Brick officials are continuing crack down on derelict properties in the township, and are seeking to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the cases coming through the municipal court system.
Mayor John Ducey said the prosecutor, who has not yet been named, will focus only on property maintenance cases and will present cases during a dedicated court session. Newly-appointed Municipal Court Judge Joseph Grisanti has agreed to hear a docket consisting exclusively of property maintenance cases once per month – on the fourth Monday at 9 a.m.
The new prosecutor will be an attorney who specializes in land use, according to officials. The reason for creating the special calendar is so the prosecutor and judge can focus squarely on land use issues, instead of mixing them with cases involving traffic tickets, drunk driving offenses and minor crimes normally held in municipal court.
“That prosecutor’s focus is going to be on property maintenance issues, and the judge’s focus is going to be exclusively on property maintenance issues,” said Ducey.
The township council agreed to seek proposals for the position last week.
Brick officials, in recent years, have been proactively tacking property maintenance issues, forming a Property Maintenance Board which hears cases, issues repair orders and can even order demolitions of buildings that are abandoned.