NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood City Council authorized a resolution Tuesday, Feb. 7 to go out to bid for the demolition of Nino’s Family Restaurant at 201 W. Walnut Street.
Many locals and visitors remember Nino’s by its former name, the Triangle Restaurant, situated on a triangular lot at Walnut and Spruce avenues.
Mayor Patrick Rosenello said after the council meeting that the restaurant had been damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012, and it never reopened.
“It was one of the last Sandy (damaged) buildings,” Rosenello said.
Nino’s still operates on the boardwalk and on Main Street in Cape May Court House.
Rosenello said the city had negotiated the demolition with the owners because the building has code violations due to the storm damage. He said the city and property owner agreed the city would tear down the building and put a lien on the property, which would be paid when the property sells.
In other business, council authorized an application for a grant from the US Department of Agriculture to purchase public safety vehicles. Rosenello said the city applies for the grants yearly, and last year the money was used for a four-wheel drive pickup truck for the fire department. He said the town has to meet certain parameters to obtain the grant, and the city needs to purchase some new public safety vehicles every year.
“We apply for the grant to help offset the cost,” he said.
Rosenello said the plan is to buy two new police vehicles in 2017.
City solicitor William Kaufmann explained a resolution saying the city was going to reconstruct the parking lot at the “Greek Church.” He said the city was not resurfacing the church’s parking lot at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, located at 321 St. Demetrios Avenue in North Wildwood. Kaufmann said the street end is owned by the city and the city planned to repair the seawall at that location.
Rosenello explained after the meeting that the location is actually the Windsor Avenue right of way. He said the term “Greek Church” was a shorthand notation used by the engineer to identify the location of the reconstruction project.
Council passed Ordinance 1708 after a public hearing. The ordinance amended the fees for use of Public Works equipment by individuals or other municipalities besides North Wildwood.
The council also adopted the following resolutions:
Resolution 1 authorized a contract for off-island vehicle repair and inspection.
Resolution 2 authorized a contract with Joseph Quattrone as entertainment/events coordinator.
Resolution 3 authorized a contract with TRIAD Associates for ADA improvements at 16th and Boardwalk.
Resolution 4 commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund.
Resolution 7 authorized the auction of surplus property on an online auction website.
Resolution 8 authorized a professional services contract with Eric Garrabrant for hearing officer services.
Resolution 9 authorized an emergency contract for beach repair following the Jan. 23 winter storm.
Resolution 10 approved Change Order #1 – 2014 Street and Utility Reconstruction Program.
Resolution 11 awarded a contract for reconstruction of West 17th Avenue.
Resolution 13 approved person-to-person and place-to-place transfer ABC license from Olde New Jersey Tavern LLC to The Surfing Pig LLC at 231 W. 10th Ave.