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Brick's 2012 Capital Budget Passes

Ground laid for future debate, however

Brick's township council unanimously authorized bonds to support its $8,798,100 capital program Tuesday night.

The capital program will fund a in town, the paving of several roads, the rehabilitation of the police firing range, among other items, officials have said.

But the ground may have been laid at Tuesday night's township council meeting for future debate on the specifics as to how the money should be spent.

"The capital budget is a cooperative effort," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, warning that he could decline to sign contracts to spend the funding on projects favored by the Democrat-controlled council – just as the council could decline to authorize contracts on projects favored by the Republican mayor.

"We've got to work together and come up with projects we both agree on," he said.

Though a relatively small expenditure as a percentage of the entire capital program, a $60,000 project prompted the most public comments from an otherwise quiet audience.

The project is a storage building at the Brick Little League facility. Township officials originally told Brick Patch the building would be a press box, but confirmed Tuesday the building would be used for storage purposes.

"Quite often, I hear about money being spent by the town on things we should not be spending money on," said township resident Dominick Rappoccio.

Kathy Erickson, another resident, agreed.

"We may own the land, but it is a private organization," she said, of the Little League.

Acropolis said he supported the Little League project, but Council President John Ducey said he did not, even though he voted in favor of the overall capital program.

Authorizing the capital program does not obligate the township to actually borrow the money or undertake the planned projects.

In addition to $3.7 million to fund the township's conversion to automated recycling, the capital program includes $2,216,000 for , including paving and drainage improvements. Areas slated for improvements include Hendrickson Avenue, Lakewood Gardens, Bay Harbor Estates and Riviera Estates. After a resident asked if Tunes Brook Drive could be paved, Acropolis said there may be money left over for it, as it is the next street on the township's list of roads in need of improvement.

Another $650,000 is included in the budget to fund on Ridge Road.

Also, the budget includes $300,000 for the design of the Colorado Park improvement project, and $652,000 for the replacement of Bayside Park bulkheading, which Ducey said Tuesday is in very bad shape, creating a safety issue.

"It's basically washing away into the water," he said, of the bulkhead.

Councilman Domenick Brando said the budget will ensure people will continue to want to move to Brick.

"They look at your parks, they look at your schools, they look at your roadways," he said. "There are certain things we have to do in town. Something I feel strongly about is the parks."

