Dead Black Pines on Barnegat Light Borough Property Would Be Removed If Grant Received

Sep 21, 2016

Dead black pine trees on borough property in Barnegat Light might be removed under a grant. The borough is following up on that possibility in an upcoming meeting.

A state grant of up to $24,000 may be available to pay for the project, borough officials said at the Sept. 14 borough council meeting.

“We’re going to try to get the guy down here to help us fill out the grant application,” said Mayor Kirk Larson after the meeting.

The grant would cover removal on borough property only. However, that would clear out quite a few trees, brown and dead from beetle infestation.

“This money is to prevent and suppress the problem,” Larson said borough officials were told.

“There are numerous pines in the sand dunes that are dead,” Larson listed, specifically from about 10th or 11th Street southward in a maritime forest on the dunes, he said. Also, three dead pines are visible from the post office on West 10th Street, and another is hanging over the road on Bayview Avenue, he said.

If the grant is approved, contractors are provided to cut the trees down, the mayor said. The borough would not have to get into any bidding process to secure a contractor.

Clay Howe, an oceanside resident at 1407 Seaview, said he was concerned about a “fire danger” among other issues caused by the pine die-off in the maritime forest on the dunes.

Construction Regulated

To Certain Times

An ordinance passed that sets hours during which construction and demolition are allowed in the borough. After Labor Day, through June 30, construction can begin “no earlier than 7 a.m.,” says the new rule. From July 1 through Labor Day, 8 a.m. would be the earliest allowed start.

On Saturdays, the work can start no earlier than 8 a.m. under the  ordinance. No commercial construction could be done on Sunday, “except by the homeowner,” who cannot start before 8 a.m.

The stop time is set at 6 p.m. on all of the above days.

Exceptions would be allowed “in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety.”

Another exception states that “the 6 p.m. stop time may be extended for the contractor or homeowner to get the house under roof.”

Also, in the 4:30 p.m. caucus meeting before the regular meeting, council members broached the subject of possible future regulations on “non-permanent structures” used for storage in residential areas.

For instance, if the storage is construction-related, council is considering setting limits of a certain number of days when the structures would have to be removed after the building construction receives its certificate of occupancy, council members said. Non-construction-related storage in non-permanent structures would also be affected.

The borough’s recommendations would go before the planning board for approval before being adopted by borough council.

Among council committee reports, beach committee Chairwoman Dottie Reynolds said beach badge revenues are $34,000 higher than last year.

“That is partially because we raised some of the fees,” she explained. “We sold over 300 less seasonal badges, but 300 more pre-season badges were sold.”

Make House Numbers

Visible for Safety

Councilman Frank Mikuletzky, who heads the public safety committee, said authorities are recommending that visible house numbers be placed on the outside of the house, the fence, or the trash can rack.

Six inches in height is the minimum requirement for the numerals.

“It’s for everybody’s own safety,” said Mikuletzky, “and it’s good for police, the fire company, any of the first responders.”

The reminder to residents comes as a result of the councilman’s recent regularly scheduled meeting with the Long Beach Township Police Department, which patrols Barnegat Light.

“I even recommend that the letters be the reflective kind,” said the councilman, who is a member of the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Co.

In other conversation, pickleball players have been thanking council for installing the pickleball court net at the recreation area on West 10th Street.

Dune grass planting is Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. on the 25th Street beach; the public is welcome to help.

— Maria Scandale

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