Bond and budget workshop tonight

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PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee has scheduled a workshop on a proposed $4 million capital bond and the 2013 municipal budget for 6:30 p.m. tonight, Monday, Feb. 11 at Township Hall in Petersburg.

Committee’s regular meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Officials held a workshop last month on the budget in which they cut $295,000 from the spending plan. The biggest line item cut from the budget was $250,000 for repaving of Bayview Drive in Strathmere. That project can be bonded.

Other budget cuts included $5,000 from the clerk’s office, $5,000 from computer expenses, $25,000 from special litigation, and $10,000 from the affordable housing fund.

Deputy Mayor Curtis Corson, Jr. said those cuts mean that property owners here will not see a tax increase this year.

The proposed capital bond could add to the tax rate next year, however.

The $4.1 million bond for capital improvements currently includes $1.5 million for road paving, $750,000 for the purchase of three new trash trucks and 10,000 trash containers (another $350,000 of that cost will be paid by recycling grant money), $700,000 for a mandated tax revaluation, $300,000 for a new boat ramp in Strathmere, and a number of other projects.

Other items in the bond are: $160,000 for lights at the Amanda’s Field baseball fields, $125,000 for a snow plow and spreader, $95,000 for a roadside boom mower, $95,000 for a mower for recreation, $80,000 for improvements to the municipal parking lot, $65,000 for a miniature dump truck, $50,000 for building and facility security, $45,000 for an emergency generator for the rescue squad, $60,000 for two pickup trucks, $30,000 for a vehicle fueling system, $30,000 for a vehicle lift, $14,000 for digital radios, $12,000 for a loader bucket, $9,500 for new carpet in the Township Hall meeting room, $7,000 for a groundskeeper mower, $6,500 for emergency shelter, and $6,000 for the playground on Golden Oak.

Another $530,000 in improvements could be included, which would cover anticipated improvements over the next five years. That number includes the cost of a new roof for township hall ($100,000), another trash truck ($180,000), a snow plow ($125,000), pickup trucks ($60,000) and a mini-dump truck ($65,000).

Officials said they wanted to hold a workshop on the bond in order to discuss potential cuts. Discussion on the bond couldn’t be held last month because it was not advertised.

Engineer Paul Dietrich said last month that the township has not performed a road paving project since 2009, except for Peach Orchard Road which was funded through a grant. $1.5 million in the proposed bond for repaving would cover four miles worth of road, he said.

Corson said the township used to appropriate between $300,000 and $400,000 a year for road paving.

Mayor Richard Palombo said township committee will go through the proposed bond the same way it has the budget.

 


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