Seaside Park Borough Council Advances Coastal and Environmental Initiatives

In a recent Seaside Park Borough Council meeting, key environmental initiatives were at the forefront of discussions, including the approval of a permit for coastal defense installations, the engagement of experts for sea-related studies, and the pursuit of Greenacres funding for park development. The Council addressed the budget for the upcoming year, with a working draft just over 5 million dollars, and considered the renewal of a shared service agreement for fire inspection services alongside the planning for the rehabilitation of the Deer Avenue Water Tower.

The meeting began with the acknowledgment of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) approval of a permit to install gabion baskets at 14th Avenue. This permit is a crucial step in coastal defense, intended to address the ongoing challenges of erosion and flooding. The Council expressed appreciation for the efforts of those involved in the process, particularly highlighting the Public Works committee and the need to coordinate closely with the Public Works Department to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

The council also moved to authorize T&M Associates Engineering to provide professional engineering services for the application of Greenacres funding. This funding is targeted for the park development at the 13th Avenue Mo Bean field. With an approaching deadline for the application, the Council stressed the importance of this initiative in enhancing local green spaces and recreational areas.

Professor Paul Balna from Montclair State University was the subject of another significant topic. His expertise in sea-related studies was recognized as the Council considered a professional services proposal to assist with research in the Barnegat Bay area. Professor Balna’s extensive publications and knowledge in the field were noted positively by the Council.

Similarly, a proposal from Stockton University for consulting work concerning the Bay’s flooding, habitat restoration, and living shoreline construction was discussed. Council members sought clarity on the specifics of Stockton University’s involvement, including personnel and hourly rates, emphasizing the importance of understanding the costs and expected outcomes of the collaboration.

The American Littoral Society’s role in Bay-related projects was also brought into discussion.

Further, the Council reviewed a proposal by RBE for task number three concerning the rehabilitation of the Deer Avenue Water Tower. The urgency of this rehabilitation work was a focal point.

The disposal of surplus property no longer needed for public use was deliberated. The public works department was acknowledged for their efforts in cataloging and preparing these items for public auction. This move is part of the Council’s broader effort to manage the Borough’s assets effectively and ensure that resources are allocated where most needed.

Regarding the budget, Mayor John A. Peterson Jr. presented the initial draft, which includes expenses for the regular fund, current fund, water sewer, and marina. While the impact of the budget on the tax rate was not yet determined, due to pending state aid and grant figures, Council members were urged to submit their recommendations for capital and current expenses to prioritize projects and consider potential budget modifications or cuts.

Public engagement in the meeting was evident, with residents asking about the gabion baskets and discussing the suspension of parking fees for charity events. A resident’s concern about the delay in a plan submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers sparked a discussion about the complexities of obtaining permits and the necessity for professional service proposals for various studies.

The Mayor addressed these concerns by explaining the challenges faced in acquiring permits and navigating the differing legal interpretations by various regions of the Army Corps of Engineers.

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.

John A. Peterson Jr.
City Council Officials:
Marty Wilk, Jr., Gina Condos, Ray Amabile, Joseph Connor, Jerry Rotunda, William Kraft

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