Which issues should local officials focus on in 2018?

As 2018 approaches, share with us your concerns and ideas you feel Lakewood and other local officials should address and tackle this coming year. TLS will forward the list of comments to the appropriate officials.

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  1. Housing affordability. I personally feel that there should be something put into place to limit realtors selling out to New Yorkers which herein lies the reason for the ridiculously expensive prices in Lakewood, which is forcing actual Lakewood residents to move out to Jackson and Toms River.

  2. Crack down on traffic violations. Make this town a safer place.

    I see kids jumping around in cars without seatbelts

    Stop signs. So many people treat stop signs like yield signs.

    Hands free calling

    Slow those busses down. They have precious cargo.

  3. I feel parking and driving enforcement should be a big focus .
    right now its as if parking signs are for advisement only which makes it so difficult . also on culdesac can you park sticking into the street or do you need to follow the curb its a huge eyesore all over .
    by hurly st folks just go straight on the turning lane and as other commented noted, stop signs are treated as a Yield sign

  4. My concerns are the continuous decimation of trees for more housing & the pollution of the trails around the lake.

    Do not permit 1000 homes on Eagle Ridge Golf Course. This is not a solution . More houses means more services. Welcoming new industries into the industrial park is a means of raising revenue.

  5. Housing !!!
    There is no reason that home prices are so over inflated by realtors . They
    Don’t reflect the reality!
    Its time figure something out before its to late

  6. Traffic and enforcement of traffic laws. I live at a very busy intersection and almost every cycle of the traffic light is followed by multiple cars running the red light. I see this all over town as I make my way to work each day.

  7. Follow through on the recommendations of the traffic study, don’t wait for Rt 9 to be widened.
    OAK ST.& Vine intersection should be 4 lanes with traffic signals.

  8. Let’s start with a ban on new houses until the traffic NIGHTMARE is fixed. Of course now that Murphy is projected to have won we can work on widening the 9. We need more open space and of course parking. The answer to illegal parking isn’t tickets. It costs $25 an hour to park in Manhattan. We just need more space to park.

  9. Widening 9 where??? There’s nowhere to go!! There are almost zero trees! There is nowhere for even shoulders. Apartment complexes from cross street almost to 9. A smidge of a shoulder left. Kids on skateboards where I’m Petrified to drive a large suv people refusing to obey the speed limit or traffic laws. Seriously there is no room left. Over building is the problem.

  10. Parking where would you propose parking be created by Thinking? Just where? There isn’t anywhere left. If there is a smidge left it will become a condo/parking comolex. Or a strip mall. Not enough of strip malls to be had in the town. Seriously where can one widen a road?

  11. Density ‘traffic problems go together if density isn’t solved traffic problems will not be solved also drivers don’t adhere to the traffic laws they don’t signal when turning they speed go through red light don’t stop at stop signs

  12. My concerns is left turn during time limit on rt 9 and parking around BMG area where 2 mini van selling cookies out their vehicles. Which called Abandon and stealing parking spaces. I also concerns Police aren’t giving enough parking violation tickets. We need take route 9 widen and make it 2 lanes completely controlled. It important for traffic flow better.

  13. @mordekhai
    The van that’s selling Danishs is there for ppl to buy and have something to much on
    And I’m pretty sure it gets sold out pretty often.
    That means that ppl are happy it’s there.
    A parking spot is for ppl to benefit from
    And that’s what it’s doing there
    So Ty to those helping out the klal and helping us have a better learning!

  14. 1. Traffic
    2. Taxes
    3. Housing affordability

    I think that encouraging neighborhood retail centers will lower traffic on the roads.

    Street vacations which affect the grid should be eliminated.

    Bais Kaila’s property which sits on Vine Street should be acquired through eminent domain and Vine Street should be opened.

  15. Over development, put a moratorium on building residential until a town wide study is done on the infrastructure. If we keep building without upgrades our roads, water and sewer systems will break down. Instead of building on every open lot, think about putting up pocket parks for the community, with millions in surplus Lakewood has they should either reduce taxes or invest, neither is being done

  16. 1) Rt. 9 – work with state.
    2) Taxes – work with state for fair share for Lakewood children, & bring down outrageous amount of school board Taxes.
    3) Repaving of Somerset.
    4) Work with county to widen roads.

  17. Remember that you represent ALL of Lakewood’s residents. Listen and consider ALL points of view…..not those belonging to special interest groups and outsiders.

  18. Housing affordability ? Im sorry, we live in a free market system, officials qdont regulate prices. Also, houses in Raintree and Hearthstone, with 4,5 bedrooms, are still in the hi 2s and low 3s, thats pretty affordable to most ppl.

  19. I believe the number one item to solve many problems would be to have BMG expand out of the 7th street area(or not allow them to expand in the 7th st area), that will free up tons of traffic parking and housing issues.

    Secondly, more traffic controllers would help speed up traffic in many areas.

  20. Why are you asking us. Don’t these elected officials liven in Lakewood, then they should what needs attention in this town. It has been complained about on the Scoop for years. Hey TLS how about giving them the website address so they can read about the complaints and questions and answers from Mr. Coles and the Police Chief Meyer.

  21. It’s almost comical to read everyone’s responses and then compare them to the election results.

    Where were all of you when the pro density officials were all voted in by a landslide????!!!!???

    If you cared then why didn’t you support those who actually intended to change the trend?


  23. 1) Lowering taxes

    I find it very interesting that in a town like Lakewood where the median income level is not that high, that our fire stations would easily fit in to Beverly Hills, Beautiful brick / Stucco Buildings, stunning manicured lawns, where is the accountability, we should take a lesson from Toms River that did not allow the rebuilding of an old fire station, the publiocs money is not free, to just be taxed and taxed, and then spent on whatever you want.

    2) I would propose a playground by the corner of Astor and Kennedy in the triangular lot, that is there.

    3) A ‘no turn on red’ sign from Kennedy onto Squankum.

    4) Thank you.

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