Tuckerton Awards Bid to Reassess Borough

Jun 21, 2017

The Tuckerton Borough Council awarded a $128,260 contract to Appraisal Systems Inc. for a town reassessment at its meeting Monday, June 19.

Councilman John Schwartz said the company did not have the lowest bid, but it had the most complete bid. “We thought we might be able to do some of the work in-house but then realized that was not possible,” added Schwartz.

The borough also awarded a bid to Arawak Paving to pave Heron Road for $567,000. The road is one of the longest in Tuckerton Beach and the cost is being funded by two Department of Transportation grants totaling $600,000, said borough administrator Jenny Gleghorn.

Bids to reconstruct the South Green Street Park are being reviewed, said Councilwoman Doris Mathisen.

The borough adopted an ordinance to add $400,000 to the cost of constructing the new borough municipal hall, court and police station. The additional $380,000 in bonds that are being issued will be reimbursed through the state’s Sandy Rehabilitation and Resiliency grant.

Construction of an addition to the town hall at 420 East Main St. is under way, added Mathisen. The concrete footings are in and the wall has been broken into. The addition will enlarge the courtroom that also will serve as the municipal hall.

The construction office, temporarily relocated to 140 East Main St., added 50 construction permits in May, and completed 61 inspections. Property code enforcement completed 31 inspections and issued 29 violations in May.

The police department was kept busy with 311 calls for service in May, making 37 arrests, including 10 for controlled dangerous substance, and four DWI. The traffic patrol stopped 384 vehicles and issued 210 summonses. There were seven accidents and eight calls for medical assists.

The council voted to purchase a new rear-loaded garbage truck for $312,500 and incurring $286,582 in bonded debt.

Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Kent announced the dates for workshops for Certified Emergency Response Team members. The town needs more CERT volunteers to replace those overworked from Superstorm Sandy. Classes are run by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management. The classes will be held Thursday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location has not yet been determined. To volunteer, call Kent at 609-296-0258.

Mayor Susan Marshall said she had met with the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce at pop-up meetings held in vacant storefronts in Tuckerton. As a result, three new businesses will be locating in Tuckerton: a tenant has taken over the thrift shop on Great Bay Boulevard, two women from the Maker’s Union will open a coffee shop and art gallery in the restaurant on the Tuckerton Seaport grounds, and the owners of the Dutchman’s Restaurant have purchased the Tuckerton Pub.

Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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