The Hempstead Village board of trustees has unanimously approved issuing nine bonds totaling nearly $7 million to pay for villagewide capital projects, department vehicles and firefighting equipment.
Of that total, the board approved 5-0 Tuesday night the issuance of bonds for a maximum of $2,205,000 to acquire and install light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights throughout the village.
The board also approved $2,205,000 in bonds to rebuild and resurface some village roads, including sidewalks, curbs and gutters; and drainage, landscaping, grading and other right-of-way improvements.
Another $1,132,000 in bonds was authorized to rebuild and replace water lines, sewer lines and catch basins throughout the village, including mains, hydrants and valves. The board also approved $305,000 to rebuild and resurface public parking areas, and to improve drainage, landscaping and grading.
"The LED will help make the village brighter and make it more safe for residents," Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. said about the lights, which have a life span of 20 years and will reduce the village's electric bill from $550,000 a year to $220,000.
"The sewer lines actually date to the 1920s in some cases," trustee Don Ryan said.
A maximum of $295,000 in bonds would go to buy three vehicles, including one pickup truck for village use, a second truck for the chief of the village's fire department and one sanitation truck for the village's public works department. The board also authorized $270,000 to acquire two street sweepers for the public works department.
The board also approved the issuance of $115,000 in bonds to build a new playground for Kennedy Park; $95,000 for fire department firefighting gear; and $68,000 to buy three replacement passenger vehicles for the building department.
"We have three new code enforcers that we have hired who need vehicles," Hall said.