By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY
VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, June 10 introduced a $6.4 million bond ordinance to appropriate funds for various facility and energy efficiency improvements.
The $6,457,721 bond includes a $307,513 cash down payment from the city’s capital improvement fund.
The bond will fund the acquisition and installation of energy efficient LED streetlights throughout the city, energy management and control systems for the Public Works building, senior citizens center and Firehouse No. 1. The bond will also finance roofing, transformers, energy efficient pumps and drives and HVAC improvements for the Public Works building, charging stations at the Community Building, along with HVAC improvements and rooftop air handler, and various other capital improvements, such as new windows and siding at the Senior Center and firehouse, and acquisition of a non-passenger vehicle. Design, surveying, engineering, construction planning, preparation of plans and specifications and bid documents, along with contract administration are included.
The board also introduced an ordinance prohibiting the use of portable storage units and dumpsters on city streets between June 15 and Labor Day.
A third ordinance introduced at the meeting sets the mercantile license fee for rentals of 30 days or less at $350.
Public hearings on the ordinances will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24.
In other business, the commission approved two ordinances regulating the new recreational cannabis law. The city has opted out of allowing all five classes of cannabis business within the city limits at this time.
According to Mayor Beth Holtzman, the city can decide to opt-in at any time.
The ordinance prohibiting the smoking and vaping of cannabis products on public property was also adopted.
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