Long Beach Township’s Board of Commissioners adopted the municipality’s 2018 budget at its monthly meeting on Monday, April 9. The spending plan includes total general appropriations of $30,640,000, with the amount to be raised by municipal taxes $18,981,531, an increase of .004 percent. Last year’s budget came in at $27,842,000, with $18,528,202 raised by taxes.
For property owners, the municipal purpose tax on an average assessed home in the township – which is currently $936,465 – will increase by $37.46.
Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi, who oversees revenue and finance, explained the open space levy approved in last November’s referendum will add another $93.65 to the tax bill for the average assessed residence.
Lattanzi also noted Monday that the Island-wide transportation system, which begins Memorial Day weekend, will now include a small fee. One-way shuttle rides from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. will cost $2, or passengers can pay $5 for unlimited rides until 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., a one-way ride will be $5, or pay $10 for unlimited rides until the shuttles stop operating. Riders must have exact change to purchase a ticket.
During the summer the buses will run until 11 p.m. or midnight Sunday through Wednesday, until approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and until about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Mayor Joseph Mancini said officials will consider season passes and other ticket options after this summer. “We’ll see where the data leads,” Lattanzi remarked.
As Mancini also explained at the meeting, a project to dredge Little Egg Inlet and replenish beaches in Holgate and Beach Haven is complete, and the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection is requesting that the U.S. Coast Guard mark the channel in the inlet once again. (See related story in this issue.)
Administrator Kyle Ominski noted that pumping has begun for restoration work from 31st to 57th street in Brant Beach, funded by the federal Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program. Contractor Weeks Marine is repairing beaches in Surf City and Harvey Cedars as well.
The work in Brant Beach should conclude by May.
A project to replace the terminal groin in Holgate is in the final design stages. “We’re still about six months away from the permitting process,” the mayor stated, “but we’re getting there.”
Earliest construction of the new groin would likely not begin until sometime in 2019.
Commissioner Ralph Bayard announced that a residential document shredding day will be held on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the St. Francis Community Center, at 4700 Long Beach Blvd. in Brant Beach.
Meanwhile, the county’s household hazardous waste disposal program is scheduled for June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Stafford Township Public Works Garage at 320 Hay Rd. in Manahawkin. Pre-registration is required. Call 609-987-0913 to register.
For more information on either program, visit longbeachtownship.com or call the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047.
Also during Monday’s meeting, Mancini invited Tracey Schmidt of the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol to speak about the passing of the patrol’s Chief Jon Harrison. “Jon’s legacy inspires others, and he will be missed,” said Schmidt, who pointed out that Harrison had worked as a firefighter and EMT with the Tucson Fire Department.
As a post on the LBTBP Facebook page stated, “Chief Harrison, 60, served the residents and visitors of Long Beach Township honorably for nearly two decades as an ocean lifeguard and officer.
“Jon was the embodiment of a humble hero with a kind servant’s soul who brought years of public safety expertise to the shores of Long Beach Island,” the post explains. “Chief’s passion for the ocean fueled his unwavering desire to protect those who ventured out into her waters. Numerous LBTBP ocean lifeguards were fortunate enough to witness firsthand just how Chief Harrison redefined strength, tenacity and grit. Jon devoted much of his life to being in the service of others, saving the lives of countless individuals on our island.
“Rest easy, Chief. We’ve got it from here.”
Harrison is survived by his wife, Dana, son Jeremy and daughter-in-law Kaitlin, and grandson Ryder.
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch
Reposted from The Sandpaper