Long Beach Township Approves Budget, Prepares for Summer

Readying the Beaches, the Shuttles and More
May 08, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill Facedown playing on the beach.

Long Beach Township’s Board of Commissioners approved its 2019 budget, which includes a general tax rate increase of four-tenths of a cent, at its meeting last Monday. Residents with homes valued at $940,000 – the average in the municipality – will see a tax increase of approximately $37.

As Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi, who oversees finance in the municipality, explained during Monday’s budget hearing and at the previous meeting, in April, the general tax rate has risen from 24 cents per $100 to 24.4 cents.

“The bulk of our increases are going for health care and our pension systems,” the commissioner had explained last month. Water and sewer rates, meanwhile, remain unchanged.

The full budget is viewable online at longbeachtownship.com.

Lattanzi also offered an update on the shuttle service, which, this summer, will include a bus that runs to the mainland. That bus will pick up riders in the parking lot near the DMV on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin, and will then return to the Island and stop in front of daddy O, in Brant Beach, and then at How You Brewin?  in Surf City.

For all riders, shuttle fees this year are $2 per ride from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and $5 per ride from 7 p.m. to close. There is also an option to purchase a season pass for $125.

The schedule for the buses, which take to the road on Memorial Day weekend, will be posted on lbishuttle.com and published in The SandPaper advertisements.

Mayor Joseph Mancini noted, in relation to the roadways, that speed limits in the township will be lowered on May 15, and the traffic lights will be turned on May 20.

The mayor also said following the meeting that the work on Long Beach Boulevard, beginning just south of the Acme Market, is scheduled to continue until about early to mid-June. Operations will then pause and resume in the fall.

In beach news, Lattanzi said Fire Pit Fridays on the ocean beach at 68th Street will start on June 28 and run through Aug. 30. Joni Bakum, Bayview Park director, added that there will be acoustic music during the propane bonfires, to be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

All summer music and other entertainment information is on the township website.

A few residents inquired about the readiness of beaches for summer. Pat Prout of Brant Beach asked whether the beach accesses would be packed down soon, and Commissioner Ralph Bayard responded that they would be.

Rand Pearsall of Holgate wondered how the beaches in Holgate would look this summer. Mancini said, “Some days you’re going to have a great beach. Some days it’ll be minimal.” The township isn’t scheduled to receive beachfill in that area until 2021 (or following a severe storm), but the municipality will be bulldozing sand when possible. Also, he added, the new terminal groin “has brought Beach One back,” and he hopes phase two of the project – to lengthen the jetty – will come to fruition in a year or so.

Maryann Hurley asked if the township had considered extending lifeguard hours from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., as Ship Bottom will do this summer. Mancini said the township will not be changing its lifeguard hours this season, but would perhaps look at it for next year.

Meanwhile, the township approved the purchase of water meters – at a cost of $2,275,745 from Water Works Supply Co. – and, as Bayard pointed out, the website has been updated with information on obtaining the meters. All owners of residences in Long Beach Township are required by the state to install water meters by the end of 2020. Homeowners who already have a water meter must purchase a remote reading sensor or register for that meter.

Water meters and remote reading sensors can now be picked up at the LBT Water/Sewer Department at 13000 Long Beach Blvd. (corner of 131st Street) in Beach Haven Terrace from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. All other information – including cost for residents, which varies by meter size – is at longbeachtownship.com/water-meter-notice.

Questions on water meters can be directed to 609-492-6314, or email Ashley Bromiley at  ABromiley@Longbeachtownship.com or Betsy Bartram at BBartram@Longbeachtownship.com.

Bayard also stated the township has established a full-service maintenance program for its water towers and water treatment plants. “We’re going to maintain them on a regular schedule now,” he said, rather than spend “a fortune” every time something needs to be done to one of the stuctures.

The board also announced residents can visit longbeachtownship.com to register to opt out of receiving the phone book that is tossed annually into yards.

Lastly, the municipality has installed an air pump near the bathhouse at the end of Holgate that is free for the public to use.

Township Board of Commissioners meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the courtroom of the municipal building, at 6805 Long Beach Blvd. in Brant Beach. The next meeting is June 3.

Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

juliet@thesandpaper.net

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