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$12.9M in bonds for repairs, renovations

The roller hockey rink in Deer Park could

The roller hockey rink in Deer Park could get a makeover soon. Credit: Alexi Knock

The Babylon Town Board has approved $12.9 million in bonds for roads, parks and building renovations and other projects in the next year.

Board members on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve 18 separate bond issues covering both one-time and rolling projects. The largest was $6 million for the town’s regular road maintenance program, designed to head off the need for more expensive road repairs.

Renovation of the aging Town Hall Annex, used for civic group meetings and indoor sports and also as a public warming center during cold snaps, will continue with $1 million bonded for roof repairs.

The town will bond $938,000 for parks. Supervisor Richard Schaffer said much of that money will go toward fencing and surfacing of baseball fields and renovation of the Deer Park roller hockey rink, which receives heavy use but has not been resurfaced since its construction in 1994.

While the actual amount bonded for these projects could change based on town needs or cost estimates, Schaffer said, the total amount was calibrated to stay under the roughly $14 million of debt the town plans to retire this year in order to control debt servicing costs.

“If you control the debt, you can live within the budget,” Schaffer said.

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