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Animal Shelter Project Breaks Ground Today

$6.4 million project to build new shelter, expand court and police headquarters

The signs are up. The construction fence surrounds the property. Today, the ceremonial ground breaking will officially start the expansion of the Justice Complex on Oak Avenue in Toms River to build a new animal shelter and expand the police headquarters and municipal court.

The $6.4 million contract to Kelso Construction Company for the building of a new animal shelter, located on the grounds of the Municipal Court and Oak Avenue in Toms River, was awarded in March.

Today at 9:30 a.m., the township will hold a ground breaking ceremony on the property to start the project, with a new animal shelter replacing an old, cramped one off Whitesville Road.

The project will also include of the Municipal Court facilities and renovations to Police Headquarters, with Kelso Construction’s complete bid for the work coming in at $6,409,878.25.

The new shelter is planned to be four times the size of the current incarnation on Whitesville Road, totaling out at roughly 7,000 square feet.

Check back later today for an update from the ground breaking.

Mr. ? April 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Why don't you critics go get a breakdown of the monies to be spent.? Originally the animal shelter was to be built for 1.5 to 2 million. Read the past associated Patch articles.The wool hear is the fact that our TR good old boys may be more concerned with the court and police head quarter upgrades, and just trying to make this a publicly accepted pretty package. If you are passionate about abandoned animals, then we could use this shelter. The other four million?...I don't know. I say, let those going to court, stand in line outside in the cold and rain.
Bob Hockenfrocken April 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
About the fire you refer to: Kids have been burning fires in Skyview park since the 70's...nothing new there either. Stop making Toms River sound like Trenton. It isn't. Go spend a day in Trenton and see if you make it out with your car and wallet. Then you would be thankful you live in Toms River.
Bob Hockenfrocken April 11, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Where do you come up with the terminology "record numbers"? Are you the township "record keeper"? There's no record breaking going on here. You believe the township is renovating the Municipal Court because of "record breaking" crime? Did you ever stop and think that when the Municipal Court was built in the 70's there were fewer than half of the residents that the town has today? Maybe they need more room to grow. Stop bashing the community and move if you don't like it. I hear Camden is nice this time of year.
Bob Hockenfrocken April 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I'm a property tax payer, and I'm happy that the Township is actually spending money on CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS instead of paying for employees bloated wages and lavish benefits. Toms River Township employees are very well taken care of already. They make more than competitive wages, have an excellent benefit package, and receive penty of sick/vac/personal and/or comp time. Capital improvements are for the benefit of everyone in the township (the new ballfields and Animal Shelter). Score one for the township committee, they actually did something smart.
Bob Hockenfrocken April 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The county shelter in Jackson is overcrowded already. The TR shelter is staffed with VOLUNTEERS to take care of the animals. They already have a few employees, I haven;t heard of hiring additional employees. You're making assumptions to try and validate your argument. Educate yourself.

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