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Scene Around Town: River Lady & Cove
A couple sits along the bulkhead on River Avenue as the River Lady passes by, earlier this summer.
Borough Bulletins

New Comcast Contract May Yield Town Channel, Tech Grants
 

During a municipal consent hearing between governing body officials and Comcast Cable Company's director of Government and Community Affairs, Rob Clifton, during the July council meeting, it was learned that a new negotiated contract allowing the cable, internet and security system provider to operate in Island Heights could bring about a town television channel and grants to fund internet and cable service and upgrades.
 
A television channel that could allow in-town programming to inform and educate residents - largely in a rotating bulletin board fashion - had been a goal of borough resident Robert MacLean since the contract renewal first came up earlier this year, when he first noted his education - having written his master's thesis on cable access - and career experience running an educational access channel for Cablevision for 15 years plus work in public television in a Paterson, Passaic County school system. Then, as now, borough officials agreed to pursue it.
 
Renewal Process
According to Mr. Clifton, while undergoing negotiations for contract renewal, the "governing body must judge our application, and this is under state and federal law, on four criteria: has the cable operator substantially complied with the terms of the existing franchise; has the quality of the operator's service been reasonable in light of community needs; does the operator have the financial and technical ability to provide the services; and is the franchise renewal proposal reasonable to meet the future cable-related needs of the community."
 
"There are two areas - again, this is front the state and federal statutes - that you cannot judge our application on," he continued. "One is rates - they are governed by the state and federal government - and our channel lineup, [which] is like newspaper content. We're protected under First Amendment rights to set up our channels as we see fit. That, however, is 99 percent of the questions we get asked."
 
The community cable liaison added that the governing body would next have to appoint a negotiator or committee to discuss the renewal, which he said was "very boilerplate - most of which is included in it, it's proscribed by state and federal law. There are two areas that are negotiable: one is the length of the term, and the other is what we can provide to the town in terms of free cable service or in technology grants."
 
Mr. Clifton stated that the average contract length in New Jersey is currently 22 years, and that "the longest we can give is a 15 year and if the town grants an automatic 10-year [renewal], that only kicks in after reviewed by the town."
 
"What that ten-year extension allows us to do is, when we sit down and negotiate a grant amount, it allows us to give you a larger grant amount, which most municipalities use for technology, such as upgraded computer systems, phone services, buying internet service - and you can buy any internet service you want, it doesn't have to be ours," he said, adding that under the law they also pay either a 2 or 3.5 percent franchise fee to the municipality each January 25th, the higher percentage coming into effect by law when "Verizon is able to provide service to 60 percent of your community [which] would create that level playing field which is the state's goal - you would have real robust competition."
 
Town Channel
Mayor Jeff Silver pointed out the interest of Mr. MacLean to see a government channel be created specifically for the borough under any new agreement.
 
"That is something we would negotiate for, as part of the discussion, absolutely - one of, I would say the pluses, of Adelphia Cable, who was our predecessor, is their infrastructure was built out to provide basically two channels per municipality," replied Mr. Clifton. "Some towns did not avail themselves of that, some did, so that's something we could discuss and should be probably not a very big issue."
 
Councilman Kieran Pillion asked for a breakdown of the "pros and cons of having a municipal access channel."
 
"On the cable side, it's expensive to build the infrastructure, but that's something we build into the cost of the business," said Mr. Clifton. "On the municipal side, it's maintaining it - one of my towns is South Brunswick, [and they] have a line item in their budget for about $350,000 a year to maintain their access. East Brunswick has a remove van that goes out and does their football games. There are some towns I won't name that we've spent, the company spent $60,000, $70,000 building this channel and it's spent ten years with a dark screen."
 
"We build it - there is a line that would go from wherever you designate you want your channel, the police station or here, and the line goes back to our head and you send us video and it goes out to the residents of Island Heights," he continued. "Now, some towns can do it very inexpensively - a computer, a DVD player and they have a character generator and the clerk may go in once a week and change the garbage pickup schedule, recycling schedule, or a town event; put in a DVD and allow Sailfest video to run all day. Some towns have a local radio station playing behind it. It all depends on what the towns want to do - some towns have great ones from September until the end of school and then the high school kids, they can't find them in the summer, and their channel goes foul on them. It all depends."
 
The community cable liaison added that the borough would not be required to provide access to anyone wishing to appear on the channel and pointed the governing body to a state organization that aids in coordinating channel content for municipalities. Mayor Silver added that the town would mainly be interested in the very low-cost, easy setup of providing a rotating bulletin board for town information to residents.
 
Service Interruption Concerns
Mr. Pillion stated his biggest frustration was "the loss of service which occurs so often for unexpected reasons which you never learn the reason of. You get a black screen and a message, 'We're aware and working to fix it, [but] we have no idea what's going on."
 
