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Barnegat Begins Appropriating Funds for Dock Rebuild

Resident questions costs involved in repairs.

The Municipal Dock in Barnegat Township is on its way to being rebuilt after the Committee earlier this week authorized a resolution that appropriates $113,000 for the engineers to investigate the scope of the necessary repairs, following Superstorm Sandy.


The funds will be used toward "performing a complete investigation of the site," according to Township Engineer David J. Cella, of ARH Engineers. He said they hope to begin investigating the work within the month.

An estimate by the previous township engineer, Birdsall Engineering, put the total cost of the repairs at $1.4 million, which included all repairs of the site, and certain work on the bulkhead, according to Cella.

Barnegat resident Jake Taylor expressed concern about the costs involved in the repair, citing the fact that the initial build,
"It seems strange to pay a million to fix something that costs us half a million to build," Taylor said.


Drivingtoofar February 07, 2013 at 12:25 PM
so it will cost us $113k to find out how much it will cost? I think we could hire an engineer at an annual cost of about $113k...hope our well paid business administrator works hard to get some of the fed funds...
Larry Cataldo February 07, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I can't wait,,,one of our towns treasures
Mike Howard February 07, 2013 at 03:11 PM
It will be interesting to see if the old engineer was close to the cost that the New engineer will estimate the rebuild at.
David Sherman February 07, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Paying Double the price. Can I ask why>
Tommy D February 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Factoring in inflation is what probably ramped up the cost for replacement.
Beykon February 07, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Without the dock how will we attract tourists to Pirate's Peninsula?
John B Taxpayer February 07, 2013 at 05:24 PM
What a joke $113k for an Estimate! Somebody's a sucker or getting something in return for this little gem!
Jerry Harper February 07, 2013 at 05:24 PM
If we already have an estimate from Birdsall, why is it necessary to get a second opinion at this cost. It amazes me that it will cost us 1/4th of the original build cost to find out what it will cost us to repair. It seems this town can find a way to spend our tax dollars faster and less productively than any place that I have ever heard of. Why don't we just have a bonfire at the former dock with our tax dollars. We of course need to set aside enough to cover the hot dogs and buns. Of course we could raise the tax rate to cover them.
wookfish February 07, 2013 at 05:49 PM
just make it a bay beach and be done with it....no electric..no plumbing...beach badge revenue to cover the cost of life guards...and very little if any maint. needed...less tax impact on the town....treasure Larry? love washing my car everytime i drive through the mud lot...that's why i won't go...
wookfish February 07, 2013 at 06:57 PM
not to worry..the drugs will keep'em coming...oh wait that's the other side of Rt. 9....
Beykon February 08, 2013 at 12:20 AM
The first rule of government spending. Why buy one when you have have two at twice the cost?
WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot February 08, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Balance of power on the committee changed, but it appears that much of the nonsense remains the same. $113K to our new engineering firm to investigate the scope of repairs is awfully hard to justify. Looks like the Dems will try to waste our money as much as the GOP did they were in control.
Melinda Russell February 08, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Wow can't imagine why taxes in Barnegat are so high. So Birdsall were crooks are these new engineers any better? Has anyone checked THEM out?
Phil Schmeer February 08, 2013 at 03:43 PM
If you build it they will come......Jeez its the best thing in Barnegat,MAYBE they are trying to make it better and stronger,the 113k seems worth it since the old dock may be on a Jamacia beach by now.
Larry Cataldo February 08, 2013 at 04:45 PM
TO WOOKFISH, DON'T WANT MUD ON YOUR CAR ,,,YOU WANT IT PAVED LIKE YOUR OLD TOWN UP NORTH? THAT DOCK IS A TREASURE! IT HAS BEEN SINCE I MOVED HERE 27 YRS AGO, THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T GO DOWN THERE, GOOD WE WILL MISS YOU! AND WHY DON'T YOU USE YOUR REAL NAME? I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT BACK BETTER THEN IT WAS, "I DON'T CARE WHAT IT COSTS"! JUST STAY IN YOUR GATED COMMUNTY AND YOUR CAR WON'T GET MUDDY!
Mac February 08, 2013 at 04:48 PM
If the Democrats want to distinguish themselves from the Republicans they replaced, then they will rescind this political payback contract before it costs us any real money. There is plenty of money for political contractors to make in government for necessary township services already. It doesn’t make much sense for the new committee to scrutinize every penny of the budget with a fine tooth comb if the new committee members are going to let their political-supporting contractors run the township. Let’s not turn Barnegat into a Dem-Gilmore-style operation and take advantage of any chance to hoodwink the public by using an emotional event like the hurricane recovery. It would seem to me that our very much hands-on quarter-of-a-million-dollar-a-year business administrator is up to snuff on the first dock work study and is in the best position to advise the political contractor who ends up getting the dock contract on any possible savings or improvements. Let’s use the resources we have on hand already before spending township money buying duplicate help and services. FYI: we have township employees who know how to cut grass and other landscaping skills so we don’t need to hire for outside landscaping services either.
wookfish February 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
how about just crushed stone with grading to prevent ponding of water LAWRENCE..now take apill and calm down....f0r what they charge to us the ramp this thing should be self sustaining not cost money LAWRENCE.and by the way LAWRENCE ,i've lived down here for more then THIRTY years you self-rightous benny
Diogenes February 09, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Recreation should be paid for by fees charged for its use. Other area towns require beach badges for their swimming ponds and other beaches. Barnegat should charge enough to cover maintenance and lifeguard costs. Keep in mind that a large percent of those using the beach are from Waretown or other nearby communities. Let them help cover costs..
CPO Rob February 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM
The Barnegat town docks and gazebo are an important land mark for the town. The recreational value is very high except during high tides when you can not even drive in there. What we need in Barnegat is a town park, a place with open fields for fireworks, carnivals and town celebrations. A location with a lake, jogging trails, snow sledding hills, picnic benches that is centrally located. Oh wait there is such a place, The old shoreline pit. It has everything. Why not allocate monies to something we the residents can use even at high tides.
wookfish February 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Rob, you my man hit it out of the park...great idea.right Lawrence

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