Tuckerton News

Tuckerton Moves Forward Towards Certification for Historic District and Landmarks Preservation

Aug 09, 2017

Tuckerton Councilman Keith Vreeland said the Landmarks Commission is moving forward on becoming the Certified Local Government Program through New Jersey’s State Historic Preservation Office. Being approved would mean the borough can apply for preservation grants, said Vreeland at the Aug. 7 municipal meeting.

On the CLGP website, it explains the program is under the auspices of the National Historic Preservation Act Amendment of 1980. “Governments are required to submit evidence that they meet the basic program criteria … (have a) local historic preservation review commission and a continued progress towards completing a comprehensive survey and inventory of local historical resources including designation and protection for local landmarks and historic districts.”

Tuckerton already has a historic district, and the ordinances that guide what can be done in that district are under the purview of the Landmarks Commission. Vreeland said the commission was in the process of reviewing the ordinances. Any changes would have to come before the mayor and council, and a public hearing would be held.

"The commission is excited to be starting the process," said Commission Chairwoman Barbara Brojack by telephone.

Councilman John Schwartz said the borough would be participating in another conference call this Wednesday with BRS Inc. about the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $2.1 million grant. “We will have to raise our voices and be heard,” said Schwartz. “We’ve played around for three years trying to figure out what the DEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) would like.” The deadline to use the grant money is June of next year unless there is another extension, he said.

To answer a question from the public, Schwartz said if the project fails to materialize, Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor would not have to pay back the money already spent from the grant for engineering and professional services.

OCEAN Inc., the nonprofit that has been approved to build 24 low-income rental units on Route 9, 10 of which have guaranteed government housing vouchers for veterans, has received final approval for its water and sewer hookup, said Deputy Mayor Sam Colangelo.

Colangelo is liaison to the Environmental Commission and said the EC’s “Adopt a Highway” petition to the Department of Transportation for Route 9 was approved. Also the four pet waste stations that have been installed at South Green Street Park and the three landings on the creek have been getting heavy use.

The construction office continues to be busy. In July it issued 59 construction permits and code enforcement issued 52 violation notices. Councilman Mike Santo, liaison to the Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co., gave its report: In June there were nine fire calls and 14 EMS calls; in July there were 15 fire calls and 14 EMS calls.

Councilman Ron Peterson read the police report for July: There were 43 arrests, 302 motor vehicle stops, 108 summonses issued plus 13 traffic accidents and 31 first aid calls. Peterson said since January there have been 2,480 traffic tickets issued.

The borough has an expired prescription medicine disposal mailbox in the hall by the police station, and he wanted to warn people not to dispose of syringes in the box. “There have been syringes with no caps on them,” said Peterson. People should take their sharps to medical offices or hospitals to dispose of them, suggested Police Lt. Chris Anderson.

The council voted to approve an ordinance to appropriate $150,000 for a complete reassessment of property in Tuckerton. This was the second reading. Schwartz said the reassessment has been pushed back another year, to 2019, as the tax maps have not been updated or approved by Ocean County. However, the borough’s tax assessor has started the preliminary process.

During the public portion of the meeting, Marilyn Kent said she was distressed to read in The SandPaper that Tuckerton came in last in the county for recycling. “My competitive spirit got the best of me,” she said. Although there is a pamphlet in the old town hall on recycling, she suggested the borough send out a flyer about recycling to the residents.

— Pat Johnson


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