Barnegat Recreation Center Undergoing Improvements

Jan 16, 2019

Barnegat Township recently began what looks to be a busy year for improvements to the municipal complex on West Bay Avenue by renovating the recreation center. Township Committeeman Albert Bille said the center’s roof has been replaced. The next step is painting the interior.

“We can do some of this with our own employees,” he said. “When the painting is done, then the floors will be replaced and the bathrooms will be updated. This will be ongoing throughout the year, and hopefully it will all be done during 2019.”

Bille said the building is approximately 40 years old.

“I don’t think there had been any roof work done, and we were having problems with leaks after rainstorms,” he said.

Bille said construction has begun on the new public works building, located on Lippincott Drive near Lighthouse Drive. In November, the township committee awarded a $2.4 million contract to R. Wilkinson and Sons, Absecon, for the work. The site has a salt dome and fuel tanks for the vehicles.

“It  should be completed by August,” said Bille. “Then the current public works facility at the municipal complex will be demolished.”

The new public works building was included in a $14.2 million bond ordinance adopted in late 2017. The ordinance’s centerpiece is the new township hall.

“But what we’re looking at possibly doing is constructing a new building closer to the roadway (Bay Avenue) and then tear down the current one, which is set back from the road,” he said. “We would lose a lot of parking spaces currently available, but we can move those spots to the old public works site.”

Bille said the town hall project has not yet gone out to bid, so no timetable for construction has been announced. —E.E.

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