Thank you for your interest in Community Project Funding and Member Designated Projects. 

You may read a comprehensive guide about the Community Project Funding process here.


COMMUNITY PROJECT FUNDING (CPF):

CPF is a new initiative for Fiscal Year 2022 that will allow Members of Congress to request direct funding for projects that benefit the communities they represent. The new initiative entails stringent eligibility, ethics, and transparency guardrails and is only available to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as some non-profits. Additionally, only projects with evidence of strong support from the community will be considered, and evidence of this support and community need is required as part of your submission. 


MEMBER DESIGNATED PROJECTS-SURFACE TRANSPORTATION: 

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is accepting Member Designated Project (MDP) requests for consideration as part of the 2021 reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation. Members will be able to submit projects for this legislation to prioritize local projects funded through the Highway Trust Fund. The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure encourages projects that appear on a state (STIP) or local transportation improvement plan (TIP) from a state or metropolitan planning agency.

For additional information about eligibility and available funding, please use this background prepared by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.


GUIDELINES AND SUBMISSIONS:


Please check the below guidelines and requirements before applying. 

  • The deadline to submit a Community Project Funding request is April 16, 2021 by 5:00 pm EDT

Please submit all FY 2022 Community Project Funding requests through this form.

  • The deadline to submit a Member Designated Project transportation request is April 12, 2021 by 5:00 pm EDT.

Please submit all Member Designated Project (MDP) transportation requests through this form.

For specific questions, please reach out to my staff by emailing GottheimerAppropriations@mail.house.gov. You may also contact Lauren Gonnelli in my Glen Rock Office at 201-389-1100 with any questions.

You may read a comprehensive guide about the Community Project Funding process here.


COMMUNITY PROJECT FUNDING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

The following requirements apply to all CPF requests:

1. There is a ban on directing Community Project Funding to for-profit grantees. Members of Congress may request funding for State or local governmental grantees and for eligible nonprofits.

2. Each project request must be for FY2022 funds only and cannot include multi-year funding.


ETHICS AND TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS:

The following requirements apply to all CPF requests:

1. Each Member may only submit 10 CPF projects to the Appropriations Committee for consideration. Of those 10, not all 10 will be successfully funded. If your project is one of the 10 submitted, the full details of your request (including the information provided below) are required to be posted publicly online on this website.

2. The Government Accountability Office will conduct a mandatory audit of a sample of enacted community project funding and report its findings to Congress. This report will likely be made public at some point.

3. A Member, their spouse, and immediate family may not have any financial interest in the project.


ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURES

Please also note that because Community Project Funding is an evolving initiative, additional requirements or needed information may be added at a later date. Our office will reach out to you directly if you have submitted a request for which additional information is needed.


ELIGIBLE APPROPRIATIONS ACCOUNTS FOR COMMUNITY PROJECT FUNDING

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Three accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. USDA Community Facilities Grants: CPF from this account may be used to purchase, construct, or improve essential community facilities in rural areas; to purchase equipment; and pay other related project expenses. These projects must serve a rural area, which the account defines as “rural areas including cities, villages, townships and towns including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data.” This is one of the most flexible accounts; examples of eligible projects include medical or dental clinics, towns halls, courthouses, childcare centers, police or fire departments, public works vehicles, or distance learning equipment. 

BEST FOR: Nonprofit organizations and local governments located in qualified rural areas.

  1. USDA ReConnect Program: CPF from this account may be used for construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment to improve broadband access. The community must be rural and lack sufficient access to broadband service. For the purposes of this account, a rural area is any area which is not located within: (1) A city, town, or incorporated area that has a population of greater than 20,000 inhabitants; or (2) an urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants. Sufficient access to broadband is defined as greater than 90% of any rural area in which households have fixed, terrestrial broadband service delivering at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. Mobile and satellite services will not be considered in making the determination of sufficient access to broadband. Please note that eligibility for funding from this account is tricky and will likely be determined on a case-by-case basis; please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff with any questions.

BEST FOR: Local governments and nonprofit organizations that meet eligibility requirements. 

  1. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Buildings and Facilities: CPF from this account may be used for ARS-owned facilities or for facilities that will enhance ongoing ARS work. Requests can assist in the acquisition of land, construction, repair, improvement, extension, alteration, and purchase of fixed equipment or facilities. ARS owns and operates laboratories and facilities across the United States.

BEST FOR: Scientific researchers; local research universities.

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Four accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG): CPF from this account may be used to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts to prevent crime, improve the criminal justice system, provide victims’ services, and other related activities. CPF requests designed to help improve police-community relations are strongly encouraged. Historically, the Committee has not funded vehicles or building construction or renovation as part of community project funding under this account.

BEST FOR: State and local governments; local law enforcement agencies. 

  1. Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) - Technology & Equipment: CPF from this account may be used by local law enforcement to develop and acquire effective technologies and interoperable communications that assist in investigating, responding to, and preventing crime. These projects should help improve police effectiveness and the flow of information among law enforcement agencies, local government service providers, and the communities they serve. Historically, the Committee has not funded vehicles or building construction or renovation as part of community project funding under this account.

BEST FOR: Local governments; local law enforcement agencies.  

  1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Operations, Research, and Facilities: CPF from this account may be used for research, demonstration, or education projects performed by external partners or for prioritizing NOAA internal funds for geographically specific projects. This account does not fund construction projects. Any such project must be aligned with NOAA’s mission and within their existing authorities. Examples of eligible projects include biological research on wildlife, the Great Lakes, wetland restoration, and coastal tidal gauges.

BEST FOR: Local research universities; other research institutions; state and local government

  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Safety, Security, and Mission Services: CPF from this account may be used activities consistent with and supportive of the work of NASA’s mission directorates and within the agency’s authorities, such as STEM education activities and scientific research. Examples of such projects include nanomaterials research, antennae for unmanned aerial vehicles, and minority science initiatives. Funding for building construction or renovation projects will not be considered for community project funding.

BEST FOR: Local nonprofit colleges and universities; K-12 local education agencies; research institutions; local STEM education and workforce training programs.

Defense

Five accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Army: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Army’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element.

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs. 

  1. Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Navy: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Navy’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by DOD and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element. 

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.  

  1. Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Air Force: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Air Force’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by DOD and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element.

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs. 

  1. Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Space Force: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Space Force’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by DOD and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element.

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.  

  1. Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Defense-Wide: CPF from this account may be used to enhance DOD’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element.

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.

Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

Two accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Only previously authorized projects will be considered for funding. A list of authorized projects can be found here

BEST FOR: Facilitators of authorized projects and their partners. 

  1. Bureau of Reclamation: Water and Related Resources: Only previously authorized projects will be considered for funding. A list of authorized projects can be found here

BEST FOR: Facilitators of authorized projects and their partners.

Financial Services and General Government

One account in this category is eligible for CPF: 

  1. Small Business Administration, Small Business Initiatives: CPF from this account may be used to support small businesses, including for entrepreneur training, workforce development, counseling, research, and construction or acquisition of facilities. This is one of the most flexible CPF accounts.

BEST FOR: State and local governments; local community colleges; local nonprofit organizations.

Homeland Security

Three accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants: CPF from this account may be used for planning or projects to lessen the impacts of future disasters. Examples of eligible projects include stormwater projects or buying out properties in flood-prone areas. Only projects that meet the requirements detailed in the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program will be considered for funding, including the cost-share requirement and environmental and historic preservation requirements, as applicable.

BEST FOR: State and local governments.

  1. Nonprofit Security Grants: CPF from this account can be used to secure nonprofit organizations that can show they are at risk of terrorism, broadly defined (this includes religious organizations targeted by anti-Semitic or Islamophobic violence, among others). Eligible expenses include security cameras, contract security services, training, and more. Only projects that meet the requirements detailed in the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Preparedness Grants Manual for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) will be considered for funding.

BEST FOR: Houses of worship; local school systems; local nonprofit colleges and universities; community and charitable organizations; museums and arts organizations; hospitals and medical clinics. 

