From left, City Council members William Kehner Sr., Mary Tighe, J.B. Feeley, Frank Edwardi Jr. and Jack Gibson.

Due to the coronavirus, the August 25 City Council meeting was held remotely; however, members of the public were able to participate in the meeting telephonically.

At the start of the August 25 meeting, Mayor Desiderio reported that he has been working with NJ Transit officials in an attempt to return full bus service to Sea Isle City. The Mayor explained that currently NJ Transit buses only provide service on JFK Boulevard near the Sea Isle Bridge.

Following the Mayor’s Report, Business Administrator George Savastano updated City Council on Resolution 134, which was listed on the August 25 Consent Agenda for the approval of a contract for Architectural and Engineering Services for the City’s future Community Center at 4501 Park Road.

During his comments, Mr. Savastano explained that the approved contract will provide the City with schematic designs, design development, and estimated costs for a facility that would include of a modern gymnasium, multiple meeting rooms, and other needed space for recreation and civic functions.

Mr. Savastano also noted that while nothing is finalized with this project, approval of the contract would allow the City to obtain needed information in order to move on to the project’s next phase, which would include the development of construction documents.

Following the Business Administrator’s Report, Council President Kehner commented that the City is fortunate to have a City Councilperson (Jack Gibson) and a Business Administrator (George Savastano) who are both licensed engineers able to give additional guidance during projects such as the development of a Community Center.

Ordinance 1655 and Ordinance 1656 both had Second Reading and Public Hearing during the August 25 City Council meeting – and both were subsequently adopted by City Council. Additionally, both ordinances were reviewed by the Sea Isle City Planning Board and did not conflict with the City’s Master Plan.

  • Ordinance 1655 amends the City’s existing ordinance relating to “Storm Water Management Systems” in order to meet and exceed updated State and Federal standards, which could lead to future reductions of flood insurance premiums for local property owners.
  • Ordinance 1656 amends the City’s existing ordinance relating to “Affordable Housing” to ensure compliance and uniformity.

Each of the Resolutions on the August 25 Consent Agenda was approved, including:

  • Resolution 133, which authorized a recurring contract for HVAC services in the amount of $20,200 to Devine Brothers.
  • Resolution 134, which authorized the award of a contract for Architectural and Engineering Services for the City’s future Community Center at 4501 Park Road in the amount of $280,000 to Architect Henry Hengchua, P.A.
  • Resolution 137, which ratified the Masters Services Agreement & Statement of Work between the Forerunner Company and the City for Flood Plain Management Services in the amount of $5,000 annually for a three year term. This resolution works hand-in-hand with Ordinance 1655.
  • Resolution 138, which authorized an advertisement of bids for road reconstruction on various streets.

The next City Council meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Additional information about the September 8 meeting will be forthcoming.

Best Regards from the Members of City Council:

Council President Bill Kehner (

Frank Edwardi (

J.B. Feeley (

Jack Gibson (

Mary Tighe (