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Committee Approves Plan to Bond for $2.1 Million for New Vehicles, Equipment

Committeeman Leonard Morano votes no, saying township shouldn't bond for purchase of police and public works vehicles

Despite objections from one elected official, the Barnegat Township Committee today passed a resolution allowing the township to seek bids on a $2.1 million bond ordinance to fund new vehicles and equipment.

Township Committeeman Leonard Morano said he supported the purchase of a new aerial fire truck and turnout gear for Barnegat's volunteer fire departments, but said he objected to the fact that the bond would also cover a range of other purchases and expenses, from new police vehicles to computer upgrades. 

The vote to fund new public works and police cars with one big bond – the township's first since 2006 – "should never have happened," Morano said. Such expenses should come out of the budgets of the township's various departments on a year-to-year basis, he said. 

"I just can't see spending $2.1 million when people are losing their homes and losing their jobs," Morano said. "Our grandchildren are going to have to pay for this."

Leadership from the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 were in attendance to hear the vote, and emphasized the importance of the biggest line item covered by the bond: a new $900,000 ladder truck.

The township hasn't had a new aerial truck since 1988, said fire company president John Cowie. Barnegat has used Stafford Township's ladder truck in recent years when conducting roof operations and fighting fires from above, "but you can't always rely on another department all the time."

Also covered by the bond would be $300,000 for firefighting protective gear and safety equipment, including air packs, turnout gear, communication equipment and rescue operation tools. Gary Brown, who will take over as president of the fire company in 2012, said Barnegat's volunteer firefighters don't come to the township with their hands out very often.

"When we ask for this stuff, we really need it," he said.

Township attorney Jerry Dasti said it won't be clear how much the bond payments will cost the township in interest until offers start coming in. 

"When we know the cost, there will be a vote to approve it," he said.

But township adminsitrator David Breeden said that with interest rates so low, it's a good time to bond. "The cost of money is at an all-time low," he said, "so if you need to borrow money, now is the time."

