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Minutes of Special Commissioners Meeting   -   July 26, 2006

Note:  Complete "Special" Meeting Appears on Tape #21-06  on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office July 26, 2006
Wildwood Crest, NJ

Prior to the opening of the meeting, Mr. Groon led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

The meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Borough of Wildwood Crest, Cape May County , New Jersey , was held in the Municipal Court Room at 7:00 p.m.  On roll call the following answered to their names:

Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

Mr. Groon read the following statement:  In compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, the notice requirements have been satisfied as to the time, place and date of holding said meeting by posting notice on the bulletin board in the Borough Hall and by mailing same to the Gazette-Leader and The Press on November 10, 2005.

 

Mr. Groon next announced the one-way in and the one-way out method of ingress and egress in case of emergency.

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1015

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING CHAPTER 32A, FEES, GENERAL, OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY , AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 991 ADOPTED DECEMBER 21, 2005

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1015 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 302-06

(Authorizing cancellation of purchase of two Ford Focuses

off State Contract)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 303-06

(Authorizing purchase off State Contract of two Ford Tauruses

at the not to exceed cost of $12,133 per vehicle)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 304-06

(Authorizing refund in the amount of $1200 for a street opening permit

to South Jersey Gas Co. due to cancellation of request)

 

Prior to a motion being made, Mrs. Gould stated that it was originally her opinion that the Borough should waive the $400.00 application fee for South Jersey Gas and, in fact, that the entire fee should be waived. The Clerk indicated that the pending resolution is for a refund of $1,200 without waiver of the $400.00 application fee. He went on to state that the $400.00 fee is required by ordinance to cover the costs associated with work performed by the Borough Engineer’s Office and municipal staff in connection with these applications. Mrs. Gould stated that the Borough Engineer’s letter requesting this refund indicated that the volume of permits executed and fees paid by South Jersey Gas should be considered when determining whether to refund the full $1,600.00 paid. The Clerk asked if such a privilege should be granted to a large entity over a single individual. Mr. Cabrera asked for clarification that an affirmative vote on this resolution would refund $1,200.00 to South Jersey Gas and retain the $400.00 application fee as required by ordinance. The Clerk responded in the affirmative.

There being no further discussion, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-No                                                Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 305-06

(Authorizing issuance of a Raffle License under Application No. RA-91,

to the Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 306-06

(Authorizing revision of Special Events Application form and certain

requirements appertaining thereto pursuant to the provisions of

Borough Ordinance No. 936)

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 307-06

(Authorizing issuance of a Special Events Permit to Plast Ukrainian Youth

Organization for the purpose of holding a volleyball/bocci ball tournament

on August 26, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Crocus Road beach)

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 308-06

(Authorizing support for the “Mayors’ Wellness Campaign”)

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 309-06

(Authorizing refund to Antoinette Cole, John D. Gooley and Deborah

Milward in the amount of $20 each for withdrawal from summer

basketball program)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 310-06

(Authorizing refund to Kevin Stuski in the amount of $200 for withdrawal

of his child from Pier Playmates Summer Day Camp due to injury)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 311-06

(Authorizing the CFO to void certain checks in the total amount of $2,613.05)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 312-06

(Authorizing combination of certain issues of bonds into a single issue of

general bonds aggregating $6 million in principal amount)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 313-06

(Authorizing form and other details of the $6 million general bond sale)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all bills properly authorized, as submitted and which appear in full on the following page, be paid.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all reports received, from the Court Administrator, Tax Collector and Chief of Police, be read and filed, and that the detailed financial report prepared by the CFO as of June 30, 2006 be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk indicated that the closed session minutes of July 12, 2006 were being removed from consideration for approval as they were still under review.

