Tuckerton Utilities Improvements Keep on Schedule

Lagoon Dredging Set for Spring
Sep 03, 2015
Photo by: Pat Johnson Unique Scaffolding Systems prepares the Tuckerton water tower for painting.

Tuckerton has started the process to paint the municipality’s only water tower. The $646,900 contract to U.S. Tank Painting of Millstone Township includes painting both inside and outside the water tower.

Unique Scaffolding Systems of Kenilworth started erecting the scaffolding on Monday. The outside will be completed first, weather permitting, said Tuckerton Councilman John Schwartz. The timeline for cleaning and painting the inside of the tower hinges on when the project to remove and replace the waterline that runs beneath Tuckerton Creek is finished. That waterline is one of three interconnects to Little Egg Harbor Township’s water supply, which Tuckerton purchases as needed.

During the Aug. 17 municipal meeting, Schwartz brought the council up to date on the various projects going on in the borough. The borough and Little Egg Harbor shared a $2.1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in April to complete an area wide coastal dredging and ecosystem restoration project with funds provided through the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program. The New Jersey Future nonprofit applied for the grant on behalf of the two towns as part of its free post-Sandy planning consulting.

In Tuckerton, borough officials have selected parts of the lagoon system east of South Green Street to be dredged starting April 2016, and also the length of Thompson’s Creek that feeds the lagoons of Paradise Cove.

Schwartz said on Monday that the borough and Little Egg Harbor have until April 2017 to complete the dredging.

The biggest problem has been obtaining permits for dredge sites but Schwartz said the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection has been helpful. Targeted for dredge fill is the old Lanyard lagoon in Tuckerton Beach, which had been used in the 1990s as a dredge fill site. But because the bulkhead that was to hold back the mud was incomplete, much of the mud has seeped out into the lagoon again. The DEP would like to see the undeveloped lagoon filled in because it would further stabilize the salt marsh.

Two other undeveloped lagoons in the Paradise Cove section would receive the dredge material from Thompson’s Creek. More sites are considered on the west side of South Green Street and near Tuckerton Creek.

The borough is still seeking the last easement on Little Egg Harbor Boulevard before the project to restore the shoreline of the marsh peninsula can begin. Rocks placed in Gambian baskets (cages) are still the proposed answer for that heavily eroded section.

Other projects ongoing in Tuckerton Beach include finishing waterline connections on Parker Road and digging up the water and sewer lines on Dolphin Road to replace them.

The sidewalk replacement project paid for by a Community Development Block Grant is underway on South Green Street, said Council President Sam Colangelo. Public works employees are also trimming trees in the borough.

Councilman Michael Santo said the Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Company has its permit for a coin drop on Route 539 and Route 9 intersections in time for the Labor Day traffic. The volunteers stand in the roadway and only approach cars if the driver is stopped at the traffic light and indicates he or she wants to donate. The fire company has come to rely on the coin drops for basic needs in their budget. Last year they took in $16,000 but this year they lost approximately $10,000 when the coin drop was stopped after a complaint was lodged to the police department last Memorial Day.

Tuckerton has since applied to the state and county for a solicitation permit for the fire company.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

Tuckerton Councilman John Schwartz points to the old Lanyard lagoon where dredged mud will be deposited from shallow parts of lagoons east of South Green Street in Tuckerton Beach. (Photo by: Pat Johnson )
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