Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Police, Fire Station Top Orange Park Plan

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Police, Fire Station Top Orange Park Plan

Article excerpt

ORANGE PARK -- Street improvements and construction of a new

police and fire station are the top ticket items in a $2.5

million capital improvement plan approved by the Orange Park

Town Council Tuesday night.

The council unanimously approved the five-year plan submitted

by Town Manager John Bowles with only minor adjustments.

The capital improvement plan is just that -- a plan that is

contingent on the town's operating budget. The 1998/1999 budget

is now being developed, but is expected to remain within 5

percent of the current budget, which has a $4.13 million general

fund.

Nearly $1 million of the planned improvements are supported by

the 1-cent sales tax and a portion of the gasoline tax. The rest

of the capital plan comes from an enterprise fund comprised of

user fees and water and sewer connection fees.

If the plans are adopted in the budget, the town will spend

about $615,000 on street repaving, drainage and sidewalks. Among

other things, that would provide $60,000 for the fifth and last

phase of the River Road sidewalk project, $50,000 to improve

drainage on Plainfield Avenue, $20,000 for sidewalks on

Plainfield Avenue, and $30,000 to realign DeBarry Avenue.

The town also intends to set aside $305,000 in the 1998/1999

fiscal year to shore up construction funds for the new fire and

police station, a two-phase project that is currently budgeted

at $720,000. …

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