Tuckerton Gets Army Corps of Engineers Permit, Last Step to Dredging

By Pat Johnson | Oct 09, 2019
Photo by: file photo by Pat Johnson Tuckerton Beach boaters are more than ready to have their lagoons dredged.

Tuckerton — Tuckerton Councilman John Schwartz announced that the borough has received an Army Corps of Engineers maintenance dredge permit to clear the lagoons of Paradise Cove and Tuckerton Beach of the mud that has silted in and created shallow spots in the lagoons, as well as in Thompson Creek and the “speed bump” at the mouth of Tuckerton Creek. Although the Oct. 7 municipal meeting was sparsely attended, a few in the audience clapped heartily.

The federal permit, valid for 10 years, was the last permit the town was waiting for before dredging could begin. In September, the borough received its state Department of Environmental Protection permits.  Unfortunately, the window for dredging may have closed this year because of winter flounder regulations.

The borough has also submitted an application to the NJDEP’s shoreline protection grant program in order to fix the failing bulkhead at Lanyard lagoon, and instead install a rock sill that allows water to ebb and flow from Kingfisher lagoon. Lanyard is part of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

In other news, the council approved a contract with PBA Local 295; details are forthcoming.

And the council appointed Samantha Hollberg as deputy clerk to replace secretary Maryann Gaboarti, who is retiring.

Borough Administrator and Clerk Jenny Gleghorn said the borough had a lot of good candidates in the 29 who applied. Hollberg’s salary is $35,000; she starts on Oct. 15.

Council President Sam Colangelo announced the borough has awarded a $30,000 contract to AJR Masonry LLC to replace the sidewalks and curbing from the elementary school on Marine Street, south to the All Wars Memorial Ball Field. The money is from a 2018 federal Community Development Block Grant administered by the county and the town.

The borough has received a passing grade of 45.5 points in its Best Practices Inventory required by the state. At least 30 points are required to avoid having state funding cut. The town will receive the full amount of state aid.

The Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co. responded to 12 fire or rescue calls and 24 medical emergency calls in September. The police department had 303 calls for service and made 32 arrests, plus 192 traffic stops that resulted in 103 motor vehicle summonses. There were nine motor vehicle accidents in town, and police responded to 39 medical calls.

Construction continues apace in September with 43 construction permits issued and 84 inspections done.

During the public comment period, Lee Eggert of Willow Landing said he had received a political flyer from an independent candidate that contained some inaccurate statements, in particular that the reason the lagoons were not being dredged was because the town purchased a fire truck for the fire company. Eggert is the assistant chief of the fire company. He also remarked the flyer stated the ball fields in Tip Seaman County Park were in disrepair; the candidate didn’t seem to know those fields are owned and maintained by Ocean County, not the town.

A resident of South Green Street who lives across from Sheltered Cove Marina complained that a box truck container has been dropped next to the garage tent and is not anchored correctly. He asked how the owners were allowed to have it in the first place. He also asked how much money the land use board had received for the borough from the sidewalk compromise it made with Sheltered Cove.

Councilman Keith Vreeland said he would check into this with the land use board attorney.

The Tucker’s Walk Halloween event for borough children will be held at the All Wars Memorial Ball Field on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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