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Township Council Candidate Profile: Charles Frattini

Patch profiles of candidates for the Manchester Township Council

Manchester Patch asked each of the four candidates vying for three Township Council seats this November to complete a questionnaire addressing some of the issues affecting residents. One candidate will be featured each day this week.

The final profile is of Charles Frattini, an 84-year-old retired New York Daily News photojournalist. Frattini, who once served in China with the U.S. Marine Corps, has lived in Leisure Village West for 15 years and is running under the Continued Good Government banner. 

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Q: What do you see as the biggest issue facing Manchester and what do you plan to do to address it? Taxes have steadily increased over the years — what plans, if any, do you have to reduced spending and stabilize tax rates?

A: At present our obligation to those who retired is great, and the cost is great. We must in future union negotiations consider the downside of bountiful settlements. We must also find ways to reduce our spending. Payroll spending must somehow be kept at a reasonable rate. School taxes for our residents have increased at a dramatic rate. This is beyond the Town's control.

Q: Safety on Route 70 through the township has been a big problem, with serious and sometimes deadly crashes becoming almost the norm. The Township Council has asked for state help with improving safety but hasn't received much response — how would you address the issue?

A: Safety on Route 70 is an increasing problem. Traffic has increased to a point where it is unsustainable for traffic using it. Saying this, we know it is a problem for the State Department of Transportation who so far has not addressed the problem. The Township has many solutions, which so far have been ignored by the State.

Q: Township officials have said that it is difficult to draw new business into Manchester because of various environmental regulations. What ideas do you have that could help grow business in town?

A: Local realtors must join forces with other community business leaders, along with local government officials to brainstorm ideas to bring a new vitality to Manchester. Tax considerations might be used as an incentive for new business to come into our community.

Q: Is there a way to rehabilitate Pine Lake, and if so, could it be done in a way that would not be burdensome to taxpayers?

A: Pine Lake presents a challenge to Manchester, considering the acreage involved. We must press the State for environmental assistance. The Township on its own is unable to fund the entire operation. The State and possibly the County must give us aid.

Q: Though scheduled to be completed soon, construction on Route 530 in Whiting has been ongoing for longer than Ocean County officials anticipated and has become a nuisance to some residents. Going forward, how would you work with county officials to ensure other projects are completed on time and without much impact to residents?

A: Our Town Council must become directly involved with accelerating the completion of this project. The County and State must be prodded to become more cognizant of the problems being created for residents of this area.

Q: Manchester's police department, along with township officials, worked on a plan to bolster the force without greatly impacting the budget. Do you feel the township's police force is now staffed at an adequate level?

A: The Mayor and the Police Department work in close conjunction with each other. The Police Department is satisfied with the number of police hired and is satisfied with their new contract. The Mayor has restored some reductions that were made in the past to compensate for the vast increase in calls.

Q: Manchester is unique in that the township is home to a sizeable senior population as well as many younger families. How do you plan to address the needs of both of these groups?

A: Seniors and younger families have the same basic problems — finances, keeping taxes as low as possible, keeping recreation facilities available for families and children, maintaining and keeping the fine senior services viable and available, and basically keeping Manchester a great and safe community live in.

Billabong October 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The town and town council's obligation to seniors is not greater than the obligation to the non-senior residents of this town. These responses are just another example of someone who is senior-focused and out of touch with the challenges facing young families in Manchester. The problems facing seniors and younger families are not the same - far from it. In the last few years have the gated communities of Renaissance and Leisure Village faced rampant burglaries, defacing of property, drugs on the streets, unexplained explosions, multiple accidents at local intersections that have gone unaddressed, and potential traffic nightmares as a result of an unnecessary Walmart? Of course not. Continued Good Government? More like "Continued Good Government for Seniors."
Dusty Walker October 12, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Bill: I agree with you. Bugularies and auto accidents are way up in my Whiting neighborhood. According to my tax bill municipal taxes are up 36% since the 2009 reassessment. For what? No water, sewers or trash pick-up. School taxes are up 12.9%. We send a ton of money to Trenton and we get peanuts back in terms of aid to schools and the municipality. We are told its because of all the large, high density senior communities. Well, who approved them? You guessed it, Good Gov't Team!
WhitingBoy October 12, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Wow, this is the most disturbing group of responses for two reasons: 1) He says absolutely nothing (at most, he occasionally agrees with the premise of the question), and 2) Multiple times he refers to the township and the town (defending their action or non-action) without offering how he will improve or change…he is basically saying what we all know…more of the same (thus the “Continued” art of the party I suppose). Folks, all I can implore you to do (which is really boring to do) is to look over every vote over the past few years…the council always, always votes together…there is no one watching the shop…they never disagree with the Mayor or each other. While this doesn’t automatically cause anything untoward, it creates the environment for errors or worse. I don’t know if Peck is the answer, but as he is the only alternative, we need to give it a chance.
Scott Neuman October 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
How much would it cost to fix Pine Lake? I just can't find an answer as to the real cost vs the pleasure we receive from using the lake. What type of pollution are we talking about? Could a simple salt drop fix the issue? Doesn't the water we see in the lake also come from Lake Horicon? In addition, aren't people that live in Lakehurst swim in the same waters only two miles upstream.

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