OCEAN TOWNSHIP: An idea about designing township logo has been developing informally for a while. The mayor and council members are looking to update the township logo that reflects growth and change.
Robert Hazelrigg, a local custom graphic designs expert, visited the workshop meeting as a favor; his father designed the original township logo in 1974. Robert wanted to share a strategy for designing a new symbol with the Council and Mayer Chris Siciliano as they begin exploring a revising of today's logo which evolved over the years, somewhat inconsistently.
"For example, the main Council meeting room does not have a township logo or symbol and we think it is important. I noticed that when we first convened after last year's election," Mayor Siciliano explained. He looked further and observed there is not a commonly symbol in use on all township correspondence and for other purposes.
The intent is to preserve the excellent reputation the town while finding a new look, a "change of brand" and symbol to embrace the progress made over the years "...as we look ahead." Deciding on a new logo should take place over the next few workshop meetings.
In other matters, construction programs for sidewalks, curbs etc. were approved for Bowne Road, Elberon Blvd, Fairway Lane, S. Edgemere, S. Wanamassa, Whalepond Road, and Wickapecko Drive through to Interlaken. Included will be Manufacturers Treatment Devices to clean the water going into Deal Lake at the three streets that flow there. They do a great job of cleaning the water before it hits the lake, Siciliano said, thus obviating certain dredging efforts in the future.
Councilwoman Donna Schepiga announced the paper shredding event planned for this Saturday to October 24 at the same location, Dow Avenue School. The program has become quite valued to residents and provides a safe means to rid file cabinets and clear out other home and office space.
Council recognized Sterns Rental Corporation, Farmingdale, who "...stepped up in a big way to assist the victims..." of the Twinbrook Village apartments that displaced 32 people, and for the victims they aided in Poplar Village after the 2006 floods. "Sterns has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to...residents who are dealing with hardships" the proclamation says.
An ordinance (#2251) was amended called the Comprehensive Land Development Ordinance of the township to meet COQH conformance and as a move to comply with that housing agency and update Ocean ordinance.
The Parks and Playgrounds Ordinance (#2247) revision provides Usage Guidelines to address teen functions, and includes fees for rental of indoor facilities at West Park Downstairs and Upstairs facilities and the Oakhurst Meeting Room, as well as fees for the Picnic Grove.
Provisions for a builders remedy settlement agreement was passed dealing with affordable housing (BVB II Associates).
Snow removal is contracted with Berardesco General Contracting at the same price as last year.
Application to seek financial help to buy Body Worn Cameras for police was approved, as a part of several appeals by other towns. Ocean can be eligible to receive aid which will be complimented by local funds as needed for approximately 6 devices to cover on the road police patrol usage. The dollars in total awaits state decisions of who gets the grant monies.
Ocean will purchase a mini-truck for general purpose usage in tight areas for snow removal (Palaia Park trails) and other township needs.