JACKSON – The Township Council approved a bond ordinance to pay for a number of projects and vehicles.
The ordinance appropriated $3,217,809.93 for all of the purchases. Of this amount, $2,374,958 will be borrowed. There is a down payment of $124,998.25 required by law. The remainder, $717,853.68, is being re-appropriated from previous bonds. What this means is that the township bonded for projects or purchases in the past. Sometimes, money is left over because the project came in under budget or was canceled. This money can then be used for certain other work.
The projects are as follows:
- road/drainage/sidewalk improvements, irrigation improvements for Town Hall, and acquisition of a rolling bin for the Building Department, with a total appropriation and estimated cost of $1,192,780
- purchase and outfitting of five new police vehicles, acquisition of various police equipment, and record retention for various departments, with a total appropriation and estimated cost of $486,593.75
- acquisitions for the Building Department, including, but not limited to, a trailer, tablets, and the purchase and outfitting of four new vehicles; and various improvements to public buildings and grounds, including, but not limited to, sink removal and replacement and grease traps reinstallation/reconnection at the Senior Center, and roof improvements to the Motorpool Building and Justice Complex, with a total appropriation and estimated cost of $633,995
- improvements to public buildings and grounds, including, but not limited to, miscellaneous playground repairs; installation of handicap doors at the Department of Public Works (DPW) Building, Senior Center, Administration Building, and Justice Complex; acquisition and installation of a back-up power/automatic transfer switch for the Annex Building emergency generator; and acquisition and installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for the Justice Complex, with a total appropriation and estimated cost of $733,378.68
- purchase and outfitting of three new vehicles for the Division of Code Enforcement & Housing, one new vehicle for the Division of Recreation, and one new vehicle for the Department of Municipal Assessor, with a total appropriation and estimated cost of $171,062.50
New Police Officer
In other news, the Township Council welcomed Curtis Nagel to the police force at the rank of Officer.
The Township Council approved a lease agreement to build a radio tower on land owned by a fire department.
Block 5806, Lot 1 is owned by Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 3. It is the “most suitable property for the Township to construct a radio tower for the operation of the
Township of Jackson’s Police Radio System,” according to the ordinance approving this agreement.
The township will pay the company $36,000 every year for the leasehold interest in the property.