Tuckerton Councilwoman Mathisen Retires

Dec 19, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Councilwoman Doris Mathisen retires from public service after serving three terms on council.

Tuckerton Councilwoman Doris Mathisen attended her last municipal meeting Dec. 17 as a government official although she will continue on various committees as a volunteer, she said.

Parting was “bittersweet,” said Mathisen, as she chose not to run for re-election after serving for three terms. She was also an employee of the former Tuckerton water company for 14 years. “She has put a lot of time and effort in the town,” said Mayor Sue Marshall.

“Thank you for the confidence in me and the opportunity to serve my town,” said Mathisen.

Councilman John Schwartz made reference to her late husband Dennis Mathisen’s quest to get Thompson Creek and the lagoons in Paradise Cove dredged. Schwartz (speaking via Skype from Florida) said he had talked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that day and DEP officials were coming on Tuesday to walk the “Gomez Property,” where the borough hopes to store dredge material from Thompson Creek and the lagoons. The borough has yet to sign a lease agreement with the owner.

“The NJDEP called today to say they had the $30,000 check for the permit application for all of Tuckerton borough, contingent upon using the Gomez property to start and then other sites to be determined. It’s going to take a maximum of 90 days. ... Things are moving, things are going to happen – we’re just crossing our T’s and dotting the I’s.”

At the council meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Lee Eggert thanked area fire companies and emergency services for their assistance in fighting a structure fire on Cedar Street on Dec. 6. The house was unoccupied and there were no injuries. Fire departments that sent their rapid intervention teams were Stafford and Forked River. West Tuckerton sent a ladder truck; fire departments from Parkertown, Mystic, Eagleswood and Lanoka Harbor were on scene; New Gretna and Barnegat covered the firehouse; Great Bay EMS and two Quality ambulances stood by; and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department arson squad investigated. Eggert also thanked the Tuckerton public works for salting the roads as the temperatures were below freezing; Stafford for setting up a heated tent; West Tuckerton for providing food; and the Tuckerton Wawa for also sending food.

Eggert said he was sorry the local fire company had to cancel the firetruck parade because of weather and could not reschedule it. However, Santa will make the rounds of Tuckerton streets by firetruck starting Friday, Dec 21. The route is posted on the Tuckerton Fire Co. Facebook page.

Marshall said she had heard from Ocean County Solid Waste Management officials about a crisis in recycling. Because the U.S. can no longer export its plastic waste to China, the market for recycling has bottomed out and instead of receiving dividends for the amount of recycling the town sends to the county; next year towns may have to pay to dispose of their recycling. Also, people must learn to recycle only those items that can more easily be reused: glass bottles, plastic bottles with a neck smaller than the body, metal cans, paper and cardboard. No yogurt containers, plastic bags or food boxes are accepted. Glass, plastic and metal containers that have held food must be rinsed out. Items improperly recycled will be sent to the county dump and the town will have to pay additional tipping fees.

“It’s a shame that we were doing so well with our recycling and now this,” said Marshall. “The times are changing.”

During the public portion of the meeting, Gerard Schultz from Tuckerton Beach said he was dismayed to see a giant storage tent go up within the Sheltered Cove Marina that now completely blocks the view of the marina for one or two houses fronting South Green Street. Last year, the marina had constructed the tent-like structure too close to the road within the setback, on the north end of the property, and was cited for it. During the fall, the marina constructed a foundation of concrete blocks farther south and outside the setbacks, as instructed, and then moved and erected the tent-like structure there.

According to Schultz, the structure is an eyesore. “It’s a shame that we allowed something like this to happen on Green Street. The people across the street now see a big white tent.”

Schultz said that when Sheltered Cove first rebuilt the marina and had its plans approved, they showed evergreens along South Green Street. Schultz also said the marina has added floodlights that impact his bedroom at night and when he asked them to point them down or use a less intense light, he was told they needed the lights for security.

“They have to be controlled. They have to realize they have neighbors,” said Schultz.

Marshall said she would bring up the subject at the land use board meeting on Thursday.

Residents have now received their projected tax assessments for 2019 from the revaluation done by ASI associates this summer.

Two residents of Tuckerton Beach complained that their tax assessment has jumped 30 percent or more. John Morris from Heron Road said his assessment went up $109,000. He claimed that assessments on houses in Tuckerton Beach on the waterfront all went up while houses in the town proper went down.

Business Administrator Jenny Gleghorn said the revaluation would have nothing to do with the tax rate, as that has to be reconfigured once the total value of the town is computed. Usually when tax assessments go up, the overall tax rate goes down.

Tax assessor Ed Seeger said he would be happy to meet with anyone in his office who wants to discuss the revaluation.  Meetings with representatives of ASI are also ongoing by making an appointment. Seeger said the revaluation is based on real, comparable sales in the area and is 100 percent of the actual value.

— Pat Johnson


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