BELMAR, NJ — A Belmar public works crew has cleaned and completed work around a stormwater pipe at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and B Street, where a drainage problem has persisted for years.

Short of having to dig up the entire intersection and install storm drains — a rather costly endeavor — Mayor Brian Magovern hopes the fix will keep the water flowing and eliminate the puddle that sits along the curb at the northeast corner.

“We’ve had a water issue there for years because there is no storm drain that would allow the water to pass through to South Lake Drive,” he said. “It’s the best action we can take without having to do the whole intersection.”

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However, Magovern pointed out another reason that has contributed to the persistent puddle around the end of the pipe: A constantly running sump pump from a nearby home is always sending water directly to that low point.

Although it is not possible to identify that residence, Magovern suggests the homeowner can have the sump pump raised by about 12 inches so that it shuts off more frequently.

The mayor was alerted to the problem during the recent mini-town hall meeting held at the nearby Jane Magovern’s Playground at Silver Lake. Each Saturday during June, he has hosted the meetings at various Belmar playgrounds, offering residents the opportunity to share their ideas, questions and concerns with him, the borough council, as well as members of the public works and police departments.

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