See pics: Reconstruction of Amherst Ave between Clarendon and Douglass Ave in Margate not going so well. That’s putting it mildly.
City Engineer Ed Dennis says several Margate homes have been damaged from this project, so construction was forced to stop for a while.
Homes reportedly damaged by heavy equipment vibration. Increasing concerns about storm drainage, too.
If my property is damaged. I’m gonna hold the city liable.Amherst Ave Resident
Residents not happy with Margate Mayor, Michael Becker, who’s also Commissioner of Public Works.
City Engineer Ed Dennis catching hell too.
Listen to Margate Engineer Ed Dennis discuss the issue. Oddly, Mayor Becker laughs after angry public comment.
LISTEN to clip from Margate Commissioner meeting of May 6, 2021 >
Mathis Construction of Little Egg Harbor Twp was awarded the $858,617 contract for phase one of this reconstruction of Amherst Ave in Margate.
- Paving & reconstruction
- Drainage, pavement & upgrades
- Utilities & storm drainage structures
- Signage & traffic control
Ed Dennis is from Remington & Vernick Engineers in Pleasantville.
Online Public Comments:
Resident: Has anyone heard what’s happening on Amherst near Delavan? Has Margate hired a new company to complete the job?
Resident answer: They have not hired a new company. It’s the same company that destroyed the foundations of several houses between Clermont and Clarendon. Supposedly they are doing it with less vibration and smaller equipment. The city wants the street open, the residents with the destruction want their houses fixed! The entire project is a mess.
Resident: I’m not complaining about the road construction. I am however very upset about the damage to the homes. Doesn’t matter winter or summer, no one ever wants their property damaged. This has cost us money now in legal fees etc. The city doesn’t seem to be concerned. Can’t even get the Mayor to return a phone call ·
Resident: That’s unacceptable. Especially because it’s your property. I’d do a protest outside the mayor’s office. Get everyone involved for sure.
Resident – We are on Douglass and have issues too, is there a point of contact at the city to discuss this matter?