Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, now the lone Republican on the six member council, told RedBankGreen that the Democrats are rushing to pass a $2.2 million bond ordinance that has not been vetted before Schwabenbauer takes office. The funds are to be used to replace water meters for the borough’s 4000 homes and buildings.
Borough Administrator Stanley Sickles told RBG that the $2.2 million in debt is necessary to help homeowners detect leaking toilets or a neighbor steeling water from an outside spigot.
“They might find out about a leaking toilet, or somebody stealing water from a spigot” on the outside of a house, he said. “A leaking toilet – it’s amazing how much water goes through that.”
Democratic Councilman Michael Dupont proposed the measure and says the new meters will save the borough water utility $600,000 per year. He said the utility had had done a study to come up with that figure. But Sickles, said there was no specific study.
Burnham said there is no documentation that the new meters will yield any savings and that the Democrats are “pushing this down our throats.”