Atlantic County freeholders selected Frank Formica to serve his third consecutive year as the board chairman at the reorganization meeting Wednesday.

The Atlantic City resident, who was re-elected last November, will be serving his fourth year on the board this year. The freeholders selected Ventnor Heights resident Joe McDevitt as its vice chairman, Formica said. McDevitt will be serving the final year on this second term this year.

Formica said there are a few major issues the board will tackle, including traffic at the Airport Circle and helping the NextGen project start.

Formica said the county will be proactive in helping find a solution to improve traffic flow at the reconfigured traffic circle near Atlantic City International Airport.

“We’re going to put our money where our mouth is,” he said. “We’re going to fix it.”

The county is also providing money to pay the contractors at the NextGen park who were not paid by the South Jersey Economic Development District for nearly a year.

Formica said they will provide money along with Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties to cover the district’s debt of about $900,000. Formica said the county would pay the biggest portion.

“We want to get the first buildings built this year,” he said. “It will bring another economic engine to the area.”

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