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Agreement Reached For Massive Beach Fill Project Coming To Avalon This Winter

 

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi announced that the Borough will be receiving a substantial hydraulic beach fill project that will begin in the coming weeks and restore the north end beaches in the Borough to their full federal template. This beach fill will likely not result in a municipal financial contribution and will provide for one of the largest beach fill projects history. The beach fill project comes despite the United State Fish and Wildlife Service’s misapplication of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, which all agencies had to work through in order to bring this public safety project to the community.

“This beach fill project was initially beset with unique challenges and obstacles, but thanks to our proactive vision and leadership from the Borough, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and United States Army Corps of Engineers we were able to get this project to the table and in place”, Mayor Pagliughi said. “All of the parties involved recognized the need to figure out a unique solution, and we were able to provide the necessary protection our town needs before the next storm season over the objections raised by an advisory agency”.

A large contract has been awarded by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC of Illinois, which will use the dredge “Texas” to perform this nourishment. Mobilization for the beach fill project is expected to begin before the end of January with the beach fill project starting in Stone Harbor, and taking about four weeks to complete; following the Stone Harbor project, the hydraulic pumping of sand from Townsend’s Inlet onto the Avalon beaches will begin in February. It is possible that this could be one of the largest beach fill projects in Avalon’s history with funding place to pump a maximum quantity of 940,000 cubic yards of sand on the Borough’s north end beaches from 9th Street south to just north of 38th Street. The actual quantity of sand needed to restore the beachfront to the federal template will be determined in the coming weeks. This beach fill project will repair damage to the Avalon beaches created by an October, 2015 nor’easter event and Winter Storm Jonas in 2016.

The project will begin on the 9th Street beach and move in a southerly direction. The dredge pipe will extend from Townsend’s Inlet over the 8th Street Jetty to the beaches. Section of pipe will be added as the project moves in a southerly direction towards 38thh Street during the mid and late winter months. The “Texas” can produce a maximum volume of 50,000 cubic yards of sand per day, making this nearly a month-long project. Sand pumping could begin in Stone Harbor as early as January 27th.  There is more than enough available sand in Townsend’s Inlet to conduct this hydraulic beach project for Avalon.

This project also includes repair work to Avalon dunes and crossovers on beach paths. There will be intermittent beach closings stretching about 1,000 feet as this work is being conducted. Once dredging begins, it will only be stopped due to mechanical maintenance or poor weather conditions.

This beach fill project was initially threatened by an application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act which prevented Stone Harbor from using federal funding to withdraw sand from Hereford Inlet even though that has been past practice in prior beach fills. Avalon’s Mayor, Council, and Administration worked with the member agencies and Stone Harbor to construct a financial arrangement that removed this obstacle. “This last-minute application of the Act was callous, uncalled for, unprecedented, and arbitrary”, Mayor Pagliughi said. “The United States Fish and Wildlife Agency ignored past policy and exceptions in the Act that should have made the harvesting of sand out of Hereford Inlet to the benefit of Stone Harbor and Avalon residents a very easy decision. This agency overstepped its bounds, and I congratulate the federal, state, and local governments coming to together to make sure this beach fill provides a protective beach in advance of the storm season. Avalon continues to relentlessly pursue both legal and legislative remedies to this Act to make sure that the protection of lives and property comes first with every future beach fill project”.

The Borough of Avalon has contracted with Dr. Stewart Farrell of the Coastal Resource Center of Stockton University since the late 1980’s. Dr. Farrell’s latest survey on Hereford Inlet shows that over 5,064,085 cubic yards of new sand has been added to the Stone Harbor beach, and sand volumes have returned exponentially to the northeast corner of the barrier island.

Updates on this project will be available on Avalon’s municipal website, www.avalonboro.net.

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AHLOA 64th Annual Meeting

AHLOA 64th Annual Meeting Presents

The U.S. Coast Guard

Commander Joseph Meuse, Executive Officer

U. S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J

Mayor Martin Pagliughi – State of The Borough in 2016

 

August 13 at the Avalon Community Center

Refreshments at 9:30 am

Main Meeting at 10:00 am

                                                                                      Mayor Martin Pagliughi

What’s going on in Avalon? Our Mayor will give his usual informative and entertaining review of happenings from taxes to the beach and bay. See his slides from last year on this web site.

