Our basic quality of life is suffering. Our roads are in bad shape. Our parks are dirty. Residents have trouble getting on to the internet.
The water system experiences about 65 breaks per year which is about 60% over the national average and about 1 million gallons leaks out each day. Only about $2.5M has been spent over the last 20 years on both systems combined. This investment is too low for a system of this size and it shows that both systems have been neglected for many years.
The first step is to inventory our roads, prioritize those in most need, and repave- from end to end. This requires a comprehensive road inspection program and intelligent pavement management that provides the township with vital information that is required to assess the township’s roads and bridges so that we can make informed decisions for maintenance, rehabilitation, and replacement. We also need to supplement our road system with more bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways.
Experts recommend spending $285M on the sewer system and $91M on the water system over the next 40 years to make repairs and renew systems. Out of this, $5.6M is needed right away on the water system and $43M over the next 5 years on the sewer system.
We will develop a detailed 10 year infrastructure improvement and maintenance plan. This plan will be completed in the first 90 days of our term.
CWe have seen what happens when you have leadership. The Mayors of Hamilton Township and Robbinsville initiated legal proceedings against Optimum and caused the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to investigate Altice USA. The next administration must leverage the size of Edison to hold Optimum accountable and to negotiate rates.