Union Township's Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, June 26, to begin determining the township's expense and capital needs for the next 10 years.

Board Chairman Donald E. Basile said June 18 that the township has a number of infrastructure issues that need to be addressed.

Those issues include paving roads, culverts to fix or replace over the next 10 to 20 years, and two new ball fields to maintain.

'We need to do a 10-year budget projection to see what our financial needs will be,' said Basile.

'How do we get some of these things done based on today's dollars, and how do we solve the financial issues that we're going to face? Will it be through modifications to personnel, a tax increase? We want to know what the numbers are, how to finance projects, and also so the public knows the thought processes.'

The township is constructing a new baseball field and a multipurpose soccer field on three to four acres of land at its recreation area along Route 724, at a cost of $220,000 to $230,000.

Basile said the fields won't be used until strong turf is established - either next spring, fall, or the spring of 2014 - but at that time the township will need to purchase a batwing mower that could cost up to $10,000.

Future discussions of field maintenance will include representatives of Blazer Youth Sports (BYS), which has volunteered to maintain the fields but requires the necessary equipment.

The board approved a paving contract with Windsor Service, Reading, for $136,647.05 to pave Hopewell, Park, and Black Matt roads this summer.

Basile said the award does not include to oil and chip Hallman Road at a cost of $35,919.

Joshua Brunner, Main Street, Union Township, was approved by the board to serve as board member to the Boone Area Library.

Brunner said he wants to play a role with the community's needs at the library and also help maintain the library's budgets.

The library board is still short one member from the Borough of Birdsboro and Amity and Union townships.

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