Contact Us

Fighting For Open Space

Paul Jeffrey OBVTA President (Thomas Mongelli, Townsquare Media)

A group of Ortley Beach residents are asking the Ocean County Freeholders to help acquire land from the Ocean County Utility Authority public use land.Members of the Ortley Beach Voter & Taxpayer Association, a group representing 500 families and businesses in the community, went before members of the freeholder board Wednesday, asking for a resolution to acquire a piece of the OCUA’s land.

“We don’t need the entire five and half acres, we want at least part of it to become open green space where we can throw a ball, kick a soccer ball, play with a dog, whatever; we need that open space,” said Paul Jeffrey, President of the Association.

Freeholder John Bartlett said they received a resolution from Toms River Township asking for the OCUA to give any unused land to the municipality, something Bartlett thought was very ‘odd’.

“The OCUA couldn’t possibly do that, they bought the land for $13 million dollars almost forty years ago. That’s bought with rate payers money which also include ratepayers form southern Monmouth County.”

While plans for a makeshift sitting park on the properties North side were once discussed, Bartlett said the pump station collects effluent from all across the barrier island and the property would be needed if and when pipe repairs and maintenance need to be performed.

“They will need staging areas from which to realign or replace those pipes, that will need take place from both side of the bay and the only place for them to work on the north side is the OCUA plant.”

However Jeffery said that shouldn’t be a problem.

“We know as well it was used for emergency use during Sandy, we’re not suggesting that couldn’t happen. It could be still used for emergencies.”

Bartlett said Toms River Township in recent years worked out a deal with the OCUA to have municipal employees park on the property, he suggested a similar plan for creating the park.

“I would be happy on behalf of the board to contact the OCUA to see if that option is available, but that would have to go along with an agreement with Toms River.

Best of 92.7 WOBM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WOBM Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WOBM Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.