Pittsfield Township Board Approves Plans to Build Sidewalks and Paths

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 03/11/2019 - 14:26

The intersection of Maple and Textile roads will soon see improvements for  pedestrians thanks to a decision made by the Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees last week.

The board voted unanimously to pass a resolution that will enter the township into an agreement with Stantec Consulting for engineering design services. The agreement, which will not exceed $90,000, would include non-motorized improvements for Lohr Road and the intersections at Packard Street and Hawks Avenue, and Textile and Maple Roads.

According to the resolution’s agreement, the township is requesting designs for a mid-block crossing to cross Lohr Road, behind Kohl's, and a mid-block crossing at Packard Street and Hawks Avenue. Multiple improvement designs are requested at Textile and Maple roads, including the extension of a sidewalk and the sidewalk gap filling along Maple Road.

Among the improvements at Maple and Textile roads are:

  • A 600-foot extension of a five-foot wide concrete sidewalk on the east side of Maple Road, from north of Legacy Heights to Textile Road.
  • About 1,500-feet of asphalt multi-use pathway along the south side of Textile Road from Maple Road to Tefft Park path (east of Woodland Drive.) The width has not been confirmed as the county and city are working on a roundabout project there.

Trustees also unanimously approved the purchase of a SnowEx Brine Maker, one 3,000-gallon vertical holding tank and one 300-gallon liquid application system for a cost not to exceed $41,960.70. The decision follows a resolution passed by the board in November that established eco-friendly specifications for snow and ice removal throughout the township. The resolution called for the application of a bring solution “to reduce the distance that salt will bounce when applied.”

Utilities and municipal services update

Craig Lyon, director of utilities and municipal services, gave a presentation to the board about the projects the department completed thanks to a grant received several years ago.

The $1.4 million SAW grant was received in 2015 to upgrade the township’s assessment management program. According to Lyon, the grant helped fund the inspection of more than 3,500 manholes, clean and televise more than 60 miles of the sanitary sewer and identify problematic areas for future repairs.

Lyon also spoke in favor of a resolution to approve the purchase of water meters for a cost not to exceed $500,000. Lyson said the purchase was one part of a larger long-term goal to accommodate for 5,300 meters in need of replacement. The resolution was unanimously approved.

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Antonio Sanchez is an experienced journalist who covered city and county government for the Rio Rancho Observer in New Mexico.