                                                                                                                    

                                                                           The Coast Guard Training Center

The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation’s only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later.  Since then, the Coast Guard has protected the United States throughout its long history and served proudly in every one of the nation’s conflicts.

The Coast Guard Training Center is Cape May is the only facility of its’ kind in the country. Here enlisted recruits are trained in the complex tasks assigned to the Coast Guard.

In a recent year, they responded to 20,510 Search and Rescue cases and saved over 3,800 lives, interdicted nearly 2,500 undocumented migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States, conducted over 46,000 recreational vessel boardings, and visited 1,150 recreational boat manufacturers in conjunction with state efforts to provide education and ensure compliance with federal regulations.

Hear more about the mission and operations at the AHLOA Annual meeting.

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AHLOA presents ninth annual Community Connections

It’s Spring!

AHLOA again offers an opportunity to reconnect to your Avalon community, presenting the ninth annual Community Connections event on April 9, 2016.

Come for coffee and bagels at 9:30 am in Community Hall.

At 10:00 am, we will hear from Mayor Martin Pagliughi in his role as County Emergency Management Director. Marty will take us through the operations of the County office and dispense advice on handling emergencies.

Our next speaker will talk about a unique Avalon asset, the Avalon Seawatch. Dr. David La Puma of the New Jersey Audubon Society is Director – Cape May Bird Observatory.

He has a fascinating story to relate about birding in Avalon and the County. Quoting their website:

“Possibly the greatest migration spectacle on the East Coast of North America, the Avalon Seawatch ensures we have our finger on the pulse of waterbirds in the western Atlantic. Hovering around 1 million individual birds counted each year, this dataset is critically important to understanding waterbird populations in our region.”

In addition, AHLOA will again host local community civic and Borough groups at 11:00 am. They will have information for you on their programs and organizations. The Borough departments will answer your questions about their responsibilities. 

Everyone welcome.

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UPDATE ON ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC PROJECT

Here is a link to  comprehensive update on the Atlantic City Electric power project

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Spring Beach Fill Coming

At the Wednesday, March 9th meeting of Borough Council, Avalon Municipal Engineer Tom Thornton will discuss a proposal that will allow Hatch Mott MacDonald to request a permit modification and design a back passing beach fill project for the north end of Avalon.

Earlier this month the Borough received a final report from Dr. Stu Farrell at Stockton University regarding the transport of sand from last year’s beach fill southerly along the Avalon beach.

The back passing project will also include the repair of all beach access paths in the north end that were damaged during the October, 2015 and January, 2016 storm events.  The work will be completed in advance of Memorial Day weekend.

In addition, the Mayor and Business Administrator continue to work with our federal and state partners for a large hydraulic beach fill operation that will likely be conducted during the 2016-’17 offseason

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Spring Dune Grass planting - April 16 - volunteer now

On Saturday, April 16th,  2016, (rain date April 17th), Avalon will hold its annual Spring Volunteer Dune Grass Planting. You are encouraged to participate. Past volunteers agree it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Volunteers will meet at Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach, at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts, at which time a brief planting demonstration will be given. Then at 9:00 a.m. Avalon Borough vehicles will take all volunteers to their planting sites.

At noon, participants will be returned to Community Hall for a free lunch. Planting will resume at 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m., if planting has not been completed during the morning. We will have 12,000 dune grass stolons to plant, so many volunteers are needed. Specially designed planting tools will be provided to all volunteers.

The Borough would appreciate having a head count of the volunteers so we can have an accurate number for the lunches. Please call Sue Keen at 967-5924 or Chuck McDonnell at 967-3066, no later than April 1st.

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Townsends Inlet Bridge to reopen February 12

The following from the office of Scott Wahl –

Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster announced that Ocean Drive (County Road No. 619) between Avalon and Sea Isle City is scheduled to re-open to vehicular traffic on Friday, February 12th, at 3:00pm.  The permanent restoration of the section of Ocean Drive between 4th Avenue in Avalon and the bridge over Townsend’s Inlet will be substantially completed on February 12th.  Once the roadway reopens on February 12th, there are no planned closings of the roadway or Townsend’s Inlet Bridge for construction activities.  However, there may be an occasional lane closing to complete any remaining or maintenance work.

