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Vote on Brick's Capital Budget Set for Tuesday

Budget will fund automated recycling program, other items

The township's capital budget is expected to come up for a final vote this week.

Last month, the township council introduced bond ordinances worth $8,798,100 to fund the 2012 capital program. On Tuesday, the council will consider the ordinances on second, final reading following a public hearing on the spending plan.

The capital budget includes appropriations for automated recycling, paving projects, recreation improvements, repairs to the township's police firing range and other items.

The bond ordinances introduced last month are in addition to $34 million in bonding to cover the construction of the French's Landfill solar project, however the project's developer – not Brick Township taxpayers – will repay that loan.

The largest item included in this year's capital program – a $3,750,000 appropriation – will go to the public works department to fund the new . The money will cover the purchase of five automated recycling trucks and 30,500 automated recycling cans that will be distributed to township residents.

Another large item in the budget is $2,216,000 for , including paving and drainage improvements. Areas slated for improvements include Hendrickson Avenue, Lakewood Gardens, Bay Harbor Estates and Riviera Estates.

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, $652,000 for the replacement of Bayside Park bulkheading and $85,000 for replacement of the boiler at the township municipal complex.

Funding for the construction of a press box for Brick Little League has been removed from the capital budget, according to Councilman Domenick Brando.

The meeting Tuesday is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the township .

