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Boardwalk Biz May Have to Help Pay for Boardwalk Fix

Town may impose assessment fees on Jenkinson's and Risden's

In late summer of 2011,

During a break in the official activities of the day, the elder Vincent Storino, one of the Jenkinson's owners, shot a sour look at the battered boardwalk and complained, "The mayor, he never fixes the boardwalk."

When asked, "Whose responsibility is it to fix the boardwalk?" Storino replied, emphatically, "The town's."

Now the town is hoping to bang a chink in that assured answer, taking the first step in compelling the Storinos, owners of and Risden's, to help pay to fix a piece of the boardwalk damaged by tropical storm Irene a year ago, which actually prompted Christie's visit.

The governor had visited Point Beach to tell the public, "Get the hell back on the beach," after saying the opposite as Irene had approached the Jersey Shore.

On Tuesday night, the four councilmembers present, William Mayer, Michael Corbally, Stephen Reid and Bret Gordon, voted for first reading of an ordinance for $565,000 "to replace 400 feet of boardwalk north of the southerly intersection of Trenton Avenue and the boardwalk," according to the ordinance.

Mayor Vincent Barrella and councilmembers Kristine Tooker and Tim Lurie were absent.

The amount includes a down payment of $28,250 and a bond for the balance of $536,750.

The work would extend from the section of boardwalk in front of Lucky's North to Trenton, Mayer explained. The boardwalk is 16 feet wide in that section.

Mayer, who initiated the proposal, noted that because the repair and replacement would be for a section of the boardwalk damaged by Irene, FEMA would reimburse the town for 75 percent of the cost.

And, the plan goes, the town would split the remaining 25 percent of the cost with Jenkinson's and Risden's. The town would impose a share of the cost on the two boardwalk businesses through a special assessment after the work is completed, Mayer said.

"I think it's the first time the town has done this kind of special assessment," Mayer said. The businesses could pay in 60 days or over a 10-year period, he said.

Mayer said the town owns the boardwalk, but not the land under it.

He said he talked to the Storinos about the proposal, which would have them paying possibly as much as $53,675 of the overall cost.

"Did they like it? I don't know," Mayer said. "But I didn't get any real resistance. They know it's coming."

When contacted after the meeting, Marilou Halvorsen, Jenkinson's Director of Marketing, referred the call to Ed McGlynn, a Jenkinson's attorney.

Mayer said he had not had time to talk to Risden's about their "share," which may be nearly $17,000 for replacement of part of the boardwalk in front of their business.

Both companies will get certified letters about the proposal and the ordinance and assessments also have to be advertised in public notices, Mayer said.

The ordinance is up for second reading and adoption at the Sept. 18 council meeting. Then the town has to go through a bidding process, get the work done, then have a public hearing on the assessments, then "confirm" them through another council vote, impose them and collect them.

If the businesses do not pay, the town still has to pay the bill.

Reid noted that the replaced section of boardwalk will not go as far as

"So we'll have new boardwalk, then old boardwalk, then new boardwalk," Reid said. "Can't we just go a little further so this project meets the section we just fixed?"

Mayer said that he too had thought about that, but not quite in time for the engineer to design an expanded plan and get it incorporated into the proposed bond ordinance.

"We'll do that, but not this time," he replied to Reid. "The clock is ticking on this FEMA money. I think we have to have this done by next year."

Gordon agreed with Reid's overall concept, saying the town needs to have a long range plan for boardwalk maintenance and appropriate money annually to work on sections of the boardwalk.

"We need to put money into that line item every year," he said.

Mayer said the amount of $565,000 will probably be more than what's needed to do the job, but that it will cover the cost of repair, replacement, engineering and legal fees and leave a bit of a cushion just in case.

But, he said, the final cost will more likely be less, possibly around $550,000.

The ordinance states: "....The Borough will contribute 87.5 percent of the cost...and 12.5 percent shall be assessed and the estimated maximum amount of the special assessments for said improvement is $70,625 and such special assessment may be paid in ten annual installments."

The Sept. 18 meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at

p September 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
ppb1955, Why would Vince Barrella normally say anything to the schools? I was under the impression when he had his chance a few years back when the council had to decide on the budget passing. He did, he told them nicely to get their house in order. As the laws stand at this moment and the schools stay under the 2% cap they will not need permission from anyone, not even the voters. The full time residents who live here are the ones who should make the BOE and superintendent more accountable on the decisions that they make. NOT THAT THEY WILL LISTEN!
p September 03, 2012 at 04:52 AM
ppb1995, You continue to slam Vince Barrella, You claim it is no big deal to become a lawyer or professor. You don't think from a quality education that you will NOT become more knowledgeable. I don't know who you are? With that being said, I would not take your advise on anything you say. He has done nothing of the sort, it takes a lot more than one person to ruin a town's reputation. The town leaders have been ignoring and looked away one to many times on a lot of issues. It was way before Vince Barrella took the lead. If anything he is representing those who don't have much of a voice. Some have intentionally tried to discredit him because he informed the resident of what has really taking place in the town. That was a big mistake or a big No No to some. They don't want the residents to know anything. That is what is wrong with a lot of towns. They basically want to hide everything from the residents even though they should be representing you by informing us. A man of his year? What is that supposed to mean? Success measures different for everyone and age has nothing to do with it. Accomplishments to speak of? Listen to yourself? There is many here that are thankful for him and feels he has accomplish and done more than any Mayor that has lead this town. The only ones who should be embarrassed about the recall is some of the residents in the town itself. It should have never happened to begin with. It was a waste of time, money and energy. Barrella proved you all wrong.
p September 03, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Denise, I find it funny that mattmurphy is the one complaining about others. He/She is a fake and fraud who is doing the same thing go back and look at some of hiS/HER POSTS.
mattmurphy September 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Denise, Thanks for getting back to me. I hope you are able to enjoy at least part of the weekend.
s September 03, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Spooner, Do you know if they changed it just for PPB HS? At one time it was the top 75 schools, now it is top 100 high schools in NJ. Last year class was supposed to be the smart class according to so many. I can tell you this, the grades these kids are getting and what is given are not matching the results of the SAT's or any the other tests given. You have to stop giving grades that are not deserved no matter who wants them. Stop the favoritism and only looking at some kids in the extra-curriculum activities too. You might just be able to have the best teams and clubs too. Administrators, Teachers, Coaches need to start picking who truly deserves the spot or job, if they want to claim they are the best and who likes to separate themselves from all the other schools.

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