LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has been given the go-ahead to resume its Main Street lighting improvement project, extending the placement of new lamps and fixtures southward from 18th to 22nd Avenues.
Monmouth County’s Office of Community Development authorized a nearly $42,000 allocation in federal funding to the borough to finish the project, which stopped after new lighting was installed along Main Street from 16th to 18th Avenues. At its March 5 meeting, the borough council approved a resolution entering into a project agreement with the county.
The additional Housing and Urban Development funds became available after four other Monmouth County municipalities — Interlaken, Hazlet, Ocean and Little Silver — came in under budget for projects funded through the 2015 Community Development Grant Program.
In amending the county’s Community Development 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, Lake Como was eligible for the reallocation of funds because improved lighting along this area of Main Street will “allow for safer walkways on routes traveled by the elderly, handicapped and lower-income individuals” and "will improve visibility along bus routes and provide safer locations for those waiting for public transportation.” Click here to read the entire amendment.
The project is expected to start on July 1, in coordination with the upcoming Main Street road improvement project planned for the two-block area between 19th and 21st Avenue and for a portion of North Boulevard.
Also at its March 5 meeting, the borough council approved the purchase of two public works vehicles with unexpended funded from a $700,000 federal Department of Agriculture grant it receive as part of its $7.4 million water infrastructure project. The borough will spend nearly $41,000 to buy a Ford Super Duty 350-F four-wheel pick-up truck and $28,000 for a Toro Heavy Duty Workman with a dump body.
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