Mayor’s report for July 2,2012.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Public Works Department, Fire, EMS, Police Department and Townhip Administrator Dave Breeden for the excellent job they all did during the severe storms we recently encountered. Township personnel responded to approximately 30 calls over a period of two hours of severe thunderstorm activity.They responded to 6 lighteninig strikes , 8 downed tress in which 2 landed on unoccupied cars,5 blocked roadway calls, 5 fire alarm activations, 2 fire calls, 2 light poles downed, 1 EMS call, flooding and 3 trees on power lines.
This past week medical waste washed up along our coastline. Our Freeholders have stated that this debri didn’t come from Ocean County. The wash-up originated from combined sewage-stormwater overflows from antiquated sewer/stormwater systems throughout northern New Jersey communities and New York. The Ocean County Utilities Authority emphasizes that our system is self contained and handles only sewage. Floatables are removed at the County’s three treatment plants.
Legislators from Middlesex and Essex Counties want all Ocean County residents to pay hundreds of millions in new property taxes to create a stormwater authority and tax our residents for stormwater impacts. All Ocean County legislators voted NO, yet the bill was passed by a single vote in the House and Senate. Governor Christie interceded on behave of Ocean County residents and vetoed the bills.
The Township had submitted Resolution No. 2012-325 to NJDOT requesting the installation of a traffic control signal at Route NJ 72 and Warren Grove-Waretown Road (CR 532). NJDOT’S Bureau of Traffic Engineering will initiate the investagation process upon written conformation that the Township will commit to pay 25% of all costs associated with electrical construction projects. The Township will make the commitement due to the dangerous nature of that intersection. Township cost estimate is in the range of $25,000 to $35,000.
The Township applied for and is receiving a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $32,500 from the County of Ocean. The township was also notified that we will be shortly receiving a check for approximately $83,000 from FEMA for the forest fire which occurred in May of 2007.
Mr. Scott MacFadden of Birdsall Engineering and representatives of Colonial Power Group will be making a presentation tonight on a collective buying program for the purchase of electricity which can save the Township of Barnegat up to $50,000 a month.