LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s electric vehicle charging station, situated in borough hall’s parking lot at 1740 Main Street, has finally been powered up.

Although the public EV station was installed in March, its launch has been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis. But now with it up and running, borough officials see it as an opportunity to attract visitors to the downtown district because of its centralized location. The closest EV stations are between three and five miles away — in Asbury Park, Neptune to the north and Manasquan to the south.

“We hope people who are charging their vehicles will stay and enjoy our businesses,” said Councilwoman Hawley Scull, who made the announcement at the borough council’s August 11 meeting. As chair in 2019 of the borough’s Green Team, she and the advisory committee were instrumental in the borough receiving more than $13,000 in Sustainable New Jersey grants to fund the project — and at no cost to the borough.

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Charging costs are $3 per hour — with an average charge of two hours — at the Level 2 station, which is part of the Chargepoint charging network. The Campbell, Calif.-based company has more than 111,000 places to charge throughout the world, delivering over 73 million charges.

The station is situated in the southwest corner of the Lake Como Borough Hall parking lot, directly behind the NJ Transit bus shelter on Main Street. The borough will be able to obtain information on the vehicles that use the station and will receive a portion of the fees charged per kilowatt hour.

Borough Getting New Leaf/Debris Collector

In other news from its August 11 meeting, the council authorized the purchase of a self-contained debris/leaf collector through the state’s cooperative purchasing program. It will be buying the $83,600 vacuum unit from Old Dominion Brush Co. of Richmond, Va.

The borough’s 16-year-old leaf collector is “on its last leg, so it’s time to buy a new one,” said Councilman Christopher D’Antuono, adding that the borough is entering a five-year lease/purchase agreement with a 1.5 percent interest rate to be paid over the term of the financing.

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