Extra $500K funding needed for water main replacement


POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough council has introduced an ordinance amending a bond approved in April for the replacement of water mains on Ocean Avenue.

After a communication error between the borough’s engineering firm and borough officials, the council now seeks to appropriate $2,540,000, an increase of $500,000, including the sum of $127,000, an increase of $25,000, for the project. 

The amendment introduction was unanimously passed by council during its meeting Oct. 6. A public hearing on the amendment will be held during the next council meeting on Oct. 20.


The emergency appropriation would account for around 2,000 feet of linear footage left out of the project estimate because of a miscommunication, borough Administrator Christine Riehl confirmed.

“There were no plans or surveys done,” said Ms. Riehl. 

She said the project estimates were based on a previous fixed offset-management plan, but that estimate was for a project that went from Route 35 to Water Street.

“This ordinance, as written, is from [Route] 35 to Broadway, which accounts for the additional linear feet,” said Ms. Riehl.

She attributes the error to a miscommunication between the borough and the engineering firm.

The bond for the project was approved in April with the council jumping on board to get the mains fixed.

At the time, Mayor Paul Kanitra said the work is a necessary step to protect the infrastructure of the borough. 

“It’s a sad situation but, as a borough, we’ve been paying anywhere between 50 and 100 grand most of the past years for various different water main and sewer breaks and collapses,” said the mayor in April. 

“The borough’s infrastructure underground is close to 100 years old and nobody has really done any large-scale replacements of anything for quite some time,” Mr. Kanitra continued. “It’s definitely something that is going to grow in need over the next coming years, and this is one of the first big components of that.”

He said it was important to get the work done before the county comes in to fix roads throughout the borough, especially Ocean Avenue. 

“Ocean Avenue is obviously one of the most important streets in town, not only from a visual perspective, a tourism perspective. Our residents [are] using it as much as they do,” said the mayor, “and right now, it’s in a lot of disrepair.”

He said it is vital the borough get this done.

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