The Township’s new Public Works Facility will be presented at the next Planning Commission (PC) meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. The PC will review the Township’s proposed construction of the new 39,000 sq. ft. facility on Valley Creek Boulevard.
All are invited to attend and participate in the review of this exciting new facility for our dedicated public works crew.
This long-awaited project consists of two new buildings, a fueling facility, covered storage bins, and necessary parking. The new complex will replace and consolidate three existing and outdated facilities, providing indoor storage for public works equipment, covered outdoor storage areas for materials, and designated work and repair areas. Providing one centralized location for all public works operations will allow for operational efficiency, team work, collaboration and shared equipment usage on a daily basis. The new site will provide offices, meeting space, vehicle storage , locker room facility, equipment repair, cross training and office space.
Our three current locations have space constraints, looming capital repair needs and inadequate under-roof storage availability which results in equipment being left out in the elements.
Also, the de-centralized locations of the three public works crews can result in lost production time, miscommunication, and duplication of supplies and equipment.
The new facility offers the following:
- full service mechanics area including an under-vehicle pit and vehicle lifts to service public works vehicles, police cars and equipment safely (more police cars in service to keep our neighborhoods safe!)
- full service wash bay for vehicle and equipment wash and upkeep which will extend the service life of our fleet
- conference room and breakroom for staff training and group events with other townships to keep up with the latest public works technologies and best practices
- additional salt storage capacity which will allow us to have more material on hand for large, or back to back, snow and ice storms to keep roads passable during the most challenging of storms
- covered storage for construction materials such as stone and mulch. This allows us to buy in bulk and have materials available for emergency repairs.
- high capacity water fill station for our jet truck which can improve our response times to emergencies as well as increase production when we are cleaning over 100 miles of sewer
Plans for the facility will be available at the PC meeting on the 15th and in the lobby following the meeting. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and ask questions that the PC members can field before the project goes to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.