Hampton officials share 14 goals for improvements in 2020, beyond

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 12:01 AM

Outdoor swimming pool improvements, a preventative maintenance program, and a detailed fee schedule were included in the 2020 budget development goals and objectives for Hampton Township as approved by council at its Sept. 18 meeting.

These 14 goals and objectives will impact the development of strategies behind budget allocations and/or revenue collections. While some are new, a few are carry-over, multi-year endeavors, according to Chris Lochner, municipal manager for the township.

Usually the annual list includes 10 or 12 goals, but this year included a “fairly large number,” said Lochner.

New goals and objectives for 2020 include a preventive maintenance program that “will help ensure township facilities are kept in good working order and help minimize costs” associated with breakdowns and fixing the repairs, said Council President Mike Peters.

Another new goal is the second phase of the outdoor swimming pool improvements.

Peters said these “long overdue renovations” to the community pool, as defined in the 2020 capital improvements plan, will include remodeling the women’s locker room and replacement of the men’s locker room showers. This will also include the repainting of the zero-depth entry feature and possible expansion of pool hours, according to the list.

Another addition is the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive fee schedule that would identify all township rental, program, permit and membership fees. These will then be published to the township website page, according to Peters.

The establishment and implementation of a funding alternative to address costs related to the MS4 stormwater rules and regulations program mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was included, said Lochner. This program requires communities to comply with the MS4, or municipal separate stormwater systems, rules and regulations.

Lochner said they want to establish a long-term funding system for this ongoing requirement.

The capital road maintenance resurfacing program objective will help plan for the program, which is at its five-year goal of reaching the new 15-year turn-around for the resurfacing of each township owned and maintained roadways, according to Lochner.

Other goals include planning and budgeting for the connectivity of residential and commercial areas; evaluating the information technology services and reviewing land use and zoning ordinances, particularly aged or outdated ordinances.

Multi-year endeavors include community center programming and park and trail upgrades; enhancement of community outreach and engagement through social media; Criminal Justice Information Services compliance, and continuation of the geographic information system phase 4.

The Water Pollution Control Plan and Gannon Pump station upgrade is again included, with an anticipated finish of 2023-24 on the former.

Council also presented the 2020 and 2021-2024 capital improvements program budget. Peters said it’s important to note that this is separate from the proposed 2020 Operating Budget, which will be presented later this year.

This capital budget program is to identify and prioritize the capital improvements envisioned over the next four years, said Peters. Most urgent improvements are in the 2020 capital budget, and following years are focused on long-term budget and revenue planning, he said.