Barnegat Hopes to Have New Public Works Building Open Nov. 1

By Eric Englund | Oct 02, 2019

Barnegat — Barnegat Township officials are hoping that the new public works building will be up and running by Nov. 1.

Last fall, the township committee awarded a $2.4 million contract to R. Wilkinson and Sons of Absecon to construct the facility.

“We’re about six weeks behind,” said Mayor Alfonso Cirulli at the Oct. 1 township committee meeting. “We lost quite a few days due to bad weather. We were originally looking at having it ready by August.”

The area already has a salt dome and fuel tanks for the vehicles. They were originally going to be part of a public works building that the township was hoping to build more than 15 years ago, but the project never materialized after being off and on the back burner.

Without the new building, many vehicles have to be stored outside the current public works facility located in the municipal complex off West Bay Avenue.

The public works building was included in a $14.2 million bond ordinance adopted in 2017 that would provide for various improvements. The ordinance’s centerpiece is a new township hall in addition to renovations of other buildings located at the municipal complex.

Committeeman Albert Bille said the current municipal building complex is more than 40 years old. Prior to that, a developer used the site to display several model homes.

It is severely outdated,” he said.

The police station at the municipal complex is also too small, he said, noting that when it opened the department had 12 officers and the town had a population of 8,000. Since then, those numbers have quadrupled and tripled, respectively.

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