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Montville Township to Spend More than $2 Million on Improvements

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Residents have seen the results of the township committee’s approved capital budget, as paving of roads has taken place township-wide.

Township Administrator Victor Canning approached the committee at the May 22 meeting with the question of whether to cancel authorized debt no longer needed from the 2017 budget, or to use the leftover funds to mill and pave additional township roads. He said that with the approximately $200,000 in remaining unused funds from last year’s projects, four or five more streets could be paved at the end of the summer.

The township committee was enthusiastic about the idea although they wanted more information.

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Mayor Richard Conklin asked Canning to also provide information at the next meeting about the formula that administration uses to determine which roads get paved and when, as he has been asked by residents. Township Engineer Mark Mantyla put it together a few years ago before he retired, Conklin said.

Also at the meeting, the township committee approved an ordinance issuing bonds worth close to a million dollars regarding appropriations to be made costing $1.3 million which were approved in the budget last month. The funds are to be spent on such items as:

  • The acquisition of radios, a dispatch communications system and mobile vehicle cameras for the police department ($235,000);
  • Improvements to Horseneck Road ($400,000, half of which is being paid for by a State Dept. of Transportation grant);
  • Lighting at the Community Park fields ($200,000);
  • The acquisition of a dump truck and a pick-up truck ($194,975) for the DPW;
  • Repairs to Lake Montowac Dam on Changebridge Road ($50,000);
  • The construction of a snack shack and the installation of bleachers at the Community Park ($45,000);
  • A Dial-A-Ride minivan ($35,000);
  • Information technology infrastructure improvements in the administration department ($20,000);
  • The acquisition of a snow plow and reflective stop and speed signs ($17,500);
  • The acquisition of radar units, a sentry sign board and gas masks for the police department ($14,000);
  • A generator for the animal shelter ($10,000); and,
  • The acquisition of radar and traffic counting equipment ($5,000).

Additionally, the township committee approved an ordinance to purchase two 2018 Ford utility police interceptor SUVs with other accessories for a total of $83,200. The Montville Township Police Department wished to purchase the new vehicles to replace older models, as these vehicles have been removed from the fleet due to age and condition, according to the ordinance, and the department received a discount through the New Jersey State Cooperative Purchasing Program.

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