Ed Wellington Named to Vacant Council Seat in Barnegat Light

Ordinance Banning Multifamily Housing Fails to Advance
Oct 31, 2013

The new Barnegat Light council member to temporarily fill the unexpired term of Dave Bossi is Ed Wellington Jr., a former borough planning board member who lives on West 12th Street.

“It’s a good group of people and it’s a great little town, and I’m happy to serve,” Wellington said in a telephone interview this week.

Wellington, sworn in Oct. 9, serves as chairman of the docks and harbors committee, and is a member of the public works and finance committees. He has been a full-time resident since 1999; his business is property management for absentee homeowners on the north end of Long Beach Island. He first bought a house there 35 years ago while in his first career, working at Xerox Corp.

“My mother and father used to bring me here since I was a baby, and I’ve been coming to the Island for almost 70 years,” he said. “I bought a house here in 1978 as a weekender, and at the end of 1999 moved here full-time.”

Bossi had submitted his resignation Sept. 11. The applicable state statute for his replacement is that a councilperson can be appointed temporarily until the next election, which is November 2014.

The Republican County committeewoman and committeeman, Pamela Keane Larson and Robert Van Meter, submitted three names for the mayor and council to consider; they were Wellington, Arlene Morrison and Nancy Manookian. Wellington’s name was the one that was nominated and seconded, then the council voted in favor.

Borough council also filled a vacancy on the zoning board of adjustment roster. The board has seven members and two alternates. Alternate #1, Jane O’Brien, has resigned; therefore, Marie Stone, who is Alternate #2, will move up to Alternate #1, and Alternate #2 will be filled by Vince Roth.

In another matter, after a long discussion, the proposal not to allow future multifamily housing as a permitted land use in the borough died when an ordinance introducing it failed by a 4-2 vote.

Voting for the ordinance were Dottie Reynolds and Michael Spark. Reynolds had proposed the measure, saying it was designed to preserve the character of the town.

Voting no were Frank Miluletzky, Scott Sharpless, George Warr and Ed Wellington.

“Multifamily” in this proposal was defined as three or more units being used by three or more independent families.  —M.S.






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