Tuckerton Projects Delayed

Jun 27, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson New addition to the Tuckerton Police department, Michael Joseph Francis with his family after taking the oath of office.

Tuckerton’s South Green Street Park may not open in time for the July 2 deadline, said Borough Administrator Jenny Gleghorn on Tuesday. The park has been substantially completed but still needs an electric hookup for the new bathroom trailer, and the electric company will have to set the meter. Despite the orange construction fence and the closed signs, a few trespassers have entered the park to fish or crab from the bulkhead and left “a mess” at the new park, she said.

The new borough hall and court at 420 Main St. may also need an extension to the contract past July 2. Mechanized fire shutters for the payroll, police and construction windows have been ordered but have not arrived yet. The metal shutters deploy when a fire alarm is triggered and are engineered to contain a fire in one part of the building.

On the other hand, construction of the new water and sewer lines for Heron Road is in full swing. The 20-foot-high metal box structures on the roadside will be put in the street to allow workers to reach the new sanitary sewer that will be buried at least that deep. Residents have had to maneuver past some construction equipment on South Green Street, and that process should be going on all summer on Heron Road. But new water and sewer lines plus resurfacing of the road are being entirely paid for through grants from the Infrastructure Trust Bank and the state Department of Transportation.

During the June 18 municipal meeting, the borough approved a $129,791 change order to the contract with Kavi Construction for a “variety of things including $10,000 for the fire shutters in the windows, and new fencing,” said Gleghorn. K and G Marine also required an additional $3,500 for its work on the park.

Emergency Management Chief Marilyn Kent said she had attended a Homeland Security meeting on June 7 focused on emergency procedures in case terrorists, domestic or otherwise, mark “soft targets” such as festivals or parades.

“It starts with locals: If you see something, say something, call the police,” said Kent. “The police don’t mind – they want you to.”

Kent said the Community Emergency Response Team can use more members and to contact her if interested. “We have enough, but we can always use new people,” she said.

The borough appointed Henry J. Mancini Appraisal Services to help with the revaluation of the borough; Ed Seeger Jr. was reappointed to the position of tax assessor.

Michael Joseph Francis was hired as a full-time police officer.

— Pat Johnson


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