Tuckerton Asked to Pick Up Some Trash

Little Egg Harbor Suggests Cost-Share at Regional Schools
Dec 20, 2017

The last meeting in 2017 of the Tuckerton Borough mayor and council was drawing to an uneventful close when Little Egg Harbor Township Committeeman Dave Schlick let the Grinch out of the bag. During public comment at the Dec. 18 meeting, he said Little Egg Harbor picks up garbage and trash from Pinelands Regional high and junior high schools and has been doing so since the schools opened in 1979. He then remarked that it is unfair that the township alone should pay the tipping fees, even though the schools are located within Little Egg Harbor.

“We’re all sending districts – Little Egg, Tuckerton, Eagleswood and New Gretna – and we pay proportional to the number of children we send. But Little Egg is picking up their garbage five days a week. I’m going to propose, why don’t other towns pick up their share?

“I asked the board of education about it; and sometimes the board of education pays half.

“Oh, and we (the township) also pay for the (street) lighting.”

Tuckerton Mayor Sue Marshall said the council would discuss the issue when it got the proposal in writing from Schlick or the township.

Tuckerton Business Administrator Jenny Gleghorn said if the borough were to pick up the garbage, the schools would have to follow the borough’s rules and regulations, and the borough picks up garbage only one day a week.

Schlick said he would have to figure out the average cost of garbage disposal from the school district by having the tipping fees from the daily garbage disposal reported to him over two weeks so he could get a handle on the cost that should be shared.

“Thanks for giving us a heads up,” said Marshall.

In other news, the council approved bonding to replace the water and sewer lines in Heron Road in the Tuckerton Beach section. It approved bonding $2,025,000 for the sewer line and $1,670,000 for the water line. The town will secure a low-cost loan from the New Jersey Infrastructure Trust.

Gleghorn said the town will try not to increase the water and sewer charges, but she could not say if there would be impacts to the tax rate with this capital expense.

“It has to be done,” said Marshall.

Councilwoman Doris Mathisen said the addition and improvements to the borough’s new town complex at 420 East Main St. have cost $1,239,700, with the last change orders of $77,716.

In a brighter note, the borough added $6,380 to its coffers from the last quarter recycling grant share from Ocean County, $4,943 from a grant to the Office of Emergency Management and $4,469 in a hazardous materials grant.

Marshall said the annual Ye Olde Tuckerton Christmas Walk was a success, though the numbers of visitors were lower than expected due to the change in the date. “We couldn’t hold it on the original date because of the snow and ice and dangerous driving conditions,” she noted. And Gleghorn said the Christmas play held at the First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton was “awesome.” Councilman Keith Vreeland and his son both were the stars of the evening, said Gleghorn.

Also at the meeting, the council accepted the resignation of Patrolman John Reed.

The public works yard will be closed Dec. 22 but open on Saturday the 23rd, starting at 9 a.m. It will be closed on Monday, New Year’s Day.

The town council will meet at borough hall at noon on New Year’s Day to swear in two incumbent councilmen, Vreeland and John Schwartz, to their second and fourth terms, respectively, and will then adjourn to the Grapevine Restaurant for refreshments. The re-organization meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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