Little Egg Harbor Bonds $1.6M for Community Center Roof, Other Needs

Jul 18, 2017

Little Egg Harbor Township will bond $1,619,750 toward $1,705,000 in capital projects, including roof repair on three township buildings.

Business Administrator Garrett Loesch explained during the July 13 township committee meeting the hope is to get a better deal from a roofing company if they bundled the three roof jobs together. The community center on West Calabreeze Way is in dire need of a new roof; it was closed after a May rainstorm when a portion of the ceiling came down. The Justice Complex is in need of re-roofing, as is the old town hall at 7 Gifford Road, now used for records maintenance.

The township also hopes to purchase two sport utility trucks, two dump trucks with snowplows, and contribute toward paving Pinehurst and Seminole courts. The township has $35,000 from a county Community Development Block Grant for the community center roof, but it will cost more than that. Also $200,000 is set aside from a NJDOT municipal road grant. The two SUVs will cost $45,000 and the two dump trucks and snowplows, $75,000.

The present dump trucks are old yet don’t have many miles on them because they were mainly used for snow removal. But they are not considered safe to drive, said Loesch.

Technical upgrades will cost $10,000. Loesch said the town website keeps crashing.

Also, the tax collector’s window will be replaced with bulletproof glass as a safety measure.

Committeeman David Schlick cast the only no vote on the bond spending ordinance. “We will have to bond to pave Twin Lakes. And although we have a 15-year-old truck, it only has 15,000 miles.

“We keep spending and spending. And I vote no.”

The committee also voted to require companies that purchase property to provide a real address, not merely a post office box number. “This is an ordinance for effective code enforcement,” said Township Attorney Jean Cipriani.

Cipriani also explained a resolution that hires Rehabco Inc. for one year as the township’s affordable housing administrative agent. As part of a Superior Court lawsuit settlement with Fair Share Housing, an affordable housing advocate, the township’s affordable housing plan must allow 125 units of new affordable housing, plus 110 rehabbed housing units by year 2025. The township went out to bid for the housing administration agent. Rehabco Inc., located in Brick, was the least expensive. It will administer each house, up to $2,000 a unit. The repair could be roofing or wiring, anything that would bring it up to code. The company acts as the contractor and hires the subcontractors. The repair work is capped at $10,000.

The township will pay the administrator out of a developers fee trust fund that currently has $255,000 in it, said Loesch.

Because the bid was just awarded that night, details of how to apply for the grant are not yet worked out; it may be part of the township clerk’s job.

As part of the plan, the township has rezoned two parcels on Mathistown Road for new construction that would include 20 percent affordable housing.

— Pat Johnson

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