"Right, and the CEO of our company announced right after our failed Time Warner deal that they were shifting their gear now completely towards customer service - we're going to be adding about 6,500, I believe the number was, customer service reps here in the United States as well as new technicians," replied Mr. Clifton, "and trying to create, like the Uber cab company, where now you can go on and monitor your tech and if there are service issues. This system was completely rebuilt when we took it over about 14 years ago, and it's constantly up and maintained. We have had some software issues [that] caused an outage about a month and a half ago, and there was a modem issue as well, so they're trying to work on better communications so that you're not going to have to constantly call in."
 
"I'm not going to pile on you, but I'm telling you it is the worst company I deal with in my life," added Mr. Pillion.
 
"And Brian Roberts, the founder's son who runs the company now, will be the first to agree with you, and he made that statement at the investor's meeting about two months ago, and that's why there is going to be this shift for better customer service," Mr. Clifton responded. "We came in last in the JD Powers rating again, so, in a place like Toms River, and Island Heights, and Shrewsbury Township, where we have direct competition with Verizon, we lost customers and they realize that now and they see that, so there's going to be a full-scale press on customer service."
 
Mr. Pillion inquired whether the borough council could set benchmark requirements into any new contract but was informed that would not be approved by the Board of Public Utilities [BPU]. He then added that he felt the denial of a merger with Time Warner by the federal government "was a message to get yourself refocused on customer service and stop trying to make big bucks for your top executives."
 
"It's not the first time I've heard that," said Mr. Clifton, after inquiring whether any members of the press were present [this report being written from the meeting audio due to a conflicting meeting within the Riverside Signal coverage area that evening].
 
Mayor Silver then appointed Mr. MacLean to the negotiating committee along with Council President Sean Asay and Councilman John Bendel, the latter two of whom were absent from the meeting but had expressed past interest.
 
Boro Shares Services with South Toms River
for Administration Services

The governing body entered into a shared services agreement with South Toms River this summer, bringing their clerk and administrator, Joseph Kostecki, aboard following the sudden retirement of long-serving clerk, Ellie Rogalski.
 
Mr. Kostecki will also be the borough's registrar, safety coordinator and insurance fund commissioner. Wendy Prior was officially named deputy municipal clerk and, in other administration news, Margaret Gorman took over as borough chief financial officer following the end of a shared services contract with Toms River Township.
 
School Referendum Coming September 29th

Councilwoman Sandra Snow reported that as the governing body's school liaison, she was informed there would be a referendum for improvements and upgrades to the grade school on September 29th that she noted was initially announced through flyers sent home with students on the last day of school but not forwarded the town council or general borough residents at that time.
 
One difference between the information distributed in mid-June and a little over a month later was that the estimated tax impact was to have been $12.50 per month per average assessed home of $300,000, but that it was later adjusted to $16.
 
"They're looking to upgrade the school buildings, grounds and facilities," she said. "One of the things I know we've discussed in the past has been the storm drain issues at the school itself, I know they put some temporary upgrades in place that seemed to work."
 
Further information on the referendum can be found further down this edition of the Island Heights Halcyon, in both the public notice posted under Notes & Dispatches and in the School News section. The report on the August council meeting, which included a lengthy presentation and debate on the referendum, will appear in the next Halcyon on Thursday, September 17th.
 
Curfew for Minors on September 12th

Mayor Silver proclaimed there would be a curfew placed into effect for anyone under the age of 18 from being out and about anytime after 8 pm on September 12th, the date of Toms River Rotary Club's Sailfest event along the riverfront, with the usual caveats that it does not apply to those minors traveling to or from a business or occupation, an errand involving a medical emergency, attending religious services, extra curricular activities or other cultural, educational or socail events or in direct transit to or from such an event.
 
The curfew was requested by several governing body members and residents following groups of minors being let out by their parents to roam freely along the waterfront and through the borough in the later evening hours of past events, disrupting private properties and neighborhoods.
Vintage Vignette: Wanamaker Camp, c. 1908
Cadets from the Wanamaker department stores of Philadelphia and New York City enjoy a break in summer along the cooling waters of the Barnegat Bay in around 1908.
Looking Back at Summer 2015
  
Notes & Dispatches

The Public Works Department will only be going around the town for one  leaf pick up  although the calendar may indicate multiple days for example: Thursday and Friday. If they can complete the entire town on Thursday, then they will not be collecting on the second day. If they do not complete the Borough in one day, then the second day is to complete the unfinished portion of the Borough only. Public Works asks that you please put your leaves out prior to the first day of leaves being collected.

The Town-Wide Garage Sale will be held Saturday, September 26th from 9 am to 3 pm. Anyone wishing to participate must pay a $10 permit fee from borough hall during normal hours of 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, and 6 to 8 pm on Monday evenings. Permits acquired prior to September 23rd will be included in the map available the following day for patrons at various locations, including borough hall and the post office. Rain date for the sale is Saturday, October 3rd.
 
The Riverfront Paver Project in front of the pavilion is underway for anyone to purchase an engraved paver. Price is set at $99.00 per paver to include 2 lines at 13 characters per line which includes spaces. Click here for the paver order form. Installation will begin in the center around the compass rose and work its way outward. Borough offices are open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Monies collected from this project will go toward our next paver project for the walkway to our post office.
 
The Planning Board Meeting scheduled for September 9th has been canceled.

