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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   July 23, 2008

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tape #21-08  on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office July 23, 2008
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 7, 2007.

 

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

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1062 be placed on second reading and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1062

AN ORDINANCE AUGMENTING AND AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST – CHAPTER 85 ARTICLE II – DEFINITIONS – SECTION 85-11 – DWELLING, DWELLING DUPLEX, DWELLING MULTI-FAMILY; PERMITTED USES – HOTEL/MOTEL; ARTICLE III – ZONING DISTRICTS – RULES AND REGULATIONS – SECTION 85-19T – PROHIBITED USES – CONVERSION OF HOTELS OR MOTELS INTO MULTI-FAMILY DWELLINGS; ARTICLE XI – HOTEL-MOTEL AND MULTI-FAMILY ZONE – SECTION 85-57 – PERMITTED USES; SECTION 85-60(G) AREA & BULK REGULATIONS – HOTEL/MOTEL BUFFER ZONE; ARTICLE XIV – EXCEPTIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS – SECTION 85-68(D) – ACCESSORY BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES AND USES; SECTION 85-73(C) - EXCEPTIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS TO BULK AND AREA REGULATIONS – NUMBER OF BUILDINGS RESTRICTED; ARTICLE XV – DESIGN STANDARDS FOR SUBDIVISIONS AND SITE PLANS – SECTION 85-89(D) – PARKING, LOADING, STORAGE AND RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS, IMPROVEMENTS/ADDITIONS TO EXISTING HOTEL/MOTEL; AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1013 ADOPTED APRIL 4, 2007 AND ORDINANCE NO. 983 ADOPTED OCTOBER 28, 2005.

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1062.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1062 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 806-08

(Authorizing relocation of administrative staff on the first floor of Borough Hall)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 807-08

(Authorizing the execution of an Interlocal services contract with the County of Cape May in conjunction with the Joint Venture Program, and for which the Borough shall receive $59,119 in funding from the County for rehabilitation of the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 808-08

(Authorizing the issuance of a Special Events Permit to Karen Masarachia for the purpose of holding a wedding ceremony on the beach at Stanton Road on August 1, 2008)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 809-08

(Authorizing extension of the grace period for the payment of 2008 third quarter taxes to August 18, 2008 as a direct result of a delay caused by the County of Cape May and/or State of New Jersey )

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 810-08

(Authorizing Triad Associates to submit a joint application for the Borough to participate with the City of Wildwood, City of North Wildwood, and borough of West Wildwood for Wildwoods Regional Centers of Place Designation, the Borough’s Phase I cost being $14,580)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 811-08

(Rescinding Borough Resolution No. 801-08 and authorizing the award of Professional Services contract with Glen Ortman of Ford Scott Associates as Borough Auditor)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 812-08

(Authorizing submission of an application to the NJ Enterprise Zone Authority for fiscal year 2008-09)

 

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. 813-08

(Authorizing a lease agreement with Wildwood Catholic High School for the purpose of holding a baseball clinic on Borough-owned fields)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 814-08

(Authorizing Notice to Bidders for Street Excavations Trench Restoration)

 

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 attached hereto, be paid.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all reports received, from the Court Administrator, CFO, Tax Collector, Chief of Police and Recreation Supervisor for the month ending June 30, 2008 be accepted as presented and filed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the minutes of meetings held May 28, June 11, June 16, and July 9, 2008, as well as the closed sessions of May 28, June 11, and July 9, 2008 be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the taxi cab license for April Trost to operate Caribbean Cab Company in the Borough of Wildwood Crest be approved.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk indicated that the first matter for discussion was the Rambler Road Park Project. He reported that he had received from the Borough Engineer, and had circulated to the governing body, CFO and Solicitor, revisions to the cost estimates as well as the conceptual plan. Mr. Cabrera summarized the revisions by stating that the turn-around area was removed, the existing gazebo will remain, the existing bike shop will remain, and the area adjacent to the Nesbitt Center will have bathrooms added. Mr. Cabrera went on to state that it was his opinion that a large portion of the work can be done “in house” by Public Works, excluding the parking area.

 

Mr. Groon addressed the issue of the new location for the bathrooms. He asked if the other Commissioners had any comments on the new location. He stated that the choice of locations is “extremely limited.”

