A top priority for the Margate Homeowners Association (MHA) is to keep a close eye on local leadership. The MHA has shared a few items of note:
Margate Commissioners, Becker, Amodeo & Blumberg, will soon approve items for payment, at the next Margate Commissioners meeting, coming up this Thursday.
How is Margate spending taxpayers dollars?
A few expenses really jumped out. Many are confusing & cryptic. Are Margate taxpayers fully aware of how their money is being spent?
- Defender bills totaling $1,500.00. Why? Who’s being defended? And for what?
- Bagels $1,450.00. That’s a whole bunch of bagels!
- Margate Acting Administrator: $9,702.00 WHO? and WHY?
- What’s a hero’s helmet? The cost is $1,201.87. JUST asking.
Margate NJ Flooding Plans
Many MHA members expressed concern regarding Margate flooding. The MHA sent a request to Margate Commissioner, John Amodeo. Information was requested regarding a grant for pumps, and Margate’s plan to mitigate flooding.
Here’s how Margate Commissioner John Amodeo responded: (lightly edited)
Margate and Ventnor did receive a grant to set up a shared service pump system. It will be on the north end of town. Funded partly by both municipalities (Margate & Ventnor) and Atlantic County.
It doesn’t eliminate flooding. It’s designed to pump down the flooded areas quicker. Margate’s priority is to eliminate as much flooding as possible, being we’re on a barrier island.
With FEMA’s recommendation, we changed our ordinance for bulkhead elevations to elevation 8 to help with flooding.
Amherest Ave. bulkheads added outfalls to the bay. Thru our city engineer, we’re in preliminary discussions to design a pump station in the Adams Ave area. It will not stop flooding, but will assist in moving water quickly after a hard rainstorm and high tide.
Margate is the only town in Atlantic County to have a Community Flood Rating (CFR) of 4. This translates to a 25% savings on flood insurance.
John Amodeo: The (proposed) water park has nothing to do with the city. It’s water side of the bulkhead and is under DEP permitting.
Margate NJ School District
NOTE: The Margate School Board meetings are still not being recorded and posted for on-demand listening. School Board agenda items and meeting minutes need higher levels of awareness.
Margate residents still waiting for explanation regarding: Swapping of school principals. Relative of Mayor Becker, Audrey Becker, was transferred from Tighe to Ross. Does this move provide a clue as to which of the 2 Margate schools will survive an impending consolidation? Listen to school discussion at recent commissioners meeting: