OCEANPORT: The borough council has made it clear that it does not want a crematorium to be built in residential section of the town.
A message from the borough and mayor and council was posted on the Oceanport Residents Facebook page on July 25 stating that its stance on a proposed crematorium that would be built and operated by Woodbine Cemetery at 14 Maple Ave. Ste. B. That address is located on a street just north of the cemetery.
The cemetery is seeking an air pollution control permit to build the crematorium, according to a letter from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to the Oceanport Council.
"Other than this letter, no notification has been provided to the Borough or any elected or appointed officials," the message from the council states.
The message says the only body authorized to approve the construction of a crematory is the New Jersey Cemetery Board, which also must notify the Commissioner of Health whenever an application for a new crematory is filed.
"Currently, municipalities have no statutory authority to approve the siting of a crematory," the message states.
The only notification of the permit was made in the Home News, a publication that is not distributed in the borough, according to the message.
"The Administrator of the Borough has issued a strong statement on behalf of the Mayor and Council condemning such action and entering the Borough’s objection to the issuance of this air permit," the message states. "The Borough Engineer has also issued his objections on behalf of the Governing Body and raised technical questions to be answered."
A public hearing on the matter has been requested by the council.
The Mayor and Council have also requested a public Hearing to be conducted on this permit in Oceanport.
"Your entire Governing Body will take whatever steps permitted under the law to stop this invasion into a prime residential section of our town," the message states. "Smokestacks do not belong in residential neighborhoods and we are opposed to this attempt."