Middle Township moves to replace equipment

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Township officials are looking to save money by replacing aging heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units at township hall in Cape May Court House.

This week, Township Committee introduced an ordinance earmarking $77,000 for the repair and acquisition of HVAC. The money will come from the township’s capital improvement fund and the N.J. Direct Install program.

“This is part of our effort to reduce the utility costs in the township, particularly here at town hall,” Committeeman Tim Donohue said.

A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance is planned for the Dec. 3 Township Committee meeting. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at town hall at 33 Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House.

Another grant will help with energy costs at the Baker Center at the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex.

In other matters, Township Committee:

• approved a resolution for Remington, Vernick & Walberg Engineers to handle engineering services needed to get a freshwater wetlands letter of interpretation extension from the state Department of Environmental Protection for the Robert “Ockie” Wisting Recreational Complex in Rio Grande.

The amount will not exceed $1,500. The document identifies the presence or absence wetlands on the property. The land is to be developed as a recreation site in southern Middle Township.

A proposal calls for Cape Express Soccer Club to develop some of the area at Fulling Mill Road, but nothing has been approved by Township Committee.

• acknowledged the retirement of township police officer Jeff DeVico, who retired effective Nov. 1. Township Committee also approved paying him $11,300 for sick time.

• acknowledged the resignation of Chuck McDonnell as recreation program specialist effective Nov. 16. He is the township’s recreation director.

•  approved a resolution to renew gravel pit licenses to Albrecht & Heun at Court House-South Dennis Road; Pierson Properties LLC at Fishing Creek Road; and TK Sand & Gravel, in care of Albrecht & Heun, at Siegtown Road. Cost is $600 a license.

• adopted a resolution to purchase a copying machine via a state contract for the tax assessor’s office. The lease/purchase will be for 36 months at $245 a month. The equipment will be from Keystone Digital Imaging of Media, Pa.

• approved additional work for its professionals for a sewer project at Grassy Sound, a small community near North Wildwood.

The township’s engineer, Remington, Vernick and Walberg Engineers, will receive no more than $187,200 for the Grassy Sound sewer project and the application process.

Blauer Associates has also been contracted as grant application consultant for the sewer project not to exceed $17,500. The firm is the township’s grant application and housing rehabilitation consultant.

Township solicitor Marcus H. Karavan P.C. has been contacted to provide legal services not to be more than $20,000. Township Committee also approved a resolution giving its bond counsel, McManimon & Scotland, more responsibilities, not to exceed $20,000.

Township officials referred questions about the Grassy Sound sewer project to township business administrator Mark Mallett, but he declined to be interviewed after Monday’s Township Committee meeting.

Earlier this year, Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced more than $1.1 million through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency for the project at Grassy Sound. The money would be used to assist in putting in a force main and pump station.

The state Department of Environmental Protection ordered improvements to eliminate health and safety violations resulting from sewage system failures, according to a press release.

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