Barnegat Moving Ahead With New DPW Building

Oct 10, 2018

Two ordinances adopted by the Barnegat Township Committee on Oct. 2 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 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. A salt dome and fuel tanks are at that site.  

“It was planned but it never got done,” said Township Administrator Martin Lisella. “Part of the problem was that not enough money was bonded. The committee members didn’t realize how expensive it was going to be.”  

Lisella said the project went out to bid last month and proposals are now being reviewed.

“We’d like to start construction in December, and have it completed sometime next year,” he said. E.E. 

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