Middletown officials introduce bond ordinances for capital improvements


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MIDDLETOWN – A bond ordinance that appropriates $397,800 for capital improvements in Middletown has been introduced by the Township Committee.

Only July 15, members of the governing body introduced an ordinance that would, if adopted, appropriate funds for improvements to buildings and grounds.

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Bonds or notes totaling $377,910 are expected to be issued and the township expects to use $19,890 as the down payment, according to the ordinance.

The capital improvements outlined in the ordinance are as follows:

• Improvements to buildings and grounds, including but not limited to the Murray farmhouse building improvements and building alarm system replacements;

• Normandy Park design. Asked to explain what officials meant by the Normandy Park design, Tara Berson, Middletown’s public information officer, responded, “The township will be meeting with consultants … regarding a ‘Normandy Park design.’ It’s too early to discuss anything at this point.”

In other business, the committee introduced a bond ordinance which appropriates $357,000 for the acquisition of easements for the Port Monmouth Flood Control Project. Bonds or notes totaling $339,150 will be issued and the township expects to use $17,850 as the down payment.

Next, the governing body introduced a bond ordinance appropriating $178,500 for improvements to Grand Tour Road. Bonds or notes totaling $169,575 will be issued and the township expects to make an $8,925 down payment. Work will include paving, milling, drainage, reconstruction and concrete design improvements.

Finally, the committee introduced a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $30,600 for the acquisition of a video pipe inspection camera for the Department of Public Works. Bonds or notes totaling $29,070 will be issued and the township expects to make a $1,530 down payment.

A public hearing on each ordinance will be held on Aug. 19. Residents may comment on or ask questions about the ordinances at that time. The committee may adopt the ordinances following the public hearing.

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