Jersey Shore approves sidewalk project

JERSEY SHORE – Borough council Monday night approved a downtown sidewalk replacement project for its 2013 Community Development Block Grant funding.

The borough could receive an estimated $82,600 for the project, according to Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, which administers funding.

However, due to the federal government’s ongoing sequestration, it’s likely the allocation will be decreased anywhere from 5 to 8 percent.

She noted that the borough could use $2,609 of its leftover 2011 CDBG funding for the project.

In other matters, council agreed to advertise for bids for this year’s paving project.

However due to lack of funding, the borough will either fix or pave seven streets rather than nine as originally anticipated.

To fund the project, $60,000 will be moved from the borough’s Act 13 funding, according to Borough Manager Joseph Hamm.

The rest of the money will come from the liquid fuels fund.

Council also agreed to spend $6,275 in Act 13 funding for the library and $8,250 for the summer recreation program.

That leaves the borough with just $4,449 in Act 13 dollars.

However, the borough is expected to receive another funding stream this summer.

Council voted to restrict the times for brush drop-offs at Railroad and Culver streets.

Councilman Kenneth Scheesley told council that increasing numbers of people are taking old furniture, tires and other junk to the site, rather than brush.

Council agreed to restrict drop-off times from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Otherwise, the gate to the site will be locked.

For other brush drop-off times, borough residents will have to go to the municipal building to pick up the gate key.

Council voted to sell a police car to Chicago Motors, Chicago, Ill. which submitted the low bid for the vehicle.

Council agreed to write a letter in support of the Jersey Shore Town Meeting’s decision to collect donations from civic organizations in the community to fund new Christmas lights.

Township Meeting Board Member Guy Rauch said the existing lights need replaced.