**** Borough Meeting Highlights 01-05-2024

**** Borough Meeting Highlights 01-05-2024

Dear West Wildwood Neighbors,

The first monthly borough meeting of 2024 was held on Friday, January 5th at 7:00 pm in the borough hall.  Approximately 11 people were in attendance.   Mayor Ksiazek, Commissioners Banning and Segrest, Municipal Clerk Donna Frederick, Solicitor Lyons and the borough engineers were present.

The borough 2024 calendars are being prepared in-house by our tax staff due to a significant price increase.  Stop in borough hall for your copy.

RESOLUTIONS #2024-001 through #2024-015 relate to the following:

  • Awarding a contract to Crest Construction Group, LLC for parking lot construction at the Bay Avenue playground for $94,800.
  • Awarding a contract for bond counsel to McManimon, Scotland & Baumann. The borough will be billed based on the assigned lawyer’s hourly rate.
  • Awarding a contract for Affordable Housing Administrative Agent to Triad Associates, not to exceed $7,500.
  • Awarding a contract for Labor Counsel to Parker McCay. The BOWW will be billed based on the assigned lawyer’s hourly rate.
  • Appointing Sgt. Dodd as Municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Appointing Sgt. Dodd as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.
  • Appointing Chief Ferentz and Sgt. Dodd as Custodians of Records for the West Wildwood Police Department.
  • Appointing Sgt. Dodd as Code Enforcement Officer for the borough.
  • Appointing Rick Allen as Zoning Officer for the borough.
  • Awarding a contract of approximately $21,000 for Network and Information Technology support to Barber Consulting Services. This falls outside of the standard protocols of the local public contract law due to the niche services provided.
  • Authorizing the Borough of West Wildwood Police Department to participate in a program to acquire excess Department of Defense equipment.
  • Authorizing Mayor Ksiazek and Municipal Clerk Donna Frederick to serve on the Wildwoods’ Board of Directors of the Enterprise Zone Development Corp.
  • Authorizing the borough engineers to begin the design and construction phase for the reconstruction of J Avenue from Poplar to Glenwood Avenues ($64,000).
  • Authorizing the borough engineers to begin the design and construction phase for the bulkhead replacement and stormwater improvements at Neptune Avenue ($69,000).
  • Approve budget transfers for the calendar year 2023.

The commissioner reports were presented, and they will be available in their entirety on the Borough website.  If you would like a copy of any report, please request it via our email address below or OPRA it directly from Borough Hall.

 

PUBLIC WORKS:

  • Maintenance of trucks and police vehicles.
  • Pick up of parks trash, yard waste, dog waste, bulk trash, and island wide street debris.
  • Certification of employees to use the bucket truck.
  • Followed up on seven actions in compliance with PEOSH.
  • Safety training.
  • Set up Christmas decorations.
  • Snowplow and high-water vehicle preparations.
  • Open manholes for inspection.
  • Manhole at the end of Neptune Avenue will be replaced and is included with the Maple Avenue USDA project.
  • Renovation of two additional manholes at end of Neptune Avenue will be included in the 2024 budget. Replacement and renovations are expected to reduce flow rates and reduce CMCMUA sewer charges.

ENGINEERING:

The Borough of West Wildwood has four grant related projects:

  • $400,000 from the County of Cape May will be used for a new bulkhead at Neptune Avenue and storm water management.
  • $90,000 from UEZ will be used for Bay Avenue parking and State Recreational Grants of $75,000 for the playground.
  • $187,000 NJ DOT grant for J Avenue from Poplar to Glenwood Avenues.
  • $169,000 NJ DOT grant for Maple and E Avenues.

 

The USDA Maple Avenue project will be tentatively awarded on January 17, 2024.  The lowest bid was $1,800,000.

The Poplar and G Avenues and the West Pine Avenue projects are close to being officially closed out.

The Lake Avenue bulkhead project will not be closed out until Spring when landscaping is completed.

The borough hall roof project will be sealed (temperature dependent) once the installation of the new air conditioning unit is completed.

The tide flex valve for A Avenue will be installed next week.

FINANCE:

  • Commissioner Segrest thanked all taxpayers as the tax collection rate was approximately 98%.
  • Actual expenses for 2023 were less than 90% of original budgeted funds. Unexpended funds are treated as surplus and will go into the 2024 budget.
  • The Fair Share Housing program information was mailed to homeowners. The program is legitimate and is funded by fees charged on new construction.
  • No updates on The Living Shoreline Project and Flood Mitigation Project.

PUBLIC SAFETY (177 calls for service):

  • One motor vehicle accident as well as two parking complaints/violations.
  • One animal complaint and seven general complaints were noted.
  • There were six medical assists/well-being checks and 103 property checks.
  • Two suspicious person/vehicle/activity.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

  • The Maple Avenue reconstruction project will be awarded on January 17th to the lowest bidder. The NJ public contract law governs this process.  Once the contractor receives the “notice to proceed,” they will have 120 days to complete the project.
  • A resident voiced her concern regarding construction debris and road closures in and around Q and S Avenues. The commissioners indicated that contractors are required to clean up nails and other debris.  If they fail to do so, the borough’s code enforcement officer should be notified.  If a contractor closes a road within the borough for an extended period, the police department should be contacted, and signs posted.
  • The position of code enforcement officer was discussed. The borough does not require, nor could support, a full-time employee position.  Dodd provides this service on his days off from the borough’s police department position.  He provides courtroom experience and can testify if required.
  • A resident complimented the commissioners on the holiday lights and décor.
  • Although the borough received a grant for J Avenue, it does not address the flood prone area from Pine to the condominiums. This portion of J Avenue is on the commissioners’ radar and could be a priority.
  • The mayor will meet with the designers of the existing playground to get their input on shade cover, new equipment, handicap accessibility, ramps, etc.
  • The UEZ update from the mayor includes new bikes racks and trash receptacles to be installed in the spring and an informational sign at borough hall which should arrive by February 1st.
  • The 2024 UEZ allotment is $137,000.
  • Beach cleanup tends to be a manual process as it is difficult to get equipment onto the beach. NJ state required newly installed bulkheads which impede clean up with the borough’s existing equipment.  It was suggested to set up community service volunteer days.  The commissioners will discuss this with the borough solicitor.
  • The beach hand railing extension is on hold. This will be discussed after the storm season.
  • The dredging work has begun in Wildwood.

We encourage you to listen to the audio from the meeting to have a better understanding of actual comments.

We requested the commissioners use microphones in the future to improve the audio portion of these highlights.

Best regards,
The CTWWW Advisory Council

Trish Sinnott – President
Mary Anne Welsh – Secretary
Jim Bannan – Director
Susan Czwalina – Treasurer
Vacant – Vice President
Vacant – Director
Vacant – Director
Vacant – Director



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