Vote on Brick's Capital Budget Set for Tuesday
Budget will fund automated recycling program, other items
The township's capital budget is expected to come up for a final vote this week.
Last month, the township council introduced bond ordinances worth $8,798,100 to fund the 2012 capital program. On Tuesday, the council will consider the ordinances on second, final reading following a public hearing on the spending plan.
The capital budget includes appropriations for automated recycling, paving projects, recreation improvements, repairs to the township's police firing range and other items.
The bond ordinances introduced last month are in addition to $34 million in bonding to cover the construction of the French's Landfill solar project, however the project's developer – not Brick Township taxpayers – will repay that loan.
The largest item included in this year's capital program – a $3,750,000 appropriation – will go to the public works department to fund the new automated recycling program. The money will cover the purchase of five automated recycling trucks and 30,500 automated recycling cans that will be distributed to township residents.
Another large item in the budget is $2,216,000 for various road projects, including paving and drainage improvements. Areas slated for improvements include Hendrickson Avenue, Lakewood Gardens, Bay Harbor Estates and Riviera Estates.
Another $650,000 is included in the budget to fund repairs needed at the police firing range on Ridge Road.
Also, the budget includes $300,000 for the design of the Colorado Park improvement project, $652,000 for the replacement of Bayside Park bulkheading and $85,000 for replacement of the boiler at the township municipal complex.
Funding for the construction of a press box for Brick Little League has been removed from the capital budget, according to Councilman Domenick Brando.
The meeting Tuesday is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex.