mayor & council
Honorable Jay Coffey
A Message from Our Mayor
March / April 2016
Over the course of the next several months the people of Oceanport and Oceanport’s elected officials will be exploring the possibility of relocating our municipal complex to the “900” section of what was once Fort Monmouth. The Borough of Oceanport is currently soliciting requests for proposals from architects in connection with potential reuses of buildings 901, 903, 916, 917, 918 and 977 (to see a detailed picture of the proposed 13 acre site, click here), which might also include a community garden. Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Business Administrator John Bennett and each and every one of our Department of Public Works employees (Richard Arlt, Demetrio Zarate, Mike Natale, Anthony Panduri, Richie Stephens, Jorge Segura, and Max Lopez) and the cooperation of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, the Borough of Oceanport has been running its Public Works operations out of buildings 903 and 917 on a temporary basis for quite some time. Indeed, the Department of Public Work’s temporary quarters helped us survive the winter’s only severe winter storm without incident. As you may or may not be aware, our Police Department is also operating out of the old Fire House at the Fort facility on a temporary basis. Our Borough’s temporary business offices have remained at the Old Wharf Meeting House on East Main Street. This is not the most ideal venue for the Borough’s business operations and has resulted in the displacement of our Senior Citizens from their normal meeting place.
The temporary nature of these office sites have long since lost their “temporary” feel, however, and it is high time for Oceanport as a whole to come to grips with where we want to locate our municipal complex and decide what we are going to do with the site that housed our former municipal complex. To that end, once the Borough is in receipt of the requests for proposals, we will be setting up a few Town Hall Meetings to discuss the financial, social, and practical pros and cons of ALL of the available relocation sites — not just Fort Monmouth — for our municipal offices. While the Fort Monmouth property is under consideration, nothing is set in stone at this juncture. It is hoped these Town Hall Meetings will afford everyone the opportunity to understand the short term and long term impact each alternative may have upon our Borough.Â The Borough’s elected officials will have some difficult decisions to make and your participation and involvement in these Town Hall Meetings and at the Borough’s Council meetings over the next few months when these issues are discussed is crucial to the overall success of the process.Â I hope to see you at these meetings.
Spring is in the air and some flowers have even bloomed a wee bit early. So, it might be the right time to note the Oceanport Garden Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year! In honor of this auspicious occasion, the OGC has purchased a big screen television, DVD player and a television stand, all of which are going to be donated to the Borough of Oceanport for use at the new Blackberry Bay Pavilion by the Oceanport Senior Citizen’s Club and the Oceanport Garden Club. I am going to be joining them at their meeting on March 24th to celebrate their anniversary. The Oceanport Garden Club contributes to the Borough by planting and taking care of the gardens at the Old Wharf Park, the triangle at Shrewsbury Ave. and Monmouth Blvd., and the Trinity Park Butterfly Garden, and by making festive arrangements for the schools, library, Borough Hall, and Oceanport Gardens during the holidays. And, if the Town Meetings go well, I hope we will be bringing the big screen television, DVD player, and television stand over to the Old Wharf Meeting House sooner, rather than later, so the Seniors can enjoy them in the comfortable surroundings of the building they love and miss so much!
Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