Federal Shutdown Delays Tuckerton Beach Replenishment

Jan 09, 2019

The Heron Road reconstruction project in Tuckerton Beach is nearing completion but it cost an additional $37,759, added to the original quote of $1,908,008. The Tuckerton Borough Council approved the change order during its Jan. 7 municipal meeting.

P&A Construction Inc. has finished the water and sewer replacement and put a “skim” coat of asphalt on the road. They are now finished working in Tuckerton, to the relief of some of the residents on the road who complained about their performance over the summer.

Arawak Paving Company will now come in and finish the road surface when the asphalt plants open in the spring, said borough Business Administrator Jenny Gleghorn. “P&A put a thicker skim coat on the street, so Arawak won’t have to mill it,” explained Gleghorn. The borough received a $650,000 state Department of Transportation grant to complete the paving and storm drains, said Gleghorn.

Tuckerton Councilman John Schwartz, speaking by Skype from his Florida home, said he was reacting to some of the negative comments on social media about the delay in the shoreline replenishment project on South Green Street that he has been working on.

He read a prepared statement: “NFWF (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) has notified me that the EA (environmental assessment) documentation was being circulated through the DOI (Department of the Interior) for signature in December. However, in light of the government shutdown, NFWF has not been provided with any further updates from DOI. DOI is impacted by the shutdown, and DOI staff working on the Sandy NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) are furloughed. They do not expect any news until the government reopens.

“It’s not our problem, it’s a federal problem,” he said.

Mayor Sue Marshall said the Tuckerton Library has received the okay to open for three hours more on Wednesdays and Fridays. Usually they open a 1 p.m. on those days but will now be open at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. “I’m very happy to report that.”

The council voted to approve receipt of a Municipal Alliance matching grant of $52,308 from the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The borough’s share of the match is $13,077, which can be credited by 39 hours of in-kind service.

The year-end report for the police department showed 6,900 calls for service in 2018. Officers made 372 arrests, wrote 2,043 motor vehicle summonses, responded to 126 motor vehicle accidents and 364 medical emergencies.

In December alone, the police responded to 357 calls resulting in 22 arrests, made 169 motor vehicle stops and gave out 75 summonses. There were 10 accidents and 51 medical calls.

“You’ve been really busy,” the mayor remarked.

–– Pat Johnson


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