Thursday, May 9, 2013
No tax increase for third consecutive year
Oceanport residents will not be seeing an increase in their tax bills if the borough's 2013 municipal budget is adopted next month. The Oceanport Council introduced the 2013 municipal budget last week and it calls for a tax rate of 50.8 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, for the third straight year. The budget totals $9.4 million, with a tax levy of $5,182,280, which is a $152,000 decrease from 2012. A public hearing on the budget will be held during the June 6 Oceanport Council meeting.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The 47-year-old building sustained serious damage during Sandy and sits smack in a flood zone.
During the height of Hurricane Sandy, water poured into Oceanport's borough hall, filling the municipal courtroom with about four-and-a-half feet of water. The library at the opposite end of the building took on about two feet of brackish sludge, damaging about 16,000 items in its collection. And while the borough's administrative staff moved back into the building after three months of work needed to remediate the 47-year-old concrete building, municipal court proceedings remain in Shrewsbury and Oceanport Police are operating out of trailers out back. Although the building is structurally safe, borough hall now has shifting walls and floors, gutted bathrooms and the concrete slab it was built on has begun to settle, thanks to Sandy. …
Monday, April 23, 2012
A break down of the 2012 budget was given during the April 19 Oceanport Council meeting.
By using surpluses wisely, and sharing services with other towns, Oceanport residents will not see a tax increase this year. The news came during a presentation of the $6.97 million budget, given by Councilman Joseph Irace, before it was unanimously approved by the borough council at the April 19 meeting. The presentation also informed residents that discretionary spending remained at last year’s levels. “We decided as a governing body that we do not want to use any exceptions to our 2-percent cap,” said Irace. “Once again, for the second year since we have had the 2-percent cap, we are coming in under a true 2-percent cap over last year’s budget.” As in 2011, the local tax rate for 2012 is 50.8 cents per $100 of assessed value. The amount…
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Borough engineer believes gas company can tunnel in from sides to replace main.
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will have to get creative in their efforts to replace a gas main beneath Port-Au-Peck Avenue, as Oceanport denied the company's request to rip away at the newly-resurfaced roadway to do so. Borough Engineer William White brought the matter to the borough council's attention during the workshop portion of Thursday's regular meeting at borough hall. White said the gas company requested a permit to dig 15 feet beneath Port-Au-Peck Avenue near its intersection with Myrtle Avenue and also under the Monmouth Park railroad crossing, a segment of road which was just repaved in October, to replace an aging gas pipe. The work is the next phase in NJNG's Peninsula Area gas line upgrade project which caused Seven Bridges …
Friday, January 6, 2012
School bus radios, the safety of Wampum Lake, off-track betting, and the World Trade Center Memorial were hot issues at Thursday's Council Meeting
School bus radios, the safety of Wampum Lake, off-track betting, and the World Trade Center Memorial were the big talkers on Thursday at the first official meeting of the year of the newly re-organized Oceanport Borough Council. Editor's Note: The above video features council members giving their annual addresses at the Oceanport Reorganization meeting, which was held on New Year's Day. Re-elected Mayor Michael Mahon was sworn in for a four-year term. Council members Ellynn Kahle and Richard Gallo were re-elected to three-year terms. OFF-TRACK WAGERING DEBATE RAGES ON During the workshop session of the meeting, the council discussed a bill making its way through the state legislature. This bill would increase off-track horse betting …
Monday, October 24, 2011
Recent accident sparks desire to slow drivers on road near school, town urges freeholders to make change.
The current posted speed limit of 35 mph on Monmouth County Route 29 must be reduced, say members of the Oceanport council, who recently passed a resolution to slow drivers to 25 mph on the road, which also serves as a walkway for students attending nearby Maple Place Middle School. Citing 28 accidents over the past five years which have cursed the curving stretch of Shrewsbury Avenue into Branchport Avenue, a recent crash on Oct. 16 pushed the town to appeal to county officials to put the brakes on drivers there. "Kids were playing in the yard moments prior to the accident, it could have been a horrific scene," said Councilman William Johnson of the Oct. 16 incident. "The gentleman left the roadway, came into their yard and went in …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Sunny High 90 Low 64, Marathon Meeting Postpones Decision on Little Silver Development, Oceanport Demands Fair School Funding, Independent Running for Little Silver Council, Back to School Bargains
Good morning Little Silver and Oceanport! Grab a cup of joe and let's get you in the know for this 221st day of 2011, Wednesday, Aug. 10. Sunny High 90 Low 64 Patchy fog may greet you if you've awoken before 8 a.m., and it is expected to dissipate into a sunny 90 degree day, according to our friends at the National Weather Service. During the day, expect a west wind between 10 and 14 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 64, and a west wind between 11 and 13 mph. Marathon Meeting Postpones Decision on Little Silver Development In a Tuesday evening meeting that ran an uncustomarily long four hours (the board typically wraps up in three), the Little Silver Planning Board put off deciding on a proposed un-age-restricted 39-unit…