Cecil Township Board of Supervisors this week tentatively approved a $6.7 million spending plan, one that both holds the line on taxes and includes a $1 million earmark for road improvements.
The vote was unanimous.
About $600,000 of that funding will come from the township’s allotment of liquid fuel funds administered by the state. The remaining $400,000 earmarked for the improvements comes from Cecil’s share of casino revenue, as well as local impact fee money associated with Marcellus Shale drilling, according to Manager Don Gennuso.
He said supervisors are now looking at which roads in the township need attention, and are making lists of which ones should be priorities. Those lists will then be provided to the township’s engineer to determine what specific repairs are needed, as well as how much those improvements would cost.
The supervisors will then “start whittling down” the list so that the work can be approved and put out to bid by the first meeting in February.
“We want to get these bids out early so we don’t run into any weather-related problems, as has happened in the past,” Gennuso said.
He also added it is the board’s intention to have all improvements completed in the summer, when there is less congestion on the roadways, such as school buses.
Also earmarked in the police department budget is two new vehicles. They will replace their older counterparts, Gennuso said.
The budget will be formally approved at a special meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 28.