Engineering firm hired for project

JERSEY SHORE – Borough council Tuesday night hired Larson Design Group to provide engineering services for the public river access project at a cost of $57,920.

Larson Design’s bid was the lower of two bids submitted for the project which is expected to undergo construction beginning in the spring of 2014.

Borough Manager Joseph Hamm told council the next step will be the purchase of three properties for the project.

In other action, council voted to place a stop sign at Seminary and Fountain streets.

Hamm told council that a borough resident has requested a fence be erected along the Rails to Trails bicycle path.

John Hedgin, of 808 Seminary St., informed the borough that boulders from along the path were rolled onto his property. He also indicated that people from the trail are trespassing onto his land.

Hamm said there is no funding for a fence, but Hedgin might consider erecting no trespassing signs.

Hamm said another resident, Chris Fravel, of 230 Culvert St., notified the borough that vehicles are driving onto the sidewalk near his property.

Council received a letter from Town Meeting officials requesting donations for the Santa House, Christmas decorations and the holiday parade.

Council approved a resolution to adopt an excessive force policy

It was explained that under the policy, police will not use excessive force against non-violent protesters in the borough.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development requires municipalities to approve the policy in order to be eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding.

The 2014 budget is expected to be considered at council’s next regular meeting Dec. 9. Council has held off on passing a preliminary budget until it resolves insurance issues related to the spending plan, Hamm noted.