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Demolition Awaits El Dorado Motel; County Awards Several Contracts

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County commissioners approved a contract, Oct. 24, to level the defunct El Dorado Motel in Dennis Township.

By Al Campbell

CREST HAVEN – Demolition of the defunct El Dorado Motel on Route 47 in Dennis Township will occur shortly. County commissioners approved a $57,300 contract at their Tuesday, Oct. 24, meeting with Pineland Construction LLC, of Sea Isle City, to level the structure.

According to a resolution, there were six bidders for the job, with Pinelands Construction deemed the lowest responsive bid. It called for the work to commence Wednesday, Oct. 25. A 2021 bond ordinance will fund the work.

Burns’ Firm Awarded Contract

The county commissioners awarded a professional services contract to Burns Construction Contracting LLC, of Avalon, Oct. 24. The firm will oversee work on the county’s Justice Complex.

The contract was awarded via competitive contracting instead of public bidding, as it was deemed a professional service.

That facility will replace the County Prosecutor’s Office complex on Moore Road, north of Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Bill Burns, principal of the firm, will provide Owner Representative Service during the project. The firm’s website lists many local projects, including the Historic Franklin Street School conversion, Tech Village and the Government Services Building at the County Airport, and the County Commons in Rio Grande.

Tax System Contract Awarded

Commissioners awarded a $126,955, two-year contract to BRT Technologies LLC for an integrated tax system for the County Board of Taxation.

The firm, utilized by every Cape May County municipality and many in the state, will supply a “commercial, off-the-shelf” integrated system for the Tax Board.

The resolution awarding the contract noted there were two proposals submitted for the contract. One was deemed nonresponsive. BRT was “determined” to be the best qualified to provide the service.

In addition to the two years of the contract, the resolution provides three one-year options.

Streetscape Design Contract Awarded

Two proposals were received seeking to design streetscape improvements for the “Airside Viewing Park” at the county airport.

On Oct. 24, the board awarded a $15,000 contract for the work to Melillo, Bauer and Carman of Brielle.

Hansen Appointed Purchasing Agent

Allison Hansen was appointed county purchasing agent for one year starting Oct. 24.

The department she will supervise issues all proposal requests, seeks bids from contracting firms and oversees contracts awarded to supply goods and services to the county government.

Tourism, Arts Grants Accepted

The county accepted a $19,500 cooperative marketing grant from the state Division of Travel and Tourism for the next fiscal year.

The county must add $4,875 of its funds to the grant to round out $24,375 to promote tourism opportunities in and out of state.

Additionally, the county accepted a $200,000 grant from the state Council on the Arts for the next fiscal year to aid local arts programs.

“Re-granting” funds will be channeled to local organizations to fund cultural projects and expenses.

Appointments, Reappointments Made

By resolution, three reappointments and one appointment were made to the County Fire Marshal’s Office.

The returning persons are Stephen Schaffer, Harry Godfrey and Richard Harron Jr. The newly appointed deputy was William Cripps.

Their terms continue from Jan.1, 2024, until Dec. 31, 2026.

They perform investigations of fire scenes and conduct fire training courses as well as fire prevention instruction.

Kevin Scarpa will be the County Emergency Medical Services coordinator from June 1, 2023, until May 31, 2024. Deputy EMS coordinators will be Mike Blizzard, Nancy Burke, and Michelle Sampson for the same period.

Fire Coordinator will be Wayne Matthews from Jan. 1, 2024, until Dec. 31, 2024.

Ronald McGowen, Jerome Inderwise, Jay Newman, Rick Lundholm and Bernie Walker will serve simultaneously as deputies.

Communications Coordinator William Bailey and Deputy William Szemcsak were appointed to serve the county on the Communications Support Group. Their terms will expire Aug. 31, 2026.

Reporter and former Managing Editor of the Cape May County Herald

Alfred S. “Al” Campbell, who covers Cape May County Board of County Commissioners, is a lifelong Court House resident. He retired as Herald Managing Editor in September 2019 after 32 years.

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