dani72 June 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM
What ever happened to the "Grants" to put in sidewalks all around the midstreams area?
Reality June 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Can't wait to see who actually votes yes for the Brick Little League press box. Yes, go ahead and spend $60,000 on this item - in this economy. Voters will remember and will cast their vote "no" in November and future elections.
Mrgrumpass June 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Do you mean the Dominic Brando Press Box?
Daniel Nee (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM
There's an update on this. Press box doesn't seem to have made the final cut.
JD June 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Dan, There is a lot more than that.... that should not make the final cut!!! Bottom Line... they are spending tooooo much on frivolous things that don't have any return on investment.... and some capital items can be delayed!!! That is what you do when your current Debt is toooooo high!!! But as Dan Toth and Pezarras say... because Brick has a good bond rating... they can and will borrow more!!! $130 million in debt and counting (not including solar) on an $87 million budget. The highest Debt to Budget ratio in the county... the highest debt payment as a % of budget in the county!!!
JD June 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Dan, There is a lot on the list that many people don't know about.. You brought up the press box in an article... people commented... sent emails... they backed off!!! There is more!!!
Reality June 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Kudos to Dan and The Patch if the Press Box was removed. I bet it was the mention in the previous Patch article that alerted most residents that such a non-essential item was even being considered!
Just Saying June 11, 2012 at 01:19 PM
It is time for Mr. Ducey and the 3 other council persons to keep their campaign promises and cut this budget. You ran on the concept that Acropolis and the GOP were borrowing and spending and not raising taxes to pay for their pet projects. So far you democrats have done exactly the same as the previous bunch that you denigrated. No tax icrease, more spending on pet projects and deeper in debt to pay for it all. Joe Lamb, I am waiting for you to start complaining about the new council or are you just a partisan hack like the GOP told us?
JD June 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Dan, Can you post what is on the capital budget... perhaps a .pdf to this article?
Daniel Nee (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
JD -- I don't have a PDF with a list of all capital projects. I do have the actual ordinances themselves, but they are very general in nature, basically just listing the amount of money to be borrowed for the specific repayment period (5, 7, 10 or 15 years) and the general nature of the use of the funding (police, public works, buildings/grounds, etc). I will ask and see if there is a doc that lists all of the projects funded by the capital.
JD June 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Thanks... If it were not for you... we would not know of the press box... there is more unneccessary items on the list. The public has a right to know what the bonding ordinances are SPECIFICALLY for!
Watchman June 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
J.D. And that number does not include 30,000 days of accumulated sick and vacation days that Mr.Pezarras considers an obligation,not debt.
Seen Enough June 11, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Just saying... you are so right, time for Ducey and his cohorts to step up to the plate! taken from the Democratic party letter dated June 3, 2011 "This is why it is so very important for you to exercise your best judgment in choosing the Democratic candidates who will run for council. Based on integrity, consistency in positions, credibility, electability, and very importantly party loyalty, there can be no other choices but the four candidates who have been chosen by and who represent the official Democratic organization: John G. Ducey, Sue Lydecker, Jim Fozman, and Bob Moore. Each of these individuals has proven him/herself over the past months in each playing an integral role in the resurrection of the Brick Democratic Party. Each of these candidates has remained consistent in their principals and in the positions they have taken.... each of these candidates have proven their credibility and dedication to this town and their willingness to work on behalf of others....They understand and respect the importance of solidarity and teamwork, and of working selflessly with no personal agenda." Ducey and others (including Vera) your "credibility and dedication to this town, willingness to work on behalf of others and working selflessly with no personal agenda" are on the line. I didn't make this stuff up, its your parties letter, what say you?
Seen Enough June 11, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Dan excellent work! Thank you for efforts.
10% Tax Cut NOW June 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM
$300k was awaded to the Township in Grant Funds to fix a portion of State Highway Route # 70 near the Friday's - Why is the Township getting involved with State Roads is very troubling. The Township should set their sites on neighborhood roads espically in the area by the 7/11 on Pine Tree and also Huxley- repair the sewer depressions and pave the roads - STOP placing the cosmitic approuch by placing additional speed humps.
Chief Wahoo June 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM
the 4 lying democRATS cant wait to spend more of your hard earned money ......SUCKERS
Seen Enough June 11, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Day 163 of the Ducey regime, Do you know where your cost reductions are?
MOONPOOL June 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM
so why did a road get paved that was not on the list to be paved ?? does any one know what councilmans road got paved?
Daniel Nee (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I don't know which road you're referring to, but there's always the possibility that it was a county road. Those roads wouldn't appear on the town list.
Mrgrumpass June 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Vera told her hubby to pave the road; instead of following the established order of NEED Vera’s lap dog was told it must be done, as is being done with Colorado Park, the order of NEED is passed over by the new bee council people (you remember them they lied to us “we will cut tax”) they seem to pass over need, the logical order in favor of another Vera project.
Glenn June 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM
$652,000 for new bulkheading at Bayside Park! How much is that per foot?
J.T.R June 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Ducey and his clown spendthrifts have lied there way into office and will lie there way out real soon. The four merry misfits are a joke. Duley has gone back on every single promise he/they made.
Ryan Meyers June 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Please don't tell me you think the "other" 3 are doing a good job !
Seen Enough June 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Ryan Meyers how can any for of these individuals be capable of doing a go job running the town. Here are their qualifications according to the Brick Democratic letter dated June 3, 2011. "Each of these candidates has remained consistent in their principals and in the positions they have taken. From leading food and clothing drives for those less fortunate, to coaching and mentoring the youth of our town, to initiating a “Young Democrats” organization, to honoring our veterans through good works, to serving as a volunteer fireman, to serving on various bodies ensuring ethical conduct in the legal profession" Sorry little league coaches, leading food and clothing drives does not make you capable of managing the town. There are hundreds of parents who do this very day in this town. Every club, sports team, scouts have parents that run clothing and food drives, nothing unique here. Everyone here in town honors our veterans. God bless all of our volunteer fireman, they are definitely unique individuals. These actions do not make one capable of running a budget the size of this town at the end of the day. Finally serving on various bodies ensuring ethical conduct in the legal profession, no comment needed here. Just ask flip flop Ducey what he did with his medical elections after what he promised during the campaign. REAL ETHICAL AND CONSISTENT IN HIS PRINCIPALS AND POSITIONS HE HAS TAKEN! You could not right this script in Hollywood.
Ryan Meyers June 13, 2012 at 01:19 AM
"Seen Enough" I certainly agree with being disappointed in the 4 new council members. But ask, how could anyone also qualify the other 3. While still to early to say these new members are/were as bad for Brick as the removed 4, they're turning into more of the same.

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