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Mayor Ducey Pushes for Brick Energy Audit, Other 'Green' Initiatives

Among the many initiatives newly inducted Mayor John Ducey is hoping to accomplish in his first 100 days in office is a push for green initiatives.

The ideas range from simply increasing the amount of recycling that is collected and replacing less energy-efficient lighting fixtures in and around municipal buildings.

But other ideas include a township-wide energy audit to reduce energy dependence and cut utility costs, wrote Ducey in his complete plan, published online here.

Energy audits often examine the use of electricity and other utility waste, such as whether buildings are being lit although they are closed, whether trash and recycling are being collected efficiently, or whether alternative energy would be cost-effective to power municipal services.

In his welcome speech during his swearing in as the new Democrat Mayor of Brick, Ducey mentioned government efficiency, Hurricane Sandy rebuilding, and a more open government were key priorities. Itemized in sections, the online 100-Day Plan goes into more initiatives, listing 71 items total.

Under "Environmental Go Green" section of goals, Ducey lists the following things he hopes Brick can accomplish:

Conduct Township-wide energy audit to reduce energy dependence and cut utility costs.

Create an aggressive public education program on the benefits of recycling, including the tremendous cost savings to the taxpayers for avoiding tipping fees for garbage disposal.

Increase recycling in Town Hall and other Township owned facilities.

Continue to replace traditional lighting fixtures with more energy efficient lighting fixtures (street lighting, traffic signals, and public buildings and facilities).

Work to obtain certification with Sustainable New Jersey, which will qualify Brick to receive grant funding.

In addition, Ducey told the Asbury Park Press he would like to explore energy aggregation. However the township is locked into a contract with the contractor for the solar panels at French's Landfill.  

Brick's contract with the company, Standard Alternatives, sets rates they must purchase electricity from the site. Brick must pay rate of 8.75 cents per kilowatt hour, but th township is seeking a rate of about 7 cents per kilowatt hour through the aggregation program, Ducey said.

Martin January 24, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Another "gift" from Acropolis & Co. - We're stuck with high rates from his contractor.
J.JONES January 24, 2014 at 01:52 PM
@ Martin the democrats approved the solar panels project on sally Ike which is going to cost tax payer's money and already has cost the town millions...This was a mistake ..
Chief Wahoo January 24, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Maybe he can have Brick invest in Solyndra .....
Not So Dumb January 25, 2014 at 08:18 AM
@Brickneeds Help, why don't you tell us how many millions of dollars Acropolis & Co. have saddled Brick taxpayers with. It appears to me that any effort to reduce the townships energy costs needs to be investigated for possible reductions. One suggestion is to replace all the lighting with lighting that only comes on when a sensor senses movement, then shuts off the lights when there is no movement. Of course leaving some sort of safety lighting should always be on. Another suggestion I would consider is to use programmable temp control and as we all did when we were kids we went to bed and covered up at night. How about sharing what you do in your home to lower the cost of energy, I wish you would make constructive comments instead of placing the blame on others.
J.JONES January 25, 2014 at 06:55 PM
@NOT SO DUMB...We will see what happens in these four years.. Time will tell !!
Not So Dumb January 25, 2014 at 07:06 PM
@Brickneeds help. You're right time will tell and time will be short lived before you start tearing down the mayor and council because your boy lost and we kicked the former mayor down the road to Toms River and we'll have to see how many employees follow him to TR and get more cushy jobs. Are you in line for a new job.
J.JONES January 25, 2014 at 11:22 PM
@N.S.DUMB iM NOT PART OF THE CHOSEN FEW I STILL HAVE TO WORK HARD FOR WHAT I HAVE NOTHING FOR NOTHING ..AND WHO EVER LEAVES FOR A CUSHION JOB TO TOMS RIVER WISH THEM WELL AND TIME IS THE ONLY ANSWER THAT WILL SHOW IF THE DEMOCRATS WILL CHANGE BRICKS POLITICS BUT REMEMBER THEY RAN 2XS THAT THEY WOULD STOP CADDY JOBS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND RAN TO NO SALARY OR BENIFITS FOR P/T JOBS..SO WE WILL SEE..WHAT I SEE THE FACES HAVE CHANGED BUT THE STORY HAS NOT !!
disgusted homeowner January 26, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Sounds like a very solid plan to me. Make township owned buildings more energy efficient and definately encourage more recycling. Alot of people still don't recycle as much as they could, still throwing tons of recycling material in their trash robo. It only cost you the taxpayer more money via higher landfill tipping fees. The township can't make it any easier for folks to recycle than they have. Everyone has the blue robocan now so there is no excuse but some residents don't even bother to use it. They bought new trucks to dump them, laid out a good schedule, there neat and clean looking containers yet some folks, just like on the bardwalk and other places throw recycleables in the trash.
MOONPOOL January 26, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Just wondering has mayor ducy taken his $60.000.00 salary and benefits yet and has the new council members taken the benefits packages they said they would eliminate?? The mayor says he wants to cut taxes cutting salary and benefits for elected officials is a good start. Don't you think???
disgusted homeowner January 26, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Just wondering, what does the above comment have to do with energy conservation by the township ?? Please enlighten me.
MOONPOOL January 26, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Cost effectiveness.
Not So Dumb January 26, 2014 at 07:22 PM
@MOONPOOL. You know you can take your wondering to Town Hall and ask the mayor himself at the "Mayor's IN" on Tuesday evening. I'm sure he will answer your wondering and give you a satisfactory answer, what ever it is that he decides.
MOONPOOL January 26, 2014 at 08:03 PM
I'll ask him at the council meeting on Tuesday night or will he have the balls to tell the people on his own. Word out is that he has his paper work all ready to submit for the $60.000.00 plus salary just like the last Democratic mayor.
Chief Wahoo January 26, 2014 at 08:27 PM
If he took the health benefits, you don't think he is going to take the 60k. The wife looks hungry and baby Jack needs new shoes. LOL the taxpayers are fools allowing these public takers to live off their dwindling hard earned money. Fools !!!!!!!!!
Not So Dumb January 26, 2014 at 08:46 PM
@MOONPOOL. I'm glad you'll voice your opinion at the public portion of the council meeting on Tuesday. I can not attend because of my work schedule, but I will be watching Channel 20 when they rebroadcast the meeting.
MOONPOOL January 26, 2014 at 09:45 PM
I am at just about every council meeting.
J.JONES January 26, 2014 at 11:22 PM
He will not answer that question on live t.v...and if he does he will use excuse that he's available 24/7 and with evening hours now ...Just my opinion and what about everyone else with benefits yes or no ???
MOONPOOL January 27, 2014 at 12:29 AM
Lets see if he takes the lead and does the right thing and follows thru with hi campaign promises????0

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