Tuckerton Purchases Pump, Truck and Plow

Jan 24, 2018
Photo by: supplied Tuckerton Mayor Susan Marshall (right) gives Tuckerton Elementary Superintendent Janet Gangemi and Board of Education member Renee Giorello a proclamation for School Choice Week.

Tuckerton Mayor Susan Marshall presented Tuckerton School Superintendent Janet Gangemi and school board member Renee Gioiello a proclamation for National School Choice Week during the Jan. 15 municipal meeting. Tuckerton Elementary is a School Choice school, which means it is able to take children from outside the district when it has openings.

Gangemi said the Tuckerton Elementary School project to refurbish and reconfigure offices and classrooms, a secure and safe main entryway, two elevators for ADA accessibility, new playground and parking was close to being finished but because of the weather was no longer ahead of schedule. When the project is completed, the district will have an open house and a tour for residents, “so they can see where their tax money has gone,” she said.

Voters approved the $3.6 million referendum in October 2016, offset by $1,286,726 in state aid and $250,000 in the school’s capital budget. The bond amount of $2,099,395 was a tax impact to the average homeowner in Tuckerton of an additional $68 a year for 20 years.

“The kids are all using the new spaces, the computer lab and the two big IMAX screens,” Gangemi added.

“We are glad we are doing this right in Tuckerton,” said Marshall.

New sidewalks along Marine Street to the school have been paid for in the past by Community Block Development Grants, and it is time for Tuckerton to apply for one again this year. Jim McAndrew, CBDG representative for the town, announced that any nonprofits or housing projects that fit the definitions of low or moderate income or senior housing can obtain an application from the borough clerk to be considered as a candidate for the grant.

Public works needs an additional truck, and the borough approved spending $10,641 for four years for a lease/purchase of a 2018 Ford 250 from Winter Ford through the state contract process. They also purchased a plow package for $5,600 for a plow that was damaged during the Jan. 4 “snowbomb” event. The borough has submitted an insurance claim for the plow. It could result in a claim of $2,500 after the deductible.

Council President Sam Colangelo praised the public works department for its work cleaning the snow off borough roads in a timely manner and said he had heard from TES Board of Education President Trisha Horner, who thanked the department for clearing the school grounds.

“There were no accidents and no damage to property,” said Colangelo. He asked residents to let public works know if there is a medical issue in a household that requires a cleared driveway and asked that residents near a fireplug clear around it or at least not bury it.

Code enforcement officer McAndrew reported he had issued 36 notices for snow violations and given each offender a copy of the snow ordinance that requires an 18-inch-wide path on sidewalks to be cleared. Businesses and offices must be done immediately, he said.

The council approved spending $4,870 for a new sewer pump for the Tuckerton Beach pumping station.

Councilman Ron Peterson read the court report for 2017 that resulted in $111,105 in fines paid to the borough of Tuckerton, $63,104 to the state of New Jersey and $49,814 to Ocean County. The fines were collected from disposing of 498 criminal cases and numerous motor vehicle cases, a 15 percent increase over the previous year.

Animal control took 124 calls in 2017 that resulted in 14 violation notices, two summonses, 26 captured dogs and 29 cats returned to owners or sent to the shelter plus three raccoons, two possums and a sea gull.

— Pat Johnson



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