This permanent restoration project hardened the Ocean Drive roadway to minimize the damage inflicted on the pavement due to wave action.  The new roadbed consists of stainless steel reinforced concrete.  An open graded stone area has been created between the seawall and the new concrete roadbed to permit most of the water from the waves crashing on the seawall to return to the ocean instead of running across the roadway.  Previously all of the water from the waves ran across the roadway.  During times of extremely high tides and a northeast wind, the waves may overtop the seawall and for safety concerns may result in the roadway being temporarily closed.

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Avalon Forms Floodplain Management Committee, Meeting Schedule Set

The Bor­ough of Avalon has formed a Flood­plain Plan­ning Com­mit­tee under the advice and direc­tion of Mayor Mar­tin Pagli­ughi and the Avalon Bor­ough Coun­cil.  This com­mit­tee will be hold­ing sev­eral meet­ings from Octo­ber through Decem­ber, 2015 to dis­cuss var­i­ous ways that the Bor­ough can enhance and improve its flood mit­i­ga­tion efforts.  The imple­men­ta­tion of this com­mit­tee and effort is in accor­dance with the 2013 CRS (Com­mu­nity Rat­ing Sys­tem) Coordinator’s Man­ual.  Under the CRS pro­gram, the Bor­ough has been able to attain a Class 5 rat­ing which offers Avalon prop­erty own­ers a 25% dis­count on flood insur­ance pre­mi­ums.  This new effort by the Bor­ough to cre­ate a new plan will help earn more points under the CRS pro­gram with the goal of main­tain­ing the 25% dis­count on flood insur­ance pre­mi­ums, or pos­si­bly increase that dis­count to 30% if enough points are attained through the process.  Avalon’s Bor­ough Coun­cil has approved an exec­u­tive com­mit­tee and a vol­un­teer board to serve the Bor­ough and offer guid­ance for the final plan.  This plan will also be dis­cussed by Avalon Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tor Scott Wahl at the next AHLOA meet­ing sched­uled for Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 14th, at the Avalon Senior Cen­ter at 10:00am.

All plan­ning meet­ings will be held in Avalon Bor­ough Hall at 2:00pm

 

 

Octo­ber 27th, 2015–“Assess the Hazard”

Octo­ber 30th, 2015–“Assess the Problem”

Novem­ber 4th–Public Infor­ma­tion Meeting

Novem­ber 5th, 2015–“Set Goals”

Novem­ber 10th, 2015–“Review Pos­si­ble Activities”

Novem­ber 23rd, 2015–“Draft the Action Plan”

Decem­ber 1st, 2015–Public Meet­ing for Final Comments

Decem­ber 9th, 2015–Present Draft Plan to Bor­ough Coun­cil, 4:00pm

Decem­ber 22nd, 2015–Present Final Plan to Bor­ough Coun­cil, 4:00pm

Updates will be avail­able on the Avalon munic­i­pal web­site, www.avalonboro.net; on ShoreTV Chan­nel 97 for Com­cast cus­tomers; and at Avalon Bor­ough Hall.

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Stormy Weather

Keep aware of conditions by visiting the Borough of Avalon emergency management website www.avalonemergency.org.

Also follow on the main Borough site www.avalonboro.net

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Atlantic City Electric Outage Tuesday Sept 29

PLEASE Note: The outage was postponed due to weather conditions. To follow the status of the work, visit avalonboro.net for complete updates. Thank you

On Tuesday, September 29th, Atlantic City Electric will de-energize the current Peermont Substation located between 60th and 61st streets in Avalon and re-route sufficient electrical power throughout the Seven Mile Island prior to the installation of the new Substation.  As a result, there will be a planned power outage in Avalon adjacent to, and north, of the Substation for approximately 20 minutes.  This outage is expected to occur on September 29th at approximately 4:00pm and will affect the Borough of Avalon from 61st Street north to 7th Street from the beach to the bay; other areas of Avalon are not expected to be affected by this outage, south of 61st Street.  This planned outage is necessary in order to safely de-energize the Substation to be removed.  Please plan accordingly.  This outage will be weather dependent and the date and time may be moved if conditions are not favorable.  If you have any emergency, please dial 911.  If you have any questions during or following this outage, please call Atlantic City Electric’s emergency number at 1-800-833-7476.  This planned power interruption is subject to favorable weather conditions.  If the date or time changes, we will provide a community-wide notification.  Avalon plans to remind property owners regarding this outage via a Code Red emergency telephone call on Monday evening, September 28th and again on Tuesday morning, September 29th.

