mayor & council
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
A Message from Our Mayor
It's that time of year again. Summer has arrived and with it longer days and hopefully fantastic weather. Graduations ceremonies fill the calendar as Wolf Hill Kindergarteners, Maple Place Eight graders, Shore Regional seniors, and others mark a milestone in their educational journey. Great job students and congratulations to each of you and your families!
We've been making steady progress on several issues facing the borough. Discussions with FEMA lead by our technical team have identified the amount of reimbursement the borough can expect for the damages to our current municipal building. This amount will cover some $4.6 million in damages but after all the deductions for other insurance and payments already received, the amount is reduced to about $3.5 million dollars. These funds will be earmarked for the construction of a new municipal building.
As site selection moves forward, we'll begin work on designs for a new structure. This will involve the employees, our technical team and the public. A special committee of residents with specific construction experience and expertise will assist in evaluating specifications, construction methods and materials. This approach is similar to a successful one taken by the Board of Education in the late 1990's when additions were planned for both schools. This small team of volunteers will help us navigate the process and bring a first class facility to the borough at the lowest possible cost. If you're interested, please complete the "Call to Service" form on the borough web site.
Steady progress continues on the Fort Monmouth front with the Marina expected to reopen under private management by Independence Day. The operators purchased the inactive liquor license previously held by the Dug Out on Bridgewater's Drive and this was transferred to the Marina. Renovations to the facility are moving rapidly and the owners are anxious to make the boat slips available and reopen the boat house as a restaurant and bar. This property remains government owned but the process for purchase is underway by FMERA with the goal of private ownership as a valuable ratable for the borough.Our temporary offices are working well and construction on the Blackberry Bay Pavilion is moving along. Grants have been awarded for infrastructure, streetscapes, and a new boat ramp. Construction projects will soon follow making these improvements a reality for the community. Please be patient as we work through the details and convert these grants into valuable improvements for residents to enjoy for many years to come. Please enjoy the summer, be safe on the water or at the beach and don't forget the Haskell on July 27th or Movies in Park at Blackberry Bay four nights this Summer. See you there!
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