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No Delays for Engineering Projects in Brick Expected

Township will hire its own in-house engineer beginning April 1

Fears that the seizure of Birdsall Services Group's assets this week could result in engineering projects being delayed statewide should not affect Brick Township, officials said.

A number of company executives were indicted this week in a pay-to-play scandal, including Brick's former township administrator, Scott MacFadden.

The Newark Star-Ledger reported on Thursday that some public officials worried that seizure of assets could lead to projects stalling in local communities.

The seizure could "risk the completion of a lot of good projects statewide," Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage told the newspaper.

But the company's troubles should not affect ongoing engineering projects in Brick, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said.

The township has been winding down its relationship with Birdsall over the past year, he said, and beginning April 1, his administration will hire current township engineer Elissa Commins as its full time, in house engineer.

Acropolis said Commins, who has received frequent praise from residents at public meetings for her expertise and accessibility, will become a township employee whose salary will be reimbursed 75 percent by FEMA due to ongoing storm recovery efforts.

Over the past several months, Commins has been working on dune restoration plans as well as on FEMA maps and flood zone issues.

Her salary will be approximately $100,000, Acropolis said, which even before the reimbursement would be a savings over an outside engineering firm.

Bob March 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Agreed..the current mayor just continued with same past practices as his predecessor. Do not want to waste space commenting on someone that is history rather than current events..
smoke March 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM
elissa commins also worked for birdsall,you people need to wake up and do your homework. ask her about, how much chemical waste is sitting under all that fill dirt that they put in at traders cove. i dug up half of that place and the smell from the chemicals would make you sick the second you broke the surface. what is your reply to that mayor acropolis because , just like everything else you always have an answer. well the answer is this,it smells just like your corrupt administration.i.e ocean ice palace,food town,your little trist with a certain someone from ocean icepalace shall we go on!
Cherry Quay resident March 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM
I'm glad Brick has hired Elissa. She will be a great asset to the township's engineering dept. I've worked with her in the past and she is responsive. Thank you Steve and council.
Mrgrumpass March 30, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Why is it a waste of space to show the root of a problem? I quote you “How about reporter asking acrolpolis how much money Birdsall was paid while he was on the Council voting yes” is it only a waste for me and not you? Birdsall got the contract because they had the lowest bid for the contract don’t make people think it was a criminal ACT!
J Diaz April 29, 2013 at 01:14 AM
We stopped by Town Hall to pick up paperwork, and when we had a question, Elissa took time out of her day to meet with us, answer our questions and go over the process and paperwork with us. We left not only with the information needed but tremendous reassurances. Hiring Elissa is a terrific decision by Brick!

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