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Barnegat Begins Appropriating Funds for Dock Rebuild

Resident questions costs involved in repairs.

The Municipal Dock in Barnegat Township is on its way to being rebuilt after the Committee earlier this week authorized a resolution that appropriates $113,000 for the engineers to investigate the scope of the necessary repairs, following Superstorm Sandy.


The funds will be used toward "performing a complete investigation of the site," according to Township Engineer David J. Cella, of ARH Engineers. He said they hope to begin investigating the work within the month.

An estimate by the previous township engineer, Birdsall Engineering, put the total cost of the repairs at $1.4 million, which included all repairs of the site, and certain work on the bulkhead, according to Cella.

Barnegat resident Jake Taylor expressed concern about the costs involved in the repair, citing the fact that the initial build,
"It seems strange to pay a million to fix something that costs us half a million to build," Taylor said.


Mac February 08, 2013 at 04:48 PM
If the Democrats want to distinguish themselves from the Republicans they replaced, then they will rescind this political payback contract before it costs us any real money. There is plenty of money for political contractors to make in government for necessary township services already. It doesn’t make much sense for the new committee to scrutinize every penny of the budget with a fine tooth comb if the new committee members are going to let their political-supporting contractors run the township. Let’s not turn Barnegat into a Dem-Gilmore-style operation and take advantage of any chance to hoodwink the public by using an emotional event like the hurricane recovery. It would seem to me that our very much hands-on quarter-of-a-million-dollar-a-year business administrator is up to snuff on the first dock work study and is in the best position to advise the political contractor who ends up getting the dock contract on any possible savings or improvements. Let’s use the resources we have on hand already before spending township money buying duplicate help and services. FYI: we have township employees who know how to cut grass and other landscaping skills so we don’t need to hire for outside landscaping services either.
wookfish February 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
how about just crushed stone with grading to prevent ponding of water LAWRENCE..now take apill and calm down....f0r what they charge to us the ramp this thing should be self sustaining not cost money LAWRENCE.and by the way LAWRENCE ,i've lived down here for more then THIRTY years you self-rightous benny
Diogenes February 09, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Recreation should be paid for by fees charged for its use. Other area towns require beach badges for their swimming ponds and other beaches. Barnegat should charge enough to cover maintenance and lifeguard costs. Keep in mind that a large percent of those using the beach are from Waretown or other nearby communities. Let them help cover costs..
CPO Rob February 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM
The Barnegat town docks and gazebo are an important land mark for the town. The recreational value is very high except during high tides when you can not even drive in there. What we need in Barnegat is a town park, a place with open fields for fireworks, carnivals and town celebrations. A location with a lake, jogging trails, snow sledding hills, picnic benches that is centrally located. Oh wait there is such a place, The old shoreline pit. It has everything. Why not allocate monies to something we the residents can use even at high tides.
wookfish February 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Rob, you my man hit it out of the park...great idea.right Lawrence

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