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Ocean Township Rain Garden Presented, Route 35 Improvements Planned

OCEAN TOWNSHIP: Among the items up for action at the September 8th Council sessions (Workshop and Regular) was a Resolution to grant special rates for veterans using municipal facilities like the pool and the Bill Larkin Golf Course. The rate will follow the concessions allowed to township employees as a special courtesy to our service men and women.

The tax revaluation process is complete with some 500 resident properties in for further assessment because they have not responded to requests to inspect. They will be sent a final notice and then a reassessment will be made without an inspection. The assessed properties will hear from the township end of November, and final values are scheduled for Early December. January is a review date to be announced.

At the Regular 7 p.m. session Mayor and Council congratulated Zoning Board member Jane Grabelle for her 23 years of volunteer work with the Board. She also had been a teacher for 34 years in the township schools, an experience she relished and gave her great pleasure and satisfaction she told Mayor Siciliano and the Council members, and the audience, many of whom were familiar with her teaching and caring for their children.

A presentation of the West Park Avenue Rain Garden project was made by Recreation Director Kathy Reiser, The improvement will run the town $400,000 after a $200,000 contribution by the County. It is hoped to be complete in 2018. The photo here pictures the planned installation.

Councilwoman Donna Schepiga reminded all of the Fall Fest for September 24 at Palaia Park. Councilman Rich Long will be attending a workshop on Narcan, the life saver chemical treatment for drug overdose. He will report next meeting.

The town is undertaking the renovating of properties and the road itself on Route 35 from the Asbury Circle to the three miles to the Red Lobster. It is intended to clean up the area, make it more attractive to residents, open crossovers to businesses and get around lengthy crossing over. It will also attract new business to the area. A consultant will help lay out the plan. More to follow.

A new ordinance is in progress to address the District Court's denial of the town's appeal on the Yeshiva application award. The ordinance will establish a zone that will address such applications as the Yeshiva's. Part of the issues in the recent Yeshiva case was that the property already had a permission / variance for the existing school for boys, according to Township Attorney Marty Arbus. The new zone is in the area west of Highway 35 in the existing industrial or commercial area. More to follow. Still up in the air.

The reminder of the Regular Council meeting was spent mostly on the information surrounding the Yeshiva application, the court's denial of the Ocean Board of Adjustment decision and the directions before the township, including the concerns voiced by meeting attendees. A story on that will be coming later.


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