LAKE COMO, NJ — Now that Lake Como has received a $500,000 state transportation grant, it will be able to complete road improvements on Main Street and a portion of North Boulevard along Lake Como.

Under the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund project, work will pick up where improvements ended in early 2018 in the two-block areas of Main Street between 19th and 21st Avenues.

The borough council on February 26 approved an ordinance that allows for the project to go out to bid with work expected to begin in June.

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Specifically, the project will include resurfacing and other related work on Main Street from 21st Avenue to North Boulevard and then on North Boulevard, but only up to the intersection of Ripley Lane — and not to Parkway because the state Local Aid Infrastructure Fund Grant fell short $183,000 of the borough’s original funding request.

In a letter from Borough Engineer Bruce Koch, its design work will also include a sump pump collection drain along the northerly curb line of North Boulevard. He also recommends that the sanitary sewer mains be video inspected to identify whether there are any pipes in need of repair or replacing — at an additional cost.

Here’s a rundown of other action taken by the borough council at its February 26 meeting:

-- Under revisions to its fire code ordinance, the borough has bolstered its fire lane requirements, which are under the purview of the Belmar fire marshal, and now require property owners of buildings equipped with fire alarm systems to have key boxes for building access by fire officials during emergencies.

-- Delisa Waste Services of Tinton Falls has been awarded another five-year contract for garbage collection services, beginning this month. The total $416,000 award breaks down as follows: $78,000 in the first year; $80,600 in the second year; $83,200 in the third year; $85,800 in the fourth year; and $88,400 in the fifth year.

-- Bulk pick-ups have moved to Mondays. Each residence is allowed to put out three bulk items at the curb with stickers that can be purchased at Lake Como Borough Hall, 1740 Main Street.

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