Bed Bugs Force Brick Town Hall to Close 'Indefinitely'

Extermination set for this afternoon

Don't let the bed bugs bite.

The small critters forced the closure of the Brick municipal building Thursday. Township officials say the building will be closed indefinitely due to an "infestation" of the nocturnal parasites.

Pest control efforts will start Thursday afternoon, officials said.

"The safety and well-being of the citizens that visit our building and our employees is our paramount concern," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, in an e-mail Thursday morning about the closure. "The best course of action is to limit exposure while we work to exterminate the bed bugs."

The building's closing comes at an inopportune time, since third quarter tax bills came due this week. Property taxes will not be collected while the building is closed, but the payment deadline will be extended to reflect the length of the closure.

Municipal court proceedings have been cancelled for Aug. 2.

The Brick Township Police Department will temporarily relocate their operations to the Mobile Command Unit at the municipal complex.

Municipal departments not housed at the municipal complex – Public Works, Recreation, Senior Outreach and the beach office – will remain open. Off-site events such as Thursday's car show at Windward Beach will also be unaffected.

Residents can monitor Patch, or BTV 20 for updates.

Miriam August 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM
can't say who August 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
BED BUGS. I guess everyone sleeps at town hall.
JHill August 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
"Hey everyone--4 day paid vacation!"
read bull August 02, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Best one yet - LOL!
read bull August 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
you're gonna need an ocean...of calamine lotion....youll be scratchin' like a hound....
smrh August 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Bed bugs are no joke... And they breed like cockroaches! And it really takes a long time to get rid of them! They were never native to here u can thank all of the people coming over from other countries illegally! And they are not only in brick but seaside as well!!! And even the cleanest house can have them!
Anthony August 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Perfect opportunity for Juan to earn his pay. Send him in with a couple cans of raid and a fly swatter.
JD August 02, 2012 at 07:57 PM
While your at it... Get rid of the cockroaches... They have names.. Acropolis, Bellu, Pezzarras.. don't stop there.. the entire clueless council!!!
1stcav August 02, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Clean house with a NEW broom and they will disappear from Brick.TH and the TRMUA
On Anononon August 02, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Always thought Brando was a useless insect.
Anthony August 02, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Parasites in Town Hall? In Brick?! No, never.
Bricktuckian August 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
OMG, It's the four horsemen of the apocalypse. declare a state of emergency, break out the new mass casualty unit. Really...... Bedbugs can stop them from working? These people have to go!!!!!!!
Anthony August 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM
In all fairness, they shouldn't be working around bed bugs and bringing them back home to their families. That's how these things spread.
John Doe August 02, 2012 at 09:28 PM
The staff in those offices where the infestation was found had better exterminate their homes as well, because these pests can live for YEARS without a food source. It may have been brought in to the building by an employee from home. I understand it costs a fortune to get rid of these bugs. Town Hall should get an extermination company with a trained dog to sniff them out so they can rid the building for good. They really do have specially trained canines for this problem. It's such a disgusting problem.
read bull August 02, 2012 at 09:38 PM
get Barney the bedbug-sniffing beagle in there
read bull August 02, 2012 at 09:40 PM
they've been treated already and will re-0pen tomorrow. unpack your bags.
Chief Wahoo August 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Bricktucky......the greatest show on Earth
Suzie A. August 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Since our mayor likes to be involved in absolutely everything going on in town, why dosent he grab some raid and walk the halls tonite and get rid of the parasites - takes one to know one I say!
Brick August 02, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Wow the FBI did quick work
none of yobusiness August 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
This just in.......Mayor Acrapolis has ordered a metal guardrail to be installed in front of all entrances to town hall. In a week he will order them to be removed and replaced with a nice wooden fence.
Acamedics August 02, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Someone should definitely eliminate this investation from town hall...... Oh and they should get rid of the bed bugs to.
GrandpaRocks August 02, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Let me get this straight: the people who went into town hall yesterday and paid their taxes on time get the bonus of maybe having bedbugs! But, those who did not pay on the first get an extension for the days town hall is closed? Ony in Brick!
George August 03, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Wheres Roscoe
Dark Angel August 03, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Omg. Everyone who works there really needs to check to see if they had travelers hitching rides from work to their homes Seriously do not take this lightly i have seen programs on these critters. Not good they will travel and invade your homes
Dark Angel August 03, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I am scratching now. I knew better than to click on this article.
sue d August 03, 2012 at 02:45 AM
im sure there is the names are acropolis, bellu, and haines and the rest of the commisioners
suzyq August 03, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I bet some disgruntled person planted them.there. ugh. I hope they resolve it quickly and that none of the employees brought these home with them.
jerseyswamps August 03, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Probably brought in by out of state campaign workers.
Kim E August 03, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Rose Salerno August 03, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The bed bugs are a small problem that can be fixed quick. Now the real problems work in the offices in town hall that need to be removed. Hey Mayor are you using the money from the "Red Light Scamera" to pay for the exterminator?


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