Toms River officials have received a $185,000 state Clean Communities grant that will be used for sprucing up the township's outdoor communal areas.
Mayor Thomas Kelaher said Thursday that the money will be used to pay the salaries for two Clean Communities employees, as well as work on service projects throughout the year.
“With this funding, we buy equipment for the express purpose of keeping communal areas neat and litter free, including purchasing heavy machinery such as a Kubota tractor for accessing overgrown or marshy areas, bush trimming and cutting equipment, and even roll off containers for placement at clean-up sites," Kelaher said in a statement.
The $185,242 was the state's third-highest. Only Newark and Jersey City received a higher amount of funding.
In all, the state Department of Environmental Protection awarded $17 million in Clean Communities grants this year.