The next meeting of the borough mayor and council will be on Tuesday, September 8th at 7 pm in borough hall.

 School News

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 8th - First Day of School - Full Day
Wednesday, September 9th - Board of Education Meeting, 6:15 pm
Tuesday, September 22nd - Back to School Night, 7 pm
Wednesday, September 30th - School Pictures, 9 am

Referendum Notice

The following is the full content of a notice posted by the grade school regarding the September 29th public referendum question. Further coverage will be devoted to this topic in the September 17th edition of the Island Heights Halcyon.

Clubs & Orgs

The Island Heights United Methodist Church Food Pantry is seeking donations of nonperishable items. All can be placed in baskets set in the foyer of the church. Items needed: cereal, oatmeal, juice, tuna, soup, crackers,pasta, pasta sauce, cookies, peanut butter and jelly. The pantry is open the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 9 to 11 am.

The United Methodist Men enjoy a summer afternoon of lunch and fellowship. Photo courtesy the Island Heights United Methodist Church.
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IHYC Commodore Askoff Honored

The Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association thanked Island Heights Yacht Club Commodore Rick Askoff for allowing the association to use his boat, Caberet, as the start boat through the 2015 season of races. Pictured here, courtesy the BBYRA, is the Rose Course Race Committee presenting Commodore Askoff with their gift of thanks.
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FINAL WEEKEND!

At the Library

Upcoming Programs & Events

To register for any of the following, go to the library website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org and click Calendar of Events beneath the Events & News tab or call (732) 270-6266.

9/8, 10:30 am  - 12 pm, Tuesday
LEGO® Play
We'll supply the LEGO® bricks for imaginative free play. Ages 3 ½+.
REG
 
9/14, 7 pm, Monday
Teen Advisory Board
All teens are welcome to join our Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours while having fun. Ages 12 - 17. REG
 
9/16, 10:30 am, Wednesday
Bilingual Toddler Time
Toddlers ages 18 - 36 months and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs and play in English and Spanish. REG
 
9/18, 3:30 pm, Friday
90th Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the Ocean County Library's 90th birthday along with the Friends of the Island Heights Library! Enjoy a slice of cake and enter a free raffle to win one of two baskets for children and adults. REG
 
9/21, 7 pm, Monday
ESTÉREdiva
International Concert Vocalist ESTÉREdiva will present different genres that represented the 1990s including Adult Contemporary, Pop, International, Latin and Pop Opera/Crossover. This program is part of OCL's 90th Anniversary Celebration and is sponsored by the System Programming Committee. REG
 
9/22, 10:30 am, Tuesday
Preschool Dance Party
Dance along to a variety of Latin songs and make your own maracas. Ages 3 - 5. REG
 
9/25, 3:30 pm, Friday
Paws for Reading
Readers up to age 12 are invited to read to our loveable therapy dogs. REG
 
9/26, 10 am - 3 pm, Saturday
Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Island Heights Library will hold a book sale for all ages. (Rain date is October 3rd.)
 
9/26, 10 am - 12:30 pm, Saturday
UMIGO® You Make It Go Day: Drop-In Activity
Improve your math skills with these fun, hands-on activities. Free giveaways for all attendees. Ages 5+.
 
9/28, 7 pm, Monday
Friends of the Island Heights Library Meeting
The Friends of the Island Heights Library welcome new members. Join us!
Police, Fire & First Aid

Island Heights Vol. Fire Co. 105th Annual Labor Day Games

Starts at 9:30 am at Memorial Field and includes:

Tricycle Race (please bring your own)
Potato Race - All Ages
50-Yard Dash
Three Legged Races
Potato Sack Race
Pie Eating Contests
Treasure Hunt (For Little Kids)
Peanut Toss Finale - Bring Own Bag
 
50/50 tickets will be sold during the Labor Day Races. Tickets are $100 each with the potential for the first ticket to pay out $11,000 and the second ticket drawn will pay out $1500.
 
Our annual fund drive is going on right now so please fill out your donation card and send them back to the fire house so we can keep on doing events like this.

Island Heights Police Report July & August Activity


The following is a sample of incidents that Patrol Officers recently responded to or were involved with. This does not represent all of the calls for service that were responded to during this time period.
 
Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, at 8:15 p.m., Officer Luke Tirondola responded to Boy Scout Island, for a report of a suspicious white Dodge pick-up truck parked in the corner of the park.  Upon arrival, Officer Tirondola observed the vehicle in the park and made contact with the occupants in the vehicle.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, a 17year old male of Toms River and the passenger, a 17 year old male from Island Heights for Possession of Marijuana.  The juveniles were transported to Island Heights Police Headquarters and processed. The juveniles were released to their parents after receiving criminal summonses for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of Paraphernalia. In addition, both juveniles received a traffic summons for Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle.
 
