Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Weeds

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Hi there,

Awesome forum and awesome Mayor!

I drive down county line twice daily along with hundreds if not thousands of other cars. Two things always bother me.

1- on Monmouth Avenue the street sign saying Monmouth Avenue has been knocked down a while ago and never has been replaced.

2- On many of the streets for example in the villas and brook road area there are homes with their backs to county line. There is then a large fence or other barrier between their backyard and county line road. Many of these sidewalk greenery are a mess and unkempt. There are weeds 5 or 6 feet high and other non appealing sites. Who’s responsibility is it? If it’s the township can it be cleaned up and maintained? If it’s on those homeowners can the township enforce the cleaning up maintaining?


Looking forward to a cleaner and more enjoyable commute.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good afternoon,

Thanks for the kind words. I have asked our Public Works Director to get the sign replaced as soon as possible & he assures me they will.

I live in Raintree, so I know the area you are speaking about. I have asked our Inspection Department to remind the homeowners of their responsibility to keep these areas mowed and clean. Hopefully a friendly nudge will be all it takes to get the area taken care of. If not, we can look into summonses and even cleaning it ourselves and billing them.

Take Care



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  1. FYI, The villas does NOT touch county line road at any point. The villas HOA led by the great Yoni Silver does a fine job of maintaining the common areas of the villlas. The fences and houses you speak of backing onto county line are from other developments/homeowners.

  2. Additionally, the boardwalk and lake area is infested with overgrown weeds, not very pleasant to walk there.
    Let’s make Lakewood great again!

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