City Council to consider wine company expansion
The Bayonne City Council will introduce an ordinance at its Aug. 15 meeting to approve a financial and tax agreement with Royal Wine, part of the company’s expansion plan for Bayonne.
At the same meeting, the council is expected to approve an ordinance that would make the City Council the redevelopment authority for the Best Foods site, and adopt a redevelopment plan that would transform the former food manufacturing facility into a warehouse and have other uses.
MUA approves water deal
Although grilled about various aspects of a new partnership that would privatize water and sewerage operations, the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority voted on Aug. 6 to approve a deal with a partnership involving United Water.
The 40-year $150 million deal will allow the BMUA to pay off its entire debt as well as allow for yearly upgrades to the system, which the BMUA was unable to do. The deal, however, will also involve an initial fee increase of 8.5 percent and a three-year freeze on increases, followed by an annual 4 percent increase after 2015. But this increase could be more if unforeseen problems arise.
The 8.5 percent increase could mean as much as a $265 per household increase this year, although Gallo said had the deal not been approved. Rate payers could have faced as much as a 26 percent increase this year.
Turbine fire extinguished
Smoke billowing from a building housing a turbine at the Co-Generation Plant on IMTT greeted fire fighters when they arrived there on Aug. 1 at about 8:20 a.m.
“Upon arrival firefighters discovered a turbine in building number two smoking heavily,” said Fire Chief Greg Rogers. “It was reported by the plant manager that an explosion was heard, and that the control room gauges indicated that turbine number 3 was on fire.”
The main fire, confined to the turbine load gear compartment, was extinguished by the on-board CO2 suppression system, despite the containment doors to the turbine being bent out presumably from the explosion. Bayonne Firefighters and IMTT Firefighters worked together at the facility to cool down the turbine, and extinguish the remaining fire that was being fueled by residual lubricating oil. The fire was declared under control shortly after 9 a.m., and there were no reported injuries.
The Co-Generation Plant, known as Bayonne Plant holdings LLC, is owned by Sapphire Power Holdings, and is located on the grounds of IMTT (International Matex Tank and Terminal) at 10 Hook Road in Bayonne. The plant supervisor confirmed that the power was shut down prior to extinguishment efforts, and reported that a small amount of lubricant oil escaped the turbine (a bit under five gallons) but was contained. The turbine is reportedly capable of producing up to 45 megawatts of power, at the 168-megawatt facility.
The DEP and Hudson Regional Health Commission were notified. The Bayonne Police Department was at the scene.