STAFFORD, NJ - The Stafford Township Mayor and Council conducted their July meeting on Tuesday, July 19th.  The meeting began with a proclamation in support of the Stafford Township Police Department.  This was very appropriate due to the recent attacks on law and order in our nation. 

Construction Updates:

1.  Road Update:  Barnacle Avenue and Route 72:  
Mr. James Moran, Stafford Township Administrator announced that this deadly intersection will be changed.  No longer will anyone exiting Barnacle onto Route 72 be allowed to make a left and head east.  Also motorists will not be allowed to make left turn heading east on Route 72 onto Barnacle. 

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The intersection will now be a right turn only exit and right turn only entrance onto Barnacle. .  This project should be completed some time in the fall.  

2.  Causeway Bridge Update:  

Mr. Moran also stated that the Transportation Trust Fund freeze will not affect construction on the new bridges because construction is not allowed in the summer busy season.  It is anticipated that the Transportation Trust Fund stalemate halting all NJ state road construction projects will be settled soon.  

3.  New East Bay Avenue Community Center

Many of Stafford residents may have noticed that the old town hall building is being replaced with a new community center on East Bay Avenue.  Construction is moving along nicely on this project.  At a number of town meetings residents of Beach Haven West have shared their disappointment at lack of progress in replacing the Mill Creek Road Community Center.  

4.  New Strip Mall Being Constructed at Route 72 and Hull Road:

The building has been completed with little evidence of occupants.  Mr. Moran stated that a lease has been signed for it's first tenant, a Chinese restaurant will be located in this new strip mall.  No other information at this time about what will fill the remainder of the center. 

5.  ALDI Food Store Coming to Stafford
ALDI is building a store between Sonic and BJ's Wholesale Club.  ALDI is a supermarket that focuses on keeping prices low while offering high quality products.  This is an extremely popular brand throughout the United States.  
Get an early peek at what an ALDI store looks like on the inside with a virtual tour by viewing this link.

Stafford Community Garden:  
Councilman Stephen Fessler shared how pleased the residents he has spoken to are with our new community garden.  Mr. Fessler wants to share appreciation to the many volunteers making this a great success and especially to Reynolds Landscaping and Garden Shop for their work on this project.