Following the de-energizing of the current Substation, the contractor plans to remove the transformer and various electrical equipment.

For continual updates, please visit this website avalonboro.net.  Shall you have any questions regarding this project please call Veronica Town, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Atlantic City Electric, at (609) 463-3805 or email her

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AVALON POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS September 26

Avalon, NJ– On September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Avalon Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Police Headquarters at 3000 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.  

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

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MIke Matt to assume Presidency

Bob Hoesly, our elected President, is moving from Avalon for employment opportunities. He will be resigning effective 1 October.

The AHLOA By-laws stipulate that the first Vice President, becomes acting President and should fulfill the President’s duties. Our First Vice- President  is Mike Matt, well known to all of you. He will assume the duties of Acting President and attempt to continue the fine work performed by Bob.

 Bob had one year remaining on his term until next August when a new AHLOA President will be elected. 

 All members of AHLOA  thank Bob, and his bride Jill, an AHLOA trustee, for their commitment to the betterment of our great town. We wish you and your family fair winds and following seas in your next endeavor

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Fall Speakers announced

In September and October, AHLOA will present two first-time speakers.

On Saturday, September 12, we will hear from Chuck McDonnell, the new Director of the Avalon Recreation Department.

Chuck’s topic is a perspective on the internet era, “Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants Do they really think differently?”

On Saturday, October 10, we will hear from Karen De Rosa of CASA. CASA is short for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.”

CASA is a nationwide network of over 950 local programs devoted to caring for abused and neglected children.

Join us for these very interesting speakers.

Avalon Senior Center, 10 am.

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Atlantic City Electric update on Peermont Project

Here are the slides from Atlantic City Electric’s August 8 at the AHLOA Annual Meeting.

The only really new information was that there would be a “brief” service interruption as the change-over to the new substation was accomplished. There was to be some form of notification, not fully described.

Atlantic City Electric Presentation

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AHLOA Annual Meeting - Mayor Pagliughi's slides

Here are the slides the Mayor presented At the AHLOA Annual Meeting on August 8, 2015.

2015 Mayor’s Presentation

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Mayor, Wetlands Director to highlight AHLOA Annual Meeting

AHLOA Annual Meeting

Saturday, August 8 2015

Dr Leonore Tedesco, Director of the Stone Harbor-based Wetlands Institute will offer perspectives on the research programs of the Institute and discuss the value of Wetlands to the environment.

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi will present the 2015 State-of-the-Borough review including major programs and finances.

The meeting convenes at 9:30 am at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and Avalon Avenue, with refreshments. The main meeting will start at 10:00. The presentations will be followed by a short business meeting.

 

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Avalon introduces 2015 Budget

The Avalon Bor­ough Coun­cil for­mally intro­duced the 2015 munic­i­pal bud­get as pre­sented by Mayor Mar­tin Pagli­ughi dur­ing the Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 25th Coun­cil meet­ing. The bud­get totals $25.3 mil­lion and includes a one fifth of a penny increase in the local pur­pose tax rate. The new munic­i­pal tax rate will be 22.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

“This munic­i­pal bud­get main­tains one of the low­est local pur­pose tax rates of any seashore com­mu­nity in New Jer­sey while fund­ing nec­es­sary cap­i­tal improve­ment projects in the Bor­ough”, said Mayor Pagli­ughi. “Avalon con­tin­ues with its pay as you go approach to fund­ing nec­es­sary projects and will allow us to con­tinue to pro­vide an excep­tional level of munic­i­pal ser­vices to our res­i­dents and visitors”.

The amount of rev­enue to be raised via prop­erty taxes is $16,712,977. Avalon ended the year 2014 with a bud­get sur­plus of $6.5 mil­lion. The 2015 munic­i­pal bud­get will use slightly over $2.8 mil­lion of the sur­plus, or 0.87 per­cent less than sur­plus fund­ing used in 2014.

