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Northfield City Council discusses paving projects planned for 2020 - Ocean City Sentinel: News

Northfield City Council discusses paving projects planned for 2020

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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 4:13 pm

NORTHFIELD — Northfield City Council discussed the 2020 road-paving program and a proposal to display military equipment at Veterans Park during a work session Oct. 29. 

Rami Nassar, the city engineer, said the city’s 2019 road program is finished, with a few punch-list items he estimated would be completed in three weeks. 

He said there is a drainage issue on a portion of Maple Avenue and Fairbanks Avenue. 

Nassar said he looked at a county plan and they did drainage work on Tilton Road and have a connection for Northfield to tie into that system along Maple Avenue. The city plans to pave Maple Avenue and a portion of Fairbanks Avenue. 

Nassar said he was going to talk to the city’s Public Works Department to see if the area needs maintenance. However, he said if it needed drainage improvements, they would do that. 

The city will also pave Franklin Avenue, Pine Street and the left side of Haddon Avenue. A portion of Wabash Avenue will also be paved, as will a portion of Ridgewood Drive and Glencove Avenue. 

The city paved 2.1 miles of roadway in 2019, according to Nassar. 

City Council President Jeff Lischin said the paving program is “something that will pay dividends over the long term when we don’t have to do these major capital improvement projects over and over again.”

City Council also discussed possibly putting a military surplus vehicle/equipment on display in the city’s Veterans Park. 

Mayor Erland Chau asked if council would like to proceed with the project. 

He said the city would be responsible for the site preparation and transportation costs of the equipment and would be responsible for demilitarizing the items. Northfield may also have to construct a cement pad on which to display the item.  

The military surplus could come from throughout the continental United States, although City Council has the option of getting something from within a certain state or region. They can also request the transportation cost in advance. 

They can submit the application and ultimately refuse the project. 

Council agreed to move forward with the project. 

Resident Heather Mellon said the Friends of the Northfield Public Library usually has a holiday hat, glove and scarf donation and asked how they could help children who crossed the border unescorted who are living in Northfield.  

“If I’m not mistaken, there are 20 children or young adults who are being housed in the county residences who are from, I would imagine, from Mexico,” she said. 

She asked if they are going to be there for a limited or an extended amount of time and whether anything could be done to help them. 

According to a September 2019 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the former Atlantic County Youth Shelter is part of the Juntos program, which provides shelter for unaccompanied children who crossed the border into the United States. 

The article stated there are shelters in Woodbury and Burlington in southern New Jersey, in addition to Northfield.  

Chau said that the city bears no cost for the program. 

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, who was present to honor a Little League baseball team, said it is a federal program. 

“These are kids who came across the border unescorted, and I can just imagine what happened to these kids,” he said. 

He said the program is “not costing anyone two cents, and what we’re trying to do is get these kids back with their families.”

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