Tuckerton Seeks NJ Dredging Aid

Oct 23, 2019

The Tuckerton Borough Council approved a resolution to have Borough Engineer Frank Little apply to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for funds to dredge Tuckerton’s waterways. The council has contended it would rather get a low- or no-cost loan to finance the projects rather then push for a special assessment on waterfront properties, as neighboring Little Egg Harbor has done.

“This is the first of many steps for funding the dredging project,” said Councilman John Schwartz during the Oct. 21 municipal meeting. He added that he, the dredging committee of the Waterways Commission and the borough engineer would be meeting Monday, Oct. 28, with a representative of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection about the disposal of some dredge material – perhaps on Story Island, historically a designated confined disposal facility.

The council also adopted a resolution put forth by Councilman Keith Vreeland in support of state legislation calling for allocating $25 million to replenish the New Jersey Protection Fund – the fund that pays for beach restoration and coastal protection projects.

Council President Sam Colangelo said the public works department begins leaf and brush pickup on alternate Thursdays, starting Nov. 7 as a leaf pickup. The next Thursday would be for brush, and so on, until snow flies.

The public works yard will be closed Sundays starting Dec. 8 until April 5.

The Tuckerton/Beach Haven Ferry this summer was such a success that the two towns hope to buy a bigger boat for 2021. It would take a year to have the boat built in Florida, said Economic Development Committee Vice Chair Nadean Maddox. The ferry served 6,272 guests, counting children involved in the Tuckerton Seaport floating classroom, said Maddox.

Councilman Ron Peterson said the ferry actually transported 2,571 passengers between Tuckerton and Beach Haven during 214 crossings.

The council met with Borough Attorney Christopher J. Connors in executive session to discuss pending litigation from Tuckerton Police Cpl. Justin Cherry. Cherry has been on unpaid leave since April 2014 while his Superior Court case alleging he assaulted a Barnegat woman when he released his K9 moved through the justice system. On May 2 of this year, the criminal charges against him were dismissed, but Tuckerton then brought 15 charges of misconduct against Cherry. That case went to a hearing judge this summer and has yet to be resolved.

The council adjourned as no action was expected to be taken in regular session.

— Pat Johnson


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