Eric Thomas January 04, 2012 at 02:54 PM
If anyone is twisting and perverting other people's somments, it is Mr. Mug. The focal point here is the failure of the township to adequately budget for its' needs. Please do not laud Mr. Breeden. Were he as competent as you would have others believe then bonding would be minimal instead of a seemingly routine way of doing business. Discussing the affairs of a town is not chronic crying and complaining. Underscoring shortsightedness and poor business decisions is a manifestation of civic responsibility. Your cacophony of attempted ridicule is simply silly. None of the five wise men on the committee are new kids on the block. And their mediocre track records and tap dancing to the cadence of the boss system are what have made Barnegat a tax collector's orgy.
Mr Coffee Mug January 04, 2012 at 04:20 PM
REALLY. you do make me Laugh. OK, what ever.
Bob Wise January 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Mr. Mug, cheerleader for the Barnegat GOP said "Self Centered Heckling Sad People", "Sell your Houses and move back to where you came from." Your words Mr. Mug. May I remind you these "Self Centered Heckling Sad People" are the people who pay the taxes and are struggling to keep a roof over their families head. You may find that funny, but I don't think so Mr. Mug. The world doesn't revolve around the Mirage. People are struggling, but I guess you find that funny. Now that's sad. I liked you better when you just lied and blamed the State/County/Schools for the committees tax hikes.
Bob Wise January 04, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Mr. Thomas, I find the heartless comments of Mr. Mug disturbing. If this the way the new Mirage run Township thinks you are quite right when you say " Welcome to Barneghetto". Also, what happened to the comments made by Mr. Lightbody?
Eric Thomas January 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I enjoy Mr. Mug. His comments are entertaining. If he ever switches from his vitriol to fact-based rebuttals, perhaps he could be taken with seriousness. But that won't happen. I, too, am curious as concerns Mr. Lightbody. He raised some scathing allegations. However, lacking probative factual support, they remain just that - allegations. Barnegat is a town headed for trouble. Property values will be sluggish to rise from the cellar. And, as home foreclosures rise and there are fewer to pay taxes, the cost burden on those remaining will, most certainly, increase. As 2012 begins, coffee mug in-hand, in Barneghetto.
Ken Bank January 04, 2012 at 11:53 PM
The question is who will be Mike Howard's running mate. I know, Howard Effron.
Bob Wise January 05, 2012 at 01:30 AM
That would be the GOP's dream Ken, but it would never happen. Mike Howard has integrity. Effron will never be elected. Didn't you hear Ken, Effron is not a Democrat, he wants nothing to do with party politics. Thats why he ran as an independent (after he came in last in the Democratic primary when he ran before). Now don't get me wrong Ken, I think Effron would say and do anything to get elected. I just think Mike Howard is too smart to bring a perennial loser onboard. Anyone would be a better choice than Effron.
Rick January 05, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Why would the bayfront condos be more likely to catch fire during a nor'easter?
Matthew Lightbody Sr. January 09, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I guess if you complain about what someone writes they take it down. So i guess the truth hurts and they had it removed. It is funny because if i said i was for the truck i would be a good ole guy. But a ladder truck needs a 35 foot distance from the building to the road where the ladder goes. Now drive in settlers and show me a road where you can fit a pumper and a ladder truck down and set it up at the same time without cars and trucks on bothsides of the road. If truck is not set up right it will cause major damage to the ladder. And yes if your that worried about what i said just ask me in person. I will not post anymore on here. I stand by the truth and my remarks sorry. I am not against anyone here but the truth is that i was asked to leave because i wanted to write up several firefighters for misconduct stemming from numorous charges but the chief finds that if they are yes men and from the main station an officer from the sub station has nothing to say. And what i heard on the scanner the other day proves the chief is working and commanding fires while on duty on his other job in town and getting credit for it. Now how does one do that and does not answer calls during the night? fOR ANY QUESTIONS LOOK ME UP
Matthew Lightbody Sr. January 09, 2012 at 12:05 PM
AS FAR AS CHUMP CHANGE FOR OTHER EQUIPMENT IF THEY DID NOT DAMAGE OR URINATE IN THE BOOTS AND OTHER THINGS USED BY MEMBERS THEY DID NOT LIKE AND WAS FORCING OUT YOU WOULD NOT NEED TO REPLACE IT. THE DAMAGE AND TAMPERING WITH THE PERSONAL FIREFIGHTING GEAR WAS SO BAD AT THE SUB STATION THEY PUT CAMERA'S IN THERE AND THEY STOLE THEM. THE RADIOS ARE NOT CHUMP CHANGE EITHER. LIKE I SAID DON'T THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL UNLESS YOU LIVE IT. THESE ARE THINGS THAT COULD BE CONTROLLED IF YOU HAD FIREMEN AND NOT BOYS IN A MANS JOB.
Mike Howard January 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Why are comments being removed from the Patch? I just received a notice that some of Mr. Lightbody's comments were talen down and I myself have found no problem with his Free Speech. If he lied in his posts, then prove he did. I didn't see any curse words in his posts, so what's the problem? As far as I can tell, the Constitution is alive and well and hanging out in Barnegat, or did I miss something?
Matthew Lightbody Sr. January 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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
Matthew Lightbody Sr. January 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM
MR HOWARD CONTACT ME ANYTIME
