Tuckerton Construction Office Reveals Sandy Recovery Progress
Tuckerton’s waterfront continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy as the year-end construction report proves: the department took in $193,334 in fees for 564 construction permits and 986 inspections. Code enforcement contributed an additional $11,001.
The majority of the construction was in the Tuckerton Beach area, which is looking better than ever with new construction of larger, elevated homes on every street.
During the Jan. 17 municipal meeting, Borough Councilman Ron Peters announced that the architectural plans to rehabilitate South Green Street Park are finished and ready to turn over to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for waterfront permits. The plans include new bulkheading and a playground for the popular park located in Tuckerton Beach.
The Tuckerton Environmental Commission’s chairman, Robert Rue, informed the borough council of the commission’s desire to participate in the Sustainable New Jersey Municipal Certification Program. The council responded by approving a resolution to pursue local initiatives and actions that will lead to Sustainable Jersey Municipal Certification.
Council President Sam Colangelo said the borough already does many of the tasks toward certification, such as recycling and stormwater management. “We’re well on our way and I’m glad we are working on this,” he said.
Certification would make a number of grants available to the town.
In a related matter, the council appointed consultant Patrick Donnelly as their recycling coordinator, and also authorized the annual application for a recycling grant.
Mayor Sue Marshall read two proclamations for February. Zonta International is a nonprofit community group that is active in educating children on the dangers of human trafficking. The proclamation designating February as Human Trafficking Awareness Month noted that more than 20.9 million men, women and children worldwide are affected by human trafficking that is akin to modern slavery.
Little Egg Harbor Township Committeewoman Lisa Stevens and Zonta President Debbie Casale accepted the proclamation for Zonta.
The second proclamation commemorated the week of January 22-28 as School Choice Week. Marshall is a retired educator who worked many years in Tuckerton Elementary School. She said Tuckerton is a School Choice School, which means it is open to accept children from neighboring communities who want to have their children attend a smaller, contained school. The sending district pays the tuition.
During the public portion of the council meeting, local business owner Jon Miller asked the council if they would recognize Feb. 28 as Rare Disease Day. Miller is an advocate for NOTA (National Organization for Tyrosinemia Awareness), a rare disorder his son was born with. He also wanted to thank Ninth District Senator Christopher Connors in person (Connors is the borough’s attorney) for helping him when he learned of his son’s disorder.
The borough will prepare a proclamation for the next meeting, Feb. 6.
— Pat Johnson