Crest OKs contract to expand beach path

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WILDWOOD CREST—During the Board of Commissioner’s meeting Dec. 27, Crest commissioners voted to grant contracts for projects involving the beach bike path and recreation space on Washington Avenue.

Also, the Crest plans to interview candidates for its open administrator position Jan. 8 and 9.

Commissioners approved a contract with S. Batata Construction Friday for $196,802 to widen the beach bike path from Centennial Park to Cresse Avenue.

The borough had allocated $350,000 for a bike path widening project earlier this fall, which would expand it by four feet. At the time, commissioners said they wanted to expand the bike path to make it easier and safer for bikers to navigate the popular path.

On Friday, Commissioner Don Cabrera said the current contract with S. Batata was to widen the path by two feet. He said that the borough was planning work to be completed between February and March.

The Crest is also planning to renovate recreation space near the public works garage on Washington Avenue. During the Friday meeting, commissioners voted to award a $355,245 contract to All Surface Asphalt Paving for that work.

Cabrera said there are five tennis courts in that area those are in poor condition. The work will reduce the number to three courts and expand the playground with modern equipment and fitness equipment.

The project will also include adding 10-foot privacy fencing around the public works building.

“We are responding to many of the neighbors concerns to beautify but also limit the view of the garage and activity inside,” Cabrera wrote in an email Friday. He could not be reached for a phone interview during the holidays.

The last time the area received a renovation like this was most likely over 20 years ago, Cabrera said. He added that many of the recreation amenities at the garage are no longer safe.

The borough is planning to do extensive work at the public works garage and complete a multimillion-dollar street reconstruction project along New Jersey Avenue in 2014 as well.

“With the public works garage and New Jersey Avenue project starting we would rather get all the construction done at one time,” Cabrera said.

In the upcoming weeks, the borough also plans to hire a new administrator. It has been without one since Kevin Yecco retired in June 2013.

“With the busy summer season here we felt best to wait until after the summer and the election,” Cabrera said of the delay in hiring an administrator.

Since Yecco’s retirement, he has been working part-time as North Wildwood’s city administrator.

Cabrera said the borough had received 35 applications for the open position, which is advertised to pay an annual salary between $75,000 and $110,000.

Originally, the borough had tried to hire a part-time administrator, but Cabrera said that this move shrunk the pool of applicants and ultimately wouldn’t fit well with the rest of the borough’s staff, which are full-time.

The interviews for candidates are Jan. 8 and 9, and the new candidate will start in February 2014.

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