September 25, 2011
I am happy to report that the Fall of 2011 is already off to a great start! In spite of the weather, this year's Skimmer Weekend was a big success, and tens of thousands of people enjoyed the festival's numerous activities. The annual Sea Isle City '50s and '60s Reunion on September 17, which was hosted by Sandy Sofroney, was also great fun - and many of us are already looking forward to next year's reunion! Don't worry if you missed either of those events, because we have many other family activities taking place this fall, including this weekend's Irish Festival, Harborfest on October 1, an Italian Festival on October 8, the Environmental Commission's Fall Beach Clean-Up on October 15 and an Octoberfest celebration on October 22 - just to name a few! So mark you calendars and get ready for a fantastic autumn in Sea Isle City.
As we have said many times, our goal is to keep Sea Isle's residents and visitors well-informed of all that is happening on our island. To that end, we will now be including monthly Police Reports in every-other E-Newsletter, which will be issued by Chief Tom D'Intino. Look for the first report below, which outlines the month of August. You might be surprised by how much our officers do to ensure everyone's safety.
The new Sea Isle City branch of the Cape May County Library is nearing completion, and the County recently announced the date of the library's Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony, which is set for Tuesday, October 25, at 1:00 p.m. We hope to see as many people as possible in attendance as we usher-in a new era of learning, information and communication in Sea Isle City.
In closing, I would like to once again thank the many people who write and phone me with their suggestions and comments. I recently received a letter from long-time property owner George Light, who mentioned that he is very happy with all of the recent improvements that have taken place in our resort. I hope George and everyone else knows how grateful I am to lead such a wonderful community - and that there's still many good things coming our way.
Smile...You're in Sea Isle!
Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio
CITY COUNCIL'S MESSAGE:
Council would like to congratulate the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Sea Isle Revitalization on their recent "Gala Under the Stars," which took place at Excursion Park on September 12. This event is just one example of the contributions these two organizations have made in the last few years, which have helped our town to grow. We would also like to congratulate them as they officially merge and become one organization on October 1 (The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce / Revitalization).
We will be introducing an ordinance at our next City Council meeting, on September 27, that will establish design standards for our commercial and mixed-use buildings. The purpose of these design standards is to establish a set of principles and requirements that reflect the City's desire for a coastal seashore village. These principles will enhance the commercial zones and encourage development and redevelopment at a scale that is pedestrian oriented. The guidelines work to provide standards that allow for flexibility and creativity while encouraging high-quality development. High-quality development is long-lasting and will increase property values. The goal is to create buildings that are attractive, improve the City's commercial zone's image and enliven the streetscape. The process for this ordinance will include: (1) Introduction; (2) Forward to the Planning Board, whose role is to determine its consistency with our Master Plan; and (3) Public Hearing and Vote at a Council Meeting. This proposed ordinance is currently on our website.
Also on September 27, Council will be voting on a resolution to authorize a contract to develop a community forest management plan. This will then qualify us to apply for grants that will help us purchase and maintain trees along our streets throughout Sea Isle City.
Best regards from the Members of City Council
-North-Eend and Downtown Beach Replenishment Program - The project will be performed by the firm of Weeks Marine, working under contract to the state of New Jersey, and includes the placement of sand for several areas of the beach on the entire island, including portions of Strathmere and Sea Isle. Sea Isle's project area is from 1st to 15th and 30th to 52nd Streets. The total cost for Sea Isle's portion of the project will depend on the final amount of sand placed on the beaches. Based on the contract prices, it is expected that the cost for Sea Isle's beach-fill will be about $5,000,000. The work is expected to start in November and be completed by January of 2012.
-Phase 2 of Excursion Park (Beach to Bay Corridor) - This project involves streetscape improvements to the public corridor along JFK Boulevard (from the Promenade to Landis Avenue) and widening of the sidewalks along each side of this corridor by 3 feet. The project has been advertised for construction bids, with an anticipated award of a contract at either the October 11th or October 25th Council meeting. The work schedule is expected to proceed in November and be completed by May of 2012.
