Barnegat Light Signs Police Contract With Long Beach Township

Annual Increases of 2½ Percent
Jan 17, 2018

Barnegat Light’s police services contract with Long Beach Township has been signed at an increase of 2½ percent over each of three years. Barnegat Light pays $632,738 in 2018, $648,5565 in 2019 and $664,770 in 2020 according to the contract.

The borough entered into a shared-services agreement for construction code services with Beach Haven as the lead agency, it was announced at the Jan. 10 monthly borough council meeting. Surf City and Harvey Cedars along with Barnegat Light will be billed for services based upon hours used.

In the interlocal services agreement, the new construction code official/building subcode official is Sean Mac Cotter. Ed Navitsky is the new building inspector. Frank Zappavigna has retired. There is no change in the post of Jeffrey Washburn as Barnegat Light zoning/code enforcement officer – that position as a borough employee is separate from the shared-services agreement.

Borough council at its reorganization meeting Jan. 3 had welcomed incoming council member Mary Ellen Foley and re-elected council member Dottie Reynolds. Foley fills the seat vacated by George Warr’s retirement and will chair the water-sewer committee. Other members are Michael Spark and Reynolds.

Spark, former chairman of the water/sewer committee, now chairs the finance committee. Council members Ed Wellington and Scott Sharpless are remaining members of the finance committee.

Community Development Block Grant applications are due in February, and council discussed possibly applying for money to install public rest rooms at the new pavilion on borough-owned property between West Sixth and West Seventh streets. The issue was not voted on at the January meeting.

News to out-of-town dog owners who use the municipal dog park is that weekly permit fees were raised to $15 in Barnegat Light. The cost applies to nonresidents only. An ordinance authorizing the $5 fee hike was introduced at the January council meeting. Final passage will be up for vote after a public hearing at the next meeting, at 5 p.m. Feb. 14. The increase would take effect immediately upon passage.

Council members have said the increase will help to defray administrative costs.

Last year, the borough began requiring key cards to get into the dog park as a way to manage any problems that arise from particularly aggressive or destructive behavior.

There is no fee for residents and homeowners. However, nonresidents are charged $30 per year – that fee will not change – and now $15 for a weekly pass, which formerly cost $10.

The ordinance reminds that all users, homeowners included, must register their dog each year with proof of licensing in order to get a key card. The annual keycards expire each Jan. 31. Passes are not transferrable between owners.

Applications and passes may be obtained from the Barnegat Light Borough Hall offices weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the beach badge booth at West 11th Street when in it is operation. If a keycard pass is lost, a new one costs $15.

Another ordinance introduced will require a permit for temporary use of the public right-of-way at the end of West Fourth Street and West Seventh Street. A permit was already required for use of the street end at West 16th Street. Second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Feb. 14.

The current and new members and alternates on the borough planning board are as follows: members Kirk Larson, Jeffrey Washburn, Ed Wellington, James Gutowski, Richard Manookian, Chris Patterson, Steve Rabbitt, and alternates Sam Alloway and Paul Sulock.

The zoning board is comprised of Kevin Wark, Lee Ann Oros, Nancy Spark, Kathleen Clark, Nancy Manookian, Owen Caffrey and Virginia Fitzsimmons with alternates Kevin Walsh and Mark Finelli. The terms of both boards were approved at the reorganization meeting.

— Maria Scandale

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