Hindering Apprehension - On Sunday, July 19th, 2015, at 12:03 a.m., Officer Timothy Geoghegan observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on Jackson Ave then failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Jackson Ave and Central Ave.  Officer Geoghegan conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Jackson Ave near Maple Ave. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the passenger identified as 30-year-old Albert Depaolo of Barnegat, NJ for Hindering His Own Apprehension by Providing a False Name in an attempt to conceal two outstanding warrants for his arrest. Warrant number one was a No Bail warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriff's Department and the Second Warrant was a No Bail warrant issued out of the state of Kentucky. Albert Depaolo was transported to Island Heights Police Department for processing.  Albert Depaolo was charged on a criminal warrant with Hindering Apprehension.  Albert Depaolo was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. The driver of the vehicle was issued a motor vehicle summons for creating a risk of a motor vehicle accident.
 
Attempted Burglary (Residence) - On Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, at 6:28 a.m., Officer Paul Rutledge responded to a residence on Summit Ave in reference to attempted burglary. Upon arrival, Officer Rutledge met with the complainant; investigation at the scene indicated that an unknown person or persons attempted to enter the window.  The unknown person or persons entered the window and ransacked the bedroom. The complainant was unsure at this time if anything was missing. Ocean County Sheriff's Department CSI responded to take photos of the crime scene. This case is currently still under investigation.
 
Warrant (Arrest) - On Friday, July 24th, 2015, at 2:22 a.m., Officer Luke Tirondola conducted a motor vehicle stop on West End near Route 37.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 36-year-old Darrell Reid of Lakewood on an outstanding active warrant.  The warrant was issued from Lakewood Township Municipal Court in the amount of $1500.00.  Darrell Reid was transported to Island Heights Police Department to be processed.  Darrell Reid was released to the custody of Lakewood Township Police Department.
 
Motor Vehicle (Impound) -   On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, at 12:17 p.m., Officer Matt Curtis was monitoring traffic on West End Ave near the intersection of Route 37.  Officer Curtis conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 37 near West End Ave.  Investigation at the scene, led to the vehicle being impounded for registration being suspended.  The driver Joseph Rudow was issued for Suspended Registration.  The vehicle was impounded by Priced Rite Towing.
 
Warrant (Arrest) - On Thursday, July 30th, 2015, at 3:15 p.m., Officer Anthony Ringle recognized 49-year old, Larry Goodenough at Greco's Pizza.  Officer Ringle spoke with Mr. Goodenough about his prior warrants.  Officer Ringle arrested Larry Goodenough two outstanding active warrants.  The two warrants were out of Ocean County Sheriff's Department in the amount of $36,368.66 and the second in the amount of $3,639.00.  Larry Goodenough was transported to Island Heights Police Department to be processed.  Larry Goodenough was processed, and then released to Ocean County Sherriff's Department Warrants Division to be transferred to Ocean County Jail.
 
DWI (Arrest) - On Friday, July 31st, 2015, at 11:43 p.m., Officer Tim Geoghegan observed a vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at Whittier Ave near West End Ave nearly crashing into another vehicle.  Officer Geoghegan continued to observe the vehicle and the vehicle failed to use a turn signal at the stop sign of West End Ave and Summit Ave.  Officer Geoghegan conducted a motor vehicle stop on Chestnut Ave near Summit Ave.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 26-year-old Gerald Smith III of Toms River for Driving While Intoxicated.  Gerald Smith III was transported to Island Heights Police Headquarters where he was processed, charged, and released to a family member.  Gerald Smith III was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses for:  DWI, Careless Driving, Failure to Stop, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Uninsured Vehicle. Gerald Smith IIIs Blood Alcohol Concentrate was 0.18%.  The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John's Law.
 
DWI (Arrest) - On Saturday, August 1st, 2015, at 10:00 p.m., Officer Tim Geoghegan observed a vehicle with no headlight on travelling north on West End Ave, then stopping in the middle of  both lane of travel on West End Ave.  Officer Geoghegan continued to observe the vehicle turning onto Route 37 East.  Officer Geoghegan conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 37 near Coolidge Ave.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 54-year-old Mary Bergere of Manchester for Driving While Intoxicated.  Mary Bergere was transported to Island Heights Police Headquarters where she was processed, charged, and released.  Mary Bergere was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses for:  DWI, Careless Driving, Operating a vehicle with No Headlights, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Failure to Stop.  Mary Bergere's Blood Alcohol Concentrate was 0.24%.  The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John's Law.
 
Criminal Mischief / Theft - On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2014, at 12:45 p.m., Officer Anthony Ringle responded to the Island Heights Police Headquarters lobby in reference to a Theft report.  Upon arrival, the complainant advised Officer Ringle that a bulletin board that belongs to the Island Heights Environmental Club was stolen from the post office lobby.  The complainant stated that the bulletin board was stolen after 5 pm on August 2nd or during the overnight hours. The total value of $100.
**Update** -  Officer Ringle viewed the surveillance video of the post office lobby,  the video showed that a white male in early 20s wearing a black t shirt, black gym shorts with red strip enter the lobby of the Post Office at  6:58 pm.  The suspect removed the bulletin board from the wall and broke it into two pieces. That male then walked to the fireplace, removed a small clock from the top of the fire place.  The suspect then threw the clock into the garbage can. Once the lobby of the post office was clear of people, the suspect exited the lobby with one half of the bulletin board, and then returned for the second half.  Officer Ringle posted a picture on Island Heights Police Department's Facebook Page for help to identify the suspect.  After 20,000 views Social Media helped identify the suspect. Charges are Pending.
 
