East Brunswick council introduces bond ordinance for water system upgrades

EAST BRUNSWICK – The East Brunswick Township Council has introduced a bond ordinance to provide funding for water utility improvements.

“As discussed in our [water] rates study, necessary capital items that we need to invest in our water infrastructure [are] very important,” Business Administrator Joseph Criscuolo said during the Jan. 27 council meeting.

Council members introduced a $1.68 million bond ordinance to fund water utility improvements. A public hearing is scheduled for the council’s Feb. 10 meeting. Residents may comment on the proposed ordinance at that time.

No cash down payment is required because the purpose authorized for the township’s water utility is deemed self-liquidating, and the bonds and bond anticipation notes being authorized are deductible from the gross debt of the township, according to the council.

The project will include, but are not limited to: painting and treatment improvements, the acquisition and installation of water lines, engineering and design work, surveying, construction planning, preparation of plans and specifications, permits, bid documents, construction inspection and contract administration, according to the council.

Criscuolo said this is the next round of where the township’s staff would like to get started on improvements for the utility.

Improvements to the water utility will include, but are not limited to, the installation and/or purchase of the following items: an electric transfer switch for pump stations; water production monitoring software; a pressure reducing valve; pressure monitoring hydrants; replacement of pumps No. 1 and No. 2 at the pump station; a leak detection system at Echo Shore-DX and Echo Shore-TX water main monitoring; a trench box; a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the pump station; a pressure reducing valve; and chlorine monitors, according to the council.

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