Manchester Township Buying Emergency Generators

Manchester Town Hall (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

MANCHESTER – Some emergency services buildings will be getting emergency generators installed.

The Manchester Township council awarded a contract to La Manna Electric Inc., Robbinsville, the lowest bidder, for $307,593.74.

Arthur Abline, Manchester’s OEM coordinator, said Manchester First Aid & Rescue Squad, Manchester Fire Company, Ridgeway Fire Company and the township public works garage will be getting the generators. Abline said the township hoped to get those installed starting in the next couple of weeks.

“This is all an action report from Super Storm Sandy back in 2012. We were told we would be able to get hazard mitigation grant money for generators based on things we had submitted to the state and the federal government. As it turned out, we were only able to get the grant for the generator for the municipal complex,” Abline said. “So the township decided we would go out to capital spending and put the other four locations in capital and that’s how we got it.”

During Sandy, the emergency services buildings weren’t heated. Without power, opening the some of the garage doors was a problem. Abline said, thankfully, none of that impacted service to residents. They did eventually open those doors, and they left the trucks outside if they knew they would need them.

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Ocean County native Jennifer Peacock is a community journalist and photographer. She’s written for weekly and daily newspapers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for more than 20 years. Readers can contact her at jpeacock@jerseyshoreonline.com.