EATONTOWN: A possible renovation of the borough's municipal building has initial price tag of $3.4 million.
Architect Kevin Settembrino said he has been working with the borough's facilities committee to come up with a proposed plan to majorly overhaul the borough hall's first floor, make some changes on the second floor and add a sally port.
Settembrino said the main intent is to make the space "work better, work more efficiently and to better utilize the space that's inside the buildings."
"There are no additions here so the question becomes, how do we make that space work better," Settembrino said. "And how do we make it more secure."
Several first floor spaces including the clerk's, tax and finance office, would have service windows closer to the front of the building so people would not have to come further into the building. The sewerage authority office would also move from the east side of the building to the west side.
The former borough court room would be renovated to include a training facility for the police, an interview room for the police and sewerage authority and a kitchenette for the police department.
The second floor construction office would be expanded by about 10 feet. This expansion would make the council public meeting room smaller and about three rows of seating would be lost.
The building's entire HVAC system would also be replaced.
Settembrino said the $3.4 million price tag would include all of the project's hard and soft costs.
The proposed sally port would be located between the borough hall and the firehouse next door. The sally port would be used to allow prisoners to be transported into the police department from the interior of the building instead the current situation where they are dropped off outside the building.
The 630-square-foot structure would cost about $500,000.
Councilman Anthony Talerico asked if it would be possible to add a shower in the sally port to "decontaminate" prisoners and Connelly asked if it were possible to add a second floor. Settembrino said both things could be possible.
The council agreed that it would review the plans and talk about them further a future council meeting.