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Focus: Shared Services

November Magazine Cover


Backbay Dredging

Ocean City utilizes shared services agreements to manage

Ocean City residents looked out over the basins where their boats once floated and instead saw them heeled over in the mud.

Like so many other coastal neighborhoods throughout New Jersey, Ocean City’s bayside waterways lacked deep water. For property owners who paid handsomely for backyard access,the shallow waters often were impassable to boat traffic. The city’s legendary Night in Venice boat parade–a tradition of more than 60 years held on the third weekend each July–had to change dates from year to year to find high tides. Paddle-boarders and swimmers had to time the tides to use the bay with some even having to be rescued after sinking hip-deep into the soft bottom. Bayfront property values decreased along with tourism dollars.

But the prospects for fixing the problem were as muddy as the bay itself. Ocean City faced a costly dilemma: The city had budgeted money to dredge, but finding a disposal site remained an even more expensive proposition, complicated by strict environmental regulations. Previous administrations failed to tackle the problem, and the city’s engineering department had a heavy load with other infrastructure projects on the island.

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Featured Article

Photo of Salem Municipal Building

Salem First for SRN Consortium

City chosen as first municipality for NJ State Resource Network (NJ SRN) consortium

It was exciting for Salem City to learn that we were chosen to be the first municipality participating in the NJ State Resource Network (SRN) consortium. We knew we were selected from among more populated municipalities with deficits that far exceeded ours. The one advantage we knew we had that separated us from other municipalities was that we already had a plan to address our economic recovery. We had been working to build a plan for the past three years that yielded us a recovery plan and produced the formation of our Commerce Department. Our plan was actively being executed focusing on our port and manufacturing district, as well as our housing market.

Partnership for sustainable progress
While Salem City had a plan we were executing,we knew we still needed assistance to fully maximize opportunities and ensure momentum would not be halted. A lot of our success was due to sheer grit and determination of creating a better Salem for our residence, knowing all along that our efforts weren’t sustainable without help.

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