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Long Branch Bonding $3.8 Million For Fire Trucks, Dredging, Other Projects

LONG BRANCH: The city will be able to start various projects and purchase new equipment after adopting a $3.8 million capital improvements bond ordinance.

The largest appropriation is $1.4 million of the dredging of Lake Takanassee, soil testing and removal of the dredged material. The westernmost portion of the lake has already been dredged, but this funding will cover the removal of sediment just west of the railroad bridge.

The appropriation also includes drainage improvements to Dale Street; a road that consistently floods in the city.

Another large expenditure is the purchase of two new pumpers for the Long Branch Fire Department for $970,000.

Long Branch Fire Chief Kevin Stout said the department is looking to upgrade its aging fleet of vehicles and that the pumpers are necessary.

The two new pumpers would cost $970,000 but Stout said a New Hampshire fire company is purchasing one of the department's older engines for close to $250,000. The sale will help offset the cost of the new vehicles.

Councilwoman Mary Jane Celli said she was in favor of the purchase of only one new truck.

Another large expenditure is $785,000 for streetscape improvements to Brighton Avenue, phasing improvements to Sairs Avenue, Plaza Court and Sairs Avenue.

Other appropriations include:

• $285,000 for the purchase of police car video cameras for the Long Branch Police Department

• $200,000 for the demolition of a dilapidated building located at Washington Street that will ultimately free up storage for the Long Branch Department of Public Works.

• $75,000 for the purchase of a bus for Long Branch Senior Citizen Center

• $44,000 for the purchase of beach patrol ATVs

• $20,000 for the purchase and installation of playground equipment that will be placed on a city beach

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