Barnegat Light to Buy Water Meters; Homeowners Call a Plumber

Barnegat Light — Details of the required water meter installation project were updated at the October meeting of Barnegat Light Borough Council.

“Water meters for Barnegat Light will be purchased by the borough and installed by a plumber of the resident’s choosing,’ summarized Councilwoman Mary Ellen Foley, council head of the water and sewer department. “The borough will now offer residents two choices to place the water meter: inside a resident’s home (must be winterized if the house is closed for the winter); or in a Barnegat-Light-approved meter pit.

“Specifications will be published by the end of the year.”

The borough’s state-imposed deadline for project completion is about two years away; of course, the property owners’ yet-to-be-announced deadline for installation will be before that.

“Ultimately, we will adhere to a state-defined implementation schedule, which we do not have yet,” Foley told The SandPaper this week.

She said further details may be available by the Nov. 13 borough council meeting, at 5 p.m. in borough hall, East Seventh Street.

Foley added, “No changes in billing will occur until approximately one year after the last meter is deployed.”

Among other action at the October meeting, Crest Construction Group was retained in a $115,450 contract for any water-sewer repairs the borough might need in the event of an emergency, said Borough Administrator/Clerk Brenda Kuhn.

Councilwoman Dottie Reynolds said at the caucus meeting that it is recommended to include more money in next year’s budget for lifeguard and beach badge checker salaries. That discussion transpired as part of a recent meeting on beaches and parks.

There was no shortage of lifeguards in the borough, but attracting beach badge checkers to the north end was a challenge this past summer, officials have said.

—M.S.

Reposted from The Sandpaper