Colts Neck departments will receive new equipment

COLTS NECK – The Township Committee has adopted one ordinance that will fund purchases for municipal departments and a second that will add funds to a previous capital ordinance.

The two ordinances were unanimously adopted during a committee meeting on May 29. No members of the public spoke about the ordinances during the public hearing that preceded the committee’s vote.

One ordinance appropriates $445,100 for capital improvements and purchases and will be funded by the 2019 budget.

The improvements and purchases are as follows: $12,500, computer upgrades for all departments; $19,400, upgrades to copiers for various departments; $50,000, purchase of a pumper truck for the fire department.

Also, $5,000, fire department turnout gear; $27,600, fire department breathing packs; $20,000, additional license plate reader for the police department; $96,300, police department patrol vehicle replacements; $4,800, police department vehicle up-fit lighting and equipment; $27,700, replacement of police live scan system.

And, $20,000, replacement of police department Alcotest system; $3,500, police department portable pole-mounted speed sign; $15,800, replacement of police department computers; $12,500, police department radios for new officers; $5,000, new hot water heater for the first aid building.

Also, $15,000, canopy and foundation to protect fuel pumps at the Department of Public Works; $100,000, repairs to the Department of Public Works garage; $10,000, replacement of missing and damaged township signs.

The second ordinance amends a 2018 ordinance which appropriated $2.1 million to fund improvements to roads and intersections. With the amendment, the funding will increase to $2.39 million. The $100,000 down payment will remain the same.

Officials will use a $290,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation for improvements to Bucks Mill Road.

The amendment adds a section to the ordinance regarding the acquisition of a parcel referred to as the DeAngelis property. The costs associated with the acquisition will be $150,000, with a down payment of $7,143.

Township Administrator Kathleen Capristo said the DeAngelis property, Route 537, is under contract for purchase and said the closing is pending.

Capristo said the committee’s intention is to use the space to supplement parking and recreational storage at Five Points Park. She said the additional $150,000 is needed to remediate environmental issues that have been identified on the property.