A bevy of new vehicles will soon replace some of the village's aging fleet following the council's unanimous decision to approve $5.7 million in capital spending.
Roughly $3.8 million of the total will be allocated to the general capital fund.
The police department will receive $143,000, to go toward body armor replacements, weapons upgrades, and a new police SUV. Ridgewood EMS will receive a replacement for the aging Ambulance 12, at a cost of $25,000.
The fire department will replace a pumper truck – which has been funded almost in its entirety by federal grants – while also replacing the SUV used by the Fire Prevention SUV, among other ancillary costs. The total costs amount to $55,000.
The Parks and Recreation departments are in line to receive about $250,000. Approximately $180,000 will be funnelled to the new Habernickel Horse Farm. Much of the funding has already been earmarked by a county grant. The remaining sum of capital will go toward sidewalk replacements in the village and also the acquisition of a back hoe and pickup truck to aid in snow plowing.
Upgrades in village computers and servers checks in at $24,000; various IT improvements for the telephone system, police vehicle computers and channel 77 total $49,400.
The biggest single chunk in the general capital budget will be in the form of street resurfacing and reconstruction, at $1.3 million; that line item includes an NJ DOT grant. There are also improvements scheduled for drainage at the Kingsbridge Lane Bridge and Marshall, worth $25,000. A stormwater collection system jet-vac truck will cost $180,000.
Ridgewood Streets workers will be receiving several vehicles, totalling $345,000. Sanitation is in line to receive two packer trucks at $490,000; Recycling will also replace two trucks for $270,000. A new tub grinder at the Lakeview facility rounds out the costs, at $140,000.
Ridgewood Water is also in line to receive some capital cash – $1.9 million. The money will go toward a well treatment facility design, well rehabilitation, storage tank improvement design and construction, computer-based improvements, and water meters, among other assorted costs. A generator at $220,00 was also approved.
Finally, the council agreed to fund $32,900 in new meters for the parking utility.