Little Egg Harbor Hires New Tax Assessor

Nov 14, 2018

Little Egg Harbor Tax Assessor Joseph Sorrentino has reached his retirement after 20 or more years. During the Nov. 8 municipal meeting, the committee hired Mandi Johnson as the new tax assessor; she will take over the position in January.

In other business, the township purchased a new side-loading garbage truck for $309,989. The township had authorized the purchase in a 2014 bond ordinance as part of its capital projects.

As CFO Rodney Haines explained, the committee authorized the spending but did not issue a bond at that time and will do so now that the bidding process is complete.

DSC Construction will be paid an additional $39,760 for drainage work being done on Twin Lakes Boulevard. The change order was necessary, said Township Engineer Jason Worth, because there was additional work that had to be done once the road was dug up.

Worth also brought the committee up to speed on various other projects: The milling and paving of Twin Lakes between Calabreeze and Lake Champlain will begin this week; tree clearing along Mathistown Road is ongoing for the sidewalk project. And the long awaited Park and Ride commuter parking lot near Garden State Parkway Interchange 58 has gone out for bidding with an award of the project expected on Nov. 20.

A pipe will be replaced in the South Boom Way bulkhead and fitted with a tide valve to help in the flooding issue of that roadway in the original Holly Lake Harbor.

And the Army Corps has extended the working period past Dec. 31 for the Iowa Court Shoreline Protection project.

Mayor Ray Gormley thanked flood plain managers Mark Ellis and Diane Galupo for their work that led to a 20 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums through the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System.

“Twenty percent is a very big deal; you should be proud of your accomplishment,” said Gormley.

Committeewoman Lisa Stevens and Committeeman John Kehm also thanked them.

During the public portion of the meeting, Art Mooney asked when the senior center on Radio Road would be open again. Gormley said the roof and the interior damage were repaired but the flooring has not been finished. He said he hoped it would be done by the holidays.

Mooney also asked if the township had put any pressure on the owner of the former car wash on Mathistown Road to clean up the property. A sign saying a new car wash was coming has recently appeared, but there are still abandoned boats and weeds on the sprawling lots. Gormley said he had seen some activity on the property and it would have to be improved before the new owner would get a certificate of occupancy.

Osborn Island Residents Association member Ed Andrew said the dredging of the lagoons is progressing nicely. “It’s quieter and cleaner than I expected, and there is no real odor,” said Andrew. “We’ve had no real complaints, and that’s unusual as we have some grumpy folks.”  

— Pat Johnson

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