  1. Emergency Operations Center Grants: CPF from this account may be used to improve emergency preparedness by supporting secure, strategically located emergency operations centers. Examples of eligible projects include construction and renovation of such centers. Only projects that meet the requirements detailed in the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Emergency Operations Center Grant Program, including the cost-share requirement and environmental and historic preservation requirements, as applicable, will be considered for funding.

BEST FOR: State and local governments.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Three accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. Department of the Interior - Land Acquisition Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund: CPF requests under this fund should be for the federal acquisition of lands and water for the purpose of land and habitat conservation and outdoor recreation. Land acquisition projects should be requested through the agency that would manage the land being acquired. The four land management agencies are: (1) the Bureau of Land Management, (2) the Fish and Wildlife Service, (3) the National Park Service; and (4) the Forest Service. The Committee will look favorably upon requests for projects listed in the President’s FY22 Budget Request, as well as those listed in the supplemental LWCF project lists provided by the land management agencies.

BEST FOR: State and local governments and park districts; nonprofit organizations with ownership of land to be conserved.

  1. Environmental Protection Agency - State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG): CPF from this account may be used to fund local wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. This includes construction of and modifications to municipal sewage treatment plants and drinking water treatment plants. Similar to past practice, the Committee will be limiting STAG infrastructure grants only to projects that are publicly-owned or owned by a non-profit entity and that are otherwise eligible for the funding from that state’s Clean Water or Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) loan programs. There is a minimum 20% cost share requirement for any portion of a project funded through a STAG infrastructure grant. 

BEST FOR: Local governments; owners of nonprofit sewer and drinking water infrastructure.

  1. U.S. Forest Service - State and Private Forestry: CPF from this account may be used to improve the management, protection, and utilization of America’s forests, including landscape scale restoration, urban and community forestry, forest disease or pest treatment, and fire assistance. Projects that are listed on any federal or state ordinal list or are clearly demonstrated to meet the goals of New Jersey’ State Forest Action Plan will be prioritized by the Committee.

BEST FOR: State and local governments; state and local parks services; nonprofit organizations with ownership of private forestland.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies 

Five accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. Department of Health and Human Services—Health Resources and Services Administration—Program Management: CPF from this account may be used for construction, renovation, or capital equipment for facilities for provision of health, mental health, or substance abuse services, training of health professionals, or medical research. In addition to construction and renovation, grants can be used to acquire capital equipment, such as lab equipment or x‐ray machines. Funding may also be used for projects to improve education and training of health care professionals, to analyze health workforce trends and needs, to improve health care in rural areas, and for telemedicine and health information technology.

BEST FOR: Local nonprofit hospitals; public health departments; health centers and clinics; skilled nursing facilities; mental health centers; facilities for schools of medicine, nursing or other health professions; and medical research laboratories.

  1. Department of Health and Human Services—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Health Surveillance and Program Support: CPF from this account may be used for (1) programs that promote the prevention or treatment of mental health disorders, including rehabilitation, outreach, and other support services; (2) programs that improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective treatment and recovery services; and (3) programs to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use. 

BEST FOR: Community health centers; public health departments; nonprofit mental and behavioral health service providers and treatment centers (inpatient and outpatient); local governments; nonprofit organizations providing mental and behavioral health services and/or outreach to youth, homeless, or other high-risk populations; and local public colleges and universities.  

  1. Department of Labor—Training and Employment Services (WIOA Programs): CPF from this account may be used for programs that provide direct training and employment services to individuals and meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements. Projects requesting funding must also demonstrate linkage(s) with state or local workforce investment systems and include an evaluation component. Funding cannot be used for construction or renovation of facilities. Examples of eligible projects include workforce training programs, adult education and literacy programs, and youth workforce readiness programs.

BEST FOR: State and local governments; local community colleges; local workforce development agencies; nonprofit job training centers; education providers.

  1. Department of Education—Innovation and Improvement (K-12): CPF from this account may be used for instructional services, afterschool centers, curricula development, teacher training, acquisition of books and computers, arts education, social and emotional learning activities, full-service community schools, and early childhood education. In general, the focus of elementary and secondary education community project funding should be providing early childhood or K‐12 educational services. Special education services, early intervention services for infants and toddlers, transition services, and postsecondary education services are also eligible. Funding may not be used for construction or renovation, with the exception of minor remodeling as part of tech upgrades.

