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Jay Coffey

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Borough of Oceanport
315 E. Main Street
Oceanport, NJ 07757

Tel: 732.222.8221
Fax: 732.222.0904

Mayor's Message

September 2018

I want to thank the Recreation Committee for providing Oceanport with another successful, fun-filled “End of Summer” celebration. These volunteers (and Joanne Hunt, our Recreation Coordinator) really out-do themselves every single year and this year’s event was no exception. Bravo!

The Borough of Oceanport’s elected officials are also going to have to out-do themselves because we have some difficult decisions to make over the next few months regarding matters that will impact our town for years to come. We will have to address infrastructure, development, finance and personnel issues in short order and how these issues are resolved will be a portent of things to come for the Borough of Oceanport.

On the infrastructure front, we’ve got to come to grips with the fact that the Borough’s pool facility at Blackberry Bay Park is antiquated, in a state of disrepair and in need of a substantial infusion of money for its rehabilitation. The Borough does not need a pool, so the questions at hand are (a) does our community want a pool and, if so, (b) how much, if anything, are we willing to spend to rehabilitate and maintain the facility going forward? The facility had been run by volunteers over the course of five decades, but it proved to be too much of an undertaking for volunteers recently and the YMCA of Red Bank took over operations two summers ago. The upkeep and maintenance of the facility, however, rests with the Borough. Built by the Oceanport Lion’s Club on Borough property for use as a community pool in the early 70’s, this facility has served generations of Oceanport residents and it provides an alternative source of recreation for the Borough’s popular Action Camp during the summer. Based upon membership and daily use records from the past two summers, however, we have come to learn that only approximately 30% of its clientele is from Oceanport. Insofar as the pool is not being used by a great number of Oceanport residents and inasmuch as the carrying costs of maintaining the facility – as opposed to a basketball court, playground or tennis court – is great, we’ve come to the point where we have to decide if a municipal pool is something that we can afford to continue to maintain with our tax dollars. Similar decisions will have to be made regarding our pocket parks.

Negotiations with the developer of the old Borough Hall property have been completed and we entered into a Purchase, Sale and Redevelopment Agreement in late August for the construction of 12 one family homes at the site. This transaction dovetails with the build out of the Boro’s new municipal complex on the old Fort Monmouth property. It is hoped that it will be ready for occupancy by November of 2019. The new complex is proposed to be comprised of a police station, community center, municipal court, library, DPW yard, OEM center and municipal offices. The proposed plan can be viewed on the Borough’s website.

Finance and personnel issues will be hot topics at upcoming Borough Council meetings as we begin the process of setting up the 2019 budget and the potential restructuring of the responsibilities of our municipal employees and appointed officials. I am limited in my ability to provide much substance or detail in my Mayor’s Message, but there is no better way to stay apprised of what’s going on with Oceanport than by gathering around the TV and watching our Council Meetings on Fios Channel 28. The meetings run live and in a continuous loop thereafter. Buddy Brocklebank is at every meeting and that, alone, is enough to make it “must watch” TV.

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