By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY
MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners June 3 issued an emergency contract to repair a broken water main on the 600-block of Clermont Avenue.
Perna Finnigan of Vineland produced the lower of two bids received at $157,757. Asphalt Paving submitted a bid of $178,800.
The emergency authorization will allow the contractor to replace the broken water main, all underground services and completely restore the roadway.
In other road work, officials said the restoration of homes damaged during a road project on Amherst Avenue between Clarendon and Douglas avenues, is their top priority.
According to city engineer Ed Dennis Jr., the utility work, concrete work and base paving of the street has been completed. Repairs to the foundations of homes damaged when the de-watering process was done, will not take place until the final paving of the roadway after the summer season.
Dennis said attorneys for the city’s contractor, Mathis Construction, and the residents and their respective insurance companies agreed to delay a settlement on repairs until the entire project is completed.
“We’ve been focused on getting construction complete to provide that neighborhood with some relief, but we have not taken our eye off the ball with the damage to homes over there,” Dennis said. “Although that is a matter between the homeowners, contractor and their insurance company, we remain engaged to make sure those homeowners are taken care of.”
The insurance companies want to make sure any, and all damage that was done is part of the settlement.
In other business, the board heard from Recreation Director Andrew Miles that beach tag sales are up this year, and that the Martin Bloom Pavilion would reopen for senior citizen activities on Monday, June 7.
Miles said that the department’s Summer Day Camps for children have sold out for the season. There will be 90 children participating in activities for five weeks during July and August.
“We never sold out before,” he said. “All our other sports camps are filling up quickly as well.”
The Lucy the Elephant playground being built at the Jerome Avenue recreation complex will take about a week to construct, and be completed, hopefully, by early July, he said.
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