Twenty-one months ago: Lake Lenape dam needs fixing

Lake Lenape has endured the past two summers despite a leaky dam.

But Atlantic County Engineer Joseph D’Abundo said the work to repair the flood gates at the dam should be complete by the end of the year.

In July 2010, county and township officials announced the flood gates — which allow for monitoring of the water levels — needed repairs, and a coffer dam would have to be built around it to stop the leak before the repairs were finished.

A contract was awarded to Agate Construction to complete the project by March 2011, but there were problems with the coffer dam, D’Abundo said. During the summer that year, the county restricted boating for a week because of low water levels.

There were no restrictions imposed this summer.

D’Abundo said all the work could be complete within eight to 12 weeks.

Hamilton Township officials declined comment on the situation and have said a lawsuit against Agate is possible.

Five years ago: Residents demand a Garden State Parkway exit for the White Horse Pike

Galloway officials have scheduled meetings with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority since 2007 hoping to get a full interchange on the Garden State Parkway and the White Horse Pike. But newfound momentum from local residents may finally get the project moving.

State Sen. Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, all R-Ocean, Atlantic, Burlington, have scheduled a meeting with representatives of the Turnpike Authority, Galloway, Port Republic and the Atlantic County freeholders for Oct. 10, Connors said.

State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, has also requested a meeting with the authority.

Connors said he is in favor of the project and wants to get the process started with the state as soon as possible. With improvements planned to start next year on exits 44 and 41, exit 40 is the next logical step, he said.

“The average project in New Jersey takes six years,” he said. “We’d like to get this done much quicker, and one way to do it is get it on the drawing board. We need to start the conversation and see what they need to be done.”

Four months ago: Galloway woman dies after crashing into Prosecutor’s Office vehicle

Galloway police Chief Pat Moran said the department is still investigating a fatal crash that involved a sport utility vehicle from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities said Vanessa L. English, 25, had been seen driving east erratically on the White Horse Pike when her car struck an SUV driven by Chief of Detectives Daren Dooley.

The department had performed a toxicology report on English, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the June 21 crash, but Moran would not release any details at this time.

Dooley suffered injuries from the crash and has not yet returned to work.

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