The Borough of Avalon has received the appropriate federal and state permits necessary to keep the road to the Borough’s confined disposal facility (CDF) as a permanent structure. The acquisition of the permits allows the road to remain in place for future years, guarantees access to the facility by Avalon and other dredging partners, and eliminates the expense of removing the road that was put in place for Avalon’s recently completed back bay dredging project.
“This is a milestone accomplishment for the Borough of Avalon as we have been able to achieve what many believed was unachievable”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “We appreciate both the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for listening to our arguments about why the road needs to stay in place for the integrity of future dredging projects that keep local waterways safe and navigable for many years to come”.
The road was created in advance of a multi-year back bay dredging project that commenced in the fall of 2014. The project included participation by Middle Township, the State of New Jersey, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers to dredge material for placement in the Avalon-owned CDF, which is located immediately to the south of Avalon Boulevard in Middle Township. This unique, cost-sharing partnership resulted in over 100,000 yards of dredge material to be placed in the CDF for dewatering and eventual removal. In advance of the dredging project, the Borough had to construct a temporary road so the dredge material from prior projects was removed to create space for the new material.
As a result of this cost-share arrangement, the Borough of Avalon saved over $3.4 million during the project. The removal of the temporary road and the obligation for new wetlands mitigation would have cost millions of dollars. The Borough instead negotiated for keeping the 2,156 foot long road in place for future dredge projects, and purchased credits from a wetlands mitigation bank for necessary mitigation that was already completed and approved by the federal and state agencies.
The contained disposal facility consists of a 285.24 acre parcel of property located in the Middle Township. After extensive negotiations involving Mayor Pagliughi and the estate of Tito Macchia, the Borough acquired the property from the Macchia estate on July 7, 1999 via ordinance 459-1999 for the amount of $150,000. The acquisition was made to accommodate future dredging needs in the Borough; the property is currently assessed at $414,000 for which the Borough pays no taxes. The effort to keep the road to the CDF permanent closes the loop and ensures Avalon and other partners will have a facility to dispose of dredge materials for decades to come.
“Both agencies now have a clearer understanding of the challenges that face coastal communities when they want to conduct maintenance or emergency dredging projects in their communities, thanks to the Avalon project and a few others in the State”, Pagliughi said. “By keeping this road in place, the Borough can continue with cost-sharing agreements with other partners to perform dredging projects when needed, save taxpayers’ dollars, and maintain the valuable boating and fishing opportunities that are necessary in our coastal community”.