BRICK – Lightning Warning Alarm System for Safety Rescuer. Fencing the entire one-mile beach frontage to help renovate the beach. Replacing a 10-year-old ambulance. Electric charging stations at Drum Point Sports Complex and Windward Beach. Two electric vehicles used by park security. $500,000 to renovate Mallard Point Park.
These are some of the highlights of the town’s 2022 capital budget of $10 million, which is funded by bond ordinances ranging from five to fifteen years, depending on its useful life.
“I always promised 8.5 million dollars [capital budget]”But then we have this flood problem on a sunny day, so now $1.5 million will be earmarked for flood mitigation in the city,” Mayor John G. Dossey said during a recent city council meeting.
The sunny day floods are so named when the skies are clear, and it’s not raining, but the water still comes from storm drains in some of the town’s waterfront communities. The problem gets worse when the tide is high or the moon is full and the streets are flooded.
The Police Department’s Special Operations garage is included in the capital budget, and the Governing Body has awarded a $1,057,881 contract to Gavin General Contracting of Lakewood.
The 7,240-square-foot building will be constructed in a barn-column style behind the municipality headquarters/police headquarters, and will be used to protect various police vehicles.
In addition, a complete rehabilitation of the ski area at Emma Havens/Drum Point Sports Complex is part of the spending plan. “We will make it a great place for skateboards, BMX bikes and scooters,” the mayor said.
Other items highlighted include a wrestling mat for a new wrestling program called “Jersey Shore League,” with clinics planned August through October at Civic Plaza.
The budget includes reinstalling the floating docks and jet-ski docks at Traders Cove Marina, he said, because the Army Corps of Engineers ordered the town to remove them at one point. The spending plan also includes the purchase of six new jet ski berths.
“They both bring in money,” said the mayor. “It seems to be very popular and there is usually a waiting list for those.”
The master public works site plan was also funded in the budget, which includes a floor plan to add the existing building facade for administrative offices in the Department of Public Works building on Ridge Road.
Fleet maintenance will be moved and will have passage hatches, the sign shop will be moved to a dust-free area, there will be a canopy for washing trucks, and another building will be erected at the rear of the property to keep the road crew equipment out of the elements, Mayor Ducey said.
New DPW trucks are budgeted, including two side-arm garbage pickup trucks and a 14-yard rear garbage truck. About $204,000 will be used in radio upgrades that include a GPS system for use during snow and weather events.
“The contractors will be assigned a radio, as well as a GPS, so we will know exactly where those plows went and if they got on the roads they were supposed to,” he said.
The budget includes general safety items such as fire suppression devices, radio and communications units, firearms, dry suits, radar units, transmission control units, and more.
The Traffic Light Generators project will fund upgrades to 26 traffic light control boxes located at the largest and busiest intersections. Mayor Ducey said this would allow portable generators to be connected to traffic lights in the event of a power outage, eliminating the need to route traffic manually, and freeing up police resources.
Other benefits in the budget include new lighting for Bayside Park, tidal check valves for areas needing drainage control, various barrier projects, additional transportation for seniors, and various road improvements throughout the city.
The mayor had hoped that some of the budgeted items, including charging stations and electric vehicles, would be paid for through reimbursement grants.
The next meeting of the Council will be on Tuesday 14 June at 7 pm