“The Avalon Bor­ough Coun­cil Finance Com­mit­tee care­fully reviewed each and every request for cap­i­tal improve­ment projects in 2015”, said Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Charles Cov­ing­ton, who is joined on the Com­mit­tee by Coun­cil­woman Dr. Nancy Hudanich. “In 2015, Avalon will use cash to pay for $2.653 mil­lion of cap­i­tal projects and will con­tinue to pay down debt to lessen the impact on future bud­gets. This approach and long term fis­cal plan­ning results in Avalon again main­tain­ing an excep­tional AAA bond rat­ing with Stan­dard and Poor’s that pro­vides very low inter­est rates for the Borough”.

Among the cap­i­tal projects to be funded by the 2015 munic­i­pal bud­get: Recon­struc­tion of the 28th Street munic­i­pal park­ing lot adja­cent to the board­walk; improve­ments to Avalon Com­mu­nity Hall; con­tin­u­ance of Avalon’s aggres­sive back bay dredg­ing project; replen­ish­ment of beaches in Avalon’s north end; var­i­ous improve­ments to the Borough’s san­i­tary sewer and water sys­tem; and nec­es­sary replace­ments to the fleet of heavy equip­ment at the Avalon Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works.

Avalon con­tin­ues to improve ser­vices and reduc­ing expenses with more than 20 shared ser­vices agree­ments with other gov­ern­ments. The Bor­ough con­tin­ues its prac­tice of pri­va­tiz­ing var­i­ous ser­vices includ­ing land­scap­ing, the man­age­ment of the water and sewer util­ity, and trash/recycling col­lec­tion to pru­dently man­age salaries and wages. Avalon cur­rently has $7.36 bil­lion of prop­erty value in the community.

Pub­lic hear­ing and com­ment on the bud­get will be held at the Avalon Bor­ough Coun­cil meet­ing on March 25th.

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TENNIS COURT RESERVATIONS- PRIORITY FOR AVALON TAXPAYERS

      1. You must apply for a permit to take advantage of the priority system.
      2. 1.  Taxpayers must submit proof of ownership (e.g. tax bill and photo I.D.) to staff to establish their right to priority:
      3.                         -when purchasing a permit, or
      4.                         -if they do not purchase a permit, when they make an advanced reservation.
      5. Staff will make a photo on site, and attach it to the permit, or a sheet identifying the taxpayer.
      6. Staff will create and maintain (2) books, one for permit holders in which Avalon taxpayers will be identified by a different color permit than non-taxpayer permit holders, and the other for non-permit holders who are Avalon taxpayers.
      7. The doors will be opened at 7:00AM.
      8. From 7:00AM to 7:15AM, (or, if later when all Avalon taxpayers have been served), taxpayers may make advanced reservations in person for the following day.
      9. Thereafter, all other in-person reservations for the following day will be taken.
      10. After 7:30AM, phone-in reservations by permit holders will be accepted for the same day and next day.
      11. All permits must be purchased during the season at 39th Street. Preseason permits may be purchased during times to be specified, or by appointment after the Tennis Resolution has been passed by Borough Council.
      12. On Memorial Day and July 4th weekends (2) staff members will be on the morning shift to handle the permit process
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AHLOA presents Community Connections 2015

The Avalon Home and Land Owners Association is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Community Connections gathering, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:30 in Community Hall.

The gathering brings the local community together with Borough Officials and Departments, and with local civic organizations.

Borough speakers give short talks on matters of current interest. This year, Borough Administrator Scott Wahl will cover capital projects in the works and some changes in Borough Organization, including the Recreation Department.

Borough Engineer Tom Thorton will discuss important (and Expensive) Bay and Beach restoration programs.

Other government people you can expect to see are the Police, Fire and Rescue teams. The Avalon Library and Avalon History Center will have representatives.

Many elected officials attend regularly, so if you haven’t met them, this is a convenient way to do so.

Civic groups who have been regulars include the Garden Club, the Avalon Civic Club, the Historical Society, the Democratic and Republican Clubs, the Lions Club and Diller Home and the Wetlands Institute.

9:30 am coffee and bagels

10:00 am – Scott Wahl and Tom Thorton

11:00 am to noon – visit your local organization’s table, get their 2015 plans and idea, join up!

See you there

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