Barnegat Appropriates Funds for New DPW Building

Sep 12, 2018

Two ordinances introduced by the Barnegat Township Committee on Sept. 4 will help finance a new public works building. The first re-appropriates $750,000 of proceeds of obligations not needed for their original purposes in order to provide funding for a portion of the building’s cost.

“That was money to be used for repaving the dock parking area, a project we had considered, but we have decided not to do it,” said Township Engineer John Hess.

The other ordinance appropriates $500,000 from the township’s capital improvement fund.

Late last year, the committee adopted an ordinance that would provide for improvements and an addition to the town hall property, to be financed by $15 million in bonds. The work would include renovation of the current property, facilities and buildings, as well as the construction of a new town hall and new public works building.

The renovations will be going on around the existing township buildings. This allows for the committee members and police staff to remain working out of their current locations while the construction is taking place.

Hess said the new public works building would be located off Lighthouse Drive in an area that had been originally proposed for the new facility more than 15 years ago.

“It was planned but it never got done,” he said. “That area has a salt dome and fuel tanks for the vehicles. The building has been on and off the back burner, but now it really looks like it is going to happen.”

Hess said the project has gone out to bid, and it’s hoped construction can begin late this year.

“Without that building, many vehicles have to be stored outside,” he said. “The town outgrew the old public works facility much too fast.”

A public hearing on both ordinances is scheduled for the next meeting, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. —E.E.

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