BELMAR — After three years of trying to convince state officials to release $711,000 meant to help pay for the Lake Como outfall pipe, borough officials announced on Tuesday that funding will soon arrive in Belmar. 

When Mayor Mark Walsifer and the new administration came into power in 2019, borough officials said that funds were being withheld from Belmar due to how the Lake Como outfall pipe was bid. 

Years of meetings and phone calls, as well as a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with federal officials on the matter, appear to have paid off, the mayor had announced on Tuesday, commending the borough administrator, attorney and engineer for their work. 

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“It was money that we thought that we would never get, and we just got approval to get it,” the mayor said to applause from residents in attendance at the Oct. 19 borough council meeting. 

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