Tropical storm necessitates repairs at Freehold Township water treatment plant


FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Emergency contracts totaling $83,452 have been awarded by the Township Committee for work at a Freehold Township water treatment facility after the infrastructure was affected by Tropical Storm Isaias.

On Oct. 6, committee members awarded three contracts related to an emergency generator rental and emergency repairs at the Jackson Mills water treatment plant generator.

Officials said the contracts were issued because the treatment plant sustained a power outage due to the tropical storm on Sept. 29.

A contract in the amount of $78,684 was awarded to Sodon’s Electric Inc.; a contract in the amount of $3,995 was awarded to Allied Diesel Service; and a contract in the amount of $773 was awarded to Cooper Electric, according to a resolution.

Committee members said the generator rental and repairs were needed immediately because the Freehold Township Utilities Department was unable to treat municipal water during the power outage and the situation affected public health, safety and welfare.

In other business, committee members authorized contracts for leaf recycling and disposal in 2020 with Sigismondi Greenhouses, LLC (Sigismondi Brothers Farm), Gibson Farms and Dancer Farms.

The contract with Gibson Farms is not to exceed $52,000; the contract with Dancer Farms is not to exceed $27,000; and the contract with Sigismondi Brothers Farms is not to exceed $27,000. All three farms will serve as recycling locations for leaf collection services.

And, Freehold Township has entered into a shared services agreement with Red Bank through which Freehold Township will provide Red Bank with information technology services. A resolution states the agreement will benefit taxpayers in both municipalities.

Finally, committee members authorized a reduction in the municipal parking lot fee. The fee in 2021 will be reduced from $175 to $150. According to a resolution, officials authorized the reduction because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.