Fees for Electric-Powered Vehicles Pass in Beach Haven

Dec 12, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach Haven took the last step in becoming the first community on Long Beach Island to offer public charging stations for owners of electric-powered vehicles by adopting a fees ordinance for the service at the borough council meeting Monday.

According to the ordinance, electric vehicle owners who use a charging station for one or two hours will be charged $3 an hour. For up to three hours or more of charging, the fee is $6 per hour. Two stations have already been set up, one on Engleside Avenue between borough hall and the police station and one at the Taylor Avenue park. Each is equipped with two nozzles so that two cars can be charged at once.

Borough Clerk Sherry Mason said the Beach Haven stations were established through an arrangement with Charge Point, a company founded in 2007 in Campbell, Calif.

“We’ll set the fees, and then the users can pay through an account with Charge Point,” she said. “Probably everybody using electric-powered vehicles here have accounts with them.”

Mason said the borough purchased and installed the two stations through a $15,000 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection “It Pay$ to Plug In” grant. In promoting the grants, the DEP has stated that electric vehicles are a vital part of the future of clean transportation

Mason said that while the ordinance will go into effect next month, she does not expect much usage until the summer.

The council also adopted an ordinance setting a 15-minute time limit for parking on the west side of Bay Avenue between Engleside Avenue and Amber Street. The limit runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and affects people parking to go into borough hall.

In addition, the council adopted an ordinance amending fees for use of the pickleball courts at the Nelson Avenue park. A daily pass increased from $2 to $3 per person, while a season pass was raised from $45 to $50. The weekly fee of $10 remains unchanged.  

The passes will be required from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.  —E.E.

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