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Edison Bonds Millions to Improve Infrastructure and Public Safety

TAP into Edison Staff

Monday, July 28, 2014 • 5:00am

EDISON, NJ – The new capital program will enhance public safety, improve neighborhood streets, parks and sewer system. 
 
Repaving miles of neighborhood streets, making sewage system upgrades, sprucing up public parks, and enhancing public safety are part of a vigorous capital improvement program that Mayor Thomas Lankey has created to benefit residents.
 
The capital improvement program includes $1.9 million to upgrade the Police Department’s 911 emergency response systems, upgrade its audio-recording systems and complete renovations to police headquarters. It also includes $1.2 million for a new medium-duty fire-rescue truck; two pumper trucks; and to replace obsolete fire-rescue equipment.
 
“Our first priority is to ensure the well-being our homeowners, residents and their families,” Mayor Lankey said. “We intend to make a positive investment in our neighborhoods, enhance essential services like public safety, and make long-overdue upgrades to Edison’s infrastructure.”
 
The Edison Township Council unanimously approved two capital improvement bond ordinances, totaling $20 million, on Wednesday to fund the Administration’s program.
 
The first bond ordinance for $8 million would pay to repair, reline and rebuild sanitary sewer lines from Sutton’s Lane to Division Street; refurbish three sewage pump stations; construct new bypass lines for three other pump stations, and make sewage collection upgrades.
 
The new police and fire department equipment is part of a separate $11.9 million bond.
 
It also includes $4 million to buy asphalt and other street repaving materials; $932,000 for traffic signal upgrades and to cover engineering work associated with a variety of road resurfacing projects.
 
The same bond measure includes $700,000 for new public works equipment; $500,000 for a series of township park improvements; and $160,000 to buy four new vans for senior citizens and for children’s recreation programs, for the police department and the animal shelter.
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