SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — In its last council meeting for the year, the Spring Lake Heights mayor and council earmarked $500,000 for the planned acquisition of various capital equipment for its Public Works and Police Departments.
The council acknowledged that the outlay is slated to help the Police Department carry out its functions and overcome delays due to vehicle maintenance issues.
The bonding ordinance, that was adopted on its second reading and closed without any comments from the public, appropriates exactly $500,000 and authorizes the issuance of $475,000 in bonds and notes to the borough’s finance department for its approved use.
The funding will help address the issues of supply-chain for one department to meet its target goals. “We are appropriating a few years’ worth of maintenance funds for our vehicles,” said Spring Lake Heights Administrator John Barrett.
Mayor Christopher Campion welcomed this development, saying, “As we discussed last time, this is our way of getting ahead on the supply-chain issues, the escalation of what’s happening to give us an opportunity to move ahead with purchases so that we can engage in those obligations mentioned.”
In the council’s previous meeting on Nov. 21, Mr. Barrett explained that the ordinance is in preparation for future expenses, specifically geared towards the purchase of vehicles for the Police Department as well as the Public Works Department.
Noting the Police Department’s efforts, Mr. Barrett said, “We have this authorization on the books that allows us to place a hold on offenders on the scene, including help in the delays in production. Every year, the police get appropriate funds as a response so we will not have an issue dead on this. These funds will help us.”
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