Tuckerton Reorganizes

By Pat Johnson | Jan 08, 2020

Tuckerton, NJ — On Jan. 1, Republicans Sam Colangelo and Mike Santo took the oath of office for three-year terms on the Tuckerton Borough Council. Colangelo, council president, has been on the dais for two terms and is chairman of the public works and water utility committee. Councilman Santo was appointed to council in 2015 after Mayor Buck Evans lost his bid for reelection to Councilwoman Susan Marshall. Santo then won election to the council in 2016. He is chairman of the administration and regulation committee.

The council also reorganized on New Year’s Day with all of the committee chairs and professionals retaining their posts. In addition, Mayor Marshall appointed members to the Environmental Commission, a commission that absorbed the Waterways Commission in December through an ordinance. Cynthia Coritz, Mark Salaga and Anthony Scaglione were appointed for two-year terms; Robert Rue, Pat Everson, Gerard Schultz and William Severage were appointed to one-year terms. John Zimich is alternate #1 with a term that expires Dec. 31, 2021, and Doris Mathisen is alternate #2 till the end of 2020.

The regular meeting of Jan. 6 saw one new professional appointment, Ian Goldman as conflict attorney, and added a member to the Economic Development Committee, Renee Gioiello.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Frank Fehn of Tuckerton Beach asked if Councilman John Schwartz had looked into the two companies Fehn had suggested that provide wireless technology so that Tuckerton could broadcast municipal meetings live. Schwartz, speaking via Skype form Florida, said he had looked into one and found it to be cost-prohibitive at $9,000 plus monthly service charges of $650. Fehn disputed the cost, saying there were tiers of service and that it could be as inexpensive as $900 plus a service charge.

Ann Marie Sweeney asked the council if there was an update on the funding for dredging. Administrator Jenny Gleghorn said the borough’s grant writer, BRS, is putting in an appeal to the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, which denied the borough’s New Jersey Infrastructure Trust Bank bridge loan based on its rules that grant money for stormwater mitigation did not apply to dredging lagoons.

But there is some movement on the DEP’s plans to improve the eroding peninsula off Little Egg Harbor Boulevard in Tuckerton Beach. This project is using shoreline protection grant funds. The DEP’s plans are complete and are ready to go out to bid for a contractor, said Gleghorn.

— Pat Johnson


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