Louise Baldwin and about 610 of her neighbors in Brick's Lake Riviera section want their roads improved.
Baldwin, a Spruce Drive resident, collected signatures from more than 600 residents of the Lake Riviera section, and this week prodded members of the township council to include improvement projects in the neighborhood in this year's capital improvement budget.
"The roads have greatly deteriorated even during the last two years," said Baldwin, who said she has lived in Brick for more than 25 years. "This problem is something we deal with, day in and day out. We cannot navigate those roads safely."
Lake Riviera's roads suffer from a number of issues, Baldwin said. The streets have potholes, but also dips and degraded areas that test the springs of residents' vehicles, she said. The dips are tough to catch on camera, "you have to drive over them," Baldwin said.
"Our roads need to be a priority," she told Council President Brian DeLuca at the governing body's June 21 meeting.
DeLuca said township officials are aware of the issues in Lake Riviera and are pursuing solutions. For issues such as potholes, he said, residents can call the township public works department and ask for them to be filled.
Large-scale repaving and improvements must be included in the township's capital budget, however. That budget has yet to be set for 2011, but DeLuca has said it will be introduced at a council meeting in the near future. So far this year, the council has announced that Thiele Road - a notoriously bumpy road in the Herbertsville section that serves as an entrance and egress to several developments - will be repaved.
There was no word on what roads would make the cut for improvements under the to-be-introduced 2011 capital spending plan, but Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said a commitment of about $7.6 million for road improvements is looking likely this year.
"Those roads in Lake Riviera are at the top of our list," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis.
Baldwin said help can't come soon enough for herself and her neighbors.
"We need the council’s help," she said.