BEST FOR: State and local education agencies (including local school districts); local nonprofit colleges and universities; other local education nonprofit organizations. 

  1. Department of Education—Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): CPF from this account is open to local colleges and universities and some education nonprofits. Examples of eligible projects include: to hire and train faculty, establish and improve degree programs, improve teacher preparation programs, develop and improve curricula, upgrade technology and telecommunications, acquire science laboratory equipment, provide student support, implement university partnerships with school districts, and establish research and training centers. Special education services, early intervention services for infants and toddlers, transition services, and postsecondary education services are also eligible. Funding may not be used for construction or renovation, with the exception of minor remodeling as part of tech upgrades.

BEST FOR: Local nonprofit colleges and universities; other local education nonprofit organizations.

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Three accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. Construction and Unspecified Minor Construction–Active Components: Only projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs) will be considered eligible for funding. Such lists are not finalized for the current fiscal year, but the FY2020 FYDP can be found here.

BEST FOR: Facilitators of Active Components (Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and Defense-Wide Agencies) projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs). 

  1. Construction and Unspecified Minor Construction–Reserve Components: Only projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs) will be considered eligible for funding. Such lists are not finalized for the current fiscal year, but the FY2020 FYDP can be found here

BEST FOR: Facilitators of Reserve Components (Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, and Air Force Reserve) projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs).

  1. Planning and Design: Only projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee though the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs) will be considered eligible for funding. Such lists are not finalized for the current fiscal year, but the FY2020 FYDP can be found here

BEST FOR:  Facilitators of Active or Reserve Components projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs).

Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 

Three accounts in this category are eligible for CPF:

  1. Department of Transportation - Local Transportation Priorities: CPF from this account may be used for highway and bridge construction and repair; transit capital projects; bicycle, pedestrian and recreational trails; and construction of ferry boats and terminals, among other projects. This is one of the most flexible accounts. All projects must be formally supported by the state or local government that would administer the project.

BEST FOR: State and local governments; metropolitan planning organizations; local transportation agencies; local parks services. 

  1. Department of Transportation - Airport Improvement Program (AIP): CPF from this account requests may be used for enhancing airport safety, capacity, and security, and mitigating environmental concerns. Airports should be on the current National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Funding may be used only for facilities and equipment and may not be used for construction or rehabilitation of contract towers.

BEST FOR: Local airports.

  1. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Economic Development Initiative (EDI): CPF from this account may be used for economic and community development activities, including land or site acquisition, demolition or rehabilitation of housing or facilities, construction and capital improvements of public facilities (including water and sewer facilities), and public services. This is one of the most flexible accounts; funds may also include planning and other activities consistent with the underlying authorization for the Community Development Block Grant program within HUD. EDI community project requests are not eligible for the reimbursement of expenses for activities already undertaken (including debt service or debt retirement). 

BEST FOR: Local governments and agencies; local housing authorities; local small business development organizations; and other nonprofit community organizations.




Congressman Gottheimer’s Member Designated Projects Submissions

(alphabetical order)


Project Name: Hackettstown Mobility Improvement Project

Project Sponsor: New Jersey Department of Transportation

Location of Project: Route 46 and East Avenue, Hackettstown,

New Jersey, 07840

Description of the Project:  This project will help relieve congestion at four

intersections located on a congested commuter corridor in Warren County. Substandard ADA features at each intersection will also be upgraded. US 46 and East Ave. ‐ Curb radius will be widened on the Southeast quadrant of the intersection. Revised signal phasing will provide a right turn overlap phase for the Northbound East Ave. approach right turn movement onto US 46. US 46 and NJ 182 (Mountain Ave.)/Willow Grove St./Warren St. ‐ Traffic signals will be retimed. US 46 and High Street/Grand Ave. ‐ Realign the High St. Southbound approach to improve traffic flow. NJ 57 and NJ 182 ‐ Will be reconfigured to allow a left turn lane and a shared left/through/right turn lane on the Eastbound NJ 57 approach to the intersection.

