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Latest Solar Field Landscaping Bill: $19K

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Solar panels at the former French's Landfill site. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Solar panels at the former French’s Landfill site. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick officials have awarded a contract to a commercial landscaping company that will perform grounds maintenance at the township’s solar field off Sally Ike Road.

Clintar NJ, based in Perrineville, Monmouth County, will be paid $19,778 for their services each year of the two-year contract, which runs until April 2018.

Officials have, at times, voiced their displeasure with having to pay for the maintenance of the grounds at the solar field, which are being leased to a commercial solar operator. In exchange for the using the grounds, the solar, Brick Standard, LLC, has made a payment to the township, provides lower-cost energy to the municipal government and the BTMUA, and will turn over the solar array to the town after 15 year. Mayor John Ducey has held that the contract with the solar company, negotiated under a previous administration, should have made the solar provider responsible for maintaining the grounds.

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“I have a problem with that, personally,” said resident Richard Gross, of the township providing maintenance services. “If the owner of the solar panels is benefiting, he should pay for all the maintenance.”

Township Administrator Joanne Bergin said that since the township owns the land, it must landscape the area everywhere except directly under the solar panels. Since the site was a former landfill which has since been capped, a remote-control mowing device is required due to the incline of the hill at the site.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    Stay no…let them sue in court or get the panels out of there…thanks to the Greek pirate Acropolis we are stuck with this…what did he get out of the deal is the question.

    • east coast resident

      Excuse me? Greek pirate? I take offense to that. First of all, other than his name, there was nothing Greek about him. Second, what does his name have to do with his administration? he was a republican and the conservative voters of this town, such as you, voted him in. Your name being Rizzo means that you’re a mafia don?
      besides, I have never heard of a Greek being a pirate. A philosopher, yes. A restaurant owner, yes. A hard working family man, yes. But a pirate?

      • Chief Wahoo

        A bankrupt country, yes.

      • east coast resident

        Wow. You certainly take first place for ignorance. You’re beating Frank Rizzo. Was Acropolis representing the country of Greece? Was he born there? Does he have any other connection with the country? As for the country itself, its not bankrupt, even though it came close, due to the banker’s avarice in unlimited lending, as happened to many homeowners in the US and here in Brick in particular. But, even with all the economic difficulties, the Greeks still found it in their hearts to aid the more than a million Muslim refugees that washed up on their shores. They are nominated for the Nobel peace prize, which is something a person as ignorant as you has no idea what it takes.

      • Chief Wahoo
      • Frank Rizzo

        I did vote the greek pirate into office…and never would make that mistake again. Your stereotype of saying all greeks are restaurant owners is offensive and you should he ashamed. The greeks and Albanians which are closely associated with each other have a thriving mafia and or underworld. I submit the name Velentzas to you and their activities here in the states for your consumption.

      • east coast resident

        You voted Acropolis into office!!!!. You are a narrow-minded republican bigot. I can tell from all your hate-filled posts. I’m sure you”ll vote Trump or Cruz also. You deserve what you get. Crawl back into your hole. As for the Greeks, they are hard working business owners, many in restaurants. I bet you feed your fat belly at many Greek diners often.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Just because I once voted for a Greek does not make me a racist….and yes…I will vote for President Trump who will put a wall up that I support and keep my taxes from going to welfare for the worlds castaways who show up here…contribute nothing…then demand my tax money in the form of welfare as a human right…..i am sorry you think so little of Greeks as a race that all they can do is own a dinner…my heart goes out to the Greeks who’s country has failed and has people eating from garbage cans in this day and age. The riots for food, no jobs, and the threat of their being taken over by Turkey any day must weigh hard in their minds.

      • east coast resident

        Being dumb is your right. As for the Greeks, they dont need your sympathy. Italy is the failed state. Nothing works there. garbage piles up on the streets of Naples. Dogs are roaming the streets. Graffiti covers the walls. Greeks whupped their asses during WWII. Bunch of losers. No wonder there’s so many Rizzos here. Wall should have kept them out. Trump and his Trumpets, such as you, will try to make the US a failed state. You will not succed

      • SoWhat?

        Dogs are roaming the streets so the greeks dont make gyros out of them.

  • Smokin

    That’s a mess on ground and paper from day one !

  • J W

    That is a very large tract, even if you can’t see the depth of the property from Sally Ike Rd. On a square footage basis, that isn’t very high actually. Many private commercial spaces spend more per year on landscaping maintenance.

  • Smokin

    Shouldn’t the solar company be responsible for the gounds it’s protecting the panels from weeds and whatever Grows keeping clear from panels..

    • J W

      Our old mayor, the crappy one named Acropolis, signed a sweetheart deal with the company. The town is stuck with maintenance unfortunately.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    Should be mowed by hand with the county prisoner work release program or something like that. I’ve seen crews of them picking up litter along the highways.

    • J W

      Like with 6 foot scythes? A bunch of criminals handling huge blades sounds like a bad idea.

  • east coast resident

    Beware of Greeks, if you turn around and there’s a Greek behind you

  • east coast resident

    You’re correct. Greeks have been showing the way to the world for thousands of years. We are still doing the same

    • Frank Rizzo

      Did you know that Greeks invented windex….

      • east coast resident

        I wont give them credit for that. Democracy, yes.