Tuckerton to Host Open House at New Municipal Complex

Oct 24, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Mayor Susan Marshall hands Tuckerton Library librarian Dorothy Leister a certificate of appreciation for Friends of the Library week.

Tuckerton borough will have a grand opening of the new municipal complex at 420 East Main St. on Saturday, Nov. 3, starting at noon. Residents and guests may tour the combined municipal offices, police station and courtroom, and stay for some light refreshments.

During the Oct. 15 municipal meeting, the borough council hired Garrett Loesch as a full-time chief financial officer at an annual salary of $90,000. Loesch had been working part-time for the borough. His new contract ends on Dec. 31, 2020.

Council President Sam Colangelo asked the council to purchase a gas-powered air compressor for the public works department. It was approved at a cost of $2,675 from Epic Tools.

The  court report for September showed the police department has been busy: The court disposed of 96 criminal cases and 141 traffic violations. Fines collected totaled $18,909, of which Tuckerton receives $8,196, the county $3,140 and the state $7,572.

There are 238 criminal complaints pending.

Police Chief Brian Olsen said the number of criminal complaints in the borough might be attributed to the number of vehicle stops that take place as Route 539 comes off the Garden State Parkway. He said his department’s 10 patrol officers and one detective are young and enthusiastic law officers. “If the criminals want to bypass Tuckerton, that’s fine with us,” he said.

Mayor Sue Marshall read a proclamation dedicating Oct. 21-28 as Friends of the Library Week, and gave it to librarian Dorothy Leister.

The Tuckerton Pride and Celebration Committee scheduled its annual Halloween Walk at the Tuckerton Seaport for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, with registration beginning 10 a.m. and after the parade, prizes for participants.

In a related matter looking to 2019, the council approved an application from the Pinelands 4th of July Committee to display fireworks at Tip Seaman County Park on New Year’s Day. —P.J.

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