 

Mr. Groon also addressed the issue of the number of parking spaces. He indicated that there is a question of whether there is a need for 110 parking spaces, since there is no parking problem during the week; that it is only a problem during summer weekends and special events. Additionally, the larger parking lot would reduce the size of frontage on Ocean Avenue for events. He suggested that the parking lot be moved northerly and have a more open area around the gazebo. The Engineer inquired if Mr. Groon was suggesting moving it to between Primrose and Mrytle. Mr. Groon responded in the affirmative, adding that it would be “half of it.” Mr. Cabrera stated that there would still be plenty of parking. The Clerk interjected that the access point would be off of Primrose Road rather than in between Primrose and Myrtle. Mr. Groon suggested moving the entrance to the middle of the block. The Engineer responded that it would be better at a street end. Mrs. Gould stated that Mr. Groon’s suggestion would reduce the number of spaces from 142 to 120. It was Mr. Cabrera’s opinion that the Engineer will have to rework the plans.

 

Mr. Groon indicated that he would like to retain the “drop off” area in the parking lot and asked  if there were any other comments or suggestions. Mr. Cabrera responded that his comments concerned the Nesbitt Center and the bathrooms. He added that the area in front of the Nesbitt Center will become a nice place to park bicycles, and he suggested that the Historical Society be moved from the Crest Pier, create a museum and have the information center and museum work together in that space. Mrs. Gould responded that the Historical Society has numerous archives and memorabilia, and it was her opinion that there would not be sufficient space at the Nesbitt Center . Mr. Cabrera indicated that there is a storage area that could be utilized. Mr. Groon added that there are 2800 square feet. Mr. Cabrera went on to state that the museum needs 850 square feet. Mrs. Gould added that there would have to be heat installed because those materials “can’t stand the cold.” She stated further that the Historical Society is not a part of Wildwood Crest and is a separate entity.  Mr. Cabrera stated that his idea would be to merge the museum and the information center together in order to preserve the history of Wildwood Crest and make that a part of the Borough rather than a volunteer society. Mrs. Gould stated that it would be something to think about.

 

It was decided that the Engineer would rework the plans to reconfigure the parking area. The Clerk stated that the plan is still significantly over budget, and the issue of reducing that portion of the parking area is important to the cost factor, but he added that discussions with the Engineer called for elimination of any work on the playground. He stated that the plan called for bathrooms and the parking lot, and that was to be sufficient to get the Borough to the $1.1M goal. Mr. Groon agreed, but inquired of the Engineer where the proposed entrance to the bike path was included in the cost estimate provided. The Engineer responded that it was included under “Parking Lot Miscellaneous” on the cost estimate. Mr. Cabrera stated that the cost estimate for the parking lot was $917,000. The Engineer responded that that includes more than just the parking lot; that it includes other items associated with the bike turn around and concrete walkways. Mr. Cabrera asked if reducing the size of the parking lot by one-third would eliminate one-third of the cost estimate. The Engineer responded that it probably would not, but would eliminate some of that cost. Mr. Cabrera stated that the playground needs resurfacing. Mr. Groon indicated that the playground was not part of the plan. Mr. Cabrera said he thought it was part of the grant. Mr. Groon responded that the grant was for handicapped parking and bathrooms only. The Clerk suggested that the Engineer provide a cost estimate after the elimination of that portion of the parking lot suggested by Mr. Groon from a standpoint of the overall project. He cautioned that he believed the project would still remain over budget.

 

Mr. Groon inquired of the Engineer whether the parking lot and bathrooms plan would be sufficient for the state CAFRA application, and whether the playground could be added at a later time without making another application. The Engineer responded that the playground surface or equipment could be changed without an application as long as the site is not modified. Mr. Groon stated that, in that event, the Commissioners will have to be positive about what they want before approving the plan. The Engineer suggested “going in with a bigger plan” and then phase the project, because if there is any chance the Borough will need to do more substantive work at a later date another CAFRA permit will be required.

 

The Engineer asked if the goal is to get the project down to $1.1 million. Mr. Groon responded that that is the goal, and if the Borough does get some grants, then some alternates may be included. He added that the elimination of half of the parking lot would be helpful toward achieving that goal.

 

Mr. Cabrera summarized by stating that they would be asking the Engineer to try to figure out where more green space can be located, reduce the number of parking spaces in order to get the parking lot cost down, whether that be half a block or a full block.

 

Mrs. Schaffer of 7100 Ocean Avenue requested that “adult” bike racks be placed at the beach pier. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Borough is in the process of obtaining those.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        August 27, 2008

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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