By Matthew Sockol
FREEHOLD – A bond ordinance that will generate funds to be used to repair a Freehold Borough street has been introduced by the Borough Council.
At its meeting on May 16, the council introduced a bond ordinance that provides an appropriation of $975,000 for road repairs and the restoration and repaving of Schiverea Avenue. The down payment for the improvements is $33,750, with $641,250 to be financed in bonds. Officials said a $300,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation is expected to be received in connection with the Schiverea Avenue improvements.
In other business, the council introduced a bond ordinance that provides an appropriation of $225,000 for the acquisition of capital equipment and improvements to municipal buildings and grounds. The down payment for the equipment and the improvements is $11,250 and the other costs will be financed by $213,750 in bonds.
The capital equipment to be acquired includes traffic attenuators, a thermoplastic striper, a leaf machine, a lawn mower, a rototiller and a heavy duty pickup truck. Business Administrator Joseph Bellina said the pickup truck will be used for general maintenance operations.
Additionally, the council introduced a bond ordinance that provides an appropriation of $126,000 for the acquisition of water-sewer utility equipment and the redevelopment of water well No. 4. The down payment for the equipment and improvements is $6,300 and the other costs will be financed by $119,700 in bonds.
The water-sewer utility equipment to be acquired includes a trailer, a traffic attenuator and a trench box. The traffic attenuator will provide safety to work crews who are making utility repairs in a street and the trench box shores up trenches where employees are providing below grade repairs and improvements, according to Bellina.
Water well No. 4 will be redeveloped because, as is the case for all water plants, wells must be refurbished every six to 10 years, municipal officials said.
Residents may comment on the bond ordinances during the council’s June 6 meeting and the ordinances may be adopted that evening.