Tuckerton Introduces Ordinance to Control Construction Vehicles

Sep 22, 2014
Photo by: Pat Johnson

Tuckerton borough introduced an ordinance at its Sept. 16 municipal meeting to try to contain the number of commercial vehicles, construction equipment and commercial trailers parked on streets and residential lots. The ordinance is in response to a number of large trucks that have been permanently parked on rights of way and vacant lots in the Tuckerton Beach section since Superstorm Sandy, but it is not limited to the beach section of town.

The borough council did take into consideration the amount of construction that is currently occurring in the town, so it made a 30-day exception for residential lots that have an outstanding construction permit. The 30-day period can be extended by the construction official as needed but cannot exceed 90 days, even if they aren’t consecutive.

But trucks, construction vehicles and equipment cannot be stored on vacant lots that are not contiguous with a developed lot owned by the person needing the equipment. Complaints have been received that equipment has been left on vacant lots owned by the borough.

Under the new ordinance, temporary storage units, equipment storage units and trash bins need a permit and cannot stay more than 90 days.

The placement of these units must be within the setbacks.

Second reading and a public hearing will be held at the next municipal meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.

The council approved paying $17,490 to refurbish a garbage truck to Atlantic Sales and Service and $41,796 for a 2014 Chevy Tahoe SSV four-wheel vehicle, equipped for the police department, from Day Chevrolet.

The borough also approved a contract for emergency electrical work to ABS Electric Inc. up to the amount of $57,000. The borough is not paying the contractor this amount up front, explained Deputy Mayor Jim Edwards. “The contract allows the borough to pay the contractor in the event emergency work is needed.”

Councilman John Schwartz said New Jersey Future had put out RFPs (requests for proposals) for dredging and shore restoration work that will be done in Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor Township and would open the bids on Sept. 18. The nonprofit New Jersey Future was the lead agency that applied for a federal Sandy Resiliency grant for the two towns, and in July they were notified that they did receive $2.13 million for the work through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The money will be used to restore shorelines and dredge parts of lagoons in Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor and Thompson Creek in Tuckerton.

Schwartz said the RFPs were for a number of engineering firms to plan the various parts of the projects. “It’s complicated,” he said in a follow-up telephone interview. “But once we pull the permits, that’s when the projects will begin.”

Councilwoman Sue Marshall, liaison to the Pride and Celebration Committee reminded the public that the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show is Sept. 27 and 28 at Tip Seaman Park. She also said the Run for the Fallen would be coming through town on that Saturday around 11 a.m. “The runners put hero markers along the route for those who died defending our freedom and to keep their spirit alive.” Marshall said the runners would stop at the American Legion Post on Radio Road around 11, at the Red Men Hall on Route 9 around 11:20 and at the New Jersey National Guard at 11:30 before leaving the borough.

Police Chief Michael Caputo said the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department is sending its Mobile Command Center to the Decoy and Gunning Show for a law enforcement display and will also help with pedestrian crossings.

Marshall said the annual Halloween Walk is planned for Saturday, Oct. 25 and the Tuckerton Seaport’s “Haunted Seaport” would also be opened that weekend.

The Seaport is once again hosting a free community dinner and entertainment, on Saturday, Nov. 29. It’s the third one; the first was for Superstorm Sandy victims in 2012.

Local Girl Scouts led by Kathy Grant are planning to light the town’s floating Christmas Tree and lead a sing-along that evening after dinner.

Mayor Buck Evans urged the public to attend one of the area stops during the Run for the Fallen on Saturday. “This is the fourth year of the Run for the Fallen and it’s an honor to have them in our town. If you’ve never seen it , it’s very touching as the Blue Star Mothers are in a vehicle and our police lead them through town and they stop at the roadside memorial with the soldiers’ photo.”

On another subject, Evans said the recently adopted ordinance that sets the base flood elevation to the Insurance Rate Flood Map’s requirements plus 3 feet of freeboard has to be amended to say, “to the finished floor on new construction” rather then to the first horizontal member. This will lower the height slightly.

Evans said he asked the construction official why Tuckerton’s BFE plus freeboard was higher than other towns’, and was told it was because Tuckerton had more flooding than any other town.

Evans also read a proclamation denoting October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, reminding the public that one in four women will experience a form of domestic violence in her lifetime and one in 12 women will be stalked, while one of 45 men will experience an incidence of stalking. A day of unity for battered women and children is always the first Monday in October; this year it’s Oct. 6.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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