John B Taxpayer January 09, 2012 at 12:45 PM
If this man is right why are we rubber stamping the waste of taxpayer money? Can't someone investigate this and stop the stupidity?
John B Taxpayer January 09, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Who in town hall is qualified to know what the right equipment need is? Where are they getting these recomendations? It's long overdue, the NJ Attorney Generals Office needs look at what's going on here, to the point that there is so much cronyism and a real likelihood of criminal wrongdoing going on here. I suspect someone is profiting on these deals!
dennis January 09, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Mr. Lightbody u r correct Truckie1219 is the man who drives the tracter trailer
Matthew Lightbody Sr. January 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Dennis, i can show you articles and other facts of when i ran for fire commissioner in Toms River and it will show you on how on the mark i was with theem years ago. the equipment abuse, duplication of fire trucks, hiden money for conventions and alot of things that was later learned in an audit that was done after i said and wrote all this down. It is also a fact that when you call these men out they get abusive and throw you out of a service that is needed for a community not for a country club setting. I will be the first to admit i have a big mouth but when you see the abuse don't ignore it do something about it. And i promised myself i would and do it right with truth, facts and concrete evidence like i always collect. Yes i know truckie he knows his stuff to an extent but it is for the satisfaction of his friends there. He complained about how he hates cops and they all stick and how he was thrown out of 4 different fire companies because he thought he was chief before he went through school and wanted to drive and operate lakewoods ladder truck but they laughed at him and threw him out. So the other things he com[plained about at the fire house like the drinking answering calls drunk and told me as an officer i should do something so i did and i was asked to leave.
Matthew Lightbody Sr. January 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
And to think the chief up holds the law. i know i am right with all the negitive feed back like in Toms River. I told you i have nothing to hide and hide i will not... Chris grow a set and be a man your a officer now and you do not act like one and should not speak out of turn when your an offender of the wrong you complained about to me... thaank you and hope to answer more questions..
John B Taxpayer January 09, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Who's gonna drop a dime to the Attorney Generals Office? 25 Market Street Trenton, NJ 08611-2148 (609) 292-4925 Chris Christie built his reputation over this kind of abuse/corruption. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. Taxpayer Revolt! These people will spend you into the poor house!
John B Taxpayer January 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Good for you Mr Lightbody! Bullies can push only so hard, before it's their turn! Town hall has reached that point of abusing taxpayer money. Hope the Patch is there when somebody is led out in handcuffs! PLAY BALL!
John B Taxpayer January 10, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Apparently there's more the someone peeing in their boots. The fact of skirting the budget process and burdening us with unknown expenses is what's going on here, Thanks to Mike howard, for pointing out the way these people are going "around" the way they spend our money. Like ball parks new school buildings and Police and fire vehicles. All of which should have been budgeted NOT Bonded! All looks like a gift from the heavens when it's the work of the Devil!
Kyra Simpson January 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Charles i just got off the phone with Mr. Lightbody and he said he knows who your talking about. Also i have to comment on the patch blocking Mr. Lightbody from use of this page because he has commented about the fire truck. It is obvious that he has hit several firemens nerves with the rejection of the firetruck. The firemen are posing as others and complaining to the patch about his comments and they are pretending to be seniors. He has received several e-mail threats, damage to his cars and verbal abuse on face book and patch and when he replies the patch takes them down and bans his use. If you look at the comments they made about him that are false and incorrect the patch does nothing. But because he told the truth the patch reacted for the firemen. What cowards for such so called brave men.I have known Mr. Lightbody for several years and he is very truthful and has nothing to hide.
Kyra Simpson January 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM
But it seems they do. I have driven down to Barnegat several times to take pictures of the firetrucks and have seen the so called drill nights with brown paper bags with the person you are speaking of. In toms river Mr. Lightbody single handed defeated the fire budget for the first time in the history of toms river for what he is talking about here. He knows firefighting grew up and lived around a family of them. Mr. Lightbody does not get nasty to anyone until they did what they did to him and his property and then threatened his wife and daughter. He is very sorry for hurting anybody that is innocent but then again how come others can do what he did and nothing happens? If you want to speak to him contact this name and i will tell him. But he also said what you see in front of the firehouse is on tuesday nights to and he is glad you see what he has been saying. Oh i can promise you this they will ban me too for talking for him. But i have to say a $900,000 ladder truck is way out of line for yur town and should have been looked into before being approved. If he did not stand up for us here we would not know what we know today and we thank him and hope he does come back. And what he did for burnt out people while all other firemen there said they won't do anything for families had no problem showing up for camera's when the press came there. Even your own chief refused to help the last family that was burnt out because well his langauge was out of control.
