Ventnor honors community volunteers – DOWNBEACH

Ventnor Mayor Beth Holtzman with the town’s community volunteers, November 10, 2022.

VENTNOR – The people who make Ventnor a great place to live, work or play were recognized Thursday, November 11 at Ventnor Town Hall. The Board of Commissioners honored volunteers, some of whom have served as volunteers on city councils, commissions and community groups for more than 20 years.

Volunteers were treated to refreshments prior to the 5:30 p.m. Council of Commissioners meeting.

Mayor Beth Holtzman honored volunteers for serving on the city’s planning, community council, cultural arts and recreation boards and Ventnor’s green team, as well as the many volunteers who make the Town of Ventnor Farmers Market and other special events.

“They are selfless and work hard to make Ventnor a better town,” Holtzman said.

Commissioner Lance Landgraf said volunteers “make our community healthy”.

Holtzman listed some of the upcoming holiday events that wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers, including the lighting of the tree at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 2; Holiday Craft Market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4; Twilight Holiday Parade 5:00 p.m. Dec. 3; Santa’s visit to the city 5:30 p.m. December 9; St. James Living Nativity 6:00 p.m. Dec. 9; and the lighting of the menorah at 5 p.m. on December 18.

In other business, Landgraf announced that Ocean Avenue behind City Hall would undergo a renovation to provide an additional 4 feet of raceway. The project would reduce the width of the sidewalk along the back of City Hall to gain space to accommodate an electric vehicle charging station. The dual charging station will reserve one port for the electric vehicle that will soon be purchased by the city and the other for public use. Lexa Béton obtained a $167,405 contract to carry out the work.

The council also introduced an ordinance setting parking times in certain areas during the summer season and the rest of the year. Public parking in beach areas will be limited to nine hours, while parking in business districts will be limited to four hours. The cost of public metered parking is $1 off season, $1.50 during the summer months, and $2 year-round at the municipal parking lot on S. Newport Avenue.

A public hearing on the order will be held at 5:30 p.m. on December 15.

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