(File Picture by Jack Reynolds)
There will be at the very least two new associates of the Beach front Haven Borough Council next the Nov. 3 election as an incumbent and 5 newcomers vie for a few seats on the 5-member council.
Running are Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis alongside with Genevieve Cunningham, Robert Scott Cunningham (no relation), Colleen Lambert, Kristina Rutherford and Laura Polascak. Incumbents Charles E. Maschal Jr. and Thomas Lynch declined re-election.
Davis was 1st elected to the council when it improved to its present variety of authorities in 2010. She has been mayor for the previous 6 yrs.
“My household has lived in Beach Haven for 3 generations. I’ve expended my summers listed here due to the fact childhood, in the dwelling my grandparents developed in 1929,” claimed Davis, who has a Ph.D. in pathology and taught pathology and epidemiology at Stockton College for 41 decades, and now serves on the university’s board of trustees. “I’ve lived right here 12 months ’round for 30 several years.”
Davis mentioned achievements by her and the council in current a long time incorporate strengthening borough funds.
“An auditor’s report counseled Seashore Haven for balanced economic place with no audit findings in more than four yrs, qualifying our town for a AAA bond ranking,” she claimed. “Borough web personal debt currently is $4.6 million reduce than in 2018, and the surplus is $6.9 million strong.”
New expert services for citizens and website visitors incorporate installing Aqua Hawk home drinking water monitoring techniques, generating more than 300 community parking areas, changing out-of-date public will work and law enforcement automobiles, and developing a new auto fueling station and a new municipal garage.
In addition, Davis cited a $400,000 contribution for acquiring a new hearth truck, an up-to-date borough web-site to enable improved communications, a new program permitting community corporations and artwork exhibitions to use borough hall, an upgraded trash selection plan and enhancements to parks and recreation facilities.
She said the most urgent problem prior to the new council will be continued checking of the pandemic.
“This is not likely to go away for a although, so we have to make positive to do what we can to enable our corporations accomplishment,” she claimed. “And we hope most people adheres to social distancing and to have on masks.”
“Beach Haven has normally been aspect of my everyday living,” stated Lambert, a retired bodily education teacher from the Stafford Township Faculty District. “For the to start with five several years my spouse and children summered below at my grandmother’s old Victorian on the corner of Second and Seashore Avenue. My family moved listed here forever in 1959, and I have been privileged to connect with Beach front Haven my dwelling at any time given that.”
Lambert said she has held several group positions, these types of as LBI girls’ softball coach and formal, Law enforcement Athletic League assistant director, Sunday College teacher at the Kynett United Methodist Church, wherever she is even now an lively member, and the Beach Haven Tennis Committee.
“I’m proud to say we a short while ago donated fundraiser income amounting to virtually $11,000 really worth of equipment, provides and trees to the tennis courts,” she mentioned. “ I imagine these actions show my potential to function very well with many others along with my fascination and caring for the people of Beach front Haven.”
Lambert said when she retired, she appeared forward to an “easy, uncomplicated” way of life.
“But things transformed quite a few several years in the past with the implementation of the new redevelopment approach,” she reported. “Over-sized buildings, insufficient parking and generous concessions to builders shocked and disturbed me to the position the place I could no for a longer period sit on the sidelines. I experience that we have been all captivated to Beach front Haven in the very first location for its laid-back again allure, sea shore ambiance and spouse and children leisure. Unfortunately, the route we’re now on would seem to be getting us in a entirely distinctive direction which truly issues me, and that’s the primary reason for my candidacy. Advancement is absolutely an integral part of any town’s potential, and Beach front Haven is no exception. My goal is to see dependable improvement so this city will be a location we are happy of 20 several years from now and 1 in which we all however want to stay.”
Polascak grew to become a whole-time resident right after staying a renter for 10 years. She is a web site lead at Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical business. She oversees the operational execution of medical research studies.
