- The acquisition of 5.9 acres of land located at 2420 Brunswick Pike, which is situated adjacent to Colonial Lake. The property to be purchased has been subdivided to allow for the continued operations of the business known as Colonial Bowling & Entertainment. The purpose of this acquisition is to preserve the land surrounding the lake, and to improve the park for the overall expanded enjoyment of the residents of the Township. The total purchase price is $3,650,000 which is being funded by the Mercer County Open Space Assistance Program ($1,470,100), the New Jersey DEP Green Acres Program ($211,133 with an additional $500,000 pending final approval), a citizen’s group known as the “Friends of Colonial Lake” (amount to be determined) and the remaining balance from the Lawrence Township Open Space fund. The terms provide for payments to be spread over three years to allow the Township additional opportunities for grant money. If the additional targeted grant money is realized (and it seems promising), the total contribution from grant sources would be $2,950,200 which would result in total contributions from our Open Space Fund just fund $700,000.
- The planning and completion of the Brunswick Pike Streetscape. With grant monies received ($60,000) and a previously budgeted amount ($175,000), the Township’s long time work in realizing an improved Brunswick Pike from the Brunswick Circle to Lake Drive is closer than ever to a reality. Public meetings will be held to discuss the design plans and receive resident and business owner feedback. We expect to start the work in the Fall of 2020.
- The continued study and remediation of the property appropriately known as the “Pit Stop” (1175 Lawrence Road) has been green lighted with grant monies being awarded by NJ DEP Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund in the amount of $239,524. A firm has been engaged, and the work scheduled will include the demolition of the structure and the evaluation of the soil underneath it to determine the extent of contamination to develop a plan for remediation. The goal is to clean the property, discharge the current liens against title, and acquire ownership. Grant funding is conditioned on the fact that the site is to be used as a passive park.
- The Township’s commitment to sustainability has recently been recognized by Sustainable New Jersey as we maintained our status as a Silver Certified Community (which is no easy task). Most observable to the public is the recent completion of the installation of the car port styled solar panels installed at our municipal complex (municipal building and the police and court building) and solar panels on our Public Works roof. We anticipate that will meet 85% of our energy needs with a realized savings of approximately $40,000 annually.
- The completion and roll out of our new Township website which will improve the delivery of services to residents, business owners and others by taking advantage of the latest technology that today’s web designs offer (i.e., online payments, licensing and application processing for our varied departments).
ELSA $220,000 Pass Through Billing Increase
Salaries $288,000 Labor Contract
Trash Collection $40,000 Contractual Increase
Pensions $136,399 Statutory Increase
Debt Service ($15,140) Payment of BANS/Long Term Debt
Capital Improvement Fund $475,000 Funding Capital Program
Reserve for Uncollected Taxes $91,430 Statutory Increase
Health Benefits ($101,000) Rate/Participation Adjustment