July 20, 2021
By Mike Kruzman / firstname.lastname@example.org
Linden city officials are considering several plans to cover necessary capital improvement projects.
Linden City Council last week began work on targeting projects for the next few years. According to the Tricounty Times, a five-year plan with a cost estimate of $ 23 million and a ten-year plan that could cost around $ 29 million were under consideration.
Acting Director of Public Works Thomas Trice has reportedly said the items considered are not wants, but rather community needs that will need to be addressed. Replacing a main and improving the water supply system, as well as repairs to the sanitary sewer system are among the things Trice has been targeting this year. Beyond 2021, CIP funds could be used for upgrading facilities not only at City Hall, but also for police and fire departments. The plans also include recommended money for road improvements, as well as a plan to bring in road mileage that voters can vote on.
Trice invited the community to get involved, noting how the community has doubled in size over the past 2 decades and suggested that it has grown too big for the Town Hall and the DPW building. Mayor Danielle Cusson expressed concern about the way all of these projects are funded, and those sentiments were echoed by other Council members. Funding for an infrastructure bill that is making its way to Congress could potentially help with that.