Disorderly Conduct (Arrests) - On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, at 11:15 p.m., Officer Tim Geoghegan responded to the area of Boyscout Island for a report of two males yelling and screaming on a property of Ocean Bend. An investigation at the scene revealed that 20-year-old Justin Wagner of Toms River and 18-year-old Skylar Wagner of Toms River were yelling and cursing at each other on the shore of the riverfront.   Officer Geoghegan separated both males, Justin Wagner attempted to get in his canoe and paddle away from Officer Geoghegan.  Officer Geoghegan instructed Justin Wagner to return to shore, which Justin Wagner complied.  Justin Wagner had a strong smell of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.  Justin Wagner then began to scream and curse at his brother Skyler.  Officer Geoghegan told Justin Wagner numerous times to be quiet.  Justin Wagner then became very irate and disorderly toward Officer Geoghegan.  Officer Geoghegan placed Justin Wagner under arrest for Disorderly Conduct, and Trespassing.  Both subjects were transported to police headquarters and processed.  Justin Wagner was released after receiving a criminal summons for Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing.  Skylar Wagner was issued a borough summons.  Both Wagner brothers were released to a family member.
 
Warrant (Arrest) - On Thursday, August 6th, 2015, at 10:25 p.m., Officer Tim Geoghegan conducted a motor vehicle stop on Vansant Ave near Beech Ave.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 25-year-old Matthew Patetta of Brick on an outstanding active warrant.  The warrant was issued from Brick Township Municipal Court in the amount of $317.  Matthew Patetta was transported to Island Heights Police Department to be processed.  Matthew Patetta was released to the custody of Brick Township Police Department.
 
Warrant (Arrest) - On Friday, August 14th, 2015, at 11:56 p.m., Officer Luke Tirondola observed a motorcycle with the registered owner having an active outstanding warrant.  Officer Tirondola conducted a motor vehicle stop on Vaughn Ave near Adams Ave.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Harry Koutouzis of Toms River on an outstanding active warrant.  The warrant was issued from Toms River Township Municipal Court in the amount of $150.  Harry Koutouzis was transported to Island Heights Police Department to be processed.  Harry Koutouzis was released after paying bail amount in full.
 
Hit & Run (Pedestrian Stuck) - On Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, at 3:20 p.m., Officer Bob Sinnott responded to West End Ave for a pedestrian struck on a bicycle.  Officer Sinnott arrived observed the victim on the driveway of a residence on West End Ave with injuries. Investigation at the scene the victim was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of West End Ave and he was struck by a passing vehicle.  Island Heights First Aid and MONOC Paramedics treated the victim.  The suspect vehicle did not stop, after they struck the victim.  At this time the case is under investigation, unknown what type of vehicle was involved in the crash
 
Burglary & Theft (Residence) - On Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, at 9:56 p.m., Officer Paul Rutledge responded to a residence on Highland Ave for a report of theft. The resident reported that they left the house at 3:15 pm and returned home at 9:56 pm, he discovered that the master bedroom was ransacked.  The resident stated that numerous jewelry items were missing. The value of stolen property is estimated at $9,000. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence the resident stated that the rear sliding door was left unlocked.  Ocean County CSI responded and processed the scene.  The case is still under investigation.
 
Attempted Burglary (Residence) - On Monday, August 24th, 2015, at 6:50 p.m., Officer Bob Sinnott and Officer Luke Tirondola responded to an Ocean Ave home in reference to an attempted burglary from a residence. The resident reported that sometime between August 21, 2015 and August 24, 2015, an unknown suspect attempted to enter the residence. The residence is currently listed for sale and the rear screen door was damaged and the rear sliding glass door was smashed with an unknown object.  Ocean County Sheriff's Department CSI responded to process the scene.  Case is still under investigation.
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Public Notices

Sewage System Bond Ordinance
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS ORDINANCE NO. 2015-07
BOND ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, IN THE COUNTY OF OCEAN, NEW JERSEY, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2009-04 OF THE BOROUGH FINALLY ADOPTED JULY 28, 2009 TO PROVIDE FOR AN AMENDMENT OF THE PURPOSE SET FORTH IN SECTION 3(a) AND THE USEFUL LIFE IN SECTION 6(b) THEREOF
 
