Tuckerton Councilman Says Marsh Project Still on Track

Oct 18, 2017

Waterfront residents in Tuckerton were reassured by Tuckerton Councilman John Schwartz that the $2.1 million grant for local marsh restoration from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is still in the offing despite an announcement by Little Egg Harbor Mayor Ray Gormley that the plan to place a “thin layer deposition” of dredged material on 50 acres of marsh was not acceptable to the state.

Gormley made the announcement at the Sept. 28 Little Egg Harbor Township Committee meeting when a number of resolutions were passed to focus and pay for explorations on other upland deposit sites for dredged material.

Schwartz said Tuckerton had not heard anything to this effect and noted that the grant is a shared grant between the two towns to do shoreline and marsh restoration.

Both Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor residents who live on lagoons were hoping the project to bolster the marsh would mean some areas of their silted-in lagoons would be dredged.

When asked during the Oct. 16 Tuckerton Borough Council meeting, Schwartz said the project to place dredge spoils on 50 acres of marsh in a section of the Great Bay Wildlife Management Area marsh is still possible. Schwartz said neither he nor anyone else in Tuckerton had not heard anything different from the consulting firm BRS, which is handling the grant project.

“From emails we have received from (Mark) Brenner (of BRS) they are still meeting with Dave Golden of the NJDEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection), and the NFWF is still on track,” said Schwartz. “We are due for an update, usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month,” he added.

Schwartz expressed distress that Gormley had made his announcement without consulting with Tuckerton.

Regarding another waterfront matter, Tuckerton Councilwoman Doris Mathisen said the bulkhead project to revitalize the South Green Street Park is 90 percent finished. The project also includes construction of a fishing pier and a new playground, plus trailer-type restrooms. The project is being paid for through a Sandy reconstruction grant.

The reconstruction and additions to the newer borough hall on Route 9 is also progressing, she said. The council voted on a change order for that project that increased the payment by $13,386 to Colby Construction.

During the meeting, council President Sam Colangelo said members of the Tuckerton Environmental Committee will take a safety training from the state Department of Transportation’s Adopt a Highway program. “It’s not like they don’t know how to pick up trash, but they need to do it safely,” he said. The EC is also looking for volunteers to clean Route 9 in the borough four times a year.

The council accepted the 2016 audit from auditor Brian Logan. Logan said the borough’s financial paperwork was of the “highest level.” There were a few “minor” glitches and the borough has corrective action plans for each of those.

Mayor Sue Marshall made a presentation to the family of Tuckerton historian Barbara Bolton, who died last spring after years of dedication to the Tuckerton Historical Society and the town. Bolton had often said how much she loved Tuckerton and had created programs and historical exhibits as curator for the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum. A plaque honoring her will be placed next to her husband’s memorial on Willow Landing.

— Pat Johnson






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