Jersey Shore Borough to sell alley segment to resident

The Jersey Shore Borough Council voted Monday to approve the sale of a portion of North Cherry Alley to a borough resident who owns two properties along it for an estimated $500.

Lon Myers would like to purchase that section of alleyway to ensure continued access to his homes when he eventually passes them onto his children, said Joe Hamm, borough manager.

“The alley dead-ends at the end of his property,” Hamm said. “He has basically maintained that area for the last 25 years for the borough.”

Myers had plans drawn up by an engineer and a property appraisal is underway, Hamm said. At this time, the appraisal is expected to be less than $500.

In addition to purchasing the section of alley, Myers also is willing to pay for various costs and fees related to the purchase, Hamm added.

Borough code permits the council to approve sales under $1,500 without going out to bid, added Denise Dieter, solicitor for the borough.

In other business, the council approved a fee schedule update which includes a new fee of $50 for shade tree removal permits and also raises the fee for variance hearings and appeals from $300 to $450.

In another matter, the council accepted a bid of $175,069 from Charles Construction Group for paving projects along Walnut, Church and Campbell streets, which was the lowest of four bids received. Paving initially was projected to cost $200,000.

The council approved another bid of $5,620 from Nork’s Concrete Construction for concrete work along McClintock Alley near Thompson’s Packing Company, as opposed to pavement which “shoves forward” due to the truck traffic, Hamm said.

Nork’s bid was the lowest of three, he added.

The council also:

• Approved the drafting of an ordinance to allow residents to construct an accessory structure of up to 600 square feet on floodplain property. Presently, structures may only be up to 200 square feet.

• Approved removing the Thompson Street Park foot bridge which is in disrepair.