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REPORT OF WASTE OFF FAIR HAVEN DISPUTED

A sewerage authority representative said a line on the Fair Haven beach near the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club, in background, is slated for replacement but is not leaking. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mark Lockwood spent the night on his boat at the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club in Fair Haven Friday, and woke to the sight of a Navesink River gone brown. The worst kind of brown, he thought.

Though it didn’t smell, it appeared to be human waste, he said.

“It was disgusting,” he told a Fair Haven police officer who’d come to the club to investigate Saturday evening. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve been on this river all my life.”

Ben Hamilton, whose home abuts the club property, said he had never seen anything like it, either.

But whatever they saw, it wasn’t from the town’s sanitary sewer, said an official with the regional sewerage authority that serves the borough. And it may have been pollen.

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SEWER BREAK TO COST SEA BRIGHT, RUMSON

sinkholeA sewer main break in Monmouth Beach is going to cost Sea Bright and Rumson. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Last month, a sinkhole was discovered on Seaview Avenue in Monmouth Beach.

The Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority, after weeks of investigating and minor fixes, couldn’t quite tell what the impact would be.

But after some minor interim repairs this week, “the real solution has come to light,” Executive Director Michael Gianforte said.

And the real solution is going to cost Sea Bright and Rumson.

“It’s a critical construction project,” Gianforte said.

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SEWER RATES STING; PARKING PERMITS A GO

maria-fernandesMayor Maria Fernandes at Tuesday night’s Borough Council meeting. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright and Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority officials met recently to discuss the reasons for a 23-percent increase to the town’s yearly sewer bill, but the Borough Council still isn’t satisfied and intends to look deeper into why they’ve gotten hit so hard.

“I think we should press the issue,” Councilman Read Murphy said.

Nobody on the council seemed anything less than peeved about the increase, which would push annual sewerage costs from $500,000 to nearly $600,000. The council resolved to have the borough’s auditor review the rate increase. Additionally, officials will investigate whether there are leaks and/or broken pipes in its sewer system.

Mayor Maria Fernandes seemed especially ticked by the spike, saying that since Sea Bright paid into past facility upgrades and litigation for the authority, something should be coming back to the borough, especially since the authority recently settled an $11.5 million lawsuit.

“Where’s our amount? Where’s our money?” she asked. “We should get something back.”

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SEA BRIGHT MIFFED BY SEWER RATE HIKE

read-murphyCouncilman Read Murphy announced to the council Tuesday night that the borough’s sewer rate is increasing by 23 percent. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Sea Bright Borough Council was anticipating a four- or five-percent increase in this year’s sewer bill. Turns out they should’ve multiplied that estimate by four or five.

Councilman Read Murphy reported at Tuesday night’s meeting that the borough had just received a letter from The Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority stating that the municipal sewer bill would increase by 23 percent for the year.

“It’s unconscionable, but it’s also the most inexplicable,” Murphy said.”That’s a heck of an increase.”

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