Pennington Borough Talks Road Repairs, Senior Center Renovations

The Pennington Borough Council discussed recent and future road repairs and renovations on the senior center in their first meeting of October.

The Council talked about this summer’s sudden closure of South Main Street for repairs, which affected businesses and residents in the area, many of whom were only notified by the Borough Council’s June newsletter detailing road closings.

“It was all a last minute panic,” said council member Catherine “Kit” Chandler. “I don’t think the County gave us information to pass on to business owners and residents.”

Chandler suggested better methods of communication for future road closures and other activities that would affect the area, such as the use of the Swift911 system, which alerts residents who register to receive emergency notifications on their phone, or possibly soliciting residents’ email addresses.

“I think the County needs to do a better job so we can tell our businesses,” Chandler said.

“We have to try everything we can to communicate,” said Mayor Anthony Persichilli. “Lessons learned.”

Future road repairs were outlined accordingly, with Weidel Drive and East Curlis Avenue in 2019, further work on Kings Court in 2020 and on Burd Street in 2021.

The Council unanimously approved an ordinance for the appropriation of over $392,000 for repairs to the local senior center.

“This number is a recognized high end number,” said Council President Joseph Lawver. “We’re not spending 392, that’s just the max.”

Lawver outlined numerous donations and grants that will reduce the cost of the project, such as a donation from Wyckoff Roofing for roofing repairs and Mercer County footing the bill on paving.

“We’re getting a lot of reimbursement and grants,” said Council Member Glen Griffiths.

The Council furthermore approved an ordinance to replace the water main on East Curlis and Weidel Avenue by appropriating $300,000. However, Lawver stated that the amount needed would be around $210,000.

“There’s no money out of the Borough’s pocket,” Lawver said.

The project will be funded by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, or NJEIT, which will keep the Borough in accordance with the recent Water Quality Accountability Act.

The Borough’s next meeting is scheduled for November 5.

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