CAPITAL PLAN WORKSHOP: The City is in the process of capital plan development. On October 26, a very productive public workshop with City Council was held to review the administration's draft of the five year capital plan. Based on the feedback received at that meeting, the plan will be revised for public discussion and review at the next scheduled workshop on December 14, at which time council will be presented with a resolution to adopt the Capital Plan for 2011-2015.
80TH STREET WATER TOWER PROJECT: Major renovations began on September 13 at the 80th Street Water Tower, which was built in the mid-1960s. Allied Painting of Cherry Hill has been contracted to tackle this huge effort, which will ensure that the tower will serve our City's ongoing needs. The project will include rehabilitating the interior and exterior of the tank (namely spot-welding where needed, sand-blasting and re-painting) and also making structural improvements, such as adding a new catwalk that will meet current OSHA standards. Look for scaffolding to go up around the tower in the near future, which will then be covered with a giant shroud to protect the local environment as work continues. This important project, which has a cost of $688,751, is expected to be completed in December.
MARINA BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: Work on our new Marina Services Building is expected to commence later this month and be completed by April, 2011. The new building will have space and storage for all of our marina maintenance efforts, as well as public restrooms. There will also be separate restrooms and showers for those who rent our municipal boat slips.
SOUTH END DUNE FENCING: Following our successful beach replenishment project earlier this year, the City has hired Turfscapes of Williamstown, NJ, to install new dune fencing and plant dune grass from 73rd to 94th Street, which will help maintain the structural integrity of our dune system. The cost to complete this project is $87, 366.
32nd STREET RAMP & 85th STREET BATHROOMS: Renovations have begun at the 85th Street public bathrooms, where work will be completed in time for the 2011 summer season. Also, the access ramp to the Promenade at 32nd Street will soon be renovated and made more pedestrian-friendly. Both of these projects are being performed by in-house forces.
PERMITS: The City is in the process of applying for permits to dredge our City's lagoons. Permits must be acquired from the Army Corps of Engineers and the State Department of Environmental Protection before such a project can begin. The objective is to perform a dredging project in 2011.
T.I. BRIDGE: For the past several weeks, the Townsend Inlet Bridge connecting Sea Isle City and Avalon has been closed for painting and general maintenance. According to the Cape May County Bridge Commission, the bridge will remain closed to vehicular traffic until at least November 12. For updates, visit www.followthegull.org.
EXCURSION PARK: The City has received bids for the next phase of the Beach to Bay project, which involves construction of the Excursion Park/Promenade/Pavilion entertainment complex (depicted below). At the November 9 City Council meeting at 6:00 p.m., council will consider adoption of a resolution authorizing the award of a construction contract to Fred Schiavone Construction of Malaga, NJ, in the amount of $1, 988,075 for the construction of the project.