Cost of Project:  $5,890,000

Federal Request: $4,712,000

Link to Member Financial Certification.

 


 

Project Name: Lackawanna Cut-off Culvert Replacement

Project Sponsor: New Jersey Transit

Location of Project: 300 Roseville Road, Byram, NJ, 07821 (this is a mailing address, physical location is in Andover Township)

Project Description: NJ TRANSIT is requesting $1,600,000 in federal assistance for the New Jersey-Pennsylvania Lackawanna Cut-off Culvert Relocation project. The Lackawanna Cutoff is a single-track commuter rail line with passing sidings between Scranton, Pennsylvania and Port Morris, New Jersey where it would connect with NJ TRANSIT's Montclair and Boonton/Morristown Line. The 60 miles in Pennsylvania is currently being used for freight service. The 28-mile stretch from the Delaware River Bridge to Port Morris, over the Lackawanna Cut-off, is currently abandoned. Train service will operate over the 45 miles from Port Morris to Hoboken and serve New Jersey rail stations.  

This project includes engineering, environmental, and construction associated with the project and related appurtenance. The work to be performed includes but is not limited to replacing two culverts – one at Hudson Farm and the second at Junction Brook along the project alignment.  

Cost of Project:  $3.2 million

Federal Request : $1.6 million


Link to Member Financial Certification.

 


 

Project Name: Patriots Way Bridge Superstructure Replacement

Project Sponsor: Borough of Oakland, New Jersey

Location of Project: Patriots Way, Oakland, NJ, 07436

Project Description: The Patriots Way Bridge is a multi-span structure over the Ramapo River, which is an interstate waterway, and the bridge is the primary entrance and exit to over 400 homes.  Although it was constructed in the 1990’s, the structural steel has significantly degraded already.  A 10-ton weight restriction was placed on the bridge several years ago, and after further deterioration, the bridge was closed for two and a half months until the New Jersey Department of Transportation made emergency repairs. The repairs are temporary in nature, and it is only a matter of time until the bridge needs to be shut down again unless the superstructure is replaced.  The weight limit and closure affected many aspects of the quality of life for the residents of the Ramapo River Reserve, including but not limited to garbage and recycling collection, school transportation for children, emergency response, and delivery services.  The only other access routes are for emergency ingress and egress. This request would replace the superstructure of the Patriots Way Bridge. 

Cost of Project:  $5,368,000

Federal Request: $4,184,830


Link to Member Financial Certification. 

 


 

Project Name: Skyline Drive Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge

Project Sponsor: County of Passaic, New Jersey

Location of Project: Skyline Drive and Erskine Road, Ringwood, New 

Jersey, 07456

Description of the Project:  The County of Passaic proposes building a pedestrian  bridge parallel to an existing vehicle bridge over Erskine Brook along Skyline Drive (CR 511) near the intersection with Erskine Road in the Borough of Ringwood, NJ. The existing vehicular bridge does not provide sufficient width to provide a sidewalk or even shoulder between the Erskine Road community and major points of interest to the east including a NJ Transit park-and-ride facility as well as the main business district for the Borough of Ringwood. In addition to linking local residents to important economic development opportunities, the bridge would link the proposed Highlands rail Trail effort being led by Passaic County. The first two phases of the project to the south in Wanaque are underway and the section in Ringwood will be the next phase coming into focus. The bridge would provide a vital link to the regional recreational opportunities of the Highlands Rail Trail as well as the ecotourism connection to the business district and transit hub mentioned earlier. The Highlands Rail Trail has been funded through several federal transportation funding sources and is a regional project of significance to support active recreation, expand the transportation in a rural area, and provide ecotourism and job creation if allowed to connect to the Ringwood downtown with this critical link.

Cost of Project:  $1,080,000

Federal Request: $800,000


Link to Member Financial Certification.

 


 

Project Name: Sussex County Guide Rail Upgrade Program 

Project Sponsor Sussex County, New Jersey

Project Location: County Road 565: From Pelletown Road to to

County Road 639, Frankford and Wantage Townships, NJ, 07822 and 07461.

