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Township To Purchase Generator for DeHart Center

Maplewood Township Committee will vote on resolution at Tuesday meeting; township will explore purchase of two other generators.

 

The Maplewood Township Committee will vote Tuesday night on a resolution to purchase a new generator for DeHart Center, according to Township Administrator Joseph Manning.

The generator, a Caterpillar Emergency Generator described in resolution 27-13 (part three of the agenda attached as a PDF to this article), will cost $37,877 to purchase. Installation and maintenance are not included in that figure. The township will purchase the generator as part of the National Joint Power Alliance (NJPA), of which it is a member.

The township has been discussing the addition of a generator to the , since Hurricane Irene.

In addition, Manning said, he is in the process of getting quotes for the purchase of two additional generators, one for the Maplewood Municipal Building (Town Hall) and another for the Maplewood Memorial Library. 

After dealing with townwide prolonged power outages from Superstorm Sandy, Manning said, the township realized it needed a generator to maintain full functionality at town hall during emergencies.

"Based on our information, the spot near the Maplewood Community Garden (in the back of town hall) is the best location" for the generator, said Manning, because it is close to the building but not on the grounds of the historic structure, and it is next to the parking lot and near the building's power source.

The township gave the MCG use of an area of land behind town hall in 2010. Shortly before Sandy struck, the township granted the club the use of an additional strip of land adjacent to the current garden, and club members had begun to clear the land in preparation for planting. 

"We all love the Maplewood Community Garden," said Manning. "We feel bad, but we have to move forward with our emergency priorities." He said the township would reimburse the MCG for any expenses they had already incurred.

Manning explained the need for a generator at town hall. "This is the center of government, the place we collect taxes, issue licenses etc. No other building (in town) has this setup, so we don't have an alternative site," he said.

In addition, he said, many residents relied on town hall in Sandy's aftermath as a place to warm up and recharge devices, as well as to "get some normalcy." 

As for the library, huge numbers of residents relied on it as a refuge as well after the storm.

Also on Tuesday night's agenda is an introduction of an ordinance to continue the chicken raising program and vote on a resolution to allow the sale of beer and wine for the second year in a row at Maplewoodstock.

The meeting is at town hall at 7:30 p.m. The agenda's other two parts are also attached to this article as PDF's.

william dunsavage January 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
There is no need for a generator at Town Hall. The non vital work like issuing dog licenses could be suspended during a power outage. The new Police Station is ideally equipped with a generator, phones, faxes etc. One or two rooms could be used to continue the vital day to day work during an emergency. The Police Station is ideal for this purpose. Why re invent the wheel?
Lee Navlen January 15, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Town Hall does not need a generator. Perhaps if Mr. Manning were paying my property taxes, he would have a better understanding.
Nick VonKlock January 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Agree with above! If the Police Department is adequately equipped to function in an emergency, it should be used as the backup location for town hall. When you're asking for more taxes, you shouldn't be out looking for ways to waste money.
KSSR January 15, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Town hall is not "vital". Our gas stations are however so the generators should be used to maintain gas supply during a prolonged outage.
teamster1161 January 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM
called the town about ixing my street and putting wheel chair curbs in and fixing our street lights they told me it was not in budget . but all the town council people are getting their streets fixed how nice, god bless america. still waiting on call back been 6 months

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