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, IN THE COUNTY OF OCEAN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY (not less than two-thirds of all members thereof affirmatively concurring), AS FOLLOWS:
Section One. Section 3(a) of Bond Ordinance No. 2009-04 ("Bond Ordinance") of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, New Jersey (the "Borough"), finally adopted July 28, 2009, is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows: "(a) Purpose. the rehabilitation and repair of the sanitary sewer system (root treatment) and the repair/replacement of sewer pumps, and including all work and materials necessary therefore or incidental thereto, as more fully described on a list on file in the Borough Clerk's office Appropriation and Estimated Cost: $20,000 Amount of Bond or Notes: $19,000 Amount of Down Payment: $1,000 Period or Average Period of Usefulness: 10 years"
Section Two. Section 6(b) of the Bond Ordinance is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows: "6(b) The period of usefulness of the improvement or purpose, within the limitations of the Local Bond Law, according to the reasonable life thereof computed from the date of the bonds authorized by this bond ordinance is 10 years.
Section Three. The capital budget or temporary capital budget (as applicable) of the Borough is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this bond ordinance to the extent of any inconsistency herewith. In the event of any such inconsistency and amendment, the resolution in the form promulgated by the Local Finance Board showing full detail of the amended capital budget or amended temporary capital budget (as applicable) and capital program as approved by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services is on file with the Borough Clerk and is available for public inspection.
Section Four. After passage upon first reading of this bond ordinance, the Borough Clerk is hereby directed to publish the full text of the bond ordinance, together with the notice set forth below entitled: "NOTICE OF PENDING BOND ORDINANCE" (with appropriate completions, insertions and corrections), at least once in a newspaper qualified under N.J.S.A. 40A:2-19, at least seven days prior to the date set for public hearing and further consideration for final passage (which date shall be at least ten days after introduction and first reading). The Borough Clerk is further directed to comply with all provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:2-17(b) regarding postings, publications, and the provision of copies of the bond ordinance.
Section Five. After final adoption of this bond ordinance, the Borough Clerk is hereby directed to publish the full text of this bond ordinance, as finally adopted, together with the notice set forth below entitled: "NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF BOND ORDINANCE" (with appropriate completions, insertions, and corrections), at least once in a newspaper qualified under N.J.S.A. 40A:2-19.
Section Six. This ordinance amends Bond Ordinance No. 2009-04 of the Borough finally adopted July 28, 2009. Any inconsistencies shall be resolved by reference to this amending ordinance. To the extent that any previous ordinance or resolution is inconsistent herewith or contradictory hereto, said ordinance or resolution is hereby repealed or amended to the extent necessary to make it consistent herewith.
Section Seven. This bond ordinance shall take effect twenty days after the first publication thereof after final adoption, as provided by Section Four hereof and the Local Bond Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:2-1, et seq.
 
NOTICE OF PENDING BOND ORDINANCE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the foregoing bond ordinance was duly introduced and passed upon first reading at a regular meeting of the Borough Council of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, New Jersey, held on August 18, 2015. Further notice is hereby given that said bond ordinance will be considered for final passage and adoption, after public hearing thereon, at a regular meeting of said Borough Council to be held in the Borough Hall, One Wanamaker Municipal Complex, Island Heights, New Jersey on September 22, 2015 at 7pm, and during the week prior to and up to and including the date of such meeting, copies of said bond ordinance will be made available at the Borough Clerk's office in the Municipal Complex Offices to the members of the general public who shall request same.
 Joseph Kostecki, MPA,RMC,QPA,CMR Municipal Clerk
 
Water System Bond Ordinance
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS ORDINANCE NO. 2015-09
BOND ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, IN THE COUNTY OF OCEAN, NEW JERSEY, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2009-04 OF THE BOROUGH FINALLY ADOPTED APRIL 27, 2010 TO PROVIDE FOR AN AMENDMENT OF THE PURPOSE SET FORTH IN SECTION 3(a) AND THE USEFUL LIFE IN SECTION 6(b) THEREOF
 
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, IN THE COUNTY OF OCEAN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY (not less than two-thirds of all members thereof affirmatively concurring), AS FOLLOWS:
Section One. Section 3(a) of Bond Ordinance No. 2010-06("Bond Ordinance") of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, New Jersey (the "Borough"), finally adopted April 27, 2010, is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows: "(a) Purpose. Repair and/or replacement of water distribution facilities, including, but not limited to the repair and or replacement of 76 fire hydrants and the repair and/or replacement of water and sewer lines, including all work and materials necessary therefore or incidental thereto, as more fully described on a list on file in the Borough Clerk's office Appropriation and Estimated Cost: $275,860 Amount of Bond or Notes: $275,860 Period or Average Period of Usefulness: 20.53 years"
Section Two. Section 6(b) of the Bond Ordinance is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows: "6(b) The period of usefulness of the improvement or purpose, within the limitations of the Local Bond Law, according to the reasonable life thereof computed from the date of the bonds authorized by this bond ordinance is 20.53 years.
Section Three. The capital budget or temporary capital budget (as applicable) of the Borough is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this bond ordinance to the extent of any inconsistency herewith. In the event of any such inconsistency and amendment, the resolution in the form promulgated by the Local Finance Board showing full detail of the amended capital budget or amended temporary capital budget (as applicable) and capital program as approved by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services is on file with the Borough Clerk and is available for public inspection.
Section Four. After passage upon first reading of this bond ordinance, the Borough Clerk is hereby directed to publish the full text of the bond ordinance, together with the notice set forth below entitled: "NOTICE OF PENDING BOND ORDINANCE" (with appropriate completions, insertions and corrections), at least once in a newspaper qualified under N.J.S.A. 40A:2-19, at least seven days prior to the date set for public hearing and further consideration for final passage (which date shall be at least ten days after introduction and first reading). The Borough Clerk is further directed to comply with all provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:2-17(b) regarding postings, publications, and the provision of copies of the bond ordinance.
Section Five. After final adoption of this bond ordinance, the Borough Clerk is hereby directed to publish the full text of this bond ordinance, as finally adopted, together with the notice set forth below entitled: "NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF BOND ORDINANCE" (with appropriate completions, insertions, and corrections), at least once in a newspaper qualified under N.J.S.A. 40A:2-19.
Section Six. This ordinance amends Bond Ordinance No. 2010-06 of the Borough finally adopted April 27, 2010. Any inconsistencies shall be resolved by reference to this amending ordinance. To the extent that any previous ordinance or resolution is inconsistent herewith or contradictory hereto, said ordinance or resolution is hereby repealed or amended to the extent necessary to make it consistent herewith.
Section Seven. This bond ordinance shall take effect twenty days after the first publication thereof after final adoption, as provided by Section Four hereof and the Local Bond Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:2-1, et seq.
 
