BAY HEAD — A shared service agreement between Bay Head, Point Pleasant Beach and Point Pleasant Borough will see the purchase of a patrol boat for the waterways around the towns, and a new street sweeper.
The patrol boat, which will cost $200,000, will be acquired through the Local Efficiency Achievement Program [LEAP] grant. Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci, who is in a shared service with Point Pleasant Borough as the administrator for Point Pleasant and Bay Head, said in a prepared release, “The state of New Jersey has created an outstanding program in regard to LEAP grants. [LEAP] is geared towards awarding municipalities grant money to start shared services with both capital items, projects or personnel. It’s a fairly new program and we are just starting to scratch the surface with it. [Governor Murphy] has offered this program and it is an excellent avenue to encourage municipalities across the state to enter into shared services agreements that will ultimately have both qualitative and quantitative benefits both increasing efficiency and saving tax dollars.”
The three mayors and councils have agreed that the best-suited boat for their towns is a rigid hull inflatable. This type of vessel is surrounded by a stabilizing shock absorbent rubber tube which makes it ideal to pull alongside other boats quickly, without having to worry about hull to hull damage. In addition, it has a lower profile for easier water recovery of persons or items from the water.
“When our Police Departments get a call for issues on the waterway, they can only relay it to the coast guard or state police as we are unequipped to assist,” said Mr. Pannucci. The towns of Point Boro and Bay Head already have a mutual aid agreement in place for law enforcement, so “this is just an added bonus,” Mr. Pannucci further said.
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