Egg Harbor Township Committee news in brief

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The Township Committee discussed the following matters during its meeting Wednesday, Sept. 12:

Derecho costs, cleanup

Egg Harbor Township Administrator Peter Miller said the June 30 storm and the resulting cleanup efforts have cost the township approximately $250,000. Township Committee approved an emergency appropriation to cover the bills, though Miller said he expects the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse up to 75 percent of those costs. He said no overtime was used during the cleanup efforts. However, less pressing projects were put on hold.

 

The storm debris cleanup is nearly completed, he said during the Wednesday, Sept. 12 meeting. Public works has gone through each neighborhood twice to collect the large branches that were knocked down. Moving forward, residents follow typical collection requirements with their remaining storm debris. See www.ehtgov.org/PublicWorks for information or call (609) 926-3838.

Commission wants Ocean City- Longport Fishing Pier to be under EHT jurisdiction

If the Cape May Bridge Commission has its way, the Ocean City-Longport Fishing Pier, actually located on Ocean Drive in Egg Harbor Township, would become township property and be patrolled by township police. Township Administrator Peter Miller said authorities and visitors often report that people are violating posted rules by leaving bottles and fish remains there. Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough said he was surprised at the lack of concern users have of the pier.

“I find it amazing that the people who are trashing the pier are the fisherman who are using it,” he said.

Township Committee members did not seem interested in acquiring the commission’s northernmost bridge, but said they would be open to allowing the township police to patrol it as time and other priorities allow. “If they get a call in SeaviewHarbor, maybe they can stop by and check on it,” McCullough said. No formal action was taken.


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