Tuckerton Appoints Last Salute to Serve as Military Honor Guard

By PAT JOHNSON | May 22, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Tuckerton Mayor Susan Marshall officially appoints Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard to serve borough needs. Sergeant at Arms Chuck Knutson and Cpl. Jamie Knutson accept the resolution.

Tuckerton — Tuckerton Mayor Susan Marshall and the borough council officially appointed “Last Salute” Military Funeral Honor Guard to serve as the official honor guard for the borough. For those who qualify and want a military presence, “Last Salute” Sergeant at Arms Chuck Knutson explained that the honor guard supplies a casket flag, taps and cannon at gravesite. The group serves primarily in Atlantic County and performed honor guard services for 125 military funerals over the last two years.

They also appear when requested at police, fire company and first-responder funerals. “We help them with all protocols,” Knutson said.

Last Salute served at one of the largest funerals for a firefighter in the state, for Natalie Dempsey, a 21-year-old first responder who died in a car crash on her way to answer a call last Christmas morning. “There were 2,000 firefighters and 300 fire trucks,” added Knutson. To learn more, go to lastsalute.us.

Robert Clifton, regional representative for Comcast, was at the May 20 borough council meeting to request a certificate of approval to allow Comcast to continue to maintain its cable system in the borough. The company is requesting a three-year continuation to operate in the borough’s rights-of-way. “It’s non-exclusive; any other cable company can use it,” he said. Comcast noted the governing body could ask for a review of terms and could comment on the quality of the service within reason. “What you can’t do is judge us on our rates or our channel line-up. That’s not within your purview.”

The public was allowed to comment or question Clifton. When asked what the borough gets for the use of the rights of way, he said some municipalities negotiate free use of the service for municipal purposes and some technology upgrades.

When asked if there was a senior discount available, Clifton said for people who qualify and are already receiving the state’s PAAD (Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled) can get a 10 percent discount off the basic service plan. The basic service plan is for those channels still operating over the air, such as CBS and PBS.

Tuckerton Beach resident Gerard Schultz asked if there were any plans to upgrade the wiring in Tuckerton Beach. Clifton said Comcast is constantly upgrading and maintaining the system. He said the command post is like a NASA installation. “Operators can see every node in the system and make sure the service is maintained.”

If there is an unusual number of interruptions in service, Clifton offered to look into it. Schultz said he lives on Anchor Road.

Comcast is not anticipating adding any small cells or antennae in Tuckerton.

The borough will probably adopt the ordinance at the next borough meeting, said Administrator Jenny Gleghorn.

A paving contract for Curlew Road was approved with Earle Asphalt for $344,913. Earle was the lowest bidder out of five. Gleghorn said the project was awarded two N.J. Department of Transportation grants totaling $425,000, so there may be money to improve storm drains. The work cannot start until next year because the borough wants to replace the water and sewer mains on Curlew (and also Kingfisher) and is applying to the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank for a loan. If that project gets the go-ahead, the paving would naturally occur after the roads are dug up and mains replaced.

Tuckerton was voted the most improved municipality in Ocean County by the Ocean County Joint Insurance Fund. The JIF is a consortium of municipalities that joined together to purchase insurance. Tuckerton won the award because it has kept up to date with safety exercises. The borough also received $750 from the JIF to purchase protective equipment.

Borough council President Sam Colangelo thanked the Pinelands Regional Junior High School students for their community work cleaning up the All Wars Memorial Ball Park.

Work continues at the borough public works yard to install the emergency generator acquired with Superstorm Sandy funding.

Colangelo informed the public that a household hazardous waste collection will be at Stafford Township Public Works on June 1, and a shredding truck will be at the Eagleswood Township yard on June 29. The Adopt-a -Highway clean-up has been rescheduled for June 22.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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