Belmar Housing Authority Secures Grants for Key Repairs

The Belmar Housing Authority met to discuss and approve significant projects, including elevator modernization, facade repairs, and preparations for future initiatives. Central to the meeting was the completion of elevator upgrades and the securing of grants for emergency funding and brick facade repairs. Residents raised concerns about the functionality and aesthetics of the elevator, while the Authority tackled issues ranging from leak mitigation to the enhancement of the living environment, such as the request for additional ashtrays and the approval of electronic work.

The recent meeting of the Belmar Housing Authority was marked by the approval of a $27,000 payment for completed elevator repairs and the announcement that a grant for brick facade repairs had been secured. During the meeting, the completion of the elevator modernization was reported, with the smoke alarm and smoke detectors’ wiring being in progress. Questions from the public regarding the start date of the facade work and the timeline for the elevator to become operational were addressed.

The discussion on the elevator continued with concerns over the interior’s appearance and the funding for its refurbishment. Debate ensued over the choice of color for the elevator’s interior. The Authority also explored the potential benefits of installing a smart meter for the local power company, JCPNL, which could offer advantages in energy management and cost savings.

Residents brought up various issues impacting their quality of life, including the challenges faced by a resident living on the sixth floor due to the non-operational elevator. Progress was reported on addressing leaks in the building’s walls, with the need for a meter to detect the presence of liquid inside the structure. The public’s suggestions included providing coffee or light refreshments during the special meeting scheduled for March 15th, focused on the Housing Authority’s five-year capital plan.

Additionally, recognition was given to a staff member for their work in painting the building’s lobby. Other operational concerns addressed included the process of cleaning vents and the procedure for residents to submit work orders for necessary maintenance tasks.

The meeting also touched upon the topic of holiday decorations, with a query about the duration of Christmas decorations left up in the building and a request for an extension.

In response to a public comment, the need for increased ashtrays to reduce litter was discussed.

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Gerald Buccafusco
Housing Authority Officials:
Mary Lynch, Lisa Orchard, Carolyn Sharrock, Ellen Ramey, Michael Casserly, Jim McCracken, Maria Messano, Paul DeSantis (Executive Director), Amy Spera (Administrative Assistant), Michael Carr (Building Superintendant)

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