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July 31, 2017

Mayor's Memo July 31, 2017

What started out as a great idea, sort of petered out and it is my fault.  But I will try again to complete a Mayor’s Memo on a more regular bases, maybe not monthly, but frequently.

A lot has happened in the past 6 months to a year.   Here are some of the highlights.  If you want more detail please call the office at 732 892-0636.  Here goes:

  • Center of town is booming.  Charlie’s Restaurant is open and busy.
  • Our new Borough Hall is open.  We dedicated it on June 17, 2017 with a very large crowd in attendance.  Aside from the formalities, everyone got to tour of the facility and were treated to a delicious piece of cake donated by Mueller’s.
  • There have been three retirements this year from our small but efficient work force:

Bart Petrillo, our Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer of 17 years, has been replaced by Ted Bianchi as Zoning Officer and John Henry Morris as Code Enforcement Officer, Dune Inspector, and Rental/Transfer Inspector.  There now is a new “Sherriff” in town so mind your “p’s and q’s” Ordinance wise.

Doug Applegate retired from Public Works and as our Construction Official after 23 years with us.  Tommy Linton was promoted into Doug’s spot as Equipment Operator and Adam Curtis was hired into Tommy’s spot as Laborer and Recycling.  And, Todd Morgano was hired as our new Construction Official.

Chip Tillson just retired as Supervisor of our Public Works Department after 35 years and Larry Gilman has been hired to run Public Works.  It has been a seamless transition and all are working very hard to keep up with the demands of our town.

Losing Chip and Doug represents a combined 55+ years of experience in Bay Head but we are more that pleased with the new team.

  •  Beaches

The Ocean Front Property Owners (OFPO) lost one court case giving the State of New Jersey the full authority to exercise Emminent Domaine.  Jenkinson’s worked out a deal with the State Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) out of Philadelphia but neither entity will deal with Bay Head.  They are just going ahead with Replenishment but it is a good way off.

The Groin Repair Permit was denied by the DEP so no repairs at this time.

  •  Mayor’s Walks

We have had two very successful walks to date.  The first hosted by Therapeutic Touch, with Beach Yoga on the Beach by Patti Durkin, and our newest Health exercise establishment, Integrative Healing and Wellness with Allison Feehan at her new location 523 Main Avenue (Curtis Court) with demonstrations of Aerial Yoga and other exercises.

The second was a guided tour of the Boat Museum and the Antique Auto Museum followed by the Bay Head Historical Museum at the Loveland House.

Our final walk will be a departure from the norm by beginning at 7 pm at the Borough clock Wednesday night August 9.  Please try and make it as we walk around Centennial Park and learn about ways to keep fit.

  •  Bicycle Safety  

For over a year we have studied our streets in the Borough to make them safer for bicyclists and pedestrians with an eye to maintaining all existing Parking spaces.  Some “low hanging fruit” out of the many suggestions made the group doing the study based on input from residents, was to utilize the Railroad Right of Way on Clayton Avenue, implement a Contra Flow bike lane the length of East Avenue, and introduce a “walk your wheels” zone on the north side sidewalk on Bridge Avenue from Club Drive/Park Avenue to Lake Avenue and around the corner.  None have been fully implemented yet but are in the works.

  •  Some Ceremonies we have had:

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s Easter Egg Hunt.

Our Memorial Day Service in front of Borough Hall.

A Wounded Warrior Sailboat Regatta hosted for the second year in a row by our Bay Head Yacht Club.

Dedication of Borough Hall.

  •  Festivities Yet to Come

Sunset Set Paddle (Canoe, Kayak, Paddle Board) on Twilight Lake beginning a ½ hour before Sunset the first Sunday of every month (we have had three).  The remaining Paddles are August 6, September 3, and October 1 st .

Farmer’s Market every Thursday on Bridge Avenue in Borough Parking Lot through September.

Glimmer of Hope – 2 nd Annual – on Twilight Lake 7 pm Saturday August 12.  Speak with Zsa Zsa Stackles at ReFind on Mount Street behind Central Market.  Very well done last year.  Make a Wish or Dedicate to someone.

Clam Bake at the Bay Head Fire House Saturday August 19.  It is always a huge success.

Well, this is enough for now.  Have a safe and enjoyable rest of the summer.  If you have any questions or concerns please call me at Borough Hall.  God Bless You.

Bill Curtis