AHLOA President, Jack Keenan, and AHLOA Trustee, Lynn Cruser participated in Avalon's National Night out held on August 7th. The theme of our booth was Bike Safety. The kids really enjoyed answering the bike safety questions and getting fun bike prizes. Everyone also enjoyed our free popcorn and candy. The Avalon "Blue Boomer" bike also made it to the booth. Many parents commented to Jack that they were happy to see that we were talking with the kids about bike safety. Fun was had by all. Perhaps this theme will become a new AHLOA tradition!
On July 2nd, James Deever was appointed to a 1-year term as president of the Avalon Borough Council, succeeding John McCorristin. Deever's first 4-year term on Borough Council started in 2017. Nominations for president and vice-president take place each year and rotate among council members. Councilman Chuck Covington will now serve as vice president.
On July 25th, after a well-attended pubic hearing, Avalon Borough Council unanimously adopted four ordinances that are part of its settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center. The ordinances form the core of the borough’s plan for meeting its obligation to provide “reasonable opportunity” for the development of low and moderate-income housing in the borough. More information concerning the July 25th hearing and the four ordinances is available in the following article:
During the July 14 AHLOA monthly Trustee meeting, many concerns and recommendations were raised by attendees addressing the Avalon construction boom and resulting problems for neighbors adjacent to work sites. The concerns raised at the monthly meeting echoed many of the same issues and recommendations presented at the recent June 13, June 27 and July 11 Council meetings. As a result of the input from the July 14th meeting, AHLOA Officers and Trustees considered the input of the attendees, and sent a summary letter dated July 21st with specific recommendations to to Council President, with cc's to the Mayor and Business Administrator. This topic will likely get additional attention at the upcoming AHLOA Annual Membership meeting on August 11th at Community Hall.
The Borough of Avalon received a study from the engineering firm Mott MacDonald regarding flooding issues in the Northern end of the community. This report intends to address solutions to street flooding during rain events that produce several inches of rain in a short period of time. The engineering report has been published and is now available on the Borough's website. Please click here to display a downloadable PDF copy of the report.
There has been an increase in construction activity in Avalon during the summer of 2018. The Avalon Borough Council, Administration, and department heads are currently reviewing the rules and regulations for construction that will be fair for both Borough residents and contractors who do work in the Borough. Please click here to see a summary of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding current Code related to construction topics and remedies.
During his June 9th presentation at the AHLOA monthly meeting, Avalon police chief, Jeff Christopher, noted that during the busy summer months, Avalon more than doubles its patrol staff with 30 temporary Class 1 or 2 officers added to the full-time staff of 21 serving our community throughout the remainder of the year. On behalf of our full-time owners and temporary seasonal visitors, "hats off" to Jeff and his team!
During the June 9th AHLOA monthly meeting, Beach Patrol Captain Murray Wolf provided a complete overview of his team's operations throughout the busy summer season. The Patrol welcomed 30 new guards this summer to a team that averages 90 guards each year. Many thanks to Murray and his team of men and women dedicated to keeping us safe as we enjoy our very special island this time of year!
Starting August 18th, a new 640 area code will be "overlaid" on the 609 area code for Central and Southeastern New Jersey. New telephone numbers issued in this geography after mid-September will start to receive the new 640 area code. Your safest procedure will be to dial 1, followed by the 3-digit area code followed by the 7-digit phone number when dialing between 856, 609 and 640 area codes.
The Borough has been awarded a NJDOT grant of$160,000 towards the cost of reconstructing 35th Street
South Jersey Gas has completed their system upgrade with the installation of 22,000 linear feet of new gas distribution service
The back-passing project is in full swing and is proceeding according to plan, targeted for completion by Memorial Day
Avalon Borough is one of four municipalities each awarded a $20,000 grant by the Sustainable New Jersey program, which in Avalon's case will be used a terrapin friendly nesting area in Kayak Park
A draft version of the Borough's study of North-end / beach block flooding due to heavy rain events will be made public on May 22nd
At its June 27 meeting, the Avalon Borough Council introduced four ordinances that represent the implementation its affordable housing obligations:
Opportunities for at least 10 accessory apartments on the second floor of structures in the business district
A set-aside requirement that will ensure a percentage of units for affordable housing in any new development that will produce five or more living units
An overlay permitting land use in the business district that otherwise would be prohibited
General plan terms including definitions, monitoring, maximum rents, income eligibility requirements and the need for the Borough to engage in an affirmative marketing plan
What Avalon has achieved with these four ordinances, assuming they are adopted on second reading, is a settlement that meets its obligations under state law until 2025, largely through the use of an accessory apartment program that utilizes potential space not yet developed
Avalon’s Borough Council devoted a large part of its June 27 work session to a discussion of plastic and the pollution threat that casually discarded plastic creates for the marine ecosystem
Dr. Lenore Tedesco, executive director of the Wetlands Institute, presented to Council the dangerous extent of the problem and on the challenges in confronting it
The discussion was the preface to an expected ordinance in the Borough that will seek to eliminate the use of certain single-use plastic items by Memorial Day 2019
It is likely that Avalon will introduce an ordinance at its July 11 council meeting
When the ordinance comes up for a second reading and possible adoption at a subsequent meeting, there would be a required public hearing on the measure
An application for security improvements at the Avalon school is being prepared which will include new camera focus, revised entrance to the multipurpose room, upgrades to the vestibule, and perimeter fencing around the property.
Avalon has achieved a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums for property owners in the Borough through the Federal Government's Community Rating System
At the May Zoning Board meeting, approval was given for the creation of outdoor dining in front of the Icona Brew Pub, including an awning -- with signage on 3 faces -- that would extend 15 feet from the building. Included in the approved site plan are movable planters around the perimeter of the dining area. Approval for limited ambient music is being considered under the liquor license, and will require Borough approval. Borough approval for 6-foot wide walkways on both sides of 79th Street will also be requested.