Sewerage planned for Grassy Sound

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – In 2002, the state Department of Environment Protection issued an order for a sanitary sewer line to run from the village of Grassy Sound to North Wildwood.

The state has since indicated that could be changed to Middle Township handling the village’s sewage.

The small community off of North Wildwood Boulevard is without a sewerage treatment facility, so sewage stored in temporary holding tanks are taken to an off-site wastewater treatment facility.

Now, phase three of the project looks to be soon under way.

On Jan. 3, Middle Township Committee introduced an ordinance that authorities an agreement with the Village of Grassy Sound Civil Association Inc. for the development, maintenance and operation of sewage treatment facilities and conduits.

The Village of Grassy Sound Civil Association Inc., a nonprofit organization, formed in 1991 and has as part of one of its objectives to construct, operate and finance of a sewage collection system for the community.

As part of phase three, the sewage would be treated by the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has agreed to provide money for the project, according to the ordinance.

A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance are expected Feb. 20. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at township hall at 33 Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House.

Efforts to contact someone from the Village of Grassy Sound Civil Association Inc. for comment were unsuccessful.

In other business, Township Committee:

  •  approved a resolution to pay mileage to tax assessor Lee Ann Russ, $1,200; township clerk Kimberly Krauss, $750; tax collector Sandra Beasley, $600; and deputy tax assessor Elizabeth Simpkins, $600.
  • approved salaries for 2013, which includes naming Tammy Devitt as acting recreation director. She will receive $3,000 for the added duties. Devitt replaced Chuck McDonnell who left for another position in November. Devitt’s regular salary is $30,016.
  •  approved a resolution paying former business administrator Mark Mallett $4,320 for unused vacation time. He resigned in December.
  •  ratified a shared services agreement with animal control services with Lower Township from Jan. 1-March 31.
  •  approved awarding a contract and ratifying an agreement with Jeffrey R. Surenian and Associates LLC as special counsel on affordable housing, not to exceed $15,000. The lawyer helped township officials with affordable housing in 2012. The township and other municipalities in the state were forced to commit affordable housing trust fund money to projects. During the summer, Township Committee earmarked money for affordable housing to be built in Cape May Court House, Rio Grande and Whitesboro.

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