A bond may not be needed to pay for the majority of a project to re-sod , according to Washington Township Mayor Janet Sobkowicz.
The plan involves removing old sod and soil, repairing a drainage system at the site and installing the new sod. The council introduced an ordinance appropriating $160,000 for the project during their meeting this week. The ordinance allows for $152,000 of the cost to come from bonds.
Sobkowicz said she believes they can cut the bond down to $55,000 by using a $25,000 matching grant for the field, finding some other money in the budget and eliminating the proposed drainage work from the hill between the field and .
"It doesn't really affect the field," Sobkowicz said about the drainage work.
The council of pursuing the plan at their previous meeting. Residents have expressed support for the sod plan and another plan to install an artificial turf surface. Officials said they wanted to repair the fields as soon as possible.
"We need to make the fields playable," Council President Richard Hrbek said at the previous meeeting. "That's a step."
The type of sod being installed is a higher grade than used before and would be usable "almost immediately" according to township engineer Paul Azzolina.
Officials said they would still be open to installing artificial turf in the future. Councilman Steve Cascio said he was voting in favor of sod with the understanding that they would not drop the turf issue.
"I really think that we need to have a turf field in this community," Cascio said.
The council will hold a public hearing and vote on the sod ordinance at their August meeting. Sobkowicz said she will attempt to find money in the budget for the project before then.