Toms River mayor, councilman clash over repairs needed for city parking garage

It's another controversy in town as the new administration wraps up an at-times contentious first three months.

Jim Murdoch

Mar 29, 2024, 9:45 PM

Updated 21 days ago

Share:

How safe is the Toms River parking garage? The answer depends on who you ask.
It's another controversy in town as the new administration wraps up an at-times contentious first three months.
Mayor Dan Rodrick and Councilman David Ciccozzi showed News 12 some of the trouble spots they see in the town garage - with two very different opinions.
"It's been like this for years and years. We are here for three months, again the majority of the prior administration, it's specifications the cost was for paint," said Rodrick.
"This is not about getting new paint. This garage needs hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs," said Ciccozzi.
The council voted to table a bid that would fix areas in need of repair - for $500,000.
The mayor has ordered another look by a local firm. The garage was built in 1977 and over the decades has undergone temporary repairs.
"I just think it's an odd thing to push so hard to paint something that clearly doesn't need paint. The stairwell would not cost a half a million dollars to repair," Rodrick said.
The mayor says most of the damage is from poor draining caused by solar panels on the roof - the water runs into the stairwell and gets into cracks, the harsh freeze-thaw cycle taking a toll. Ciccozzi says it's part of a much larger problem.
"He says paint and stucco. There is no stucco. That is concrete that is falling apart over time and the steel is showing," said Ciccozzi.
A new engineering report should be finalized within about a week. Once that happens new specifications will be drawn out for another round of bidding.


More from News 12
0:25
Police: Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Gloucester Township

Police: Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Gloucester Township

1:37
Rain, clouds followed by mild temps and clearer skies in New Jersey

Rain, clouds followed by mild temps and clearer skies in New Jersey

0:13
Authorities: Kenilworth man sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling cocaine

Authorities: Kenilworth man sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling cocaine

0:15
Authorities: Berkley Township man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal stabbing

Authorities: Berkley Township man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal stabbing

0:28
Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

1:42
Police: Marlboro teacher accused of inappropriately touching student faces charges

Police: Marlboro teacher accused of inappropriately touching student faces charges

0:32
Man who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial has ties to New Jersey

Man who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial has ties to New Jersey

0:56
Graffiti of former Palestinian militant Leila Khaled found spray-painted at Rutgers University

Graffiti of former Palestinian militant Leila Khaled found spray-painted at Rutgers University

0:09
Police: 2 men critically injured in Newark shooting

Police: 2 men critically injured in Newark shooting

2:16
Public warned to keep their dogs away from seals at the Jersey Shore

Public warned to keep their dogs away from seals at the Jersey Shore

0:59
Jersey Proud: 3 men running the length of New Jersey for ‘Dylan’s Wings of Change’ charity

Jersey Proud: 3 men running the length of New Jersey for ‘Dylan’s Wings of Change’ charity

0:35
Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

1:01
New Jersey water companies make plans to adapt federal ‘forever chemical’ guidelines

New Jersey water companies make plans to adapt federal ‘forever chemical’ guidelines

1:54
Authorities: 2 children at Port Reading school become sickened after ingesting marijuana gummies

Authorities: 2 children at Port Reading school become sickened after ingesting marijuana gummies

2:45
Business owners say they are losing business due to Route 71 bridge being stuck in up position

Business owners say they are losing business due to Route 71 bridge being stuck in up position

1:42
Prosecutor: Remains found at Wall construction site were of ‘advanced age’

Prosecutor: Remains found at Wall construction site were of ‘advanced age’

0:27
Prosecutors: Atlantic City’s Central Pier bursts into flames; 1 man dead

Prosecutors: Atlantic City’s Central Pier bursts into flames; 1 man dead

0:25
Boil water advisory issued for parts of Monmouth County

Boil water advisory issued for parts of Monmouth County

0:48
Ridgewood mayor shares photos showcasing renovation of former Warner Theater

Ridgewood mayor shares photos showcasing renovation of former Warner Theater

1:37
Officials: Some Marlboro schools, Trenton Board of Ed receive bomb threat 2nd day in a row

Officials: Some Marlboro schools, Trenton Board of Ed receive bomb threat 2nd day in a row