Bond Ordinance adoption headlines Burlington Township Council Meeting

Burlington Township adopts five bond ordinances for first reading.

Five bond ordinances were passed on first reading at the July 25 Burlington Township Council meeting. The ordinances related to the 2017 Roads Program, sewer utility, water utility, sanitary sewer utility and capital improvements.

“These ordinances were adopted and seconded and now are set for public hearing at our Aug. 8 meeting,” said Councilman Michael Cantwell, who filled in as president on Tuesday evening.

The five bond ordinances total $3,797,000 in improvements to various areas throughout the township.

The first bond ordinance related to the paving of Dulty’s Lane, and the micro-surfing of Center Avenue, Langdon Road and Pinewald Lane. The entire length of Ridgewood Way is also set to be paved.

The second bond ordinance was in relation to the sewer utility capital, while the third bond ordinance talks about several water utility issues. Construction of a new water main along Lake Avenue and 14th Street is expected, while fire hydrants and two water trucks are also in the plans.

The fourth bond ordinance features the sewer rehabilitation in the Springside area, with various pump station upgrades and manhole replacements coming to stations.

The fifth and final ordinance included the purchase of a public works truck, two police SUV interceptors, the upgrading of computer equipment in township departments and the replacement of the municipal fueling facility.

The public hearing on all five ordinances will take place at council’s next scheduled meeting on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

In other news:

• Council held a retirement recognition for Harry Stevens, who served 20 years in the Department of Public Works. From 1997–2017, Stevens helped serve the township in a variety of ways. In 1998, Stevens was nominated as Employee of the Year, and won the Citizen Service Award in 2002.

Stevens, a Burlington Township resident, helped make the “DARE” police vehicle a reality and won numerous awards for it. Stevens held 16 years of perfect attendance during his time working for Burlington Township, and was an active mechanic who worked on the township’s police vehicles.

Other than his service to the township, Stevens was a umpire in the township’s Youth Baseball league, and a referee in the Youth Hockey League.

“I want to thank everyone for their support over the years, and thank you for honoring me,” Stevens said at the council meeting.

• Council recognized the Burlington Township U-10 baseball team, which will participate in the 2017 Cal Ripken 10U World Series in Hammond, Ind. Burlington Township defeated Flood City, Pa., 9–6, in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Final and is one of 10 regional champions that will head to Indiana. The Cal Ripken 10U World Series will run from Aug. 3–12.