1-888-544-4877 (1-888-LIGHTSS). For a police, fire, or medical emergency, please call 911. Stay safe and warm!
Due to the inclement weather, the Recreation Needs Assessment Second Open House has been cancelled for tonight. The new time and location for the Open House will be Thursday, March 8th in the Town Hall Meeting/Court Room from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. For any questions or concerns, you may contact the project manager, Donna Miller, AICP, PP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreation Needs Assessment – Second Open House
The Township of Holmdel will be conducting an open house on Wednesday, March 7th 2018 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Township’s Senior/Community Center, located at 6 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ in order to solicit input from the public on the Township’s overall park system. All Township residents are invited to attend and provide comment on the improvement of park operations and maintenance as well as suggestions for the imp...rovement and expansion of recreational and leisure services and facilities to better serve the public. Comments received as part of this public participation meeting will be used to help the Township develop goals, policies, and recommendations for the development and enhancement of Township parks, open space, and recreation facilities. For more information, you may contact the project manager, Donna Miller, AICP, PP at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Jeremy Bodycomb of Boy Scout Troop 131 on the completion of his Eagle Scout project! Jeremy received a Proclamation from Holmdel Township for replacing the damaged boardwalk and improving the trail system at Bayonet Farm. A huge undertaking, this project required strategic planning, countless hours of hard work, and true teamwork amongst the members of Boy Scout Troop 131. Thanks to Jeremy’s vision, dedication, and leadership, he has ensured that residents will continue to enjoy the beautiful trails at Bayonet Farm for years to come!
Last night, the Township had the privilege of honoring one of our very own hometown heroes. Colonel Elizabeth W. Prekker, a 1984 graduate of Holmdel High School, will be retiring from the United States Army on July 1st 2018. As part of her retirement from the service, Colonel Prekker had the American Flag flown at Holmdel Town Hall in her honor. The flag was then presented to her by members of the Holmdel Police Honor Guard in a stately ceremony. As the sun set, Colonel Prekk...er fondly recalled the days of growing up in Holmdel and the values instilled in her by her parents and teachers. A highly decorated Officer, she marked the importance of respect, responsibility, and hard work. In addition to the flag ceremony, Mayor Tom Critelli presented both Colonel Prekker and her brother, T. Owens Walker, Captain United States Navy (Retired), with keys to Holmdel Township. Thank you for your service and dedication Colonel Prekker! We wish you all the best in your retirement!
Looking for a fun night out with the family? Join us on Saturday, February 24th at Middletown Sports Complex for an exciting night of hockey! The NJ Titans will take on the Philadelphia Rebels in this action-packed NAHL game! Mayor Tom Critelli will be on hand to drop the puck at 7:00pm! Tickets are free to all Holmdel residents and can be picked up in the Recreation Office at Town Hall.