To the Editor:
Residents of Long Beach Island, can you remember when there used to be a sewerage treatment plant in Ship Bottom under the name of Ship Bottom Sewerage Authority?
If I remember correctly, the land that it was on, and the discharge pipe that was under the ground and ran out into the ocean, was right where the improvements are scheduled to be made at the E.J. School in Surf City. This project would cost upwards of $18 million, up from the original cost of $9 million.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to put $5 million or $6 million into the Long Beach Island Grade School, which at one time had over 375 children attending, and be safe from the thought of possible soil contamination being discovered in the future. This could cost more taxpayer dollars to clean up on top of what has already been spent so far in the last seven years, since it was determined that only one school was needed for the Long Beach Island School District.
John J. Puljer