The time to dredge a number of areas throughout Lacey is now, Mayor David D. Most said.
"We really should be shovel-ready," Most said at the July 10 Township Committee meeting. "There's going to be a lot of dredging going on. It would be beneficial due to the timing of Hurricane Sandy. The DEP is waiving some of its regulations. Timing is everything in life."
Township Committee members agreed and voted unanimously to go out to bid for engineering proposals.
The locations include: Hancy's pond (New Port Bay); Stouts Creek and lagoon; Worden's pond, Laurel Boulevard North; and the bayside of Forked River Beach, Most said.
"For years we have been dealing with these issues," Most said. It's really a maintenance issue."
Township Committeewoman Helen DelaCruz asked how much the projects would cost.
"I just want a ballpark figure of how much are we going to spend and where is it going to come from," DelaCruz said.
"I really don't want to put a fixed price on it," Most said. "I feel it's going to be our job to make this happen."
An engineering firm could also assist the township in procuring grants for the work, he said.
"We can assess things along the way," the mayor said. "There's going to be a lot of action out there on the bayfront."
Township Committeeman Sean Sharkey asked if it the township would do the locations as four separate projects or one major project.
"Some of these conditions happened because of the hurricane," Most said.