-Demolition of Existing Library & Beach Tag Facility and Conversion to Parking Lot - This project is currently under design, with demolition and construction bids scheduled to be received within the next three months. The work will be performed during the late winter and spring, in advance of the 2012 summer season.
-Construction of Welcome Center Addition to the Community Lodge and Renovations of the Existing Lodge Facility and Site - The project has been advertised for construction bids, with an anticipated award of a contract at the October 25th Council meeting. The work schedule is expected to proceed in November in order to complete the new Welcome Center and the Lodge renovations prior to Memorial Day, 2012. Work at the facility will be phased and performed in order to minimize the disruptions to activities scheduled to take place in the Lodge.
-Improvements to Townsend Inlet Park - The existing ramps and decks will be rehabilitated in order to make access to the park and pavilion compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Design work is in progress, and this project will be completed prior to the 2012 summer season.
-Lagoon Dredging - Environmental and engineering work continues in order to secure permits from the Department of Environmental Protection. The project is expected to go out to bid this fall in order to accomplish the dredging this coming fall and winter.
-Public Library at 48th and Central - The grand opening of the new Cape May County Public Library (which will also be the new home for the Sea Isle City Historical Museum) is scheduled for October 25th at 1:00 p.m. (Please see photos below of the Library's new landscaping.
-Sewer And Road Reconstruction On Central Avenue (49th to 69th Street) - The City is awaiting final approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of grant and loan funding. The City was informed this week that this project is the highest priority in the local USDA office and will be funded as soon as federal funds are released. The USDA informed the City that the funding from USDA for the project is expected to be 2.3 million dollars in low interest loans and $700,000 in grant funding. Based on this, the City administration anticipates that the project will be advertised for construction bids in October, with a resolution to award a construction contract expected to be presented to council at the end of November. This will allow construction to start by late December or January. The project will be performed in two phases: the first being from 49th to 61st St. (prior to the 2012 summer season), and the second phase from 61st to 69th Street following the 2012 summer season. The project will rehabilitate or replace the deteriorated underground sewer system, as well as provide for reconstruction of the entire one mile stretch of roadway.
-Utility Reconstruction on Landis Avenue (54th to 69th Street) - This project will provide for water and sewer line replacement in advance of the County project to resurface Landis Avenue from 54th to 69th Street. Utility work is scheduled to be performed over the fall and winter in order for paving to take place in the spring.
-Inflow and Infiltration (I & I) Remediation - The firm of Video Pipe Services, Inc. of Newfield, NJ, has been contracted to perform work associated with internal repairs of sewer pipelines and manholes throughout the City. The need for this work was identified over the past three years through a comprehensive investigation and analysis of the City's sewer system. Sewer systems are prone to both inflow (overland water entering the sewer system through manhole covers and other surface openings in the system) and infiltration (entry of groundwater into pipelines through cracks, deteriorated pipe, and pipe joints). The effects of I & I are symptoms of deterioration of the sewer system that must be corrected to avoid more problematic maintenance issues and potential failure of the sewer system; and I&I is also costly, in that the City must pay for the unnecessary treatment of water that enters the sanitary sewer system. This is the first phase of a multi-year citywide sewer maintenance and improvement project that will ensure the continued viability of the City's vital sewer infrastructure. The project will start in mid-October and is expected to be completed over the next six months.
-Citywide Utility and Roadway Improvements - As part of the City's capital planning process, the administration has been working with the City Engineer to prioritize infrastructure needs for citywide roads and the underlying utilities. While the City has been systematically following an ongoing program of utility upgrade followed by roadway reconstruction for many years, an updated program for utility and roadway improvements has been developed based on review and analysis of the most current data available, and prioritization of the City's needs based on the condition of the approximately 27 miles of City streets, 5 miles of county roads, and 90 miles of water and sewer pipelines located under the streets. This program will be presented by the City Engineer at the September 27 City Council meeting (10:00 a.m.). As we move forward with development of a citywide capital plan, the utility and roadway program will be a key component and ultimately result in future projects.
