Fall may have mirrored summer thus far, but eventually the leaves will fall and the mercury will drop – and snow will coat Brick’s streets.
Township officials approved a number of items at a council meeting Tuesday, hiring five firms to clear snow from the roadways and another step to limit the number of times private contractors must be utilized during storms.
The township provided contracts to three firms – Berardesco General Contracting, Glennside Equipment, Marlin Construction, New Gen Recycling and R&S Contractors – to provide snow plowing services in the event a storm is too large for township crews to handle without backup. All of the firms were awarded a three year contract, never to exceed $800,000 per year.
The township also awarded a contract to purchase brine solution to Reed Systems, of Ellenville, N.Y., for two years, not to exceed $20,000 per year. Over the last two years, Business Administrator Joanne Bergin said, the township spent $15,600 on solution, which is spread over roads to prevent ice from forming under snow.
Finally, the township signed an agreement with the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority to utilize the water-sewer agency’s trucks for snow removal. The agreement allows more publicly owned trucks on the road so outside contractors do not have to be utilized in small storms, and their usage is limited during large ones.