Town Council Debates Road Projects, Dredging, and Cannabis Ordinance in Packed Meeting

The Ocean Town Council meeting provided a forum for debate on a variety of town projects, with a particular focus on the completion of the 2022 Road program, the dredging of Snow’s Pond, and the passage of a cannabis ordinance. The council also discussed an upcoming auction for local property, the installment of a crosswalk, and a proposed 5K event at Ino Park.

The 2022 Road program, managed by town engineer Greg Blash, became a point of contention due to the delay of several projects. The council reported that concrete work on Roosevelt and Walnut, initially intended to be completed before winter, would be postponed until spring. However, they noted that the striping of the bike lanes and other roads had been successfully completed. The 101 Wico project was also delayed due to issues with a beam, but the council remained optimistic about its imminent commencement.

Debate also arose around the dredging projects, specifically involving Snow’s Pond. The council discussed the potential involvement of private property owners, sparking conversations about funding and the need for consistent decision-making. The county offered assistance with the dredging of Colonial Terrace, further complicating the discussion.

The council’s decision to advertise 1515 Logan for auction rather than sealed bid was another subject of discussion. They believed an auction could potentially yield a higher price.

One significant topic was the potential auction of a subdivision, which was dependent on the approval of a flood hazard permit. The council intended to sell the subdivision as one piece, implementing a deed restriction to ensure the construction of single-family lots. Further discussions involved the construction of a crosswalk at Sunset and Maple, bidding for Deal Road sidewalks, and the trail between Roller and Sunset.

The council also addressed the reconstruction of a four-way stop at Deal Road, emphasizing the need to trim shrubs that obstruct visibility. They discussed a grant for phase one of Pop Road and the slow progress of a construction project, as well as the funding of a bridge construction aimed at improving pedestrian safety.

Another noteworthy discussion revolved around a potential 5K event at Ino Park. The council considered involving the Jersey Shore Run Club for coordination and promotion of the event. Additionally, the Planning Board approved a 28-apartment complex on Norwood Avenue, designating five units for affordable housing, marking a positive step for area development.

However, the most notable issue was the passing of the cannabis ordinance. Councilman Robert V. Acerra expressed concerns about the hasty passage of the ordinance, alleging a lack of thorough planning and public input. Mayor John P. Napolitani Sr. countered, pointing out the previous public support for medical marijuana and the potential revenue stream for the township.

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.

Mayor:
John P. Napolitani Sr.
City Council Officials:
Sr., Robert V. Acerra, Sr., Margie Donlon, Md, David Fisher, Dc, Kelly Terry

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