AHLOA November Meeting on Beaches and New Atlantic Electric Project

//AHLOA November Meeting on Beaches and New Atlantic Electric Project

AHLOA November Meeting on Beaches and New Atlantic Electric Project




Beach replenishment

Scott Wahl, Avalon Business Administrator

Tom Thornton, Borough Engineer

The Avalon beachfront experienced damage from the October, 2015 nor’easter and January, 2016 Winter Storm Jonas before a major back-passing project.  On Labor Day weekend, Hurricane Hermine did not bring anticipated coastal flooding and bad weather, but did provide a strong wind event that caused further damage to north end beaches.

The Borough has been involved in discussions with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on a hydraulic beach fill that involves both Avalon and Stone Harbor.   However, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has attempted to prevent the Stone Harbor portion of the project from moving forward which could jeopardize the beach fill.  By November 12th, we will have a clear understanding if this project moves forward or if the Borough will seek another remediation of our north end beaches.

Electric power project – phase 2

Atlantic City Electric Representatives

  Atlantic City Electric will discuss the second and final portion of our resiliency project in Avalon.  Last year, the utility completed the construction of the new Peermont Substation and also completed a pole project along Ocean Drive that resulted in more resiliency for the energy transmission lines that are essential to keeping the power on.

The second and final phase is a much smaller impact project to Avalon but very important.  This project will result in two additional distribution “feeders” being added to Avalon that will result in some work along the east side of Dune Drive from 34th Street south to 80th Street.  The two feeders are called “Ocean” and “Hereford” and provide ACE with more switching operations when a power outage happens, and also lessens the impact on the entire Borough. 

Existing wood transmission poles on the east side of Dune Drive will be replaced with new wood transmission poles that will stand about ten feet taller and include new wiring, transformers, and lighting.

The Borough has an opportunity to explore LED lighting for its street lights during this project.  The LED lights are much more energy efficient and will reduce the Borough’s energy bill, last years longer than the traditional sodium lights, and also allow for motorists to distinguish colors better than the older sodium lights.

The Borough has held one exploratory meeting with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to see what sort of State incentives could apply to this portion of the project.