Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:46 pm
ATLANTIC CITY — The list of things the Special Improvement Division of the Casino Reinvestment Authority has to do to get ready for the busy summer season has gotten a little longer.
The authority will now clean and repaint fire hydrants on the Boardwalk as part of an agreement with the city’s Municipal Utilities Authority. On Thursday, members of CRDA, the MUA and Atlantic City Fire Department came together to go over how to paint the hydrants.
“During our normal inspection process we noticed that the fire hydrants needed a little attention,” said Rick Santoro, director of the Special Improvement District for CRDA. “We reached out to the MUA and worked out a cooperative agreement to make sure this got done.”
There are 53 hydrants lining the Boardwalk, and Santoro expects to complete three to five hydrants each week, weather permitting, including rust removal, power washing, priming and painting.
“We’re all experiencing budget cuts, but hydrants need to be kept clean, free from rust and painted properly to preserve them,” said Santoro, noting that the cooperative effort of all three agencies provides a solution to a necessity. “There’s a method to the cleaning and painting process.”
The hydrants are color-coded to alert fire fighters to the hookup size, Santoro said.
“Once we complete the work on the board, we will move to other areas of the city,” said G. Bruce Ward, executive director of the Municipal Utilities Authority. “We have three agencies working together today for the common good of the residents and visitors.”
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