Tuckerton Hires New Police Officer
The entire police force turned out as Tuckerton hired a new police officer, Nicholas Di Meo, during the Oct. 17 regular meeting of the borough council. Di Meo is not an additional police officer; he will fill a spot vacated by Patrolman James Manolio, who left Oct. 1 to take a position with the Toms River Police Department.
Di Meo’s father, John Di Meo, is a retired corrections officer.
In other police-related matters, Councilman Ron Peterson proposed a resolution to purchase five “Tough” laptops for the police department. Police Chief Michael Caputo said the reconditioned laptops cost $3,400 but were paid for by drug seizure funds and did not affect the police budget. The computers were needed because the new “Law Software’”program would not work on the older computers.
Mayor Sue Marshall and Councilwoman Doris Mathisen had attended a meeting with the police department and the consultant from the Rogers Group LLC to look over the progress of the department’s accreditation.
“We saw all the files and folders; it’s a big job,” said Marshall.
Caputo said it’s possible the accreditation paperwork could be ready for the New Jersey Police Chiefs Association by January.
The borough received a check for $1,301 for body armor.
An ordinance that makes clear who is responsible for repairs to water and sewer lines was approved by council. Basically, the home or business owner is responsible for the lines that cross his or her property while the borough is responsible for the meters and the lines outside the property line. However, in the case of water meter pits, if the pit is damaged by the property owner or a vehicle or contractor who transverses the property, the homeowner is responsible to replace it.
Now through Nov. 28 is the time to put leaves at the curb in bags for leaf pickup by public works, Council President Sam Colangelo said. The public works yard will be closed Nov. 8 for Election Day, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving and the day after.
Councilman John Schwartz talked after the meeting about the progress of the $1.2 million National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant and the increased costs incurred for additional testing of mud that will be dredged from Thompson Creek, the Tuckerton Creek entrance and some lagoon areas in both Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor. The additional testing is required by the NJDEP to ensure that the mud is not contaminated. The mud is to be used to increase the profile of some parts of the salt marsh through thin layer deposition as a precaution against increased tidal flooding as sea levels rise. As of Oct. 12, the project already has a projected funding gap of $745,008, with $660,838 going toward engineering and $2,079,120 to go toward construction that will include two “Living Shoreline Projects”; $100,348 for post-construction monitoring, and project management by New Jersey Future and BRS at $81,455.
“The soft costs are killer,” said Schwartz, “but we are waiting to hear about two additional grants, one from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection for $637,799 and another from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Program for $745,008. We were supposed to hear from the NJDEP by the end of July, and NOAA’s deadline is the end of November.
“The good news is we have no pollution in the (tested sediment samples) areas. They came back clean. And Avalon has been doing thin layer deposition and it works – the salt marsh grasses grow right through the mud,” said Schwartz.
— Pat Johnson