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$12 Million in Bond Ordinances Up for Vote Tonight

Bond notes would pay for bulkheads, golf improvements, recreation upgrades and public works vehicles

Several bond ordinances before the council tonight will help repair aging bulkheads, buy new public works vehicles, and complete other capital projects, but the measures would also add a combined $12 million in bond debt to the township.

Toms River Township Council will decide whether to approve the series of ordinances at its meeting tonight, 6 p.m. in .

There’s multiple bond ordinances up for vote:

  • $350,000 for golf course utility improvements at Municipal Golf Course.
  • $450,000 for Skating Rink parking lot improvements.
  • $4.669 million for drainage and bulkhead  projects.
  • $3.369 million for various equipment purchases.
  • $3.469 million for capital improvements.

While several residents took issue with the spending, calling for leaner measures and less debt load, council members said they supported the measures.

Council President Mo Hill said the projects are needed, and that as the township adds more debt it is also retiring $8 million in higher-interest bonds, which will cushion the debt load the township faces, he said.

Township Administrator Paul Shives said two of the ordinances — Bey Lea and Winding River — address issues at the two authorities, which are self-liquidating authorities in the township.

However, the other ordinances address issues that are long term and necessary, Shives said.
“These are one-hit, once-every-20-years projects,” Shives said. “They have a long life.”

Though the council heard public comment in a hearing for each of the ordinances, the council tabled the vote until tonight’s meeting because the state Department of Community Affairs had failed to provide its stamp of approval on the bond ordinances in time for the meeting.

Township Clerk Mark Mutter said after the meeting that the delay has happened often in his time as clerk, saying that the DCA often requires extra time between first reading of the ordinance and the second reading.

As a result, the council will vote tonight on the ordinances.

skizma August 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM
3.3 mil for "various" equipment purchases? can you be a few million more specific?
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM
keep spending like drunks.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM
mo how about trying to lower our tax rate for once.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:37 AM
look at all the forclosures in toms river before you vote.Do what is right spend when the economy rebounds.I as a republican am very disappointed in council and mayor.
Proud DEM August 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Enough, republicans, enough!!!! Try making CUTS in town expenditures, salaries, and the rampant nepotism !
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM
That's the public works vehicle purchases.
1stcav August 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Were in a RECCESION , this is not the time..Not ALL residents use the golf coarse or winding river !!! That being said; do the most with the least amount of monies at the time..PERIOD !!!!
RPtoTR August 23, 2011 at 03:15 PM
These public comment meetings are a joke. The decision is made long in advance of the meeting by the higher ups, and I do not mean any one on the town council. The council is not responsive to commumity comments.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 10:16 PM
ever since this new mayor got in he is just spending.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM
mayor please stop this crazy spending.We are in a recession.Wait before you piss away our money.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 10:42 PM
guys just go in the back room and make the deal.Do not waste our time.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 10:42 PM
guys just go in the back room and make the deal.Do not waste our time.
Mike L August 23, 2011 at 11:07 PM
I think that it is the responsibility of all persons to read what is in this 12 million doll bond issuance....I just did. All is listed on the web site of "www.tomsrivertownship.com", under Downloads on the left side of the page. it reads very interesting, especially all the legalese that say the the funds may or may not be used for intended. The following is a list of a few things that our monies are going to be wasted on, 1. an automated filing system for the building inspectors, 2. construction of a records storage facility 3. 2,500,000 for the payment of severance liabilities from the retirement of Township employees. And many other items that should have been in the Township Budget not being pushed thru in this way. Inaddition how many more times are we going to pay for Winding River Skating Rink projects, also they are taking over 1 million dollars from the Townships Open Space Trust Fund for lighting fields and fix bathrooms etc, this also should have been in the Township budget.....Please read the Ordinances #10 thru #16....Thank You!
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM
can taxpayers file a class action against the town for be honest with the taxpayers.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:17 PM
not being honest with the taxpayers.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Mike i know they are taking money away from the trust fund to use as they want.Also paying employees with that money for up keep.They never reduced the money like they should have when all the rates decreased.This was don on revaluation.The are getting an extra 1.5 million.to spend on BS.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM
mr shives are you the same person that stafford fired.
walt tupycia August 23, 2011 at 11:49 PM
you keep seem to be spinning on all issues.You make no sense.

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