City Council held a brief meeting Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27 to finalize some budget issues. Two resolutions were on the agenda, the first a cancellation of $150,855 originally earmarked for the city golf course, and the second a total transfer of $125,000 from five city funds to five others in a customary year-end measure to balance the budget.
The city entered into a shared services contract with the Atlantic County Improvement Authority at the beginning of 2016 to manage the city-owned Brigantine Golf Links. The authority typically maintains roads, schools, municipal buildings and other entities throughout the county, and also manages the county-owned Green Tree Golf Course in Egg Harbor Township.
City Manager Ed Stinson said that when the ACIA took over the management of the Brigantine Links from a private company at the start of 2016, employee expenses and operating costs were reduced by $150,855, and the money was moved into the city's surplus account.
Prior to the start of formal business Tuesday, Mayor Phil Guenther asked for a moment of silence to honor two residents who died recently – Betsy Rogge and Mary Malloy.
Rogge, who died Dec. 21 at age 93, was the wife of former Brigantine Mayor John Rogge. Both lived in Brigantine since 1948. Rogge was involved with the Betty Bacharach Rehibilitation Center, Children's Seashore House, the American Cancer Society and the Florence Crittenton Home, and helped establish several charitable organizations in Brigantine.
Malloy, 97, died Dec. 22. She was the mother-in-law of former Brigantine 2nd Ward Councilman Steve Bonanni, an active volunteer with Catholic Charities, a former Girl Scout troop leader and PTA officer, a parishioner of St. Thomas Church, and in later years was involved with the Young at Heart Club, the Red Hat Society and the Brigantine Senior Center.
All five members who are returning to City Council in 2017 expressed gratitude and extended well wishes toward outgoing members Lisa McClay and John Withers, both of whom lost close races in the November election.
McClay has represented Ward 2 since 2012. She is in her 19th year as a social studies teacher in the Northfield School District, and has lived in Brigantine for more than 30 years.
Withers served as the 3rd Ward councilman for one year, having been appointed to fill a vacated seat. He has been a casino-industry employee and private business owner for more than 20 years.
The swearing-in ceremony for 1st Ward Councilwoman Karen Bew, 2nd Ward Councilman Michael Riordan, 3rd Ward Councilman Dennis Haney and 4th Ward Councilman Richard DeLucry will take place 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, followed by the first council agenda of 2017.
City Council wished all Brigantine residents and their families a happy and healthy new year.