Weather Delays Tuckerton’s South Green Street Park Project

Mar 21, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson As soon as the weather improves, work will resume on South Green Street Park in Tuckerton so it will be ready for summer.

Facing another winter nor’easter this week, Tuckerton Councilwoman Doris Mathisen said the improvements to South Green Street Park would again be held up until the weather changes.

The park is a favorite fishing and recreation spot, not just for Tuckerton residents but also for fishermen and families from points west and north. New bulkheads and a fishing pier have been completed. The weather must be warmer and steady before the asphalt parking lot can be started.

Mathisen reported construction at the new borough hall is still moving steadily toward completion, and the borough council passed a resolution on March 19 to give Kavi Construction Co. another month.

In other business, letters have gone out to residents informing them of an upcoming reassessment. A resident from Tuckerton Beach asked if the borough could ask the company doing the reassessment, Appraisal System Inc., to hold public meetings so residents can ask about the pending tax adjustments. Business Administrator Jenny Gleghorn said a statute requires they do so.

Last June, the council awarded a $128,260 contract to ASI to do the reassessment this year; it would become effective in 2019. Mayor Sue Marshall said Tuckerton is due for a town-wide reassessment, as all New Jersey towns are required to perform this task every 10 years.

In other news, the council voted to purchase a 25-yard, rear-loading garbage truck for $181,538 from McNeilus Truck Company. It also accepted a donation of a 2004 Crown Victoria from Ocean County. Deputy Mayor Sam Colangelo said the water and sewer department would use the vehicle, replacing a much older vehicle. “It was thoroughly ‘vetted’; it’s not a piece of junk,” said Colangelo.

The borough also voted to pay $3,350 to the New Jersey Department of Corrections for a prisoner holding cell needed for the new police department.

During the public session, Lee Eggert Sr. from the Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co. asked if the borough would inquire if the county could be the lead agency for an AFP multi-municipal grant for new radios for volunteer fire departments.

Also on Monday, the council approved an ordinance on second reading to create an easement between the Yellowbrook development and Heritage Way for both utilities and emergency vehicle access.

Councilman Keith Vreeland said an ordinance creating a historic commission has gone to the land use board for its input and now goes to the landmarks committee for changes. It would then return to the land use board before it comes to the borough council. Creating a historic commission to act as an advisory board to the landmarks committee would help the borough with getting local government certified, said Vreeland, and could open the door for state grants to bolster the historic nature of Tuckerton.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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