HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Volunteer Way, a road that begins at Wrangleboro Road and the Black Horse Pike jughandle and culminates at McKee Avenue, is scheduled to open to traffic Friday.
Township Engineer Kevin Dixon announced the news Monday during a Township Committee meeting.
According to Dixon, a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. that morning before barricades are removed and the road is opened to traffic.
The road has been partially open for a number of years to allow access from McKee Avenue to homes in the Eaglesmere community. Once Volunteer Way is completely open, motorists will be able to travel east the entire length while the westbound lane will culminate at an entrance to the new Gravelly Run Shopping Center.
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Dixon said the new road will alleviate traffic on the Black Horse Pike, provide better access to the residential developments that adjoin Mays Landing Country Club and provide a better route for travelers coming from the Galloway Township area to Egg Harbor Township, Somers Point and other neighboring communities.
Also at the meeting, the governing body voted to pass a $1.3 million bond ordinance to fund its capital budget for the year.
Capital budget items proposed include $600,000 for road paving and patching, $150,000 for improvements and repairs to the Lake Lenape Dam, $250,000 to build a new salt storage building in the public works yard, $200,000 to resurface the street hockey courts and $100,000 to replace drainage pipes under River and Old Egg Harbor roads.
The committee also introduced a capital ordinance that would provide $405,000 for the purchase of emergency equipment. That figure includes $105,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance and $300,000 toward the cost of a new firetruck.
Assemblyman Chris Brown, R-Atlantic, attended the meeting to update the committee on the effect on county residents of a state measure that allows Atlantic City casinos to make fixed payments in lieu of property taxes.
“This is a sweetheart deal for the casinos placed on the backs of Atlantic County’s working families who didn’t create the mess in the first place,” Brown said. “That’s why the county should receive 13.5 percent of the PILOT, not the 10.4 percent that was recently announced. The difference amounts to $4 million a year or $40 million over the length of the bill.”
Additionally, Mayor John Kurtz presented the Municipal Court Seal to representatives of the Township of Hamilton Historical Society. The seal became obsolete earlier this year when the court merged with the Buena Vista Township Court to create the Hamilton Township Regional Municipal Court.