Little Egg Harbor Awards Contract to Repair Three Roofs

Oct 04, 2017

The Little Egg Harbor Community Center, on West Calabreeze Way, has been closed since the spring when a portion of the roof leaked, causing inside tiles to fall on a vendor during a community yard sale. The closure was necessary for the safety of the community and caused a reshuffling of events to other locales.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the township awarded a $761,540 contract to Premier Enterprises to repair the roof plus the township’s former municipal hall on Gifford Road and the new town hall and justice complex on Radio Road. Mayor Ray Gormley said the repairs to the community center could be done in time for the annual Thanksgiving community dinner.

The annual Haunted Maze, Trunk or Treat and a drive-in movie will be held outdoors at the community center on Oct. 20 from 5 to 8:30 p.m., said Committeeman John Kehm. “This is not the Fall Festival,” he added. Last year’s Fall Festival proved too popular and overwhelmed the roads near the town sports complex. It has been put on hold for this year.

The Great Bay Regional EMS has asked the township for assistance in purchasing two new or nearly new ambulances. Gormley said he had attended the meeting of the trustees on Monday night, and they had explored joining a co-operative in Texas that the Stafford Township EMS uses to purchase its ambulances. To begin the process, the committee voted to authorize Chief Financial Officer Garrett Loesch to explore financial avenues for the purchase of an ambulance.

Resident Dave Fuller suggested the GBEMS trustees look into charging insurance companies for ambulance trips as a way to bolster the service’s finances. Gormley said the EMS had looked into it, but it would mean increasing the number of EMTs on each ambulance and might jeopardize the nonprofit volunteer status.

An ordinance to change the plan standards for grading and drainage in the township’s construction code was passed, but the ordinance to create a “No Knock” registry was carried to the next meeting, on Oct. 12, in hopes that Deputy Mayor Barbara Jo Crea will be able to attend. Committeewoman Lisa Stevens said she believed Crea had questions on the ordinance, but Crea was absent due to a family matter.

The township had already approved a contract for $50,000 toward the purchase of two 2017 Ford utility vehicles but needed to change the resolution to add $3,096. The town bought them through the Ocean County Cooperative Purchasing System.

The township will receive new roll-out refuse containers after awarding a contract for $24,860 to Cascade Engineering Inc.

The township passed a resolution to accept $400,000 from the NJDEP Water Quality Restoration grant that will be used to create a living shoreline in front of Iowa Court and return the tide line back to 1977 levels. Gormley was also authorized to sign a waterfront development permit with the NJDEP for the project.

The township received $9,849 from the Ocean County Recycling Revenue Sharing program for the last six months of recycling; and $6,182 from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management for fiscal year 2018.

A resolution to adopt the township’s operating manual for the administration of the Housing Rehabilitation Program and the Affordability Assistance Program, as required by the Superior Court’s special master, brought up a question by resident Art Mooney. He asked if the township had included the school district in the preparation of the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for the Oak Lane affordable housing project.

Township Attorney Jean Ciprianni said that going forward, the school district could be included in the revenue stream but was not included in the Oak Lane PILOT that was approved by the committee eight months ago. A payment in lieu of taxes is an amount paid by an exempt (nonprofit) entity instead of property taxes.

Mooney suggested that the school district could have benefited from the PILOT because it could expect a number of children from the 56 rentals.

Township Engineer Jim Oris said the municipal utilities authority is ahead of schedule on the project to replace water and sewer lines on Twin Lake Boulevard. The engineering firm is working on the design for repaving Pinehurst and Seminole roads. Also, the committee approved by resolution to apply to the 2018 NJDOT Trust Fund for $492,000 to repave and improve Maryland Road.

Oris also reported that township residents as a whole saved $131,000 on their electric costs by belonging to the Tri-State Energy Consortium.

Gormley asked Oris to look into grants to build sidewalks from the Walgreens Plaza to the entrance to Mystic Shores on Center Street, and from Tara Homes to the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library on Mathistown Road.

— Pat Johnson

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