Manalapan: News briefs

Assistant town manager hired — The Town Commission on Nov. 14 approved a three-year contract for Eric Marmer to be assistant town manager, with the understanding that he would take over for Town Manager Linda Stumpf after her planned retirement in September 2024. The contract provides a $150,000 salary. While it is expected that Marmer will succeed Stumpf, the contract says that is a decision the commission will have to make when Stumpf retires.

Police chief gets a contract, too — Police Chief Carmen Mattox has been in his position for more than 10 years, all that time without a contract. That changed Nov. 14 when the commission approved a five-year deal for him. Mattox said he never felt the need for a contract, but he and other town officials agreed it made sense with all the changes taking place in town government. His salary is $145,821.

Surprise landing on Lands End— Police Chief Carmen Mattox received a one-hour heads-up the morning of Nov. 14 that a private helicopter would be landing at a vacant lot at 1475 Lands End Road, where it was picking up some “VIPs.” The landing was unusual in town, but appeared to be legal and no complaints were received. Mattox had a fire truck stationed nearby just in case, because of overhead power lines in the area and the smaller size of the lots on The Point.

Cul-de-sacs getting some loving — The planned reconstruction of the cul-de-sac island at the end of Lands End Road is underway. Manager Linda Stumpf told commissioners Nov. 14 that fresh landscaping will also be coming to the two other cul-de-sac islands in town.

— Larry Barszewski

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