NOTICE OF PENDING BOND ORDINANCE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the foregoing bond ordinance was duly introduced and passed upon first reading at a regular meeting of the Borough Council of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, New Jersey, held on August 18, 2015. Further notice is hereby given that said bond ordinance will be considered for final passage and adoption, after public hearing thereon, at a regular meeting of said Borough Council to be held in the Borough Hall, One Wanamaker Municipal Complex, Island Heights, New Jersey on September 22, 2015 at 7pm, and during the week prior to and up to and including the date of such meeting, copies of said bond ordinance will be made available at the Borough Clerk's office in the Municipal Complex Offices to the members of the general public who shall request same.
Joseph Kostecki, MPA,RMC,QPA,CMR Municipal Clerk
 
Pump Station Bond Ordinance
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS ORDINANCE NO. 2015-08
BOND ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, IN THE COUNTY OF OCEAN, NEW JERSEY, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2009-08 OF THE BOROUGH FINALLY ADOPTED OCTOBER 29, 2009 TO PROVIDE FOR AN AMENDMENT OF THE PURPOSE SET FORTH IN SECTION 3(a) AND THE USEFUL LIFE IN SECTION 6(b) THEREOF BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, IN THE COUNTY OF OCEAN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY (not less than two-thirds of all members thereof affirmatively concurring), AS FOLLOWS:
 
Section One. Section 3(a) of Bond Ordinance No. 2009-08 ("Bond Ordinance") of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, New Jersey (the "Borough"), finally adopted October 29, 2009, is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows: "(a) Purpose. the replacement of pump stations and the repair or replacement of water and sewer lines, and including all work and materials necessary therefore or incidental thereto, as more fully described on a list on file in the Borough Clerk's office Appropriation and Estimated Cost: $70,000 Amount of Bond or Notes: $66,500 Amount of Down Payment: $3,500 Period or Average Period of Usefulness: 16.65 years"
Section Two. Section 6(b) of the Bond Ordinance is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows: "6(b) The period of usefulness of the improvement or purpose, within the limitations of the Local Bond Law, according to the reasonable life thereof computed from the date of the bonds authorized by this bond ordinance is 16.65 years.
Section Three. The capital budget or temporary capital budget (as applicable) of the Borough is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this bond ordinance to the extent of any inconsistency herewith. In the event of any such inconsistency and amendment, the resolution in the form promulgated by the Local Finance Board showing full detail of the amended capital budget or amended temporary capital budget (as applicable) and capital program as approved by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services is on file with the Borough Clerk and is available for public inspection.
Section Four. After passage upon first reading of this bond ordinance, the Borough Clerk is hereby directed to publish the full text of the bond ordinance, together with the notice set forth below entitled: "NOTICE OF PENDING BOND ORDINANCE" (with appropriate completions, insertions and corrections), at least once in a newspaper qualified under N.J.S.A. 40A:2-19, at least seven days prior to the date set for public hearing and further consideration for final passage (which date shall be at least ten days after introduction and first reading). The Borough Clerk is further directed to comply with all provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:2-17(b) regarding postings, publications, and the provision of copies of the bond ordinance.
Section Five. After final adoption of this bond ordinance, the Borough Clerk is hereby directed to publish the full text of this bond ordinance, as finally adopted, together with the notice set forth below entitled: "NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF BOND ORDINANCE" (with appropriate completions, insertions, and corrections), at least once in a newspaper qualified under N.J.S.A. 40A:2-19.
Section Six. This ordinance amends Bond Ordinance No. 2009-08 of the Borough finally adopted October 29, 2009. Any inconsistencies shall be resolved by reference to this amending ordinance. To the extent that any previous ordinance or resolution is inconsistent herewith or contradictory hereto, said ordinance or resolution is hereby repealed or amended to the extent necessary to make it consistent herewith.
Section Seven. This bond ordinance shall take effect twenty days after the first publication thereof after final adoption, as provided by Section Four hereof and the Local Bond Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:2-1, et seq.
 
