Brick officials this week adopted the township’s 2019 municipal budget, totaling $8.5 million worth of road improvements, drainage projects, a dredging plan and equipment replacements.
Mayor John Ducey said his administration has held steadfast to a promise to reduce the township’s overall debt by limiting the capital budget to $8.5 million per year. With the township keeping bonding at that level, he said, debt has been retired and the overall debt load has been reduced over the last several years.
“Prior to that, under the previous administrations, the spending had been rampant,” Ducey said.
Business Administrator Joanne Bergin said township department heads submitted $25 million in requests which were pared down to the $8.5 million figure.
Among this year’s highlights:
- One new automated garbage truck.
- Public Works vehicles: one rear loader, one single-axle dump truck, one bucket truck.
- Three replacement vehicles for IT, inspectors and code enforcement staff.
- Replacement of synthetic fields at the Drum Point Sports Complex.
- Replacement of the municipal building roof.
- Drainage improvements at the Brick American baseball senior field.
- Pinewood Park drainage improvements.
- Resurfacing of Duquesne Boulevard.
- Paving and drainage improvements at N. Lake Shore Drive, Beverly Beach, Glenn Ridge Estates, Lawrence Drive and several other streets whose projects have already been designed.
- New bulkhead at Channel Drive.
- Development of a dredging master plan for lagoons in the township (see separate story).