Palmer Township. supervisors approve funding for upgrades to new youth center | Lehigh Valley Regional News

PALMER TWP., Pa. — The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors on Monday night approved a motion to transfer funds from the Youth Capital Account to pay for exterior improvements to the new youth center.

To date, the Township has invested approximately $179,700 for the exterior of the Palmer Township Kiwanis Youth Center at 3052 Green Pond Road. This includes projects involving storm sewer and electrical service work.

However, the total estimated cost for the exterior rehabilitation of the center is approximately $561,881. Palmer only has $200,000 in the 2022 budget for the project.

Supervisory President Jeff Young broke down site expenses for the youth center, noting that approximately $272,268 is needed for upgrades to get the center ready for the start of the next fall sports season.

Some of these improvements include paving materials, gas service extensions, site sidewalks, parking light resupply, fencing and netting.

Additional site upgrades and options to consider include alarm systems, security cameras, and storm sewer work. It costs around $75,000.

If Palmer were to withdraw $200,000 from the escrow for the 2022 budget and about $115,000 from the youth recreation capital fund, Young noted there would still be a cost of $245,928.

To pay off this balance, Supervisor Michael Mitchell came up with an idea that wouldn’t use regular capital fund money from developers and others. Instead, the board would use the 2023 budget allocation of $97,000 to the Youth Capital Account, in addition to the 2024 allocation. The rest of the balance would be taken from the $97,000 fund from 2025. .

The $97,000 is budgeted by supervisors annually, starting in 2023, for improvements such as building infrastructure, new dashboards, field improvements, etc.

Supervisor Joseph Armato made a motion to approve this allocation of funds for exterior improvements to the youth center. The Supervisory Board voted unanimously to approve the motion.

“We have great people running our programs. They give so much of their time… board members, commissioners, coaches,” Young said. ” I understand. This advice gets it. This council supports our young people. This advice supports all of our staff.”

The Palmer Township Kiwanis and the Palmer Business, Industrial and Professional Association are major donors to the new youth center.

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