From Brigantine Councilwoman; Lisa McClay: Hope everyone is ready for another beautiful summer on Brigantine Beach. Here’s an update of some of the happenings.
Our city manager Jennifer Blumenthal hired two new full-time EMT/firefighters and they are currently in training. This is necessary to staff the fire department since the department lost six positions this year due to retirement. The city is still seeking ways save taxpayers money, therefore the city manager will continue to interview for part-time trained and certified EMT/firefighter to fill positions.
Our police and fire departments make up a significant percentage of our municipal budget. The city’s goal is to reduce costs in these departments through contract negotiations and right sizing without an impact on the quality of service they provide.
The Brigantine Beach Patrol has a new chief, Kip Emig and several new rookie guards. Our new chief and rookie guards were sworn in last Saturday; congratulations to all and may you all be safe guarding our beaches.
Family Fun Day, presented by the city’s CER department and the Presbyterian Church, is July 5. You won’t want to miss this community event that offers crafts, food, rides, and much more.
Our public works department is working diligently to maintain our beautiful beaches, keeping our streets clean, grass neatly trimmed, and making repairs to our irrigation system. There is a new 8-foot fence being installed at our public works yard, and within the next few weeks crosswalks and many hydrants will be painted. Our north-end seawall is looking good, with the county finishing up the electric on the lamp posts.
Please remember to recycle. Pick-up is every other Tuesday; to request a can: go to www.acua.com for free can & delivery. Recyclables and trash can be dropped off at the public works yard on 38th Street seven days a week, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
The next city council meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. Happy Independence Day! Let us celebrate the day that gave us the freedom of thought, actions, faith and speech!
Brigantine Councilwoman; Lisa McClay.