Veterans Park and Playground Move Ahead in Little Egg Harbor

By Pat Johnson | Oct 23, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Workers are completing the sidewalks around Veterans Park in Little Egg Harbor.

Little Egg Harbor — Little Egg Harbor Township officials are gearing up for a Nov. 11 opening of the new Veteran’ Park on the corner of Radio Road and Grace Place, recently renamed Veterans Memorial Boulevard. During the Oct. 10 municipal meeting, Township Engineer Jason Worth reported the pre-cast monument wall and the pavilion were in place, and sod will be delivered sometime this week. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Veterans Day at 10 a.m.

The township has developed a form for the purchase and dedication of trees and park benches that soon can be downloaded from the town’s website,

The township committee voted to award a contract of $142,857 to NJ Cooperative Purchase Alliance for new playground equipment for the Little Treasures Park, also on Radio Road, in the Mystic Island section of the township. The money was appropriated from the township’s Open Space fund. There is as yet no firm date for the delivery of the equipment.

The lagoon-dredging project is on track with one lagoon finished and a second lagoon being worked on near the staging area of Playhouse Drive on the east side of Radio Road, he said. “The contractor is removing 5,000 to 6,000 yards a day,” he reported.

The township voted to adopt an addendum to the contract with Albert Marine that saves .$135,315. Albert Marine was the contractor hired to create two living shoreline projects using money from a $2.1 million grant from the National Fisheries and Wildlife Foundation. Little Egg was the lead agency in that long-term project started in 2015. The grant was used to build the Iowa Court bulkhead and rock jetty on Osborn Island in Little Egg and the wave-break off South Green Street in Tuckerton. The money will stay in the  grant line item in the budget. .

Worth, for T&M Engineering, is in the process of working on the re-certification of the flood plain areas of the township in order to maintain the town’s rating, which results in a 20 percent premium discount.

In a related move, the township is offering a community outreach meeting on flood insurance on Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Administrative and Justice Complex, 665 Radio Rd. Committeewoman Lisa Stevens said there are still some people in the township who are dealing with FEMA and Sandy-related construction. Residents should bring copies of their elevation certificates and flood insurance for review and possible savings. Anyone with questions about their flood insurance is encouraged to attend the meeting.

The township introduced an ordinance to vacate a paper road, Parker’s Country Road, on the west side of Parkertown Drive between block 124, lot 11 and block 123, lot 2 at the request of the owner so he can consolidate the properties.

Committeeman Blaise Scibetta said he had spoken with Police Chief Richard Buzby about an anti-crime prevention measure “ring” that has been used in other municipalities and will be setting up a meeting with the company and the chief to discuss it.

During the public comment meeting, two residents complained the township has not posted the attachments to resolutions so the public can come prepared to ask questions when the monthly municipal meeting is held. Both Art Mooney and Peter Ferwerda suggested the township is lacking in transparency, a claim Mayor Barbara Jo Crea and Deputy Mayor John Kehm denied. Kehm said resolutions have to be voted on first ; then details attached to them can be obtained after the vote. Mooney again said the public lacks the ability to comment on matters if it doesn’t have all the information.

In other news, Family Promise of Southern Ocean County Executive Director Elizabeth Golla announced the day center has moved from Barnegat to West Creek.

She stated that most of the people who have been prevented from becoming homeless have relocated to Little Egg Harbor. In the 10 years that Family Promise of Southern Ocean County has been in existence, it has served 3,500 individuals in avoiding homelessness.

— Pat Johnson

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