Tuckerton Makes Emergency Appropriation for Water/Sewer

Nov 07, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Mayor Sue Marshall cuts the ribbon to officially open the new borough hall and police complex on Saturday, Nov. 3. She is joined by Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy and Freeholder Virginia Haines.

Tuckerton held a special meeting on Oct. 22 to make an emergency appropriation into the water/sewer utility fund of $160,195 – in advance of an estimated $80,000 increase for 2019 for additional water treatment by Ocean County Solid Waste Management.

During the Nov. 5 municipal meeting, Borough Administrator Jenny Gleghorn said that although Tuckerton has made strides in reducing the infiltration of storm water into the system by the ongoing infrastructure improvements, there are still areas in the system that need attention. In particular, there are areas in Tuckerton Beach where water just pours in whenever there is flooding, she said. “We are sending bay water to get treated, and that’s where the costs are.”

By doubling the estimate, the borough will cover any unforeseen future problem. The borough will get the additional funds by providing for them in next year’s budget, she said.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Councilman John Schwartz said the Army Corps of Engineers has given permission for an “in-water waiver” that will allow beach replenishment and the construction of a breakwater in the area along South Green Street, past the deadline of Dec. 31, the usual stopping point that was made to protect winter flounder through March.

“That means that we will be able to go right on through without stopping,” said Schwartz. “The DEP needs to agree, and I assume they will.”

Schwartz also had a complaint to the public on how some residents have been treating Tuckerton borough employees. “They don’t get paid to take abuse. Residents are taking out their frustrations on employees, and I’ve now directed them to hang up or to forward them to Jenny (Gleghorn). I personally have gotten that through Facebook and emails,” he said.

“They don’t understand that they are dealing with people, and they are not going to get their questions answered if they are being abusive. It seems in the last two months it has been rampant, and it’s got to stop.”

A member of the public, Frank Fehn asked if there was a particular issue that people were being abusive about and Schwartz did not know.

Councilwoman Doris Mathisen thanked members of the council who helped with the new borough hall open house held on Saturday, Nov. 3. The mayor and council were on hand to take the public on a tour of the new building (excluding the police station) and to enjoy cookies and coffee. Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy and Freeholder Virginia Haines had visited. Council President Sam Colangelo said he had taken over a thousand photos plus videos of the transformation of the building, the former Coastal Learning Center, into the present court, police station and municipal hall. It was purchased for $520,000 in 2014. Volunteers, including Colangelo and Schwartz, started the renovation process soon after its purchase, but once government funding in the form of a $1.5 million New Jersey Development Assessment Grant was received, the project was put out to bid and awarded to Kavi Construction for $1,165,251.

Colangelo promised to put it all together for a video presentation in the future. —P.J.

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