South Jersey Gas - SJG has begun repaving a number of roads on the north end of Brigantine.
Recreational Facilities - The recreation commission is doing a full assessment of all the recreational facilities on the Island. Once they have completed their assessment, they will make a recommendation to council on the needed upgrades and repairs.
Skate Park - The City’s insurance provider is doing their final review of the plans. Once this is complete, the City can move forward with the final part of the construction.
Water Tower Maintenance & Repair - The City has secured the funding and awarded the contract. The maintenance and repairs of the Roosevelt water tower is scheduled to begin in mid October.
The City of Brigantine has been notified by the State of New Jersey of a possible dredging project planned for St. George’s Thorofare.
Although there is no confirmed timeline, the window for dredging that is set by the Army Corps of Engineers and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection runs from June 1 through November 1.
The NJDEP will not allow the NJDOT to do the dredging project in the winter/ off-season due to a colony of Oyster Catchers (Birds) that winter in the marshlands between the cove and the Brigantine bridge.
While this project will lead to closures of the cove beach, it is necessary for the maintenance of the waterways.
Please be aware that this project may limit access to beaches and affect the use of 4x4 permits.
The NJDOT will also shutdown boat traffic in and out of St. Georges Thorofare while they are working.
NJDOT representatives have told the City that there will be a one hour window in the morning and again in the evening to allow boats to pass through the work area.
These circumstances are beyond the control of the City. Please consider this before purchasing a 4x4 permit.
We will provide more information as soon as it’s available.
Due to recent cuts in state funding for the sale of solar credits, City Council asked the Brigantine BOE to revise it’s proposal and cut over $1 million from its school capital project.
The Board of School Estimates met on November 1st to discuss the school’s proposed capital projects.
At the meeting, the school informed Council of a number of repairs and improvements that are needed at the school.
City Council discussed the proposal at the November 3rd council meeting and had some questions concerning the expansion of the school’s solar panels.
Upon further review from the school, it was discovered that the State had recently cut the funding for the sale of the solar credits for new projects like this.
Since this funding was cut, it no longer made sense to spend the money to expand the solar panels.
City Council asked the school board to revise its proposal and remove the $1 million for that part of the project.
City Council plans to take action on the revised proposal at the December 1st council meeting.
Please come to the meeting if you have any questions or concerns about the project.
Click the link for more information: Proposed School Capital Project
In November, City Council will begin the process of reviewing a cost saving proposal by the Brigantine Board of Education to demolish the unused parts of the old Brigantine North School which was built in the 1960’s.
Student enrollment at the Brigantine Public School District has declined by 876 students over the past twenty years, from 1,320 students in 2001 to 444 students in 2021.
Starting this school year, all students from preschool through eighth grade have been placed in rooms almost entirely in the Brigantine Elementary School building.
Only a few classrooms, larger spaces (including the gym, auditorium, and multi-purpose room), and district offices are still being used in the older Brigantine North School building.
As a result, about half of the spaces in the North School building are no longer being used and are completely empty.
Click the link to read more: Council Review
Representatives of the Atlantic County Municipal Court Committee attended the October 6th Brigantine City Council meeting to answer questions and to present their plan for a countywide municipal court system that would be based in Mays Landing.
County representatives answered questions for more than three hours, but were still unable to answer key financial and logistical questions about how the court would operate.
The County still does not know the actual salary and benefit packages for the county court employees.
They do not know how the scheduling of the county court would work.
And, it is still unclear as to whether Brigantine would need to retain some of its court staff to handle the City’s end of the county court proceedings.
The County’s proposed savings for Brigantine are only based on estimates and many of the actual costs for running the countywide court are still undetermined.
Since there are still so many unanswered questions, City Council members have unanimously decided to wait a year or two before making a final decision on joining. We would like to see the county court in full operation before we make our decision.
For more information click the link to the story in the Brigantine Times
In an effort to control City expenses, Mayor Simpson worked out a deal with Atlantic City Electric to pave the center island on Brigantine Boulevard from the Bridge to Harbor Beach Boulevard.
The City spends about $230,000 a year maintaining the grass in the center island.
Paving the center Island would save the City some money and would free up our Public Works staff to work on other projects in the City.
If you have any questions or comments about this project, you can email them to VSera@BrigantineBeachNJ.com.
City Council has formed a bipartisan committee to study a proposal to establish a countywide municipal court system.
Mayor Vince Sera joined City Council members Neil Kane and Rick DeLucry to form the committee to evaluate the proposal put forward this year by Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson.
“We are aware of the potential savings Brigantine could receive by joining the proposed county court system but still have a number of considerations and questions we would like answered before making final decisions” Sera said.
Karen Bew and Vince Sera hosted their annual 1st Ward meeting July 15th at the Brigantine Links.
There were great discussions about the golf course, the proposed offshore windmill project, and the City’s plans for the maintenance and repairs needed for our water towers.
The City will hold a meeting for each ward on the following dates:
The 2nd Ward meeting will be 7pm on Thursday, July 29th at the Brigantine Links.
The 3rd Ward meeting will be 7pm on Monday, August 2nd at the Brigantine Community Center.
The 4th Ward meeting will be 7pm on Thursday, August 26th at the Brigantine Community Center.
The ward meetings are nonpolitical and a great opportunity to ask questions and share ideas
about the Island.
Many people have contacted the City with concerns about some of the traffic issues on the Island.
Most of the concerns are about speeding and careless driving.
Council has directed the City Manager to have the Police and Fire Chiefs work with the Superintendent of Public Works to come up with a plan to address the issues.
We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
One of the City’s major initiatives for the year is to implement a plan for the required maintenance and repairs needed for the City’s water towers.
Brigantine is looking to enter into a long term contract for the routine maintenance, cleaning, painting, and repairs of the towers.
The Roosevelt tower is in need of some major repairs. The outside skin is starting to rust and get holes in it. We need to repair the outside skin in order to protect the inside water tank.
These services need to be done every few years in order to keep the water towers in good shape. Entering into a long term service contract will be the best and most cost effective way to ensure that the City keeps up with these required services.
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