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the minutes of meetings held June 28 and July 12, 2006, as well as closed session minutes of June 28, 2006 be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

The Clerk reported to the Board of Commissioners that he had received an e-mail from Commissioner Cabrera, received by him from Mark Blauer, indicating that there appears to be approximately $250,000 in grant funds for improvements to the fishing pier. He added that should it be the desire of the Commissioners to make an application, formal authorization of the Board would be required. He went on to state that the Engineer’s estimate for reconstruction of the pier was in the vicinity of $1.3 million. Mr. Cabrera interjected that the estimate was $1.255 and if the Borough does some of the work in-house, the estimate was $915,500. Mr. Cabrera continued that Mr. Blauer was suggesting that part of the project would be to make the pier ADA compliant. The ceiling for the grant is $400,000 and it is Mr. Blauer’s opinion that at least $225,000 would be achievable against the projected $915,000 cost of the project. Mr. Cabrera also suggested that perhaps the Borough could make an application to the Cape May County Open Space Review Board for additional funding for the project.

 

Mrs. Gould inquired if the Open Space Review Board had not already made their allocations for 2006. Mr. Cabrera responded that he was not sure, but it was his understanding that projects are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Mr. Groon indicated that an issue he would see with the project would be “where are we going with this?” He inquired as to what the ultimate goal for the site would be. He also inquired as to the timeframe on the current grant application. Mr. Cabrera responded that with regard to the $225,000 grant application, a resolution would be required from the governing body no later than August 2, 2006 in order to apply prior to the August 7, 2006 deadline. Mr. Cabrera added that Mr. Blauer had indicated that the Borough has “a good case” for at least $225,000 if not more because of the fact that the pier would be opened to the public and being made ADA compliant. Mrs. Gould inquired as to exactly what would be opened to the public. Mr. Cabrera responded that it would be the actual pier structure where it meets the bicycle path and also to include a ramp that would allow access to the beach.

 

Mr. Groon inquired if the estimates on bringing the pier ADA compliant was approximately $250,000. The Clerk responded in the affirmative. Mr. Groon stated that bringing the pier ADA compliant would be a must if the Borough were to continue to operate the pier. Mr. Groon added that he would like to see if the Borough could figure out a way to keep the pier without putting a lot of money into it and costing the taxpayers money. He asked if there were any other chances of getting grants “down the road.” Mr. Cabrera responded that he had asked that question since sometimes it would be cheaper to demolish the structure and build a new one. In this instance, to build a similar pier would be a much more significant cost, perhaps as much a double the cost. Therefore, it would be cheaper to upgrade the existing pier. Mr. Groon inquired if bringing the pier ADA compliant would also make the pier structurally safe and secure. Mr. Cabrera responded in the affirmative.

 

Mr. Cabrera added that “it is such an icon” that it should be saved. Mrs. Gould added that it will soon be the only thing left from “a long time ago” and it should definitely stay. She added she still does not know what the ultimate use of the pier will be. Mr. Cabrera responded that he has some ideas, but this is not the time to discuss those ideas. The current objective is to bring the pier into compliance. Mr. Groon stated that even if the Commissioner should approve the present grant application, it would not guarantee the funding. The Clerk advised that it would simply authorize the advertisement for a hearing to be held, and that is the direction Mr. Blauer is requesting if you intend to apply for the ADA compliant grant funding. Mr. Cabrera added that the Borough would apply for the full $400,000 and hope for at least $255,000. The Clerk added that there may have to be a special meeting to authorize the formal resolutions to be adopted even if the Commissioners should make an informal motion at this meeting. He asked for a “contingent motion” on the authorizations to be provided for Mr. Blauer to pursue the funding and schedule the necessary hearings, and then to formalize the matter either at a special meeting or at the next regular meeting of the Commissioners, depending upon the required timelines. Mr. Groon stated that he would like to “take a shot” at the funding.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that authorization be provided for Mr. Blauer to pursue the funding and schedule the necessary hearings to bring the pier into ADA compliance and structural soundness.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mr. Cabrera reported that the 9-10 year old Greater Wildwood Little League girls softball team won the District 16 Championship for the first time ever.

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the meeting be adjourned.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        August 23, 2006

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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