Longport Solicitor Michael Affinato discussed much needed replacement of failing bulkhead at 36th Avenue and the bay. The property is owned by Lamberti.
Longport has been in contact with the property owner Lamberti regarding several options.
Option #1: Have Lamberti sign over upland rights to Borough. Longport taxpayers would be responsible for bulkhead maintenance and repairs. Owner Lamberti would maintain riparian (water and marina) rights. Solicitor Affanato says Lamberti not interested in option #1.
Option #2: Have Lamberti work with the Borough on a joint basis to replace deteriorating bulkhead.
Option #3: Request that Lamberti allows Longport to place equipment on his property so that Longport can repair it’s section of bulkhead.
Bulkhead was recently inspected. It’s condition is far worse than previously known. It needs to be repaired soon. Longport needs to ‘secure’ their piece of the bulkhead.
Pilings that are disengaged. Missing facia board. Bulkhead is failing.
Public works can’t keep shoveling dirt into the bulkhead sinkhole.
Lamberti asking Longport for permission to build a home on the extra-small parcel of land. He would then repair the bulkhead. This is currently not permitted due to Longport zoning ordinance.
His dream is a non starter. A non-buildable lot. Would have to go to Zoning board. It’s never gonna happen.Longport.
A joint private/public repair project can be tricky. Longport would need to put out a public bid. Then there’s prevailing wage issues.
Get two separate prices for the project: one for Borough, the other for Lamberti. Costs for a private property owner would be less than those charged to Borough.
Inspections show substantial deterioration. Entire length is in bad shape. Substantial structural integrity issues. Potential legal action.
If not voluntarily fixed, could cite him for a public hazard. Pursue court action to compel Lamberti. Potential liability if bulkhead fails.
Solicitor Affanato discussed action Longport Borough might take if owner Lamberti didn’t move forward with critical repairs / replacement to his section of the back-bay bulkhead.
Engineer Dennis discussed Borough’s responsibility if they move forward with option #3: repair its section of bulkhead. Need to obtain engineering plans and required State permits.
Longport leadership: please provide better quality audio recordings of public meetings. Discussion is difficult to hear and follow. Portions of what’s heard on audio recordings, not included within meeting minutes. Thus, the need for clear audio recordings of meetings. Thank you.