24 Jan **** Borough Meeting Highlights 1-07-2022
Dear West Wildwood Neighbors,
The first monthly borough meeting of 2022 was held on Friday, January 7 at 7:00 pm in Borough Hall. Approximately 15 people were in attendance. Mayor Ksiazek, Commissioners Banning and Segrest, Municipal Clerk Donna Frederick, Deputy Clerk Carl O’Hala and Solicitor Lyons were present.
- Ordinance #599 (2022) – first reading: Amending the land use regulations. Public hearing scheduled for March 4 borough meeting
- Ordinance #600 (2022) – first reading: Repealing Ordinance #558 (2017) relating to sewer rates. Public hearing scheduled for February 4 borough meeting
Resolutions #2022-001 through #2022-006 relate to the following:
- Appointing a new borough administrator, Donna L. Frederick
- Authorizing WWW Police Department to request and purchase excess Department of Defense equipment
- Awarding various legal counsel by non-fair and open contracts relating to Affordable Housing matter (special counsel) and labor counsel
- Application to the Local Finance Board to continue temporary financing regarding the Poplar Avenue project
- Authorizing the appointment of a municipal court, Judge Cafiero
- Authorizing special labor counsel, Parker McCay
The commissioners each presented their reports, and they will be available in their entirety on the Borough website. If you would like a copy of any reports, please request it via our email below or you can OPRA it directly from Borough Hall.
- 121 work orders completed for the month of December.
- Flooding on the south side of the island from storms recently resulted in overtime for the department. Work continues on J Ave. It is the responsibility of the condominiums and two adjacent properties.
- There was a slight roof leak in Borough Hall from ice jams which was addressed.
- The 26th Street pump will need to be replaced in the future as it is 6 years old.
- The A Avenue project (repaving) is ready to begin and homeowners will be notified shortly.
- The Police and Tax Departments ADA ramp bids have come in higher than expected and additional funding will be sought.
- The manhole restoration project – two specific manholes have been identified by the engineering firm as needing to be relined (intersection of Pine & O Avenue and Neptune &
Maple). This should help with the infiltration and inflow problem. Working in the next two weeks or so to identify three additional manholes and plans are to move quickly.
- Bulkhead replacement have been identified and narrowed down to two (bulkhead at Lake Avenue – $160,000 refundable grant was received from the NJ Department of Transportation and the bulkhead at Neptune Avenue)
- USDA application regarding Maple Avenue will be submitted.
- Looking into dredging as part of the resiliency project which will help the whole island.
- A “Jones Act” process will be started for municipal lien assignment. There are 15 municipal liens. Notices will be mailed to the property owners. One of the properties on the other side of the railroad owes approximately $100,000 in back fees.
- The 2021 year closed with approximately $297,000 in surplus which goes towards 2022 budget.
- The annual sewer bill will increase from $750/year to $870/year (16% increase) per connection. Your next three sewer bills will be $227.50/quarter.
- Residents were reminded to call the police department if you would like your property checked and there is a drop box for prescription medications in the lobby of the police department.
- An update was requested regarding the charges filed against a borough police officer. It is an ongoing investigation by the Cape May County prosecutor’s office.
- The commissioners will discuss the possibility of virtual access to the borough monthly meetings for those who cannot attend but, it seems unlikely.
- Congratulations were voiced regarding the Borough Clerk’s dual position as both Clerk and Administrator. Additional support staff will be hired to help in the front office. This staff individual will be budgeted for this year.
- The Beautification Fund was presented with another check in the amount of $960 which the commissioners were unaware of. The clerk confirmed receipt of the money.
We urge you to listen to the audio from the meeting to have a better understanding of actual comments .
Stay safe as always,
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