Township committee looks to introduce $3.7M bond Monday

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PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee has scheduled a vote to introduce a $3.7 million bond at its Monday, March 11 meeting.


The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Township Hall in Petersburg.

Committee members are looking at bonding $3.7 million for infrastructure improvements and vehicle purchases.

About $1.4 million of the bond is slated for the purchase of automated trash trucks. The bond also includes $1.5 million for road repaving. 

The last township-funded road repaving occurred in 2008 and 2009, township engineer Paul Dietrich said. The township spent less than $200,000 each of those years, he said.

A majority of township committee supported keeping $1.5 million for road repaving. Committeeman Tony Inserra has said the township should wait one to three years to start repaving.

$300,000 for a new boat ramp at Bayview Ave. in Strathmere is also in the bond. Officials said the township will charge a fee for launching boats when the project is complete.

$160,000 for improvements at Amanda’s Field baseball fields will be included in the bond but the township will apply to the county’s open space fund for money to complete those projects, a sewage pump, dugouts and fencing, as well as install lighting there and at the Somers Ave. baseball fields.

Committee members agreed to cut $120,000 from the bond for repaving the Township Hall parking lot and a three-quarter ton pickup truck. They added $100,000 to the bond for a new roof on Township Hall.

Officials said they would have a better idea of the tax impact of the $3,726,000 bond at Monday’s meeting. Auditor Leon Costello will have those figures available then, they said.


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