Brick will purchase equipment for its Public Works crews that is intended to reduce the number of outside contractors the township must pay for services that will now be done in-house by current employees.
Most significantly, the township will purchase a $132,500 Peterbilt tow truck that can be used to tow large pieces of equipment, which previously required costly transportation by outside towers.
Additionally, Brick officials on Tuesday night voted in favor of purchasing two additional pieces of equipment that can be used to more rapidly repair roads, similarly without the use of outside contractors.
A bid was awarded to U.S. Municipal Supply, of Pennsylvania, for the purchase of a path paver machine for $107,370. The machine, a LeeBoy 5000, will be used to pave small swaths of roadways that are in need of repair. A second contract, worth $44,400 was awarded to Timmerman Company, of Whitehouse, N.J., for the purchase of a tar crack sealer, which will be used to fill seams on roadways and keep them intact until a larger paving project can be planned.
All of the items were requested by Department of Public Works staff, said Council President Paul Mummolo. The staff has the skills necessary to complete paving and sealing work, but lacked the equipment to do so in the past.
“This is something our crews have requested so they can better repair and maintain our roadways,” Mummolo said.