Council introduces capital improvement projects

Ordinance to purchase equipment, make repairs introduced Tuesday


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BY BRETT LAKE

— The Sparta Township Council voted to introduce an ordinance Tuesday that would release $1 million for various capital improvement projects.

Ordinance 14-05 would put the money toward the purchase of equipment for the Department of Public Works, police and fire equipment, road and drainage repairs and computer and IT equipment.

The $1 million will be fully funded from the township’s general capital improvement fund.

The measure was introduced at the July 8 meeting and will be voted on at the July 22 council meeting.

Some of the purchases would include a street sweeper and fleet shop equipment for the Department of Public Works.

Deputy Mayor Jerry Murphy brought up the possibility of entering into a shared service agreement with a neighboring municipality on the equipment, which would help off-set the costs.

Township Manager William Close said the town would explore any such proposals brought to the board, though there are currently none that have been submitted.

The town hopes that the drainage and resurfacing work proposed in the ordinance can begin in August, Close said.

There is $400,000 worth of resurfacing work to various township roads and $50,000 worth of drainage repairs allotted under the proposal.

The ordinance would also have the town spend $25,000 each on equipment for the police and fire departments, respectively, and $95,000 each to building and grounds work at the municipal and parks and recreation buildings.

The ordinance also includes money allotted for improvements to the township’s water system.

A public hearing on the measure will be held at 7:30 p.m., July 22, in the Municipal Building, located at 65 Main Street.

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