Township Council Looks To Bond $4 Million For Purchases, Upgrades

Update: The bonding ordinances were approved at the May 26 council meeting.

The Township Council at its May 12 meeting introduced three bonding ordinances worth $3.5 million for construction projects and equipment purchases and a $450,000 capital ordinance for equipment purchases.

The $450,000 capital ordinance is targeted for two construction vehicles, one  fire prevention pick-up truck, one marked police car, four marked and unmarked police interceptor utility vehicles, one unmarked Chevy Impala, emergency lighting and equipment for police vehicles, six Panasonic tough book computers for the police vehicles, and six mobile radios for the police vehicles, according to the ordinance.

The first bond ordinance, for $1,466,000, is earmarked for the following:

  • $51,000 for improvements to the Community Center, including, fire sprinkler upgrades, lighting replacements and window repairs.
  • $393,000 for improvements to the Municipal Building, including the replacement of the roof and roof siding.
  • $132,700 for improvements to the Public Safety Building, including the replacement of the carpet, the replacement of the HVAC in the IT server room, installation of HVAC equipment at the front desk, and replacement of dispatch HVAC equipment.
  • $107,200 for improvements to the Public Works Building, including access control gates, the replacement and/or repair of the fence, the replacement of vinyl flooring, lighting improvements, and the acquisition and installation of garage bay heaters.
  • $130,100 for improvements to the Public Works Department, including installation of a fuel pump management system, generator remote monitoring and salt barn lighting, the acquisition of a line painting machine, the sealing of three gas tanks, and the Canal Road Guide Rail Replacement Phase 3.
  • $49,000 for the acquisition of tables, dollies and 350 chairs for the Community Center.
  • $302,000 for the acquisition of vehicles, including a mason dump truck with plow, a pickup with plow and a utility body mechanics truck for the Public Works Department, and a senior transportation mini bus for the Recreation Department.
  • $31,000 for the acquisition of iPads for construction field use and for the Planning and Zoning Boards and the acquisition and installation of mobile device management software.
  • $135,000 for improvements to the Public Works Department, including card access security improvements, and the acquisition and installation of exterior security cameras and a vehicle maintenance tracking and ticketing system.
  • $135,000 for various information technology improvements, including the replacement of computers, printers, servers and iPads, improvements to the cable station including the replacement of audio equipment, and an upgrade to the telephone system.

The second bond ordinance, for $1,033,000, is earmarked for capital projects for the township’s water utility. Those projects include painting, valve and hydrant replacements, new vehicles and computer equipment.

The third bond ordinance is targeted for township park equipment and refurbishments, including:

  • $94,000 for the purchase of Bobcat lawn mower, ball field maintenance groomer, 12-foot lawn mower and 16-foot trailer.
  • $943,000 for improvements to various parks, including the repair and rehabilitation of Inman Park tennis court, Williams Park tennis and basketball courts, spray ground, and pool fence, Delar Park basketball courts, parking lot conversion, and perimeter fence, Middlebush Park skatepark, endzone nets and Patriot Field turf field lines, and Consovoy Park Pavilion.

Public hearings on the ordinances are scheduled for the council’s May 26 meeting.

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