City Council's Message
August 11, 2022
At the start of the August 9 City Council meeting, Mayor Desiderio stated that he has directed the City’s Administration to take whatever actions are within its means to further address the problems we are experiencing with disruptive and unruly youths who are congregating on the Promenade and elsewhere in town. As the Mayor noted, municipalities up and down New Jersey’s coastline are experiencing similar issues with young people who are not acting as they should, and local law enforcement efforts to address these problems are hindered by conflicting State laws that were enacted in recent years.
The Mayor’s comments segued into a lengthy and productive discussion among our Councilmembers – and, later in the meeting, members of the public also expressed similar concerns based on incidents with youths that they have witnessed.
City Council supports the Mayor’s efforts to address these problems, because we absolutely want to put a stop to activity that involves groups of young people who do not show respect for others.
Following second reading and public hearing, three ordinances were adopted on August 9…
• Ordinance 1686, which amends the current zoning map and addresses areas identified for consistency with Sea Isle City’s Master Plan. Before being adopted, these revisions were sent to the Sea Isle City Planning Board for review to ensure their consistency with the Master Plan.
• Ordinance 1687, which provides for various improvements to the City’s water-sewer utility, including engineering work that will determine which portions of our system need replacement, and work that will prepare for the potential extension of our sewer system into Sea Isle’s north-end (if permitted by the State). Ordinance 1687 includes the appropriation of $1,140,000.
• Ordinance 1688, which provides for various capital improvements, including the replacement of some of our Promenade entrances (changing stairways to ADA compliant ramps), installing a pumping station to alleviate flooding between 42nd and 44th Street (Landis Avenue to the Bay), the creation of a new dog park, improvements to the 40th Street public rest rooms, various improvements to City buildings and facilities, purchasing needed equipment, implementing the New Jersey State Radio System for our police department, and purchasing a new trash truck. Ordinance 1688 includes the appropriation of $7,720,000.
Each of the resolutions on the August 9 Consent Agenda was approved, including:
• Resolution 140, which authorized a professional services contract with DeBlasio & Associates in the amount of $15,000, related to the demolition of the former public school at 4501 Park Road, to make way for Sea Isle City’s future Community Center.
• Resolution 142, which authorized a change-order for Sea Isle’s July Fourth Fireworks Display in the amount of $12,500, which reflects a $15,000 credit for the problems that the fireworks provider experienced during the show minus $2,500 for an anticipated barge fuel surplus charge.
• Resolution 146, which authorized Jersey Cape Diagnostic Training and Opportunity Center to sell Sea Isle City’s Holiday Beach Tags directly to the public via Jersey Cape’s website (in an additional to Holiday Beach Tags being on sale at the Welcome Center and at City Hall’s beach tag vending machine). Those who purchase Holiday Beach Tags via Jersey Cape can do so by using a credit card, however there will be a small convenience and processing fee. Jersey Cape employs workers with special needs and they also support a variety of other special needs programs – and the City is very happy to do business with them.
• Resolution 148, which authorized the City to enter into an agreement with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, which offers a Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program. This program is designed to assist water and sewer customers facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Resolution 150, which authorized the City’s participation in a local co-op bid for rock salt.
The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 23, at 10:00 AM on the third floor of City Hall. We hope to see you there!
Council President Mary Tighe