Secaucus approves bonds for senior center, swim center improvements

The $6.5 million bond covers an array of other purchases too

Secaucus has approved a multi-million dollar bond ordinance for various improvements across town, which will include more funds for the new senior center. The $6,535,000 ordinance was adopted at a Town Council meeting in late August, after it was introduced in July.

The ordinance includes funds for the completion of various public improvements, and the acquisition of new or replacement equipment or machinery, new information and technology equipment, new communication and signals system equipment, and new automotive and electric vehicles including apparatus and equipment.

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After the meeting, Town Administrator Gary Jeffas broke down the highlights of the bond ordinance to the Hudson Reporter. One of the biggest items was another approximately $1.5 million for the new senior center at 101 Centre Avenue.

Extra money was needed after cost overruns on the originally estimated $7.8 million project. The cost estimate has increased due to inflationary prices, Jeffas said.

The architectural estimates, now that they are able to drill down more, they just said that with everything else, costs are increasing, so we had to put more money into that,” Jeffas said. “We didn’t start building yet.”

The other major object of the bond ordinance is approximately $2 million for various road paving projects. Five roads will be targeted by the program this year.

Roof repairs, park improvements, electric vehicles, and more

Other highlights of the bond ordinance includes roof repairs to the recreation center in the amount of approximately $500,000 to shore up the steel structure and redo the roof. Another approximately $520,000 will further pay for already-completed improvements to Millridge Field consisting of installing turf and raising the grade of the area. 

Another big ticket item in the bond ordinance is approximately $1 million for new police vehicles. Included in that is the purchase of a new electric garbage truck, backed by state grant funding.

Jeffas said the grant helps offset the cost of an electric garbage truck to the point that is cost as much as a diesel truck, which costs considerably less. In order to get the grant, the town has to retire their current diesel garbage truck, drill a hole through the engine block, and show the state that the truck cannot be used again, Jeffas said.

The council also adopted another ordinance that would see a $30,000 down payment for improvements to the town’s swim center. The vote was unanimous for both ordinances, with no public discussion on either item.

The council will meet next on September 13 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Town Hall at 1203 Paterson Plank Road. For more information, go to secaucusnj.gov.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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