Barnegat Light Spells Out Storage, Trash Bin Rules

Oct 19, 2016

Storage pods  in residential areas would be further regulated in Barnegat Light under an ordinance introduced at the October council meeting. The zoning ordinance amendment would add a few rules. First, a permit with a $50 fee would have to be filed with the Barnegat Light Zoning Department before any storage pod is put on residential property.

Pods are defined as “any temporary storage units which are the equivalent of trailers without wheels or of a lesser size and are typically used for storage or transport of personal property.”

The rules fall into two different categories, temporary storage pods and construction site pods.

A temporary storage permit is good for no more than 90 days. The permit may be reissued for an additional 90-day period without additional fee but no further reissuance will be allowed.

“In no event shall a pod remain upon a property within the Borough of Barnegat Light beyond the time frame set forth within the permit,” says the introduced ordinance.

Also, pods must stay within the established property line setbacks “with the exception of front yard setback for pods which are placed in a driveway,” says the ordinance. Pods cannot be stored on the streets, and they can’t be double-stacked.

The second category, construction site pods, used when building or rebuilding a home, “may be situated for the duration of the construction,” but then must be removed within 30 days after the certificate of occupancy is obtained.

Second reading and a public hearing for the ordinance is scheduled for the 5 p.m. Nov. 9 borough council meeting in borough hall.

Trash Bin Regulation

Applies to Commercial

Commercial trash bins must be covered at all times, under an ordinance amendment passed on second reading by borough council.

Refuse must be prevented from spilling out, leaking or overflowing, as well. The responsibility falls on whoever “controls” the bin, whether it is the owner or the lessee.

The ordinance amendment is in response to state Department of Environmental Protection requirements, borough officials said.

Homeowners’ trash and recycling cans are not part of the ordinance.

Also excepted are bulk trash items such as rolled-up carpet, furniture, “white goods” such as appliances, and “litter receptacles other than dumpsters or bulk containers.”

The full ordinance is available at borough hall.

In other business, council agreed to re-appoint the position of acting municipal clerk to Brenda Kuhn for another year.

“She is doing a tremendous job,” noted Councilman Ed Wellington.

Borough Attorney Terry Brady added an accolade. “The number of legal issues that have come to me has been minute compared to what I expected.”

In answer to a question from the audience, the coming card key system has not been installed yet for the dog park. “We’re waiting for the fence to be re-done,” answered Councilwoman Dottie Reynolds.

Regarding the skateboard park, Councilman Frank Mikuletsky said he had caught a group of bicyclists using the ramp, which tears up the surface. He noted that there is “quite a lot of damage in different areas” of the ramp, and said it would have to be locked until repairs are made if it is found to be unsafe. Council members said they would confer with the public works department and otherwise follow up on the matter.

— Maria Scandale

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