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Tuesday, November 4th – Township Offices CLOSED – General Election Day
Saturday, November 8th – Open Shred Day 9:00am – 12:00pm @ Public Works Facility
Monday, November 10th – DEADLINE to avoid Tax Sale Process – Notice regarding Delinquencies
Tuesday, November 11th – Township Office CLOSED for Veteran’s Day
Wednesday, November 12th – Recreation Advisory Board Meeting 5:30pm @ MLK Center
Thursday, November 13th – Zoning Board Meeting 7:00 pm
Monday, November 17th – Township Work Session 4:00 pm
Monday, November 17th – Township Committee Meeting 6:00 pm
Tuesday, November 18th – Planning Board Meeting 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 19th – Environmental Commission meeting 6:30pm
Thursday & Friday, November 27th & 28th – Township Office CLOSED for Thanksgiving
33 Mechanic Street
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-8726
Fax: (609) 465-1509
or click on the person’s name above
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday
Building directors named; certification/continuing education process created
(Cape May Court House) – Middle Township Committee completed a restructuring of its Recreation Department leadership roles, naming two senior employees as Building Directors and putting in place a new certification process to provide continuing education for these Directors.
Tammy Devitt will be Director of the Clarence Davies Goshen Complex; she will coordinate all programs run at that Center, as well as the Memory Lane Tree Memorial Program. Robert Matthews will be Director of the Martin Luther King Center in Whitesboro; he will coordinate programs there and continue to be the liaison with the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro on the programs they provide at the King Center. Justin Cox, a recent hire, will provide support at the Centers and all employees will continue to be trained to work at both facilities.
“While we will continue to integrate staffing and programs at our centers, we recognize the differences between the goals and purposes of each facility,” Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue explained. “By designating Directors for each complex and giving them extra staffing support, our goal is to improve the quality and diversity of programs we can offer across the board.”
Donohue said Administrator Connie Mahon would provide oversight and guidance on larger issues that might arise. This new direction will provide a savings in salary and wages of over $35,000. Some of those savings could eventually go to Devitt and Matthews in the form of a yearly stipend. In order to achieve that stipend, both Directors will be required to complete courses to acquire certification as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and achieve membership in the National Recreation and Park Association and New Jersey Recreation and Park Association.
“It is truly unfortunate that past administrations have never provided avenues or opportunities for recreation leaders to improve their skills and level of professionalism.” Donohue said. “Going forward, we will provide a clear path to improvement for all full time Recreation employees and the financial incentive for them to achieve these goals.”
Donohue said the Township looked forward to moving some of the savings from salaries and wages into the Recreation operating budget in 2014. The end result should be more funds for important upgrades and equipment purchases, as well as increased professionalism and skill levels from key employees.
For more information, please visit www.middletownship.com
(Cape May Court House)—Middle Township will be holding a free rabies clinic for township residents on Saturday, September 28th, from 2:00-3:00pm. The clinic will be held for dogs and cats at the Middle Township Public Works Building at 400 West Mechanic Street in Cape May Court House.
Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs to be able to obtain a license. Middle Township dog owners who wish to purchase a license may do so at the rabies clinic. Licenses for unaltered dogs are $11.20, while licenses for spayed/neutered dogs are $8.20.
Middle Township continues with its zero tolerance policy for unlicensed dogs. The owner of any dog that is found within the township that does not have a license will be issued a summons that requires a court appearance.
Presentation will be offered discussing Ockie Wisting development and schedule
(Cape May Court House)—Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood announced that the Monday, September 16th work session and regular meeting of the Middle Township Committee will be held at the Rio Grande Volunteer Fire Company on Route 47 in Rio Grande. The work session meeting to discuss plans at the Ockie Wisting recreational site will begin at 4:00pm, while the regular meeting will be held at 6:00pm.
“We will have very exciting news to share with our township residents and the Rio Grande neighborhood during this meeting”, said Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood. “We have moved the meeting to Rio Grande to unveil our conceptual plan for the development of the Ockie Wisting recreational site and we will also discuss our preliminary schedule for the project”.
Middle Township officials recently made a successful application to the Cape May County Open Space Board to secure nearly $600,000 in funding for the development of the Ockie Wisting recreational area, formerly known as Fort Apache. The recreational area is located adjacent to Route 47 in Rio Grande about one mile north of the firehouse.
The development project will include a wildlife observation deck, boardwalk, and fishing pier at the pond area along with a gazebo and picnic area. Other improvements at the site will include a playground, two miles of various walking trails, five soccer fields, a demonstration garden, and a stage for concerts and performances. Many township boards, councils, and organizations have offered letters of support for this project. Partnerships have been created with the Cape Express Soccer Club and the Cape May County Disc Golf Association.
Middle Township has recently completed a comprehensive Open Space and Recreation Plan. Interviews with 25 sports and environmental groups were conducted along with 188 public surveys and two public meetings.
“The development of the Ockie Wisting recreational area has widespread support throughout Middle Township and full support from the Cape May County Open Space Board”, said Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue. We are excited to present more information to the public on September 16th. This project will result in new recreational opportunities and increased economic activity to Rio Grande and throughout Middle Township”.
Deadline to apply for grant funding for home elevation arrives September 15th
(Cape May Court House)—Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood is encouraging township residents to pursue a grant funding opportunity that allows residents to elevate their primary homes. The special grant program enacted by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration will expire on September 15th, 2013.
“We want to make sure that Middle Township residents know about this grant program and take this opportunity to elevate their homes to mitigate potential flooding during future storms”, Mayor Lockwood said. “The State would like to see more participation from Cape May County homeowners. This program is a perfect opportunity for residents who wish to take a proactive measure to reduce their risk of flood damage”.
Earlier this year, Governor Christie launched a $100 million grant program to assist homeowners with elevating their primary, single-family residences. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Elevation Program provides up to $30,000 of reimbursement for eligible property owners. This elevation will both lower the risk of flood damage and reduce flood insurance premiums. This grant program is financed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The grant program is limited to homes located in the 100-year floodplain in nine counties that were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. Primary, single-family homes must have been owned and occupied by the owner at the time of Hurricane Sandy. Applications to the program will be prioritized by flooding risk and by the level of Sandy-related damage. There are no income requirements, registration with FEMA is not required, and homes that did not suffer any damage during Hurricane Sandy are eligible.
Interested Middle Township property owners have until Sunday, September 15th, 2013 to apply for a grant. Applications are being taken online at www.renewjerseystronger.org; by calling 1-855-SANDYHM; or in person at a Housing Recovery Center. Members of the public may learn more information about this grant program during an information meeting to be held on Monday, September 9th, at 6:00pm at the Lower Township Municipal Hall, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, NJ.