Bloomingdale Approves Utility Vehicle Purchase

The Bloomingdale Borough Council recently approved a purchase of a new utility vehicle with a total cost of $880,000, intending to replace a decade-old truck currently in poor condition. The funding for this acquisition will be drawn from the water budget and does not require bonding. This purchase was among various topics discussed at the meeting, which also included acknowledgments of the community’s loss of Leslie Grant, updates on public events and community initiatives, and the resignation of a Department of Public Works (DPW) laborer.

The utility vehicle, vital for the Borough’s operations, was a focal point of the meeting. The current truck, now over 10 years old, was reported to be in a state of disrepair, with rusted toolboxes and water intrusion into the wheel well, necessitating a prompt replacement. The council emphasized that the purchase would be financed through the water budget, thereby avoiding the need for additional bonding, reflecting prudent financial management and foresight in maintaining essential public service infrastructure.

The meeting also served as a platform for community updates and acknowledgments. The Butler Bloomingdale Youth Club is gearing up for their beef steak event and is seeking sponsors. The senior center is preparing for a St. Patty’s party and has a calendar full of engaging activities for seniors. The Library is not trailing behind with its designer handbag Bingo and a cake contest on the horizon. In addition, the council highlighted public events, including the Ramadan Crescent lighting, an Easter egg hunt, and a trout fishing contest, showing a diverse array of activities catering to the community’s varied interests.

Expressions of condolence for the passing of Leslie Grant were a somber note during the meeting, with the council recognizing the void left by the loss of a dedicated member of the First Aid Squad. The council extended their support to the family and acknowledged the impact of Grant’s contribution to the community.


The council also informed the public of the town’s annual shredding day event’s scheduling change and reminded them about the availability of the Rave mobile safety system and the recycle coach app. These announcements reflect the council’s ongoing efforts to engage with the community and provide services that enhance residents’ quality of life.

Additionally, the council touched upon the resignation of a laborer in the DPW, noting the necessity to advertise the position and commence the hiring process.

Looking ahead, the council discussed plans for the Spring Festival in June, exploring the idea of extending the event to six hours and potentially closing off the street for vendors.


In a notable moment during the meeting, gratitude was expressed for individuals who provided support and assistance during challenging times. The Mayor underscored the importance of recognizing and appreciating the people who contribute positively to one’s life and the community at large.

As the meeting neared its conclusion, the council approved resolutions for the purchase of the new water utility truck and the H2M Capital Improvement report for the lead service line inventory.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

John D’Amato
City Council Officials:
Dawn Hudson, Dominic Catalano, John Graziano, Richard Dellaripa, Evelyn Schubert, Ray Yazdi

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