Should local government offer more than just municipal services?

About 70 Spring Garden Township residents attended a meeting Wednesday night to hear about plans for a new municipal complex near Interstate 83 and the Mount Rose interchange.

Not only would it consolidate the municipal offices that are currently spread across the township and give employees more space to work, it possibly could become a destination for more than township and police business. Residents could come to walk hiking trails, eat in a picnic pavilions, fish in a pond or watch a game at one of the ballfield.

If the weather is inclement, residents could walk on a proposed indoor walking/jogging track in the new municipal building.

The municipal building also could feature community space for both active and non-athletic events, ranging from cooking classes to Zumba classes.

Martin Kimmel, principal of Kimmel Bogrette of Conshohocken, Pa., told the crowd these new facilities attract people who would tend not to go to a local gym.

These large community areas could be turned into an emergency shelter, if needed.

The video above shows a sample of what employees are dealing with in the current facilities. Filing boxes sit on the floors because of the lack of space. The public works crew has to take plows off the trucks before pulling into the shed because there is not enough room for both.

Of course, these improvements would cost money. It is estimated that all of the improvements — which would include a new fire station and a renovation of the current Victory fire department for a new public works facility — would cost about $20 a month for the average assessed property at $163,000.

What is your thoughts on this proposal? Would you use these facilities?

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