Wildwood Crest Council Advances Infrastructure and Environmental Measures

During a recent Wildwood Crest Borough Council meeting, a series of ordinances and resolutions were passed, addressing issues ranging from parking and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to feral cats and dune protection. Among the most significant actions taken were the approval of paid parking zones, establishment of EV charging stations, and opposition to New Jersey’s new proposed Shore protection rule.

The council passed Ordinance 1424, which sets the framework for paid parking zones within the borough. This ordinance was subjected to public scrutiny, with concerns raised about the hours of operation and limitations on parking duration. Despite the concerns, the ordinance was passed on second and final reading.

Following the parking discussion, the council moved to pass Ordinance 1425, which pertains to the installation of EV charging stations. Queries from the public about the location and utilization of these charging stations were addressed, clarifying that the charging facilities would be situated at the new arts building and equipped with fast chargers compatible with standard cars.

In addition to the resolutions, the council also addressed various community concerns. A member of the public brought up the issue of feral cats in the dunes, proposing the implementation of signs to discourage feeding them. The council acknowledged the feral cat population’s impact on the local ecosystem and mentioned an existing spay-and-neuter program. They agreed to engage with animal control to address this concern further.

The meeting also focused on larger-scale projects and grants, such as the Dune project, which is expected to be 95% complete by January 1, 2023, and anticipated to commence in 2025. The council discussed infrastructure improvements along New Jersey Avenue, the public works roof, and the capacity of bas light outfalls. The enforcement of fines for uncovered dumpsters at construction sites was touched upon, as well as the actions against habitual developers who fail to comply with regulations.

During the public comments section, questions arose regarding the amount of fines collected from dumpster coverings and the measures taken against repeat-offending developers. The council committed to consulting with code enforcement officials to provide the requested details.

In terms of community events and recognitions, the meeting shed light on the Wildwood basketball teams’ championship run and an event at the Crest ARS Pavilion. Additionally, it was announced that the Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Company had received a $75,000 grant for personal protective equipment through the American Rescue Plan for firefighters.

The meeting was not solely focused on passing ordinances and discussing resolutions. The safety coordinator presented a report highlighting that only three workers’ compensation claims had been filed to date. A safety celebration held on December 19th at the Wildwood Recreation Center rewarded borough employees with a $2500 award for maintaining safe practices.

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.
Don Cabrera
City Council Officials:
Joseph Franco Jr., Joseph M. Schiff

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