Lake Como Explores Sale of Water and Sewer Utilities

The Lake Como Borough Council discussed a resolution to authorize engineering services for the potential sale of the borough’s water and sewer utilities, a move that has been under consideration for around a decade. Mayor Kevin Higgins outlined the history and reasons behind this step, noting the high cost of water for residents due to debt incurred from major investments in the water system post-Superstorm Sandy. The council appointed CME Associates to assess and evaluate the utilities as a first step toward a possible sale to a public utility company.

Mayor Higgins detailed the current situation, explaining that after Sandy, the town faced issues with water quality and decided to invest in the water system rather than accept a low purchase offer from NJ American Water. Though the infrastructure improvements resolved the water quality problems, Lake Como’s residents now face some of the highest water costs in New Jersey as a result of the debt from those improvements. The Water Infrastructure Protection Act, passed post-Sandy, allows for a higher value assessment of public water systems, potentially making the sale more advantageous for the town now. The resolution passed, initiating the process of potentially selling the water and sewer utilities to reduce costs for residents.

In addition to utility matters, the council discussed plans for the town’s centennial celebration. Council President Douglas E. Witte shared a schedule of events, including a kickoff party on April 28, a commemorative council meeting on June 3, the Mayor’s bash on July 18, and an expanded Lake Como Day on September 21. The celebration will also feature a 5K run, a fishing contest, and commemorative merchandise available for purchase.

Other business included the approval of an ordinance amending drainage and grading regulations for new constructions to address property development concerns. The council also passed a resolution for a final change order and supplemental agreement for landscaping improvements to the Lake Como lakefront project.

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Public safety and local business support were also on the agenda as the council acted in its capacity as the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, approving an application from MTAV Inc. for an extension of premises for an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day event. The event will feature an outdoor area with canned beer and taps, a DJ, and security measures such as entry bracelets and controlled access points.

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Mayor:
Kevin Higgins
City Council Officials:
Douglas E. Witte, Hawley Scull, Chris D’Antuono, Nick DeMauro, Peter Ventrice, Heather Albala-Doyle, Andrew Huisman (Borough Administrator), Amy L Boney (Acting Borough Clerk), Samantha Waters (Acting CFO & Water/Sewer Collector), Robbin Kirk (Tax Collector), Mark Fitzpatrick (CTA, SCGREA Tax Assessor), John Rowe (Zoning Officer), John Rowe (Construction Official), Ted Bianchi (Fire Subcode Official/Inspector), Ted Bianchi (Plumbing Subcode Official/Inspector), Chuck Gimbel (Building Subcode Official/Inspector), Jean Verrier (Electrical Subcode Official/Inspector)

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