NOTICE OF PENDING BOND ORDINANCE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the foregoing bond ordinance was duly introduced and passed upon first reading at a regular meeting of the Borough Council of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, New Jersey, held on August 18, 2015. Further notice is hereby given that said bond ordinance will be considered for final passage and adoption, after public hearing thereon, at a regular meeting of said Borough Council to be held in the Borough Hall, One Wanamaker Municipal Complex, Island Heights, New Jersey on September 22, 2015 at 7pm, and during the week prior to and up to and including the date of such meeting, copies of said bond ordinance will be made available at the Borough Clerk's office in the Municipal Complex Offices to the members of the general public who shall request same.
Joseph Kostecki, MPA,RMC,QPA,CMR Municipal Clerk
 
Variance Application Approved
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS PUBLIC NOTICE
TAKE NOTICE that the Island Heights Planning Board approved a Variance Application on Block 7 Lot 4 at its regular meeting on August 12, 2015.
Wendy Prior, Secretary
 
Special Projects Engineer Requested
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR THE SOLICITATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CONTRACTS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed submissions will be received by the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Island Heights, County of Ocean, State of New Jersey on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 12 Noon prevailing time, at the Office of the Municipal Clerk, Borough of Island Heights. Office of the Municipal Clerk. One Wanamaker Municipal Complex. Post Office Box 797 Island Heights, NJ 08732-0797 for the following position:
1. Special Projects Engineer These proposals are being submitted through this "fair and open process" in accordance with N.J.S.A 19:44A-20.5 et seq. Professional service contracts are required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C.17:27 et seq.
SEALED PROPOSALS MUST HAVE THE POSITION SOUGHT WRITTEN ON THE FRONT OF THE PACKAGE. ONE (1) ORIGINAL AND EIGHT (8) COPIES MUST BE SUBMITTED.
 
Minor Subdivision for 130 Central Avenue Approved
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS
NOTICE OF DECISION BY THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS PLANNING BOARD
On May 13, 2015, the Borough of Island Heights Planning Board resolved that the application of LPS Realty, LLC, to the Borough of Island Heights Planning Board seeking Minor Subdivision for the premises known as Block 20, Lot 4, commonly known as 130 Central Avenue, as reflected on the official Tax Map of the Borough of Island Heights, to create two residential lots along with all variances and waivers requested and required, was approved subject to conditions. Documents and plans pertaining to this matter are available for public inspection at the Borough of Island Heights Municipal Building, 1 Wanamaker, Island Heights, NJ, during regular business days and hours.
STEPHEN B. KOTZAS, ESQUIRE
Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, P.C. Toms River, New Jersey
Attorney for Applicant
 
Salary & Wage Ordinance
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS
ORDINANCE 2015-05
ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, COUNTY OF OCEAN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY AMENDING ORDINANCE 2005-08, 2006-11A, 2007-03 AND 2013-05, FIXING AND DETERMINING ANNUAL SALARY AND HOURLY WAGE OF CERTAIN OFFICERS OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS BE IT ENACTED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, COUNTY OF OCEAN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, as follows, until a subsequent salary ordinance is adopted:
 
Section 1. The maximum salary ranges per annum for the following officers and employees of the Borough of Island Heights shall be as follows:
TITLE TOTAL BASE SALARY NOT TO EXCEED
F. Deputy Clerk/Acting Municipal Clerk $9,000.00
QQ.Assistant Chief Financial Officer $5,000.00
Section 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances heretofore adopted in connection with the aforementioned subject matter are hereby repealed.
Section 3. If any part of this ordinance are held invalid for any reason, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining parts thereof.
 
NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the foregoing Ordinance was introduced and passed on first reading at the regular meeting of the Borough Council of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, held on the 23rd day of June, 2015 and was passed after second reading for final passage at a regular meeting of said governing body after a Public Hearing held on the 21st day of July, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Island Heights Municipal Building, Island Heights, New Jersey. Joseph Kostecki Borough Clerk
 
Neighborhood Canvassing Ordinance Introduced
BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS
ORDINANCE 15-06
ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF ISLAND HEIGHTS, OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER V (5-1 ), OF THE BOROUGH CODE TO REGULATE THE PRACTICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD CANVASSING
PURPOSE TO REGULATE THE PRACTICE OF REAL ESTATE CANVASSING AND SOLICITING IN BOROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ordinance was introduced and passed upon first reading at a meeting of the Borough Council of the Borough of Island Heights, in the County of Ocean, NJ, held on July 21, 2015 at 6:30pm. It will be considered for final passage at a public meeting to be held on August 18, 2015 at 6:30pm or as soon thereafter as this matter can be reached, at which time all persons interested shall be given an opportunity to be heard concerning this ordinance. Prior to the second reading, a copy of this ordinance shall be posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building and copies shall be made available at the Borough Clerk's Office in said Municipal Building to members of the general public who shall request such copies.
Joseph Kostecki Borough Clerk