Egg Harbor Township Council Addresses Flooding Concerns and Infrastructure Projects

In a recent Egg Harbor Township Council meeting, the most pressing topic discussed was the ongoing flooding issues plaguing West Atlantic City. Residents voiced their frustrations and concerns, highlighting the daily challenges they face, including the negative impact on property values and the inability to perform routine activities. The council considered amendments to the West Atlantic City Redevelopment plan and addressed residents’ calls for action, promising to engage with state authorities and the township engineer to find sustainable solutions.

Flooding in West Atlantic City took center stage during the meeting, as multiple residents detailed the adverse effects on their lives and properties. They criticized the state’s proposal to raise Black Horse Pike, fearing it would only worsen the situation by causing water to become trapped between the elevated road and Lakes Bay. Instead, residents suggested a comprehensive approach, including dredging Lakes Bay, to address the area’s water system holistically.

Residents, like Charles Nelson from Florence Avenue, described specific issues such as malfunctioning clapper valves, a sinkhole in front of his house, and a general lack of response from township officials. Mayor Laura Pfrommer and council members, including Paul W. Hodson, acknowledged the severity of the issues and committed to further discussions with state and engineers regarding drainage and infrastructure.

The council also introduced an ordinance to amend the Redevelopment plan for the West Atlantic City area, extending its duration and amending permitted uses, which could play a role in addressing some of the concerns raised by the residents regarding flooding.

In addition to the flooding concerns, the council celebrated the hiring of three new police officers—Jan Parker, Wasam Alam, and Samuel Walsh—emphasizing the importance of professionalism and community service. The officers were sworn in during a ceremony that included words of advice and encouragement from council members and retired law enforcement officials.

Another point of discussion was the application for a grant to build new tennis courts at Bargaintown Park. Community members such as Joan Costic and Ly Crawford spoke about the importance of tennis in the township, stressing the need for better facilities to support the sport’s growing popularity. The council deliberated on the state of the current courts and the implications of not receiving the grant, considering alternative funding sources, including the United States Tennis Association.

Council member Joe Cafero brought up concerns about the progress of a bridge construction project at Bev M. Mill Road, focusing on the importance of clear timelines and potential delays. Council member Ray Ellis Jr. highlighted the need for effective communication with the Atlantic County Commissioners about the project and the recognition of the EMTs’ vital role in the community.

The meeting was also marked by a discussion on the tragic consequences of speeding in the township, with an appeal to residents to drive safely. Moreover, a detailed account of a meeting with state officials regarding road construction shed light on the discrepancies between state plans and local concerns, particularly with respect to the impact on residents and properties.

Lastly, the council discussed ordinances related to municipal budget appropriation limits and employee salaries for groups such as the Communication Workers of America, Teamsters Local Union 331, and the Police Benevolent Association.

The meeting concluded with the approval of various minutes and the decision to enter a closed executive session to discuss matters related to personnel and legal issues.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Laura Pfrommer
City Council Officials:
Joe Cafero, Paul W. Hodson, William Pauls, Ray Ellis, Jr.

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