Keyport Borough Council ordinance will fund road improvements


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KEYPORT – The Borough Council is planning to appropriate $1.7 million toward road improvements in Keyport in 2022.

During a meeting on Aug. 16, council members introduced a bond ordinance that will, if adopted, appropriate the $1.7 million for a road improvement project. The ordinance will authorize the issuance of $1.15 million in bonds or notes to finance a portion of the costs.

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The appropriation will also be funded by $521,900 in grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT), consisting of a $270,000 DOT grant from Fiscal Year 2021 and a $251,900 DOT grant from Fiscal Year 2022.

Municipal officials said $28,100 remaining from prior municipal budgets will cover the remaining costs. No down payment is required for the road improvements because of the DOT grants that are funding the improvements.

A public hearing on the bond ordinance has been scheduled for Sept. 9. The governing body may adopt the bond ordinance that evening.

According to the ordinance, the improvements covered by the appropriation include the planning, design, reconstruction of various roads and curb repairs throughout Keyport.

In other business, council members authorized the borough to enter into a shared services agreement with the Keyport Public Schools for the use of a school resource officer/special law enforcement officers in the school district’s facilities.

Council members also authorized the borough to enter into a shared services agreement with the school district for maintenance, custodial and public works services.

And, the council members passed two resolutions authorizing the purchase of equipment and a vehicle for the Keyport Fire Department.

Council members authorized the submission of a grant application and the execution of a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for the purchase of protective equipment for the members of the Keyport Fire Department.

Finally, the council members authorized the retention of CME Associates for professional engineering services related to improvements to portions of Fulton Street, Seventh Street, Eighth Street, Butler Street and East Third Street.

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