“My love and admiration for the town of Beach Haven is the driving pressure guiding my choice to run for council,” she stated. “It is a unique and unique group that should be fostered and protected. The welcoming inhabitants, peaceful environment and wonderful location tends to make this city a wonderful spot to dwell and pay a visit to. I am energized for the possibility to provide the local community and much better get to know my neighbors.”
She reported as council member, her major priority would be supporting the “special individuals and companies that make up this neighborhood.”
“This would involve fostering our numerous regionally owned firms, a characteristic which has always amazed me about the town,” claimed Polascak. “Tourism is critical in generating earnings for the borough, its companies, and home owners/traders that depend on rental earnings. I believe it is feasible to develop our commerce even though also balancing the demands of our citizens. As somebody who is personally vested in each, I choose this to heart. With the existing climate and developments in technology, we could also expect an inflow of distant gurus that will increase the range of complete-time inhabitants. Adjust is unavoidable, and we ought to make alternatives that development our city ahead though retaining its culture. Responsible growth is vital.”
Other priorities are steps to get better and stop more injury to the environment, flooding issues and storm preparedness, responsible fiscal paying, transportation and traffic mitigation, preservation of Seashore Haven’s background, pedestrian and bike protection, ongoing support of police and first responders, and actions to catch the attention of and help nearby business enterprise personnel.
Cunningham has lived comprehensive time in the borough for 8 years soon after to start with coming down for summers 21 years back. She is government director of the Seashore Haven Chamber of Commerce and a commissioner on the Historic Preservation Fee.
“As a candidate for borough council, I am dedicated to sturdy leadership, eyesight and listening to the worries of our taxpayers and citizens,” she explained. “I have made the decision to run for a seat on the Seaside Haven Borough Council because I consider that every single citizen ought to preserve an active fascination in what is occurring in their group. As taxpayers and citizens of Beach Haven we have a lot at stake and will need to make guaranteed our elected officers are basically on the lookout out for us.
1 of her priorities would be advocating for much more dependable improvement, so the borough “does not transform into a Wildwood or a Seaside Heights.”
“We have to have to control the variances presented to developers so they can develop these big constructions,” reported Cunningham. “That Victoria Rose appears to be like an atrocity. Whilst we are a quaint, historic town, there will usually be improvement and growth. We will need to have insurance policies that amplify the excellent character of Beach Haven, when respecting the demands of people, and advertising and marketing nutritious businesses.”
She also claimed the council needs to be a lot more clear.
“People question issues, but they really do not feel to be acquiring responses,” stated Cunningham. “I’m involved about lawful expenses. We appear to be accumulating a ton of them.”
A nurse in the Stafford Township College District, Rutherford became a whole-time resident in 2017. Her loved ones built a property in the borough in 1950.
“My grandmother was an energetic member of the LBI Historic Affiliation, volunteering in quite a few gatherings for the duration of her lifetime,” mentioned Rutherford. “Her enthusiasm for volunteerism set the case in point for me to be an energetic volunteer in the Seaside Haven group. I spent quite a few childhood summers in this article with my grandparents and have viewed the adjustments Seaside Haven has long gone via about the decades. I have labored in a number of Seaside Haven corporations during my faculty many years.”
Rutherford said she once worked for a health care consulting enterprise for 12 decades, taking care of the human resources and budget aspects of the company.
“I think these professions have helped me hone my expertise to be an engaged listener, market teamwork, and objectively evaluate conditions that crop up to get the job done for the greatest remedy for all citizens,” she reported. “My platform is to be a voice for all residents, and I support advertising integrity and teamwork amongst elected officials, liable and realistic improvement, and improve code enforcement.
“We adore currently being a element of the Beach Haven local community, particularly in the ‘off-season’ when we have a possibility to sluggish down and invest time with good friends, residents and business enterprise owners who make their livelihood below in Seaside Haven. I search forward to working along with quite a few of you to help Seashore Haven be the treasured location for youthful and aged for a long time to appear.”
Robert Scott Cunningham could not be contacted by press time.
— Eric Englund