Bucks County Herald

East Rockhill plans projects for 2018

CHRIS RUVO

In 2018, East Rockhill officials plan to move forward with a number of equipment purchases and improvement projects, including road work and park upgrades.

On Feb. 27, the board of supervisors gave the township administration approval to proceed on the various projects and purchases – an approval that includes authorizing officials to begin seeking bids on jobs and purchases that require bids.

According to township documents, road improvements for 2018 covered by Feb. 27’s vote are anticipated to cost approximately $238,270. State aid will help fund much of the work, officials said.

Projects, all planned and budgeted for in advance, include improving Branch Road from Route 313 to Schwenkmill Road – a job that a contractor will perform. In-house crews are expected to handle improvements on Axe Handle Road, Muskrat Road and West Rock Road.

Meanwhile, East Rockhill is looking to buy a John Deere backhoe, Hustler zero turn mower, and arm attachment for the township’s 2007 boom road mower. Those expenses – again, all planned and budgeted for – are expected to total $161,150. Officials said state aid will help pay for the backhoe.

The township is also eyeing planned park upgrades. They include replacing the driveway fence at Willard H. Markey Centennial Park ($9,000), providing a shed with a larger front porch and grass tee expansion at the driving range ($7,000), and having engineering firm Boucher & James prepare a park design plan for Iron Bridge Park ($20,000).

Among other expenditures, the township expects to pay about $55,000 for the design of an overhaul of the Three Mile Run Road pumping station. That tally includes money needed for a necessary permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Supervisor David Nyman said the pumping station project, which officials could seek a grant for, is important.

“It’s not an option to have it fail,” Nyman said.

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