Kyra Simpson January 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
And that sameday he did that for the family the chief asked him to leave the company because he complained about firefighters using the radio for football scores while on a call blocking radio communication with his truck as officer and the dispatcher. May i say these men were partying at the firehouse while the call came in. The home owner even question him about all the yelling and screaming about football while the other truck drove past the street and went 2 miles away from where the call was.. Well i guess the patch will cancel my account too but the truth is the truth he played the tape for me of that day and toms river would have throw those men out with no questions asked like the others that should be. Please start from Mr. Howard and read all my comment before the firemen cry to have them removed. And i dear them to threaten me Toms River has real cops here and they Know thw law and enforce it no matter if your a firemen or not.
Kyra Simpson January 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I must ask if your worried about waiting for a ladder truck to come to your condo if on fire do you think people who are watching a family member drowning to wait for a scuba team that comes from Tuckerton or Forked River like you have been? Barnegat is surrounded by water but does not have a scuba team and when a car drove into the bay a couple of years ago you have to wait several hours for a scuba team but yet you never learned from that. I happened to be listening on my scanner and heard the horror of a women in the car and a scuba team was coming from Tuckerton and Forked River. Can you explain that to me Mr. Retired reporter who really is a firemen for 2 years. And after speaking to Mr. Lightbody about a policemen #144 who goes to all the fire calls and commands them from his fire radio and police radio while in a police uniform makes me wonder does he get credit for all the fire calls to make his pension limit and why is he calling the shots as a cop and not a police officer. Oh this is the one who never had his certificates to be chief when first elected but was given time to get them and still does not know how to drive or operate a truck at all. Maybe you all should talk to the man before casting stones and calling names. OH and retired reporter i hope your not from my paper because your remarks of Mr. Lightbody are incorrect and unfounded we covered all elections he ran in and found all remarks are not only provened but very much founded.
The other side of the story January 14, 2012 at 02:07 PM
It seems as though one side of the story is being told about incidents involving the Barnegat Fire Company. the call that is being referred to is this...The driver of the truck and his crew were accused by Mr Lightbody as being drunk. This complaint was made before it was even known at the fire scene who was on the truck. The fireman driving is a 30 yr respected member of the fire company whose strongest drink is coca cola. His crew had not been drinking either. The police did respond to the firehouse after the fire call and questioned the member and deemed the complaint as unfounded. As far as being 2 miles away from the call..this is an exaggeration. The GPS unit in the fire truck showed a connecting street to the address of the call...2 blocks away but that street was a paper street. The yelling over the radio was from the officer on scene.. Mr Lightbody was not told by the chief to leave the company. That can't be done by one person. There are guidelines for that action and proper channels must be gone threw. It is a positive thing that the chief is sometimes in the position as a police officer to be able to inform the fire company of the status of a call before they get there and are able to take over the call. The chief does not drive or operate the fire trucks...many have and still do but their job is to run the fire scene. Thank you to the people of Barnegat who support the Fire Company. They might not be perfect...noone is..but they are dedicated to serving .
John B Taxpayer January 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
They original thread was about Paying for these vehicles not the people that operate them. The only ones not speaking here is the people that pulled this little stunt to begin with. And secondly do we REALLY need this type of firetruck?
Bob Wise January 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Funny how the editor banned and removed all of Mr. Lightbodys comments while nothing is done when when a different poster on other stories made criminal accusations against someone (and used their name). This same poster then used vulgar language and even that did not result in action by the editor. Mr. Lightbody you were not treated with a consistent, fair editorial policy. Actions much worst are condoned here. It would seem that if you speak out about anything regarding the township you will be removed, but if you attack the BOE (the current enemy of those in power) and make false criminal charges against them, that is ok with the Barnegat Patch. These are indeed sad times for Barnegat.
Bob Wise January 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I stand corrected. The editor has indeed taken action against the vulgar poster I spoke of above. Although they were not banned like Mr. Lightbody, and that is puzzling. This person made the worst kind of attack and are free to do so again, while Mr. Lightbody's voice was taken away.
Sean Conneamhe January 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
"Budget and save, do not bond and borrow, no matter how low the interest rate."

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