Little Egg Harbor Prepares for Shoreline Protection Work

Also Earmarks $2 Million for Road and Sidewalk Projects, New Vehicles
Oct 03, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson The dredging crew from Wickberg Marine Contracting, (from left) Bob Atlkinson, Mark Zsorey Rick Wickberg and Jared Higley, at the Kentucky Drive staging area on Osborn Island.

To complete the Iowa Court improvements in Little Egg Harbor, the township committee voted on Sept. 27 to apply to the state Department of Transportation municipal aid road program.

Iowa Court on Osborn Island was one of the hardest hit areas during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, with houses smashed by the storm surge. Homeowners there have since rebuilt, but because they are still subject to the powerful storms that roll across Little Egg Harbor, they have been given a lifeline in the form of a shoreline protection grant through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Work on creating a concrete and wood sill is to begin any day now, and the marsh will be filled in to the 1978 former shoreline mark. This will serve as a buffer for the street. The end of the cul de sac is already washed by tidal water.

Mayor Ray Gormley commented on the separate Osborn Island lagoon dredging project, saying the contractors had already mobilized their equipment and dredging was expected to start soon. During the public portion of the meeting, Osborn Island resident Ed Andrew thanked the mayor and committee for their help in getting the lagoons dredged.

Two ordinances approved on first reading will be open for public comment during the Oct. 11 committee meeting. One is to appropriate $2,077,000 to purchase various vehicles, including a new ambulance for Great Bay Regional EMS; pave various roads; and undertake a sidewalk project along Mathistown Road. The ordinance provides for issuing $1,973,150 in bonds or notes to finance the capital projects. The other ordinance appropriates $480,000 from the Open Space Trust Fund to do site preparation and recreational improvements to the new Veterans’ Park on Radio Road.

During the committee’s approval of $674,746 in bills, Committeeman David Schlick questioned the line item for $4,400 paid to “Rehab Company.” Business Administrator Matthew Spadaccini said this is a company hired by the committee to do repairs on qualifying low- and moderate-income homes as part of the court-required solution to the township’s affordable housing numbers.

Township Engineer Jason Worth said he had talked with the head of the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department about a new dog park. Because Freeholder John Bartlett has retired, the decision has not yet been made. “They want to put one somewhere in Southern Ocean County and they are reviewing several sites, but until a new freeholder liaison to the department is named, it’s on hold,” said Worth.

Schlick said local resident Lisa Marie Carey again organized a town-wide cleanup and her volunteers picked up 147 bags of trash. “I just want to thank her personally,” said Schlick.

Committeeman John Kehm said members of the Community Activity Board and Tuckerton Masonic Lodge #4 were hosting a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. with proceeds to go to North Carolina to help in their recovery from Hurricane Florence.

He also announced the annual Haunted House Maze and Trunk or Treat at the Community Center on Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The T-Rex that was there last year will be back and the 2,300 pounds of candy that was given out last year may be surpassed this year. A drive-in movie will follow the Truck or Treat.

Committeewoman Lisa Stevens thanked Meridian Health Care for its donation for two defibulators, one for the community center and one for the senior center. “They are self-explanatory: you push a button and they tell you what to do.”

Committeewoman Bobbi-Jo Crea also announced an energy assistance event on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the community center hosted by New Jersey Natural Gas. The next senior advisory board meeting will be held at Cranberry Creek’s community center on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Crea said Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato would be there, as well as representatives from the Southern Ocean Service Center in Manahawkin.

— Pat Johnson


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