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BOROUGH ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
BOROUGH ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
May 26, 2020
On Monday, May 18, 2020, I held a property maintenance team meeting and discussed that the Code Enforcement Officers needed to increase their time to perform inspections around the Borough. As of today, fifteen (15) warnings were issued for high grass, weeds, and brush/yard waste at the curb seventy-two (72) hours prior to pick up. Twelve (12) of the warnings were abated and three (3) were issued summons. One property’s grass was cut by the Borough and lien placed on the property. Also, we will be monitoring construction sites more closely as well. I am working with the Code Enforcement Officers to divisive best practices and implement a “Evaluate, Educate & Enforce” Program that will beautify the Borough and bring properties up to code.
You will see on tonight’s agenda that I have requested the Governing Body authorize the Borough to participate in five (5) of New Jersey’s Cooperative Pricing Systems. This allows the Borough to be in a better procurement position and to meet the needs of the Department Head requests when it comes to purchasing certain items. The Lead Agency performs all of the due diligence that necessary and in accordance with the Local Public Contract Law, which simplifies the process for the Borough while still proceeding with Resolutions for any items over the $6,000 threshold.
Also you will see Notices in the Borough’s official newspapers in the near future in regards to the Borough joining two (2) National Cooperatives so we may at our June 9, 2020 meeting procure the services of Host Compliance a Short Term Rental platform and Civic Plus a Web Hosting and Content Manager platform. These two platforms will be a much-appreciated addition to the Borough’s management of Short Term Rentals and a new website that will have a messaging function that will be able to post the same message across our social media sites as well. More information to come on these two topics in a future report.
I am beginning to focus on establishing a small committee of experts with the assistance of the Bradley Beach Business Alliance with a Property Owner, Small Business Owner, Health Official, Code Official and the Chief or his designee to represent public safety to come together to develop a plan for re-opening Bradley Beach’s Small Businesses.
In addition at the request of the Governing Body, the Borough Attorney, Code Officials and I are establishing Restaurant and Retail Temporary Permits through an Ordinance we hope to Introduce at the June 9, 2020 meeting that can be retroactive to accommodate our local businesses and support them through this economy. These permits may allow restaurants, on a case by case, limited basis, to expand the areas available for outdoor seating. The temporary use permit for outdoor dining is only for restaurants with an active mercantile license. If the restaurant currently has approved outdoor dining the temporary use permit is only necessary if the restaurant wishes to temporarily expand their approved outdoor dining space. Also exploring issuing temporary use permits for outdoor retail sales for businesses with an active mercantile license which would allow for outdoor display and of merchandise only valid during normal business hours