Dumpsters and other temporary storage units must be removed from Ocean Grove’s public streets from 3 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday during the summer season (May 15- Sept. 15) under an ordinance adopted by the Neptune Township Committee this week.
The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, is intended to free up much-needed parking spaces during the summer months but some residents said it doesn’t make a great deal of sense and may be a burden to property owners.
“This is nonsense,” Ocean Grove resident Jack Braden said, who asked if dumpsters can be placed in yards.
Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said he believes dumpsters could be placed in most yards without a problem.
“As long as they are not in the public right of way,” he said
Ocean Grove Homeowners Association Vice President Barbara Burns called the ordinance “a huge burden” for contractors and property owners and said that perhaps the ban should just totally prohibit all dumpsters from May through October.
“This (ordinance) is wildly impractical,” she said.
Resident Michael Golub asked whether the number of spaces freed up on weekends by removing dumpsters is worth the effort.
Committeeman Randy Bishop said property owners will still have options as to when and where to place their dumpsters under the ordinance.
“Hopefully they will look at the cost and use dump trucks instead,” he said.