Tuckerton Receives NJDOT Grant for Curlew Road

Mar 07, 2018

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $225,000 grant to pay for the reconstruction and paving of Curlew Road in Tuckerton Beach. During the March 5 municipal meeting, Tuckerton Mayor Sue Marshall said she was happy to announce receipt of the grant. The town received the same amount last year, and that means the project is fully funded, she said.

The borough council introduced an ordinance to create a utility easement and stone emergency access route between Heritage Way and the Yellowbrook development on Wood Street. The stalled development has a new owner, Provident Associates LLC. A second reading and public hearing on ordinance #1 of 2018 are scheduled for March 19. The council also approved a resolution authorizing a developer’s agreement between the town and Provident Associates.

Little Egg Harbor’s recent change to a 700 megahertz or band radio system necessitates the borough to update its radios because Little Egg Harbor dispatches for Tuckerton. The new radios and associated equipment will cost $89,000, but the borough received a $50,000 grant last year from the USDA that will help offset the cost, said Borough Administrator Jenny Gleghorn. The borough voted to award the state contract to Motorola.

Marshall alerted the council to a recent trend that has crossed the bay from Long Beach Island: the plastic bag ban. “I want us to start thinking about it,” she said. Deputy Mayor Sam Colangelo said it would be good to wait until the borough could see an actual ordinance to use.

Marshall appointed Nichole Babcock to the Environmental Commission. Babcock is a senior at Pinelands Regional High School. “She sent us a letter saying it would be a help for her professional career as she begins her studies in landscape architecture and sustainability. She’s our third young person to join our committees, and we’re very excited to have these young people with fresh ideas.”

“She was very enthusiastic,” said Colangelo, “a breath of fresh air, unlike us old fogies.” —P.J.

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