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JS Borough approves $96K to repair alleys

Jersey Shore Borough Council unanimously approved a $95,950 Community Development Block Grant project for improving the alleys between Meadow Alley and High Street on Monday evening.

The project includes the reconstruction and paving, according to Kristin McLaughlin, SEDA-Council of Governments representative.

She added the area will need to have another survey done, as survey data expires every five years and this area’s most recent survey was completed in 2015.

If the data that comes back does not show that the area is low to moderate income, the funding for this project will be moved into doing curb cuts in the borough, making it more accessible for handicapped and disabled residents to move freely downtown.

In addition, the borough unanimously approved $62,363 of funding for the CDBG-CV project for living and utility assistance for borough residents. The money amount will be split evenly between STEP’s Supportive Housing program and the American Rescue Workers, to go to residents who need assistance in terms of rent, utilities and more.

“There is clearly a need out there,” McLaughlin said. “I am confident that we will find folks in Jersey Shore. I am confident in the two organizations that we are giving this money to, that they will be able to do that.”

McLaughlin noted assistance payments cannot go above three months of payment.

In another matter, council agreed to hire Cody Hoover at a salary of $55,000 to be assistant borough manager.

The borough also agreed to update its Comcast Franchise Agreement to the price of $7,900, which will not all come out of the borough’s budget at once, according to Denise Dieter, solicitor.

Over time, the borough will receive a 5 to 25 percent increase in fees, essentially getting the borough’s money back, Dieter said.

Lastly, the recreation committee of the borough announced it would like to donate a bike repair station to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to be placed on DCNR property. Council approved.

Members present: Barb Schmouder, Matthew Haag, Sean Simcox, Mike Zellers, Kenneth Scheesley and Scott Bierly.

The next meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

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