LAKE COMO, NJ — Two fire trucks of the now-defunct South Belmar Fire Department — a 1976 Mack and 1994 KME — are currently on the auction block.
Tinton Falls-based USGovBid is conducting the online public auction, which closes today, September 12 at 7 p.m.
The Lake Como Borough Council in February approved the sale of the trucks and several other surplus items that are “no longer needed for public use,” including office equipment from the former South Belmar Police Department, as well as a 2005 Cushman Hauler, a gas-power sander and plastic piping.
To view the auction, click here.
The borough is currently exploring options for the borough-owned land on Main Street, where the firehouse and police station stand at the corner of Redmond Avenue.
In 2018, Lake Como entered into a shared services agreement for fire protection services with Belmar. And in May 2016, Lake Como inked an outsourcing agreement with Belmar for police services — the result of a defeat by voters of a special referendum that would have seen the municipal tax rate climb 22 percent in order to keep its 10-member police department. Under the terms of the 10-year contract, which includes a five-year opt-out provision, Lake Como pays 25 percent of Belmar’s annual police budget, excluding special police officers.
Meanwhile, the South Belmar First Aid Squad (SBFAS) has until October 13 to obtain financing for the purchase of the “borough’s interest” in the squad’s shuttered building at 703 18th Avenue, under a consent judgment issued in June by Superior Court Judge Katie Gummer.
The purchase price is $260,000 for the 100-by-125-foot parcel that includes the building and parking lot. SBFAS, a private nonprofit organization, has occupied the property since 1945. The property is currently assessed at $493,000 and sits in a residential zone.
If financing is not obtained by SBFAS, the borough has the option of selling the property and taking its share of the proceeds, according to borough attorney Marguerite Schaffer.
Beset by declining volunteer membership in recent years, the squad has been not be in operation since late 2017, as the Belmar First Aid Squad has taken over all emergency medical services under a shared services agreement with Lake Como.
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