Donation jump starts lifesaving station repairs

MANASQUAN — Work on exterior improvements to the Squan Beach Life Saving Station has begun thanks to a donation from the Squan Beach Life Saving Station Preservation Committee. The preservation committee made a donation of $50,000, which the borough accepted at its May 15 borough council meeting for the improvements. In addition to a $9,800 donation for the architectural design and management, a total of almost $60,000 has been donated for the exterior improvements, according to Squan Beach Life Saving Station Preservation Committee President Ron Jacobson. According to Mr. Jacobson, the exterior work that began on July 10 and is expected to last 45 days includes new wood gutters to replace the rotten ones, the repair and replacement of rotted trim, painting all of the first floor and second floor trim and some structural work to the front porch [replacing of a header]. “All of this is being done without taxpayer money,” said Mr. Jacobson. However, said Mr. Jacobson, the Life Saving Station still needs much more work. “We have a big water problem in the basement, thats a huge problem,” said Mr. Jacobson. “We have a leak on the east elevation on the tower where the step flashing is — that needs to be taken care of, or were going to have part of the porch rotting away … if you take a look at the dormers, when they replaced the cedar shakes on the dormers a couple years ago, they never put new shakes on the dormers so there’s just asphalt shingle on a bunch of the dormers, and if you look up there you’ll see that they’re all blowing off. “The other trustees might see it different, but they’re the three biggest issues that I see,” said Mr. Jacobson. To fund current projects like the exterior improvements and future repair projects, preservation committee relies on dues, presentations and fundraisers.

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