The city’s governing body awarded an $86,835 contract to a Manasquan-based consulting company to prepare and submit environmental remediation reports to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for firehouse underground storage tanks that were removed decades ago, according to the city’s engineer.
Lewis Consulting Group will complete environmental investigations by taking soil samples and conducting lab tests, said Frederick Margron. He said the company will submit reports to the state that were not done following the completion of remediation at the five firehouses: Hillcrest Firehouse, Northside Firehouse, Southside Firehouse, Madison Avenue Firehouse, and the Riverside Firehouse.
“It’s basically some close out paperwork the state wants us to do that was not done when the tanks were removed back in the late 1990s,” said Margron.
Margron said it will not impact the city’s fire department operations.
“It’s five different locations which is why it’s so much money, each one the state requires a separate report, separate testing on each one – it’s five times the amount of work,” said Margron.
The council approved the contract last Tuesday.