• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

‘Personnel issue’ causes Longport to reorganize commissioner assignments

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LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

“Due to personnel issues, which our solicitor has advised me not to make any comments about until they are fully resolved, the commissioners have chosen to realign and redefine their duties and responsibilities,” Russo said.

Russo and borough attorney Pat Agnellini declined discussion on the issue and the employees involved, but both confirmed that the municipality has not received any tort claim notices informing the borough that a legal suit is pending.

Russo will continue to serve as director of public safety and public affairs. He will assume certain duties that were part of the revenue and finance department, including oversight of elections, personnel administration, office management and Borough Hall.

James P. Leeds was moved from public works, parks and public property and appointed to oversee revenue and finance, which includes the offices of the assessor, CFO, tax collector, bookkeeping, beach fee administration, tax lien foreclosures, auditor, and insurance, bonds and contingent funds.

Daniel Lawler was moved from revenue and finance to public works, parks and public property and will assume supervision of the construction code and code enforcement departments in addition to streets, engineer, parks, playgrounds, beaches, jetties, lighting, trash and recycling, water and all public buildings.

Lawler also declined discussing the personnel issue, but agreed the changes were best for the borough.

He said Leeds was very good at managing the public works department, but the commissioners thought it was best to make the changes at this time.

“I have no problem with the change, in fact, I’m looking forward to learning a new department,” he said.

Lawler said public works will require more of his time and that he would miss working with finance department personnel.

“The public works guys are good and know what has to be done,” he said.

Leeds was not available for comment.

 


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