After completing the first phase of the road programs in October, the Council voted to proceed on a second phase of pavings to be completed this year.
After nearly three years of ignoring deteriorating roads and completely eliminating the Borough Roads Program from the budget, the Roads Program is back again strong in 2017.
Council President Haussermann explained, “one of our priorities when we retook the majority in January was to ensure that we begin to properly that we returned to properly maintaining our infrastructure. Our top priority was to make sure we put the Roads Program back into the budget for 2017.”
In September, the Council approved the first phase of road pavings, agreeing to pave Brook Street, Jeffrie Avenue, and George Street. The first phase committed to applying for the Middlesex paving assistance program, allowing the Borough to utilize County equipment to ensure additional savings.
Councilman Alai said, “to make up for lost time, we set aside additional funds in the budget to pave additional roads this year. At the October 23rd meeting, we approved a second phase of pavings contracting for the resurfacing Snapper Avenue, Robert Street, and Morningside Avenue, from Montgomery Street to David Street.”
Councilman Haussermann continued, “And this isn’t just a one-time deal. We’ve put money in the budget to pave roads every year because it has to be done every year. Mayor Krenzel and the previous administration sacrificed roads, parks and other infrastructure and put all your money into the oversized and over-budget firehouse. We are all stuck with paying for it for the next 30 years, but we can’t ignore everyone else’s needs. We have to do everything we can to meet the needs of all of our residents. They deserve great roads, amazing parks and new and better services while being mindful of your taxes. That is our goal.”
[Read about Phase One, here.