**** Borough Meeting Highlights 02-02-2024

**** Borough Meeting Highlights 02-02-2024

Dear West Wildwood Neighbors,

The second monthly borough meeting of 2024 was held on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm in the borough hall.  Approximately 20 people were in attendance.   Mayor Ksiazek, Commissioner Banning, Municipal Clerk Donna Frederick, Deputy Clerk Carl O’Hala, Solicitor Lyons and the borough engineers were present.

ORDINANCES:

  • Ordinance #619 (2024) – first reading/introduction – Amending the borough’s land development ordinance. (2nd reading 03/01/24).
  • Ordinance #620 (2024) – first reading/introduction – establishing the borough’s sewer connection fees and sewer charges. This related to new construction hookups and will allow the borough to begin billing for sewer service in the first quarter after it is hooked up.  (2nd reading 03/01/24).

 

RESOLUTIONS #2024-017 through #2024-024 relate to the following:

 

  • Awarding a contract to James Rutala & Associates, LLC for planning and grant consultant services. The contract will not exceed $15,000.
  • Authorizing an intra-county mutual aid and assistance agreement with Cape May County. This allows the borough to share equipment with the county and other municipalities within the county during an emergency.
  • Appointing Donna Frederick to the Cape May County Animal Shelter Advisory Board expiring August 2026.
  • Authorizing In Rem foreclosure action at 735 North Drive.
  • Authorizing the refund of escrow funds for the property at 634 ½ W. Maple Avenue.
  • Authorizing the filing of the 2023 recycling tonnage grant.
  • Awarding $16,300 contract to Carter GeoScience LLC for Phase II environmental site investigation at the old railroad bed.
  • Authorizing the borough engineer to proceed with engineering services, bidding support and construction phase services of the borough municipal building roof overlay at $20,000.

 

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:

  • Routine maintenance and vehicles inspections.
  • Pick up park trash, yard waste, dog waste, bulk trash, and island-wide street debris removal.
  • Remove Christmas decorations and trees.
  • Pick up salt at the county for winter weather preparedness.
  • Prime and paint new informational sign.
  • Borough maintenance.

ENGINEERING:

Update on the (5) grant related projects:

  1. $400,000 from the County of Cape May will be used for a new bulkhead at Neptune Avenue and storm water management. Pre-design will be prepared for the bulkhead. The project may also include a new floodgate and roadwork.
  2. UEZ of $90,000 for Bay Avenue parking and the State Recreational Grant of $77,000 for the playground should begin in March and be completed by spring. Additional playground equipment needs to be selected.
  3. $187,000 NJ DOT grant for J Avenue from Poplar to Glenwood Avenues.
  4. $169,000 NJ DOT grant for west end of Maple and E Avenues.
  5. A new NJ DOT grant application will be submitted by June. The location will be discussed at the next workshop meeting. Commissioners are aware of the problems with the south end of J Avenue.
  • The USDA Maple Avenue project will begin on February 12th with a deadline of May 22, 2024. A public meeting was held. Traffic flow will be disrupted. The roadway will be pulverized. Although this will result in a messy work area, it is believed this will expedite the process.
  • Poplar and G Avenues and the West Pine Avenue projects are awaiting processing to close out.
  • Lake Avenue bulkhead project: Benches were ordered, quotes have gone out for sod and sprinkler systems.  Striping and survey work needs to be completed.  This project will be completed by summer.
  • A new rooftop A/C unit was installed for the police department. The contractor will return and examine the other units.  Bids will go out for a liquid roof on the borough hall building. The project should be completed by summer.

 

As a follow up to a discussion on bulkheads, the commissioners have contracted with Remington & Vernick.  Public complaints regarding faulty bulkheads will be turned over to the code enforcement officer.  Remington & Vernick will evaluate the faulty bulkhead and determine what should be done to repair and correct.

FINANCE (reported by Municipal Clerk in Commissioner Segrest’s absence):

  • The BOWW Annual Debt Statement was filed.
  • The Annual Financial Statement is in process.
  • The annual budget will be introduced at the March 1st monthly borough meeting.
  • The USDA Maple Avenue project was awarded to South State in the amount of approximately $2.250 million. This project includes the replacement of the manhole at the end of Neptune Avenue.  This is believed to be the source of the excess flow rates and will be replaced first.
  • No updates on The Fair Share Housing Program, The Living Shoreline Project, and Flood Mitigation Project.

PUBLIC SAFETY (571 calls for service):

  • Two motor vehicle stops as well as eight parking complaints/violations.
  • Two arrests, one animal complaint and two general complaints were noted.
  • There were seven medical assists/well-being checks and 372 property checks.
  • Six local ordinance violations.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

  • Despite being reported in Spout Off, the borough does not have a warming station at the West Wildwood Fire House. The county runs two warming centers:  Seashore Community Church and The Branches Outreach Center.
  • The Land Development Ordinance #619 (2024) will be formally transmitted to the Planning Board for the board’s concurrence and then final adoption will occur after the public hearing at the next borough meeting.
  • A resident expressed concern about the damage to the borough streets because of the new gas lines. Holes have not been backfilled properly, many more holes have been punched and a curb has been cracked.  He suggested prior to any work done, the borough should video tape the existing condition of the streets.  The borough engineer said an inspector is on the job full time and the gas company will mill and pave the roads impacted from curb to curb.
  • A resident expressed concern with parking violations, lack of signage and faded or no yellow paint on curbs. She believes that parking will cause poor visibility at corners and cyclists are at risk.  The mayor will work with Public Works to improve the situation.
  • A resident questioned if the county intends to repave Glenwood Avenue. The municipal clerk will inquire with the county, but she has not heard of any planned roadwork for Glenwood Avenue. The county does have a plan to replace (3) flood valves.
  • The mayor is requesting bids for benches with shade covering at the playground.
  • Thirteen parking spots will be added at the playground and four at the beach, including a van accessible/handicap spot at both locations.
  • 26th Avenue and Lake Road is in North Wildwood and currently is being used for the dredging project.
  • There was a lengthy discussion of the sewer rates because of an opinion letter published in The Cape May County Herald. The borough uses a flat rate per unit to bill sewer fees. Surrounding municipalities use flat rates, actual water usage, or a combination of flat rate with excess water usage billed at a higher rate. It is believed the replacement of the manhole will help with the island’s inflow and infiltration problem.  The current administration believes the current flat rate billing is the most equitable billing method at this time and will continue to repair, replace, and make improvements to the existing manholes and sewer lines. They will reevaluate the existing billing method in the future.  Please refer to the “Sewer Information Tab” on the borough website for more information. Also, the audio from the meeting is approximately 1 ¼ hours long.  If you would like to hear the sewer discussion, please listen to the last 40 minutes of the audio to understand the full discussion on the sewer issues facing the island.

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

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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