LONG BRANCH: The city is bonding $3.5 million to cover the cost of improvements to the city's roads, drainage, parks and fire department.
The Long Branch Council unanimously adopted the bond ordinance during its Aug. 23 meeting.
The improvements will consist of the following:
Roadwork and Drainage
The area around Morris Avenue and Seashore Day Camp would be improved with a new drainage pipe and a collapsed pipe in the area of Coleman Avenue would be replaced. Those two drainage fixes would total about $1 million.
Another $2.3 million in road repaving projects would also be undertaken under the capital budget plan.
The following roads will be repaved:
• Pullman Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Elberon Avenue
• West End Court from Second Avenue to the railroad tracks
• Sherman Court
• North Fifth Avenue from Broadway to Joline Avenue (Route 36)
• Hendrickson Avenue from 7th Avenue to Lippincott Avenue
• Baker Place
• Marine Place
• Patten Avenue
• Riddle Avenue
• Renwick Place
The improvements are planned for West End Park and will include removing three bocce courts and existing playground equipment to make way for a larger open space area in front of the bandshell as well as a larger, ADA-compliant playground with a safety surface.
Fire Department Equipment
The city was awarded a $562,680 federal grant for its fire department from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program in July. The grant will enhance Long Branch's ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as its first-responders, by updating its respiratory equipment. The equipment includes self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), face protectors, and radio equipment for helmets.
The city must provide $56,258 in matching funds for the grant and is also purchasing some additional tanks that are used to fill the breathing apparatus for a total cost of about $70,000.