Iowa Court Shoreline Project on Osborn Island Is Example for State

Sep 18, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Over an acre of land was reclaimed during the shoreline protection project off Iowa Court in Little Egg Harbor. The rocks abate the action of waves on the marsh and will have oyster spat supplied to them by ReClam the Bay.

Little Egg Harbor’s shoreline protection project for Iowa Court on Osborn Island is finally finished, and it’s been an example that others are interested in studying, said township Committeeman Ray Gormley.

“It’s a model of what’s going to take place on shorelines all over,” he said during the Sept. 12 township committee meeting. Township Engineer Jason Worth said the project to reclaim an acre of salt marsh lost to erosion and build a rock and bulkhead “shelf” to mitigate the action of waves is complete, and paving the road is next on the agenda. “The NJDEP was out there to take a look,” said Worth. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation paid for this project through a grant.

The first phase of dredging Mystic Island began on Wednesday, said Gormley. Phase I includes lagoons on the east side of Radio Road from Monroe’s Marina to Great Creek. Residents will pay for the dredging through a special assessment.

The contract for the finished dredging project on Osborn Island was amended to include a 12.4 percent increase. The original contract was for $3,594,872 but because there was an additional 2,293 cubic yards of material that had silted in since the initial estimate was made two years ago, the added cost is $1,434,505.

The committee also passed a resolution to have Worth, of T&M Engineering, begin a study to design beach replenishments for the beach at the end of Radio Road and the Parkertown beach. This does not include the bulkhead at the end of Radio Road; that has been designed already by the county engineers, as Radio Road is a county road.

The committee introduced an ordinance to change the name of Grace Place, a road in Mystic Island near the new Veterans Park, to Veterans Memorial Way. A second reading and public hearing with be next month, Oct. 10, as the committee meets once a month.

Phase II of Veterans Park includes the electrical hookups, pre-cast concrete walls dedicated to the various services and a gazebo-type pavilion. The electric is done, and the walls and gazebo are on order and should be arriving by Veterans Day, said Worth.

Three part-time Class II police officers were hired to replace two officers who retired. Township Administrator Matthew Spadaccini said the decision was to expand the number of officers and save $20,000 in the bargain.

The Great Bay EMS received new radios, and the Parkertown Volunteer Fire Co. received pagers and laptops through a grant.

Residents of Frog Pond Road, in the northern area of the township, complained about the 40 mph speed limit on the street that also houses the Frog Pond Elementary School. Gavin Dwyer was especially angry that a vehicle going above 40 mph had hit his dog. Dwyer had canvassed his neighborhood and had 50 signatures to give the mayor and committee in support of lowering the limit. He contended that a speed study has not been done since the Super Wawa was developed at the corner with Route 539.

Gormley said he and Worth had been out to take a look at the situation, and said there may be some things they can do right away while waiting for a traffic study to be done.

Charles La Pinto complained that the state has been using an unsafe pesticide to kill weeds along Route 9 without regard for wetlands. “What they are using is just like Roundup – anything that comes in contact with it will die. It kills everything. Everything is brown as a result of it, and Roundup is known to be detrimental to aquatic life. It’s outlawed in Europe, but the state decided to use it.”

La Pinto asked the township to express their concerns to the state.

The township will hold a flu clinic at the Edward Thornton Community Center, 319 West Calabreeze Way, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9. The pneumonia shot will also be available.

The third annual Haunted Maze and Trunk or Treat, also at the community center, is scheduled for 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.

— Pat Johnson



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