A pair of personnel moves were made in Wildwood during their regularly scheduled meeting. City Clerk Chris Wood was named the Municipal Administrator effective immediately. The previous administrator was let go once the new commission took power earlier this year.
Also, a resolution was unanimously passed transferring the responsibilities of outgoing Human Resources Director Kimberly Hodsdon to CFO Jeanette Powers. Ms. Powers agreed to assume these new responsibilities without any increase in salary, saving the City at least $15,000 this year and approximately $65,000 annually for subsequent years. Wood is going to help Powers with certain tasks related to that job.
A major event is returning to Wildwood Crest this year. The Wildwoods Hydrofest is one of the shore’s most exciting events of the year, as hydroplane and flat-bottom race boats take to the water for a series of high-speed races along the bay at Sunset Lake, with boats reaching a gut-wrenching 80 to 140 MPH. Each race is four laps over a one-mile oval course, presenting a challenge of driving skill and timing for the racers and their sleek, high powered vessels.
Wildwoods Hydrofest is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association and the Canadian Boating Federation. This year’s event will feature over 70 powerboat teams from both the United States and Canada competing for national and international honors.
High-speed powerboat races begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Wildwoods Hydrofest will also offer a six-block marketplace featuring powerboat racing merchandise, craft vendors and food vendors from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on both days. The event is free for spectators.
At least one committeeman in Middle Township thinks that a zero tax increase is possible in 2012. Dan Lockwood told Coastal Broadcasting that as the township looks ahead, believes a zero increase could be done. Lockwood says the township is in decent financial standing and if some smart decisions are made, the necessary steps could be taken to help the taxpayers.
A rally was held outside of Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s office in Mays Landing supporting the U.S. Postal Service. The group gathered on Tuesday to support a bill they believe could save the financial failing operation. LoBiondo is a cosponsor of bill 1351 in the House of Representatives, LoBiondo and those gathered feel it will help the Post Office get back on the path to financial solvency.
A voter fraud case coming out of Wildwood has been dismissed by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. A statement was released this week by Kathleen McCullough about the 2009 case. McCullough was involved in the recall effort against Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, who was recalled and has since won reelection. A civil suit has been filed against the Prosecutor’s Office among others.
An auction date has been scheduled for The Pier Shops at Caesars. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the property is going to be auctioned off on Oct. 28. A few of the businesses have already been closed off inside of the Shops, including a pair of bars over the Labor Day holiday. The owner is Taubman Centers Inc., which has not been able to meet its mortgage demands over the past couple of years. It is unclear what the minimum bid is going to be for the property.
Over $100 million has been handed out in federal aid following Hurricane Irene. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced Wednesday that $116 million has been split among over 54,000 residents. The deadline to resider for aid is Oct. 31. Anyone who still needs to register can log onto http://www.disasterassistance.gov. All of New Jersey counties were declared a disaster and made eligible for aid.
An new poll says that the Democrats will win easily in the 1st Legislative District. Stockton University released its latest numbers and it shows State Senator Jeff Van Drew retaining his seat against Republican David DeWeese, 56 percent to 23 percent, with the remaining unsure. The numbers are a lot closer in the Assembly race. Incumbents Nelson Albano (47%) and Matt Milam (39%) lead the Republicans Suzanne Walters (32%) and Sam Fiocchi (28%).
Cape May County Republican Chairman Michael Donohue released this statement, “As the saying goes, the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day. This poll has a very bumpy history. Here is how Democratic Assemblyman Nelson Albano characterized this poll in 2009, “They were off two years ago. They were way off. They’re way off again this year. They’re very off.”
Donohue added, “Agreed.”
One of the state’s major lottery drawings is now over $100 million. The Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday netted no winners and the rollover will make it a $113 million pot. The next numbers will be drawn on Friday night. The cash option is $82.7 million.
A new report says that the state’s Turnpike Authority is expecting a major dip in revenue this year. The Star-Ledger reports that the group that oversees the Parkway and Turnpike could see up to a $55 million drop compared to 2010. Economic factors, including slowed employment, higher gas prices, and Hurricane Irene all are being blamed on the downtrend. Gas prices were about $1 less per gallon last year compared to this year.