Bond Ordinance Adopted for Off-Season Projects in Beach Haven

Sep 13, 2017

Vehicles and road and park improvements highlight a $1.213 million bond ordinance adopted by the Beach Haven Borough Council at its Sept. 11 meeting. According to the ordinance, $300,000 will be spent for road improvements on Amber Street from Bay Avenue to Delaware Avenue. Borough Clerk/Acting Manager Sherry Mason said the borough will receive a $200,000 reimbursement from the state Department of Transportation.

Another $350,000 will be used for landscaping and irrigation improvements to the Taylor Avenue park as well as establishing a new park in front of the Beach Haven School.

The ordinance appropriates $250,000 for the acquisition of a garbage truck with a plow for the department of public works. In addition, $135,000 has been set aside for paving and fencing at the public works and recycling yard.

The ordinance also includes $53,000 for a Chevy Tahoe for the police department, $35,000 for a pickup truck with plow for public works, $40,000 for utility ditch repairs throughout the borough and $20,000 for upgrades to the police department breathalyzer. 

The council also introduced an ordinance authorizing $325,000 for water system improvements. The main expense is $160,000 for replacing various fire hydrants.

“We’ll be working on these projects during the off-season, and hope to have them ready by next summer,” Mason said.

In addition, the council adopted another ordinance that will add $500,000 to a bond ordinance adopted in June 2016 for construction of the new municipal building. It is currently under construction at the site of the former building, which was in existence for more than 50 years before being demolished last fall. The old borough hall had remained vacant since it was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Mason said the amendment will bring the total cost of the project at $8 million.

“We’re doing this to protect ourselves in case we have any unforeseen costs,” she said. “That’s always the possibility with a major project.”

She said if the funds are not needed, the council can always cancel the bond.

The main funding component for the new building is $5 million in federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds through the state Economic Development Authority. In June, the borough learned the entire loan would be forgiven, instead of the initially proposed  25 percent, or $1.25 million, of the loan.

“The balance will be covered by a 30-year, low-interest loan,” said Mason.

Since Sandy, the borough has been operating out of the old U.S. Coast Guard station on Pelham Avenue.

“Construction is progressing on the new building, and we’re hoping we will be in there in November,” said Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis. 

— Eric Englund

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