JD June 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Another lie... press box is really a storage shed for $60k!!! Why do they need a storage shed... never did for who knows how many years!!! but.. it's really a lie... that is how press boxes are built!! 1st floor is storage or concession... 2nd floor is press box or announcers area. liar liar pants on fire Brando....
Chief Wahoo June 13, 2012 at 02:29 PM
its amazing a vote today between Acrapolis and Ducey......and Acrapolis wins
Chief Wahoo June 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Bond = Debt = Slavery = Foreclosures
Amazed June 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Wow!! Have the words changed. 1st a press box, then it was taken off the budget, NOW it's just a storage unit!!! Do they think we're stupid? Ever hear of fundraising for such a project? I guess not!! Why should tax payers pay for a project when they don't have any kids in the program? You can go down to Home Depot and by a storage unit and have it up in 2 days for a heck of alot less if they need one so badly. Have a car wash, do some fundraising, get off your butts and do it the right way. There is no reason why the town should spend momey on their little league when the money can go for township improvements. In this economy, little league should be ashamed of themselves for accepting the material for this project. Go do some hard work and fundraise, no matter how long long it takes!!!!!
Mommyof3 June 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
So much for paving Lake Shore Dr near Pinetree behind the old DeeRose & 7/11. :( I guess I'll just send my car repair bills to the town. Just like we were promised a new park in Lake Riviera...8 or so years ago!! Still waiting for that! But we can buy a storage box/press box or what ever they are calling it today for the little league even though none of my kids ever played for them. Ho Hum :(
JHill June 13, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Really...why not just raise the taxes by 100 million dollars now and leave us alone for the next 10 years. This is ridiculous. Both the Dems and Republican's in this town love to spend other people's money. Time to vote out everyone....again.
JHill June 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Is it just me or did this town just spend around $80 million dollars in the last few years on Trader's Cove, solar panels, Foodtown, tax increases every year, robo cans, etc? Time to thin out the employees and get lean like the other 95% of the people who don't work for the governemt have been doing the last 5 years. I also CONSTANTLY see DPW workers "hiding out" in their trucks just sitting on back streets doing nothing with their trucks idling (which is against the law). Is there someone/a phone number we can call? And don't give me that "he's eating lunch crap" because they always have their flashing lights on and trucks idling.
thinkingoftown June 13, 2012 at 04:47 PM
maybe off subject... but wondering if the WOW is going to stay like that forever, Now with the friendly's closed too?? Why Not open something that for our local chldren to enjoy all yr( even creating Jobs) a I play America" would be great there... Just a idea does anyone agree??
Chief Wahoo June 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
No this is Bricktucky.......We need another drug store or fast food chain
JD June 13, 2012 at 05:12 PM
No... That is up to the property owner to decide what to put there.... not the township... and not the people that live in Brick!! I could careless what they put there!! It will not affect taxes whatsoever!!
Stewart Pidity June 13, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Let's spend more of our money fixing Bricks recreational facilities like Bayfront Park, and finishing the marina projects at the end of Mantoloking Rd., so that the tax devouring cult members from Lakewood can take them over like they are doing at our reservoir.
Jason Huhley June 13, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Geeze, Ducley may be in the Guinness book of world records for going back on his word here in Brick. He and his Dem team are a mess and I hope they go down in flames like there hero Obama. I hear there are many upset folks here in Brick at him and the three Dem amigos for doing the opposite of what they campaigned on. Don't get it, they are bleeding heart lib's from the Obama camp and do not need their reckless spending now.
JHill June 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Yep, they will be there every day since not many of them work and they all collect welfare and get rent subsidies. Take a trip to the Manasqaun Reservoir in Howell...they crapped the place up with their litter (I saw a diaper next to a grabage can there) They'll be here soon enough taking over Brick.
Glenn June 13, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Really, $60,000 for a storage shed? You could build a house for that if you didn't have to pay for the land. And $652,000 for bulkheading? At $200/ft that comes out to 3260 feet! Bayside Park may be a nice park, but it isn't over a half mile long.
Mrgrumpass June 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
That's Obama Zombie Jason!
Mrgrumpass June 13, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Glen a modular 3 br ranch complete is in the $50G’s range; Brando, Toth and the other Dems are scamming something $60G’s for a storage shed?
none of yobusiness June 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Is it me or does 650,000 seem like a huge amount of money for a building to fire guns in?
Seen Enough June 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Day 165 of the Ducey regime, has anybody seen any cost savings? Ducey and company are there any honest bones in your bodies?
MOONPOOL June 14, 2012 at 03:30 AM
"Ducey ' did any see the way he look at the Memorial Day Pradae??? he looked like he could care less about the vets and being President of the council. come on shorts and sandles. Mayor Acrapolis and company were dressed to show respect for our veteran troops on this day. Thank you Mayor having class in the Mayor's office! 4.deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect our veteran troops. to visit in order to welcome, greet, etc.: We paid our respects to the new neighbors. to express one's sympathy, especially to survivors following a death: We paid our respects to the family (of soldiers) having had service or experience in warfare: veteran troops. Ducy failed just like them dems they hate vets and the military! nothing more then Obama trash in office. the secret service call them "ghetto trash" in the house is on the move!
Kaity Kusner June 14, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Where is Lakewood Gardens?
Mrgrumpass June 14, 2012 at 09:57 AM
They did cut magazine subscriptions!
Ryan Meyers June 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM
LOL...remember you can dress a pig up, but he's still a pig !
JHill June 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Were you wearing a suit at the parade Moon?
Mrgrumpass June 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM
JHILL Ducey did look like he had just cut the lawn!
Mrgrumpass June 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Did anyone see how Brendo dressed when the town was given the piece of the World Trade Center steal, sport shirt and no tie, how respectful?
J.JONES June 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
What party does Dan Toth belong to ?? He's a two sided politician ..He's like a black and white cookie ..both side taste good ..but are no good for you !!! If he's running for mayor in the future he burning his bridges setting up the path..
Seen Enough June 14, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Mrgrumpass you are correct LOL, what math class did Ducey take that makes him think the subscriptions cut would cover his health benefits??? and he voted on a budget?? did anyone review the numbers for him first????
Ryan Meyers June 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
How disappointing it has become. The Mayor had shown his true colors, so no surprises there. There was an expection the new council members would finally do what was best for the town and hopefully the remaining 3 R's would stop being self serving. So much for hoping. They take the health benefits, pensions, forgot their promises and just continue to smile, it's business as usual.
Seen Enough June 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Has anyone been following the PPB early bar story on the patch? The comments seem to indicate the residents have had it with 4 of their council memebers? How about we trade our four new ones for theirs? What do we have to lose? At least their council members kept their campaign promises no matter how unpopular they were. What a novel idea politicians that actually remember what they said on the campaign trail.
Seen Enough June 14, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Moonpool maybe Ducey thought the parade was at the beach? He can't seem to remember his campaign plattform so I would not be surprised if he was confused!


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