BOROUGH OF POINT PLEASANT – According to Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci Jr., “The New Jersey Clean Communities is a statewide litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act in 1986.  What this did was create a funding source for the program by placing a tax on different categories of businesses that may produce litter-generating products.  The Clean Communities Council of New Jersey in conjunction with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection then disperses monies to various municipalities and counties in New Jersey that prove that they are working toward and promoting a clean environment.  Each year we file reports requesting funds to help us keep Point Pleasant clean and we’re grateful to have been able to receive grant money for the last four years in a row.”

Councilman Joe Furmato, who chairs the Council’s Public Works Committee, stated that “We do a lot in Point Borough in regard to litter control and this grant money we receive every year helps us to accomplish our goals.  We use this money for various items including sponsoring equipment and supplies to Clean Ocean Action’s Beech Sweeps every year at our beaches and donating the same items to various Boy and Girl Scout Troops who do a number of community clean up projects.  The money is used to pay for our DPW to clean up and dispose of trash for when we participate in the annual Sunshine Harbor Marsh Clean up as well.  Additionally, we buy parts and pay for repairs for our street sweeper, use it for items we need to clean storm drains and use it for various education programs throughout the year.”

According to Mayor Robert Sabosik, “We are thankful and thrilled we are able to receive this money every year.  It enables our Department of Public Works to continue doing the excellent job they do and helps us to continue making Point Pleasant Borough the outstanding community that it is.”