Stafford News in Brief

By Victoria Ford | Aug 21, 2019

Stafford Township — Stafford Township has joined the Pinelands Municipal Council, a first in 10 years, Mayor Greg Myhre announced at the Aug. 13 township municipal meeting. He is the town’s designated representative on the council, and Township Administrator Matthew von der Hayden is the alternate. Together they attended a Pinelands Commission workshop last month.

“It’s very important. They are one agency that we have to work with,” Myhre said. He added intergovernmental cooperation can help the town in many ways.

He further reported that in the month of July, Stafford got over 15.92 inches of rain, the most of any town in the state, and 5 inches more than the next rainiest town, which was in Warren County. Areas previously unaffected by flooding are now being assessed. A public drainage workshop with the township engineer will be held on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at town hall.

In his report, Councilman Thomas Steadman said construction of the restroom facility at A. Paul King County Park is expected to be done by mid- to late fall.

Councilman George Williams said seven areas have been identified where a dog park could potentially go. Officials are currently working out costs.

In budget news, Manahawkin’s electric bill has recently come to light, averaging $3 million to 4 million a year, so town officials are looking into solar power throughout town to save “a million or two.”  —V.F.

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