Brick Township, which announced earlier this fall that the municipality would install electric vehicle charging stations at two of its parks, has introduced an ordinance that would govern their use.
The township is planning to install the EV charging stations at Windward Beach Park, off Princeton Avenue, and the Drum Point Sports Complex, off Brick Boulevard and Drum Point Road. The locations were chosen since they are highly-visible areas which attract destination-style traffic. The chargers will cost $16,000 to $18,000 per location, which includes two stations each, which will be funded entirely through a state grant.
On Tuesday, the township council unanimously adopted an ordinance setting forth the policies for use of the EV charging stations as well as potential future stations that may come about.
The ordinance is reasonably simple in its language, requiring motorists to follow activation and safety instructions that will be posted at the charging stations. The township will also adopt a fee schedule which will determine an hourly charging rate. After a vehicle is fully charged, the owner will have a half-hour grace period to return to the charging station and move the car. If the car is not moved, the owner will be subject to a $10 per hour occupancy fee. After one hour, the car may be towed, and the owner fined.
The two chargers will be available for public use, but the township itself will use the chargers at night to charge their own Chevrolet Bolt EVs, which have been ordered for use by park security officers. The township purchased the two vehicles for $51,176 through a state contract earlier this year. The stations at both parks are expected to be installed and activated after the new year.