Minutes of Special Commissioners Meeting - June 3, 2010
Prior to the opening of the meeting, Mr. Groon led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Borough of Wildwood Crest, Cape May County, New Jersey, was held in the Municipal Court Room at 5:00 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 special meeting by posting notice on the bulletin board in the Borough Hall and by mailing and fax transmitting same to the Gazette-Leader, the Herald and The Press on Tuesday, May 21, 2010 as to the Ocean Management Plan and again on May 25, 2010 with respect to the Rambler Road Park Project..
Mr. Groon next announced the one-way in and the one-way out method of ingress and egress in case of emergency.
The first matter for discussion was the Oceanfront Management Plan. The Clerk indicated that the firm of Lomax Consulting Group, as well as the Borough Engineer, were present for the discussion.
Mr. Cabrera explained to those present that the Borough had experienced severe beach damage due to severe storms over the winter months, and an emergency project to re-grade the beach was necessary. In conjunction with obtaining the necessary permits to complete the work, the Borough is also working on an Individual (IP) beach maintenance permit. The NJDEP has placed certain conditions on the permit that the Borough does not agree with. The Borough was asking for input from various agencies, local organizations, and the general public in order to formulate an Oceanfront Management Plan for the Borough to present to the NJDEP.
The Clerk stated that a formal process would be required to adopt an Oceanfront Management Plan, including the adoption of an ordinance, and the purpose of this meeting was to present a proposal and to obtain suggestions from the public.
Mr. Groon stated that he had received a telephone call from a representative of the NJDEP who indicated that it would not be a problem to formulate a plan to accommodate the Borough’s beach maintenance program.
Kristin Wildman of Lomax Consulting Group, in conjunction with the Borough’s Engineer, made a presentation regarding a beach management plan for the Borough. The plan included work that had already been concluded to re-grade the beach, the plan for moving forward by establishing a dune system south of Rambler Road, and by securing authorization from the NJDEP to rake longer and for more than 300 square feet due to width of our beaches. Ms. Wildman added that the current Seapointe Village dune system is the state model.
After the presentation, Mr. Groon commented that one of things the Borough is trying to accomplish is to be eligible for different types of federal monies. It will be the Borough’s purpose to raise the issue of the outfall, and will be aggressive in that approach. He went on to state that sand being placed on the beaches to the north of Wildwood Crest, beach restoration projects, is making its way to the Borough’s beaches.
At this time, Mr. Groon invited public comments to the plan. Peter Cava, 210 East St. Louis Avenue, commented on the plan, specifically with construction of new dune areas and their height levels and about access through the dunes.
Robert Young, 207 E. Louisville Avenue, expressed concern over all of the recent (costly) changes initiated by the Borough with respect to our beaches, when he saw no significant changes in the configuration of the beach dating all the way back to the 1930s. Mr. Groon responded that many things are changing and the Borough is the recipient of consequences based upon actions taken by others, including beach replenishment projects to the north of Wildwood Crest.
Mr. Cabrera asked those present to pass along the materials presented by Ms. Wildman, with a number of copies being available and circulated to those present, to their neighbors requesting that letters be written asking for support for the Borough’s plan.
The Clerk lastly advised all present that eventual adoption of an Oceanfront Management Plan would finally provide the Borough with “an engineered beach”, which is critical in obtaining state and federal funds – especially FEMA reimbursement, in the event of any disasters.
There being no further discussion regarding the Oceanfront Management Plan, Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the meeting be recessed for five minutes.
The next matter for discussion was the Rambler Road Park Project.
The Borough Engineer presented a draft plan for the review of the governing body. The Clerk indicated that the draft contained the latest revisions to the project plans. He added that the cost estimate had also been provided to the governing body. He stated that the total amount available for the project at this time was the sum of $1,622,000, less the Engineer’s May bill.
The revised plan changes the May 21, 2010 plan and cost estimate to enable: relocation of the bicycle turnaround to the area around the gazebo; demolish existing bicycle concession rental building; install pre-fab building just east of Rambler between current bike path and gazebo to house new bike stand on the westerly portion and ADA compliant restrooms on easterly side; eliminate playground enhancement; retain Nesbitt Center for tourism and storage, and landscape the entire site. The cost estimate was as follows:
Funding balance $1,622,000
New bike stand and bathrooms, including plumbing - 400,000
New turnaround including all necessary entrance/exit paths - 250,000
Landscaping - 100,000
Engineering - 100,000
remaining for Crest Pier roof
Mr. Groon asked for comments from Mrs. Gould and Mr. Cabrera. Mrs. Gould commented that the Nesbitt Center is large enough to accommodate the plan for storage. Her only concern was whether the planned bike stand would be large enough for future growth. Mr. Groon responded that it was his opinion that it was not an issue. She also had some questions of the Engineer regarding landscaping.
Mr. Cabrera stressed that the funds are already in place and no new funding would be required.
Mr. Cabrera inquired as to the timeline for the grant. Mr. Groon responded that the plan would have to be submitted to the NJDEP. It was his understanding that the borough must be under contract for the ADA improvements by September to avoid losing the grant funding.
There was further discussion regarding the revised plan.
Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, to approve the revised plan.
There being no further matters for discussion, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the meeting be adjourned.
Dated: June 23, 2010
Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk