At the April 7th council meeting, city officials unanimously passed the 2021 budget which included a 1.1 cent tax increase. This is the first tax increase in Brigantine in over six years.
1.1 cents works out to about a $50 tax increase for the average taxpayer in Brigantine.
Although this will be the first tax increase in over six years the local purpose tax for 2021 continues to remain slightly lower than the local purpose tax in 2012.
Most of the money from the increase will be used for repairs and investments to our City infrastructure, namely road repaving and required upgrades and repairs to the water and sewer lines beneath those roads.
Water tower maintenance and repairs are also planned, along with upgrades to beach and recreational restrooms.
The school tax levy for the 2021-2022 school year will remain flat for the 6th year in a row.
Most taxpayers in Brigantine will see a $15 - $20 decrease in their school tax payment.
Tennis & Pickleball Courts - The construction company is finishing up the final paperwork and required insurance and bonding for the project. We had our preconstruction meeting on March 30th. Construction will begin in the next few weeks.
Skate Park - The design is 90% complete. We should be able to go out to bid for construction very soon.
Marina Redevelopment Plan - City Council will consider a redevelopment plan for the old Bayside Marina property located on Brigantine Blvd. The City is working to preserve and protect the long term future of marinas in Brigantine. There will be a public presentation on the plan at our April 21st council meeting meeting.
ACE Substation & Transmission Line - As part of a statewide initiative, Atlantic City Electric is replacing the existing substation on the South End of Brigantine with a modern, state-of-the-art facility that is prepared to handle more extreme weather and support the community’s continued growth.
They are also rebuilding the two critical transmission lines between Atlantic City and Brigantine. The updated lines will run underground down the center of Brigantine Blvd.
According to Atlantic City Electric, this project will help to minimize future power outages.
If you have any questions you can contact Atlantic City Electric at 609-625-8888 or ACBrigReliability@exeloncorp.com.
More information on this project can be found at: ACE Current Reliability Projects
At the November 4th council meeting, 2nd Ward Councilman Paul Lettieri asked the City to offer a discount for Veterans, Active Military, and Senior Citizens to ride horses on the beach.
The proposed discount to the $100 horse trailer fee is:
A public hearing on the proposed changes will take place at the December 2nd City Council Zoom meeting.
South Jersey Gas is in the process of replacing and updating most of their infrastructure on the Island.
The project started last year and will continue into 2021.
Once SJ Gas is finished with their upgrades, they will repave the roads and replace/ repair any sidewalks that were damaged or opened in the process.
There are two parts to repaving the roads:
Step 1 is a quick temporary patch. The sand under the asphalt needs a few months to pack down before the permanent paving can begin. (This process could take six to eight month.)
Step 2 is the permanent paving which can begin once the sand has had time to pack down. You need the sand to pack down in order for the surface of the road to be flat and smooth.
Brigantine officials will meet with SJ Gas representatives in December to get an update on the project.
The Brigantine tree lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 4th, but will be very limited due to the Governor’s new restrictions on outdoor gatherings
The firehouse will be closed to the public and all activities will be outside.
We are unable to have performances by Casey’s Dance Studio and the Brigantine Community School Choir.
We will have more details in the November 27th edition of the Brigantine Times.
The ACUA will not perform collections on Thursday, November 26th.
Thursday’s trash collection will be on Friday.
Friday’s trash collection will be on Saturday.
At the October 21st council meeting, Brigantine Officials proposed two important changes to the City’s Beach Fee Ordinance:
1. Reinstating the two free beach tags with the purchase of a 4X4 beach permit.
2. A $5 increase to the seasonal beach badge fee.
A public hearing on the proposed changes will take place at the November 4th City Council Zoom meeting.
City Council is partnering with the Brigantine Chamber of Commerce to help our local businesses secure CARES Act funding.
Atlantic County has been allocated almost $6 million in CARES Act funding.
The goal of the CARES Act funding is to help offset the losses that many local businesses suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Councilman Mike Riordan will be out speaking with local business owners to let them know about the available funds.
Tennis & Pickleball - COVID-19 has slowed the project down, but the City is still moving forward with the renovations as planned.
Skatepark - The project is still in the design phase. We should have an update in a few weeks.
Links Cart Paths - At the October 21st council meeting, city officials unanimously voted to award a contract for the reconstruction of the cart paths for holes 1 through 9 at the Brigantine Links.
City Dock Dredging Project - This project is still being held up by the DEP. They are claiming that the width of the City Dock does not meet the most current DEP size standards. The DEP will not issue the dredging permits until the City cuts the width of the dock down by four feet. Our city engineer is putting together some ideas for council to review.
Mayor Vince Sera and Councilmembers Mike Riordan and Karen Bew presented a proclamation to Tommy VanZant for all of the amazing charity work he and his family have done to help so many families in need.
Tommy’s efforts and dedication to service gives all of us great hope for the next generation.
Councilwoman Karen Bew was appointed deputy mayor at the September 16th city council meeting, making her the first woman to ever hold the position.
“It’s quite an honor,” said Bew. “It’s not what I expected to do, but I’m really enjoying working with the guys.”
Bew has served on council since 2016 and is up for reelection in November.
Councilman Michael Riordan nominated Bew and said she takes “great pride in her work and is truly inspiring. She is easy to work with and an excellent team member,”
At the September 16th city council meeting, members unanimously voted to support retired Atlantic City police officer Neil Kane to fill the council vacancy that was created when Vince Sera was appointed Mayor.
Neil served on the Brigantine School Board and is looking forward to serving the community in his new role as Councilman-at-Large.
By order of the Governor, the November General Election shall be conducted primarily by mail in ballots.
All registered voters will start receiving their vote by mail ballots some time around October 5th.
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