OCEANPORT: The borough's department of public works (DPW) will be moving to Fort Monmouth on a temporary basis.
The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) approved a resolution that will allow it to lease 5 buildings in the "900 Area" of the former fort from the Army and sublease the property to the Oceanport DPW.
"The DPW will use the property as a public works facility which will house its vehicles and personnel from which they will provide public, word and public property maintenance for the borough, and ultimately portions of the Fort," the resolution passed by FMERA states.
The former home of the DPW at Oceanport Borough Hall was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy and their current conditions have been deemed "inhospitable" according to the resolution.
The sublease is good for one year with the possibility of a 6 month extension at the discretion of FMERA.
The property is being leased to the borough on a temporary basis until a permanent home is found for the DPW. The area is being leased in "as-is" condition, but any renovations made to the property are expected to be offset by funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
According to the resolution, the property meets federal and state environmental standards for the DPW according to a Finding of Suitability to Lease issued by the Army earlier this year.
Last year the Oceanport Police began using the former Main Post Firehouse as its new headquarters after FMERA approved a sublease for the property. There was a dispute between the borough and FMERA due to some environmental concerns about the property, but the sublease between the two entities was eventually signed earlier this year.