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Holmdel officials introduce bond ordinance to fund improvements

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Holmdel officials introduce bond ordinance to fund improvements

A $2.5 million bond ordinance that would be used to improve the parks in the township was introduced by the Holmdel Township Committee.

The ordinance was introduced on Jan. 29. A public hearing will be held during the committee’s Feb. 12 meeting. The governing body may adopt the ordinance following the public hearing.

“We have been working with the user groups in town to work toward field improvements to all the parks and facilities in Holmdel,” Committeeman Thomas Critelli said. “We budgeted in our 2018 capital budget to make some improvements. We circulated information about some of the requests from the user groups and that came in at about $2.2 million. Since then we have received some more requests from the organizations.”

According to the ordinance, Holmdel will make a $120,000 down payment and bonds or notes in a maximum amount of $2.38 million will be issued to fund the work.

Critelli said municipal officials should receive additional information regarding the proposed improvements and will make the information available to the public prior to the public hearing.

Township Administrator Donna Vieiro said work is expected to include the removal of the tennis courts at the Holmdel Swim Club.

She said some projects would be completed by municipal employees and some work would be completed on state contracts.

In other business, the committee announced it has come to an agreement with Monmouth County for improvements to Palmer Road to address flooding in the area. The estimated cost of the project is $600,000.

Officials said Palmer Road is a Monmouth County road and said costs associated with the project would be shared between the township and the county. Holmdel will shoulder a maximum of $107,520 to install new sidewalks along the west side of Palmer Road.

And, the committee accepted a $30,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign to construct an outdoor fitness court at Cross Farm Park. The governing body intends for the court to be free for public use and to have the facility completed by the end of 2019.

Finally, committee members hired one full-time and two part-time public safety telecommunicator trainees. Full-time employee Nicholas Proto will be paid $28,790 and part-time employees Ryan Maguire and Ali Hungerbuhler will be paid $13.84 per hour.