Tuckerton Honors Eagle Scout Keegan Vreeland at Municipal Meeting

May 17, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Eagle Scout Keegan Vreeland is flanked on the right by his father, Councilman Keith Vreeland, and Mayor Sue Marshall; on the left by his mother, Anna, sister Bethany and brother Lance.

Only 6 percent of Boy Scouts ever make it to Eagle Scout status, and Tuckerton borough was proud to honor Keegan Vreeland of West Creek Troop 117, who recently made the grade.

During the May 15 municipal meeting, Vreeland was awarded three certificates of achievement, the first from the Tuckerton Police Department and awarded by Chief Michael Caputo; Council President Sam Colangelo delivered the second award, from Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd). LoBiondo also extended an invitation to Vreeland and his family to visit him in his Washington, D.C., office and get a staff-led tour of the Capitol. The third was from Tuckerton Borough Mayor Sue Marshall and the council.

Every Eagle Scout must develop and execute a community-based project. Vreeland choose to improve the grounds of his church, the First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton.

Marshall gave a second presentation of the evening, to U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit 72 of Little Egg and Tuckerton for Safe Boating Week, May 21 through 27.

Councilman John Schwartz said the start of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation-funded shoreline restoration project that includes some dredging of Tuckerton Beach lagoons and Thompson Creek in Paradise Cove has been moved back to September. The project has to be completed by June of next year. “There is a shortfall of approximately $2 million because the DEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) keeps moving the location (for dredge material) from one spot to another, and that costs money,” said Schwartz. The farther the thin layer deposition site is from the dredging sites, the more expensive the project gets because of auxiliary pumps that have to be employed to move the dredged material.

“Sometimes it feels like we are swimming against the tide, but we will get it done,” said Schwartz. “We have a good team on it,” he added. State Sen. Christopher  J. Connors is convening a meeting among the Army Corps, the NJDEP and the Barnegat Bay Partnership plus the local stakeholders. “It’s been 3½ years now, and it’s starting to get old,” said Schwartz. “Everyone is trying the best they can to get this done.”

The borough added grant money to the budget by ordinance. A N.J. Department of Transportation grant of $325,000 is to replace water and sewer pipes on Heron Road and to pave it. A Hazard Mitigation Grant of $209,200 and a $4,469 recycling grant also were added.

Colangelo said the borough public works is going to sell its “Beloved Greenhead,” back-loading garbage truck. It has 50,000 “hard miles” on it, and the department hopes to get a decent price for it by advertising on the Government Deals website.

Those residents who would like to volunteer for a cleanup of Route 9 should contact gene.cranmer@gamail.com, said Colangelo. A date for the cleanup has not been set. The public works yard will be closed on May 29 for Memorial Day.

Councilwoman Doris Mathisen said the construction on the new municipal building is going forward as expected with a drainage system for the parking lot. The construction office, the court clerk and the tax assessor have all moved back to the old borough hall, at 140 East Main S., for the time being.

The Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co. is holding a fundraiser at Calloways Restaurant on June 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. The $25 ticket includes free beer, house wine, soda, pizza and wings.

The police report for April included 384 calls for service and resulted in 32 arrests. Nine were for drugs, three were DWI, and there were two domestic violence calls, 44 suspicious person calls and 34 property checks. The police made 456 vehicle stops that resulted in 189 summonses.

Marshall warned residents there are telephone scams coming from a 296-exchange number; one claimed to be from the borough tax assessor. “Be aware of these scams and call the police department or the clerk’s office.”

The town received a new pedestrian bench from the Lions International Club. A ceremony to thank the Lions is set for May 18 at 10 a.m., said Marshall.

Last week was National Municipal Clerk’s Week, and the mayor gave Clerk Jenny Gleghorn a bouquet of flowers to thank her for all she does.

At the end of the meeting, Colangelo surprised the mayor and council by getting down off the dais carrying a brown paper bag. “I’ve heard complaints about me from members of council, particularly John and Ron, and I want to give you this,” he said, putting his hand into the bag. He then pulled sunglasses out for each member of the council and the mayor to mitigate the glare from his bald head.

— Pat Johnson

 patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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