POLICE REPORT FOR AUGUST 2011:
1. Investigations Conducted: 56
2. Adult Arrests (Criminal, Disorderly Persons, Ordinance, DWI): 39
3. Juvenile Arrests: 6
4. Motor Vehicle Summons Issued:
Moving Violations: 153
Parking Violations: 674
5. Public Service Calls:
Assist Public/Motorist: 48
Medical Calls: 74
Property Checks: 650
Suspicious Person/Vehicle: 27
Walk-In Complaints: 26
School Zone Patrol: 0
School Bus Escorts: 0
Motor Vehicle Stops: 359
Fingerprint Detail: 4
9-1-1 False Alarms (88)
Lockout Assists: 8
Domestic Violence Calls: 19
Animal Calls: 19
Check Resident's Well Being: 25
Messages Delivered: 1
Crowd Control: 3
6. Code Enforcement Violations: 14
The Sea Isle City Police Department Wants You To Know...
The SICPD offers a special program for senior citizens, the infirmed and residents with special needs called "Citizen Call Check" (CCC), which helps ensure that people who live alone are well each day. The program is very simple and quite effective, consisting of a list of residents who phone Police Headquarters each morning to say "I am OK." If someone on the CCC list does not phone in, the police dispatcher will phone them and send a police officer to their door if no one answers the phone. This is a community service offered by the SICPD, and any Sea Isle City resident who would like to be added to the daily CCC list can do so by phoning 263-4311, ext.2246 (speak with Eleanore). ***Please tell your neighbors who might not receive this newsletter about the CCC program so they can sign-up if they wish!
DID YOU KNOW:
- The next City Council meeting is on Tuesday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers, 233 JFK Boulevard, second level.
- Yoga classes will continue on the JFK Beach through September 28 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 a.m., before moving back to the Community Lodge (263-0050 or http://www.njbeachyoga.com/).
- SIC Chamber of Commerce/Revitalization's 2011 Harborfest Celebration is Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 42nd and the Bay, featuring live music, nautical displays, vendors, food and family activities (263-9090).
- The Baby Boomers Rock-n-Roll Revival with Jerry Blavat fund raiser is Saturday, October 1, 9:00 p.m. at LaCosta Lounge, JFK and Landis Avenue (263-3756).
- The Philadelphia Fire Fighters Union's 37th Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk is Sunday, October 2, 11:15 a.m., JFK and the Promanade. A special 10:00 a.m. Mass for Philadelphia's fallen firefighters will take place at the St. Joseph Church Auditorium, 44th and Central Avenue (http://www.iaf222.org/).
- The Charlotte Moretti Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Research is Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. on the Promenade (263-2968 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Sea Isle City's 2011 Italian Festival and Columbus Day Parade will take place on Saturday, October 8. Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. in front of Italian American Club, runs along JFK Boulevard, turns south on Landis and ends at 63rd Street. Italian Festival will take place from 10:00 a.m. to Dusk at KIX-McNutleys, 63rd and Landis (263-4461, ext. 230 or 263-6341; http://www.kixmcnutleyss.com/).
- Volunteers are Needed for the Environmental Commission's Fall Beach Clean-Up & Dune Grass Planting on Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. (rain date: October 16), JFK and the Promenade, volunteers will enjoy a free luncheon at Mike's Seafood (263-2081).
- Sea Isle City's 2011 Halloween Parade is Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. along Landis Avenue from 46th to 40th Street. A Halloween Family Dance Party will follow at Excursion Park (263-0050).
- SIC Chamber of Commerce/Revitalization's 2011 Octoberfest celebration is Saturday, October 22, 11:00 a.m to 3;00 p.m., at Excursion Park. In case of rain festivities will take place inside the SIC Public School on Park Road (263-9090).
- An ESA Surfing Competition is set for Saturday, October 22, 40th Street Beach, 8:00 a.m. (609-884-5277).
- The Townsend Inlet Garden Club's Halloween Show & Costume Contest is Saturday, October 22, 138 85th Street, 7:00 p.m. (263-3002).
- Bishop McHugh's 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m., 44th and Promenade (624-3537).
- The Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Sea Isle City's New Library is October 25 at 1:00 p.m. (463-6678).