Potential Beautification Projects Under Consideration in Surf City

Sep 05, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Borough taxpayers are being asked to rank in order of importance 10 possible beautification projects before members of the Surf City Taxpayers Association meet with borough officials to discuss how, when and where to take on the projects.

“We have envisioned doing this for some time,” Bob Lieber, who serves on the beautification committee, said at the Aug. 25 meeting. “We are taking suggestions.”

Although being a member of the association isn’t required to vote, the committee will give weighted consideration to those who did attend the meeting, he said. A copy of the scoring and prioritizing form is available on the organization’s website, surfcitytaxpayer.com/blog.

Among the 10 suggestions are beautifying the oceanfront and bayfront beach entrances (considered separate projects), placing bicycle racks in strategic locations, getting rid of the beach entrance warning signs, adding beach use rule signs, determining whether Ocean County recycling bins should stay or go, planting flowers in front of businesses on the Boulevard, beautifying Borough Hall, the public works yard and determining who is responsible for keeping up with the Barnegat Avenue trees and plantings.

Lieber noted there are some rules associated with beautifying the oceanfront beach entrances, but there is plenty of opportunity to do something in the area.

“The borough has to be able to plow up to the barricades,” he said. “Maybe, we can paint the barricade. There’s a lot of opportunity on the bayside as well.”

While trash cans weren’t specifically mentioned on the list distributed by members of the taxpayer’s association, it was implied in the item to beautify the ocean beaches. Lieber noted it was a topic at a “very spirited (council) meeting” earlier this year. At issue is overstuffed trash bins, some even with household garbage, blowing in the wind and leaving a trial of litter in its wake. Trash bins at the boat ramp and the tennis courts are enclosed so they don’t overflow, he said.

“There is a fair amount of work,” Lieber said. “It’s why we need your help.”

Some members of the audience sat silently listening to Lieber’s presentation, while others quietly discussed the projects amongst themselves and ranked the projects according to their preferences.

One of the most talked about projects was cleaning up the public works yard, which many agreed has become something of an eyesore.

“We have received unsolicited comments about it,” Lieber said. Audience complaints ranged from parking by the fence to the dilapidated condition of the fence. “There’s a lot of passion about what we should do and what we shouldn’t do.”

He told the audience they can expect to find the results of the membership survey regarding the projects on its website.

“We will work with the borough and the businesses,” Lieber said told the audience, noting Veteran's Park was one of the first beautification projects undertaken by the taxpayer's association.

— Gina G. Scala





















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