The Hazlet Township Committee will hold a public hearing on an ordinance establishing a 30-year agreement with the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority at their Feb. 19 meeting.
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, often called "The BRSA," is a government agency that handles the raw sewage of eight towns, by transporting, treating and disposing it, and discharging cleaned water into the Raritan Bay. The authority performs this essential service for Union Beach, Holmdel, Keyport, Hazlet, Keansburg, Matawan, Aberdeen and parts of Marlboro.
The ordinance, introduced by the committee on Feb. 5, extends the township's sewer service agreement with the BRSA. The agreement was first entered into on June 24, 1971 and expired on June 23, 2012. The renewed agreement would expire on June 23, 2042 if the ordinance is passed.
According to the ordinance, either party can terminate the agreement by supplying six months prior written notice.
The BRSA has been a source of controvery in recent years due to a proposed wind turbine project at their Union Beach location. In 2011, the local governments in Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan spoke out against the turbine, either by making a statement at a public meeting or passing a formal resolution.
A public hearing on the ordinance renewing the agreement will be held during the Hazlet Township Committee meeting on Feb. 19. The meeting is held at town hall and begins at 8 p.m.
Editor's note: A copy of the ordinance is attached to this article below the photo of town hall.
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