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Board OKs capital improvement plan

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS Special to The Press in Local News

Five-year township program will fund vehicles, road improvements

At its Dec. 10 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a five-year capital improvement plan that will replace vehicles, improve roads and bring other enhancements to township departments.

The plan for 2019-23 projects involves capital improvement expenses ranging from $1.9 million to $2.9 million each year, ending in 2023 with nearly $500,000 left in reserve funds.

For 2019, the program calls for the township to spend $2.8 million and anticipates $2.5 million in revenue, $1.5 million of which was transferred from the township general fund in the 2019 budget. Other sources of revenue include interest income, liquid fuels funds and sales of assets. The projection for 2019 has the biggest shortfall, with $330,440 covered by township reserve funds.

Some of biggest expenditures for 2019 are for vehicle purchases, including a new police department vehicle costing $198,000; a fire department brush truck, $155,000; a dump truck, $115,632, a front end loader, $176,560, for the public works department; and a code inspector’s vehicle, $28,000.

Police will also get new rifles for $8,450; automated external defibrillators for $9,200; information technology equipment for $27,000; and radios for $42,400.

The fire department is getting extrication tools for $25,000 and radios for $100,000.

New public works plows will cost $9,830.

Other 2019 costs include $1.2 million for roads; $165,000 for curbs and sidewalks; $192,500 for storm sewers; $42,000 for traffic signal improvements; and $107,000 for other federal and state projects.

Also planned for 2019 are replacements of the roofs on both the Lehnert Road barn, costing $72,000, and the West Catasauqua community building, costing $35,000.

For the remaining four years, the projected budget is $2.9 million in expenses and $2.9 million in revenue for 2020; $1.9 million in expenses and $2.2 million in revenue for 2021; $2.3 million in expenses and $2.2 million in revenue for 2022; and $1.9 million in expenses and $2.2 million in revenue for 2023.

The main planned improvements for 2020 are four police cars for $168,000, an aerial ladder firetruck for $1.5 million, a public works truck for $145,000 and $700,000 for roads.

The main improvements for 2021 include five police cars for $210,000, a fire department troop carrier truck for $85,000, four public works trucks for $360,000 and $800,000 for roads.

Improvements for 2022 include five police cars for $210,000, a fire department pumper truck for $600,000, four public works trucks for $250,000 and $800,000 for roads.

For 2023, improvements include five police cars for $210,000, a fire department troop carrier truck for $95,000, four public works trucks for $250,000 and $800,000 for roads.