Logic. It's what people use when endeavoring to complete things in the most sensible order. Everyone knows that "logic" means sequencing events in a formulaic, predictable manner. We learned this at a young age, as we observed Star Trek on TV and came to understand why Captain James T. Kirk relied on Spock as his first officer because his strategic plans were always grounded in logic.
While most of us don't ground our daily actions using pure logic, it's critically important that a plan involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding and that impacts practically everyone in our community follow a logical plan. That is exactly what my fellow Township Council members and I designed and implemented: a strategic, 15-year solution to address the issue of the numerous potholes plaguing the streets of Berkeley Heights.
Understandably, everyone wants their street repaved. Now. However, doing this does not make logical sense from a budgetary perspective. Paving streets is expensive. Very expensive. Each street has an approximately 15-year life span. By staggering the number of streets that get repaved over the course of several years so that certain neighborhoods get repaved while other neighborhoods get repaved in successive years, Berkeley Heights will be able to pave its streets on a rolling, continuous basis.
Such a strategy also enables our township to apply for and secure the maximum amount of state- and county-based matching grants available for annual repavement efforts. This means that as a result of our current strategy, Berkeley Heights receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding annually. This is important from a budgetary perspective, as it means that the vast amount of money spent on repaving roads is an avoided cost for each resident, preventing individual residents from having to shoulder this cost burden by themselves.
It would be illogical and fiscally irresponsible to engage in a practice that would effectively deplete the town's financial resources. Repaving each road in every section of Berkeley Heights simultaneously would do just that. Our town would no longer qualify for certain grant funding.
Think about it. What my colleagues and I propose is the only logical choice.
Please support us at the polls by voting "Column A" for the team that has delivered and will continue to deliver fiscally responsible, sensible, and logical spending of our financial resources - Mayor Robert Woodruff, Michelle Greco, and Councilman Michael D'Aquila, on Tuesday, June 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please also visit our website at www.honestresultsBH.com
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