Bond Ordinance Approval Benefits Multiple Princeton City Departments

Princeton is “spending money” through a binding ordinance, which is expected to benefit several city departments.

“We’re spending money the way we should in all of our different departments because we have to run the city,” Mayor Mark Freda said.

Princeton Council approved a $15 million bond order following a public hearing at its June 27 meeting, which includes funds for road improvement projects and for the purchase of equipment varied for several municipal services.

The bond ordinance will benefit a range of departments from the police department and the health department to the engineering department and the public works department, Freda said.

Nearly one-third of the bond order, or $5 million, will be spent on the Witherspoon Street Improvement Project which begins at the intersection of Nassau Street and Witherspoon Street. This includes a $625,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The bond ordinance also includes $2 million that will be used to pay for various road resurfacing and pavement restoration work on city streets, as well as local road improvements. An additional amount of $455,000 is reserved for the improvement of bicycle and pedestrian paths.

The order allocates $99,000 for general park upkeep, including baseball field improvements, lawn maintenance, an irrigation system at Smoyer Park, and replacement of heaters in restrooms and play areas. park storage.

There is $96,000 in the ordinance to buy a mower for parks and fields, an overseeder attachment, a large tractor, garbage cans and recycling bins for municipal parks.

The bond ordinance also provides $353,000 for ash tree removal or treatment, and $51,000 for planting shade trees throughout the city.

Security cameras will be installed in several locations, including Witherspoon Hall (Princeton’s municipal building), the Department of Public Works garage on Harrison Street and the municipal public parking lot on Spring Street.

There’s $1.2 million in the order to pay for a dump truck with snowplow and sander attachments, as well as a compactor truck and a mechanic’s truck.

For $154,500, officials will buy two sport utility vehicles — one for the fire inspector and one for the health department — and an ocean-going vehicle that can be used when the roads are flooded.

The bond ordinance provides $52,500 for the purchase of pagers, portable radios and a cylinder of self-contained breathing apparatus for the Princeton Fire Department. Laptops will be purchased for $20,500.

At the Princeton Police Department, $52,500 was allocated to pay for lights, sirens and other equipment for patrol cars and for the purchase of body armor. An additional $28,000 will be used to repair or replace police weapons.

Melissa C. Keyes