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City Bonding $30 Million For New Boardwalk, Sandy-Related Repairs

LONG BRANCH: The city council has introduced a $30.4 million bond ordinance that will allow for repairs to several Hurricane Sandy-damaged portions of the city including the oceanfront boardwalk from Morris Avenue to Brighton Avenue.

"It's basically going to get us the money we believe we will be reimbursed for under FEMA," Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said during the Oct. 14 council meeting.

Mehlhorn said there is no set formula for when FEMA will reimburse the city for the projects, but he did say that all the projects have been OK'd FEMA and that they will cover 90 percent of the funding.

The bond ordinance breaks down several projects that will be performed by the city in the coming months.

The largest appropriation is $18.1 million for "major repairs to the boardwalk consisting of, but not limited to, bluff, roadway, comfort stations, steel bulkhead, benches, trash containers and promenade repairs, including all work and (necessary) materials."

Woolley has said work on the boardwalk could begin this spring and portions of it could be reopened in time for the summer season.

The second highest appropriation in the ordinance is $11.5 million for park repairs including repairing and replacing synthetic fields, underground electric for scoreboards and walkway lighting, irrigation systems, street lights, promenade and gazebo improvements.

The water filtering system at Manahassett Creek Park is also being replaced for $420,000.

Another large project in the bond ordinance is making repairs to the spillway at Lake Takanassee for $250,600. The repairs will include excavating sediment deposit, repairing the coffer dam spillway, cleaning the spillway pipe and flume and fixing the the area where the the lake was breached allowing water to flow onto Takanassee Beach.

Other repairs include:

• Fixing the street end of Pullman Avenue, which was severely eroded by Sandy, and replacing street lighting and signs on Plaza Court: $51,000

• Demolishing the old recreation building on 3 Bay Avenue: $37,000.

The council is expected to adopt the bond ordinance at its Oct. 28 meeting.

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