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News Transcript News Briefs, March 24

The Township Committee in Freehold Township has awarded a contract for the rehabilitation of one of the municipality’s wells.

On March 9, committee members awarded an $88,250 contract to A.C. Shultes Inc., Woodbury Heights, to rehabilitate Well No. 11 at the water treatment facility on Jackson Mills Road. A.C. Shultes was the lowest bidder seeking the contract.

Other bids were submitted by Municipal Maintenance Co., Cinnaminson, ($89,832) and Uni-Tech Drilling Co. Inc., Franklinville, ($136,090).

In other business, committee members awarded a contract to Magic Touch Construction Co., Keyport, for as-needed electrical service work in Freehold Township. The company was the only bidder seeking the contract. The bid submitted by Magic Touch Construction was in the amount of $50,687.


CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township has been awarded a $1.1 million grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the cost of many of the hospital’s extensive emergency measures taken as a result of the COVID pandemic, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) announced.

“The pandemic hit New Jersey hard and the staff at CentraState, as well as first responders throughout our state, work tirelessly to meet the pandemic head-on,” Smith said. “This federal grant will reimburse the hospital in part for the protective measures implemented and gear provided to help safeguard workers and patients threatened by COVID-19.”

The federal funding comes from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which received supplemental funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 which Smith supported in 2020, according to a press release from the Congressman.

At the height of COVID, CentraState reported handling a peak number of 138 cases.


Howell Township Council members have authorized a shared services agreement with Colts Neck for the provision of Department of Public Works services until Dec. 31, 2022.

According to the agreement, the Howell DPW will offer Colts Neck services to include catch basin cleaning, culvert repairs, diesel inspections, equipment use (with equipment operator), guide rail installation, leaf collection, mowing, paving, plowing, recycling, salting and sanding, street sign installation, street sweeping, towing, traffic signal installation, vehicle maintenance, vehicle painting and vehicle repairs.

According to the agreement, it is the intent that Howell will recoup its actual costs in providing the services, but no profit. The cost of the services will be the estimated actual cost to Howell for the requested equipment, materials and labor, as quoted by Howell.

Colts Neck officials will request services as needed. Howell officials will approve the request and issue a fixed or an estimated price quotation. Colts Neck officials will decide whether to accept the services offered by Howell, according to the agreement.

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