$485,000 in federal money appropriated for project

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County is expecting to receive $480,000 in federal EPA money to offset the cost a truck wash facility at the county’s Public Works & Engineering complex at 250 Center St., Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley announced.

As of February 2009, state Department of Environmental Protection regulations forbid the discharge of pollutants from vehicle and equipment washing into the municipal storm water system or groundwater. The county already has one manual truck wash facility.

“This facility will allow all local governments to comply with the newer storm water regulations,” said Curley, liaison to Public Works & Engineering. “In these economic times, the county is fortunate to be able to receive this funding to partially offset the cost of construction. This is a great example of the shared services and partnering efforts in the county as well as the utilization of federal funding to maximize benefits to Monmouth County residents.”

The truck wash facility, when it opens in 2012, will be the second fully automated truck wash facility operated by the county. The first, located at the Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls, is expected to open this summer. Both will serve to keep not only Monmouth County’s trucks and cars clean and in compliance, but will fulfill similar needs of all 53 municipalities.

“By offering this shared service, towns will be able to comply with new state storm water regulations – at a nominal fee per wash – without having to build a facility themselves,” Curley said, noting that bids for the project will be received on May 10.

The truck wash facilities are the latest in a long list of shared services the county provides to help municipalities save taxpayers’ dollars. Other shared services include 911 dispatching for police and fire, offering schools and municipalities the use of county bid specifications without having to go out to bid themselves, and allowing towns to use county equipment and maintenance services.

This second fully automated truck wash facility and will cost $2.87 million and will operate much like a drive-through car wash. While $485,000 is coming from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the majority of the funding will come from the county budget.

The truck wash facilities will contain and recycle all wash waters and discharge them to the sanitary sewer system for treatment. The facilities will allow the county and all participating municipal fleets to be in compliance with state law and protect the quality of groundwater and surface waters throughout Monmouth County.

An initial truck wash was built at Highway District 3, also in Tinton Falls. It is a manual truck wash, which means it must be manually cleaned using a power washer. The county is using that facility to maintain compliance until the automated washes are built.

“This is the perfect example of how shared services can benefit both parties,” Curley said. “Towns will save money by not building their own facilities, and the county will add another revenue source at the Reclamation Center.”

A site for the third automated truck wash facility has not yet been selected.