Tuckerton Approves Four-Year Police Chief Contract

By Pat Johnson | Dec 18, 2019

Tuckerton, NJ — Tuckerton borough Police Chief Brian Olsen has received his new four year contract, which includes PBA contract raises of approximately 5 percent each year. He will make $115,953 for 2020, $121,750 in 2021, $127,837 in 2022 and $134,228 in 2023.Olsen was hired as chief in August 2017. His current contract is due to expire on Dec. 31.

None of the other provisions in his contract have changed, said Borough Administrator Jenny Gleghorn.

The borough council also approved the salary resolution for 2020 that includes 2 percent raises for those who get them contractually. This is an annual requirement.

Council President Sam Colangelo took over Mayor Susan Marshall’s duties for the Dec. 16 municipal meeting. Marshall’s husband, Bill Marshall, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. Bill Marshall was a long-time councilman for Tuckerton borough and a Coast Guard veteran. His viewing was on Tuesday, Dec.17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Woods Funeral Home in Tuckerton, and a special American Legion final salute was to be held on Wednesday.

The council held a moment of silence for Marshall after the flag salute.

Councilman Keith Vreeland moved on second reading Ordinance 8 of 2019, which rescinds Section 77 of the borough code that established a Waterways Commission and amends Chapter 27, titled “Environmental Commission,” to combine the powers and duties of the Waterways Commission into the Environmental Commission.

During the public comment period, Carolyn Keen of Tuckerton Beach asked Colangelo if all the work of the Waterways Commission members on the dredging and shoreline restoration would be lost. Colangelo said the minutes of the commission are still on record, and he was sure Keen could call members of the commission if she had any questions. Colangelo also stated that he felt combining the mission of the waterways commission into the environmental commission would strengthen both missions; waterways was concerned with salt water issues, and environmental with fresh water.

“I see it as incorporating, not doing away with anything,” he said.

Gleghorn said if members of the now-defunct Waterways Commission want to be considered for a position on the seven-member Environmental Commission board, they should send a letter of intent to Mayor Marshall. Members of the EC whose terms are up have to do the same thing, she stated. There are also two alternate positions.

Former Waterways board member and vice chairman Frank Fehn said one of the goals of Waterways was to reach out to the public on issues related to living on the water, and said the borough’s appointed liaison to the commission, Councilman John Schwartz, did it a disservice by not attending any of the meetings. “For a whole year he was absent. We never had any information from the governing body ... the only thing we had was a big anchor.”

The last Waterways Commission minutes posted on the borough’s website were in May.

Later, during the public comment period, Keen asked what the borough’s plan was for moving forward now that the state Department of Environmental Protection has denied the borough’s request for a loan from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank due to the fact the NJDEP grant did not consider dredging as improving the quality of stormwater. Gleghorn said she has asked the town’s grant writers, BRS, to appeal the decision. If that does not go in the borough’s favor, then the borough would ask the local finance board if it would waive the down payment required to go out to bond for the dredging. The down payment is said to be around $400,000, a number not in the borough’s capital budget. Gleghorn said the finance board has agreed to this before – in the matter of purchasing and renovating the new borough complex, for example.

Levying a special tax assessment on waterway residents as Little Egg Harbor Township has done ($1,000 a year for 10 years) is the last resort.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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