BARNEGAT, NJ - The first of projected improvements to township buildings is now complete.  In reality, it’s more than an upgrade. Department of Public Works employees now have a brand new building as their headquarters on Lippencott Avenue.

According to Committeeman Al Cirulli, the construction required collaboration between multiple township employees and contractors. This included both administrative personnel and outside professionals. Notably, the township did not have to use bond money to complete the project.

 “The building is beautiful,” said Cirulli. “DPW is going to be able to do things that they had to struggle with before.”

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DPW Superintendent of Public Works Mike Ball agreed. “We moved into the building about two weeks ago, and everything is going great,” he said.

According to Ball, DPW  already sees a number of benefits at the new location. Workers enjoy the proximity of fuel and salt storage right on site.

“Our shop is quite larger than the one in the past,” said Ball.  “All of the apparatus we use can actually fit in the building.  Improved storage space is also making our work more efficient.”

With the conclusion of the public works building, the township plans to move on to the reconstruction of both the police department and town hall structures. The preliminary work begins with the bidding process, as well as the assignment of a project manager.