Minutes of Special Commissioners Meeting - May 27, 2015
Prior to the opening of the Special 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 May 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Mr. Groon next announced the one-way in and the one-way out method of ingress and egress in case of emergency.
It was noted that no other business, discussion, or public comments will be permitted at this time, except specifically with respect to the item listed above, due to the limitations imposed on this meeting by the notice authorizing same pursuant to the full provisions of the open public meetings act.
The Mayor asked Mr. Bill Gullan to introduce his colleagues (Mandy Rippert and Scott Richards) and then Mr. Gullan gave a brief description of the meetings they held and a rundown of the process thus far. The public was then asked to participate.
Wanda Reed, 5407 Pacific Avenue, indicated this was her first meeting and she was interested in future participation in other meetings. She indicated she had a concern over general safety and also pointed out that the First Methodist Church was actively looking at how to keep children entertained in colder weather and off the streets. Commissioner Cabrera asked Ms. Reed what came to her mind when she thought of Wildwood Crest and she indicated “family” and “friendly.”
Nancy Pietropaoli, 6002 Seaview Avenue, was interested in knowing if the branding was geared toured both residents and tourists and if the logo would exhibit what the essence of Wildwood Crest is. Mr. Gullan indicated that this venture is not simply a marketing campaign and their undertaking is to find out what Wildwood Crest is all about.
Wanda Reed, 5407 Pacific Avenue, then indicated when she thought of Wildwood Crest, she thought of “The Crest” and that it has status associated with it.
Mayor Groon then indicated that this is a lengthy, on-going process. Commissioner Gould asked Mr. Gullan about approximately how many people he has currently met with and he indicated the number was in the low thirties and the feedback has been very constructive.
Brian Cunniff, 204 W. Lavender Avenue, indicated the meetings he was present for were very well received and positive. He further indicated that it seems both the general public and the Borough seem to be on the same page.
The Borough Solicitor, 6101 Pacific Avenue, felt that the primary focus should be to distinguish Wildwood Crest from the other municipalities; and that Centennial Park and Sunset Lake are tremendous assets as well. Also, another focal point was to concentrate on the year round residents and the people that buy vacation homes and eventually move here.
Frank Basile, 121 W. Sweetbriar Road, indicated that the recreational aspects have vastly improved and the Borough offers a wide variety of activities. He further indicated the tag line: “For leisure at its best, visit Wildwood Crest.”
Trish Feketics, 107 E. Primrose Road, added that not only is Wildwood Crest a wonderful place to live, it is an even better place to raise children and that our school is top notch.
Capt. Joseph McGrath, 6404 Pacific Avenue, indicated he is proud to live here and that our beaches are the best.
In closing, Commissioner Cabrera recapped that the process is on-going and that Finch brands would be working on versions and would be in touch with the Commissioners.
There being no further comments on branding, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the meeting be adjourned. The time was 5:31 p.m.
Dated: June 24, 2015
A. Feketics, Deputy Municipal Clerk