MONROE – The township council is preparing to approve bonding $2.12 million for infrastructure upgrades to sewer and water lines and also other capital projects.

The initial borrowing was approved earlier this month through two ordinances with the public hearings and final vote anticipated at the June 24 township council meeting.

The $1.13 million in bonds through the Water and Sewer Utility would cover installing residential water meters, and buying equipment related to sewer pipeline inspections such as cameras, acoustic leak detection correlators and ultrasonic thickness gauging equipment for measuring pipeline wall thickness.

It will also cover purchases that comply with the state Water Quality Accountability Act, such as a hydraulic valve exerciser with automatic torque control, data management, and GPS capability; design and installing of corrosion prevention systems to protect above and below ground water and sewer assets and the design and installing of water quality parameters and flow monitoring equipment.

The $990,000 in capital improvement projects would cover 10 areas for an estimated total of $1.04 million.

The largest expense outlined in the bond ordinance is $248,000 to buy a front loader for the Department of Public Works, while the less costly item is $23,000 for purchasing computers and printers for township departments.

The bond also earmarks $170,000 for buying equipment for parks, such as playground items, and picnic tables; $100,000 for facility improvements for buildings like the EMS headquarters; $100,000 sidewalk and curb upgrades; and $150,000 for library books.

The June 24 township Agenda/Regular council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1 Monroe Plaza. Meetings are open to the public.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.