(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council Wednesday evening narrowly approved a land lease agreement at the former truck parking lot along State Street with Murphy Heavy Contracting Corporation. Murphy plans to use the site for a concrete recycling operation.
“We take loads of concrete, asphalt and bricks and recycle it into a material that can be sold,” stated Murphy. “This saves it from going to landfills and dumps or down the road...wherever.”
Murphy says the goal is to eventually expand the area to provide landscape stone sales as well. Under the lease agreement Murphy will sign a three-year lease for $7,200 per year to be paid in two $3,600 installments.
The Council approved the lease by a 4-3 vote after neighboring businessman Jeff Wright of Recycling Services at 101 State Street questioned the City Council about why they weren’t given a chance to lease it.
“We were never given a good reason and we tried and we tried to lease the property,” explained Wright. “All we wanted it for was for truck parking and trailer parking and we are confused on why we were never considered to lease that property.”
Wright claimed he offered to the City in July of 2012 a 20-year lease paid yearly, in advance, in the amount of $8,000. However, Wright says former City Councilman Steve Livengood told him it had to be run as a truck parking lot only.
Since that time the City Council decided to get out of the truck parking business altogether and let private individuals offer the same service.
Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones explained that the lease agreement with Murphy Construction would help the city eliminate their own rock piles from street and sidewalk removal projects.
Following the lengthy discussion, Chris Jimmerson, Kathy Somers, and Bob Cord voted no. Their concern was a need for an explanation on an alleged FEMA rule to do with building a structure in a flood way, which Wright claims was never resolved.
Dana Halder, Kathy Hartkoph, Ashley Hayes, and Lori Stuart voted to approve the lease agreement with Murphy Heavy Contracting.
In other activity; the City Council approved a new contract with Medivac Ambulance Service for $50,400.00 for this next fiscal year. The years after that there will be a 9.52-percent increase to $55,200.00. City Administrator John Lund noted that the cost to the City to run their own ambulance service would be astronomical.
April 2, 2015