Egg Harbor Township Grapples with Traffic Woes and Safety Concerns

Egg Harbor Township Council’s latest meeting addressed the pressing traffic and safety issues plaguing residents, with discussions on potential solutions and the appointment of a new police chaplain. Amid growing concerns over road safety and traffic congestion exacerbated by ongoing construction, the Council examined a range of mitigation strategies while emphasizing the importance of communication between local authorities and the community.

The meeting opened with the appointment of Jonathan S. Serban as an additional police chaplain for 2024. The Police Chief highlighted the program’s value in offering guidance and solace in times of community and departmental trauma.

The core of the meeting revolved around the community’s traffic concerns, which have been heightened by construction projects. Residents voiced their frustrations over the increased traffic, inadequate advance notice of construction activities, and insufficient communication from county officials. In response, the Council and Police Chief outlined steps taken to alleviate the situation, such as ramped-up enforcement and the installation of new signage. To further address the traffic issues, officials and residents debated various measures, including the use of orange Jersey barriers, diagonal rumble strips to decelerate vehicles, reprogramming electronic signs for speed limit display, and the potential application of fixed Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) readers and helicopter monitoring.

Safety concerns were particularly pronounced regarding the absence of sidewalks and the narrowness of roads, which pose risks to children and raise the danger associated with commercial vehicle traffic. The discussion also touched upon the interpretation of “local traffic only” signs and the effectiveness of measures to curb speeding. Proposed solutions to these challenges included the deployment of rumble strips, orange barrels, and flexible poles to moderate speeds, along with the consideration of technology such as license plate readers and GPS updates to better manage traffic flow.

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The possibility of creating a dedicated group for Egg Harbor Township to more effectively reach community members was discussed. Additionally, the Council emphasized the need for residents to be informed on how to report potholes and road hazards.

During the public comments segment, the importance of citizen engagement in reporting potholes was underscored, with praise directed at the communication department for their swift action in resolving such reports. In a more somber note, Dennis Sharp, Assistant Chief of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Company, brought forth a request for the township committee to formally recognize a collaborative rescue operation following an incident at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. The Assistant Chief suggested that acknowledging this effort would boost morale and was considering presenting the incident for a unit citation to the Atlantic County Firefighter Association.

The Council members expressed their appreciation for the fire department’s dedication, citing a recent significant fire in the township and the challenges encountered due to water issues. There was a unanimous acknowledgment of the fire department’s critical role and an affirmation of support for their continued efforts.

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

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