Description of the Project:  Remove and replace damaged, substandard, and/or outdated guide rail systems throughout CR-565 from Pelletown Rd to CR-628/CR-639 (Frankford and Wantage Townships).

Cost of Project:  $1,250,000

Federal Request: $1,000,000


Link to Member Financial Certification.

 



Project Name: Teaneck Pedestrian Overpass Project

Project Sponsor: Township of Teaneck, New Jersey

Location of Project: Windsor Road and Forest Avenue, (western

side of proposed bridge), Palisade Avenue and Milton Votee Park (eastern side of proposed bridge), Teaneck NJ, 07666

Description of the Project:  This project involves the reconstruction of heavily used pedestrian overpass bridge that crosses the CSX Railroad tracks. This piece of infrastructure needs much needed Reconstruction/Replacement. The pedestrian overpass bridge is not ADA accessible. The new structure shall be ADA accessible. This pedestrian bridge is more than 50 years old. It serves as our main artery for school children to safely cross over the railroad tracks in order to get to and from Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, as well as Votee Park. It is heavily used by many residents young and old. 

Cost of Project:  $5,000,000

Federal Request: $4,000,000


Link to Member Financial Certification.

 


 

Project Name: West Milford Bikeway Connector Project 

Project Sponsor: Township of West Milford

Location of Project: Westbrook Road - between Ridge Road and the

Westbrook Park Teen Center, West Milford New Jersey, 07480

Description of the Project:  Westbrook Road – Section 4 intends to connect the Westbrook Teen Center to the main bikeway (0.8 miles).  The proposed bikeway expansion will provide for road widening, resurfacing and stormwater compliance upgrades as needed throughout the project along with pavement markings along the bike route.  The extended bikeway will improve multimodal transportation along this portion of the Township’s roadway infrastructure network in keeping with Complete Streets concepts.

Cost of Project:  $670,000

Federal Request: $536,000


Link to Member Financial Certification.


 


 

Congressman Gottheimer’s Community Project Funding Submission

(alphabetical order)


Project Name: Bergen County's Hackensack Transit Connector Project

Request Amount: $250,000

Intended Recipient: County of Bergen

Full Street Address of Recipient: One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: Bergen County requests $250,000.00 toward the purchase of additional shuttle busses and/or operators to support the Hackensack Transit Connector Project. This would also allow expansion of a new north/south loop and account for program expenses to run the Connector. 

The Hackensack Transit Connector is an active, free shuttle that follows a route in and around downtown Hackensack. The Connector runs through the support of grant funding from the NJTPA, with additional funding provided by Bergen County. The Connector helps reduce the number of personal vehicles on the roads and provides better public transit access to those without vehicles and individuals with mobility issues. There is no fee or residency requirement to use this service, which makes it an attractive opportunity. The Connector links Hackensack’s train stations and bus terminal with the County courthouse, justice complexes, and the medical facilities around Hackensack. Additional project funds would allow the addition of north/south loops that will connect a regional mall and shopping plaza. There are currently thousands of residential units in development in the surrounding areas, which will increase demand and the need for this type of transportation alternative. With the growing number of residents in Hackensack, it is critical that the County seek concrete support to further invest in public transportation options that are sustainable, reliable, and low-cost. 

 

 





Project Name: Hackensack University Medical Center's CT Scanner Acquisition Project

 

Request Amount: $776,452

Intended Recipient: Hackensack Meridian Health

Full Street Address of Recipient: 343 Thornall St 8th Floor, Edison New Jersey, 08837

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) treated New Jersey s first COVID positive patient on March 4, 2020 and, since that time, has treated nearly 4,000 COVID patients. HUMC converted its cafeteria into a COVID wing in order to manage the significant influx of patients, further demonstrating the need for this expansion.  One of the items that we would like to add to the project is the ability to do CT scans within the ICU unit. Currently, ICU patients must be moved from the ICU unit down to our existing imaging center if they require any imaging. Many ICU patients require imaging to determine whether the procedure or treatment provided has been successful.  Moving seriously ill patients, some of whom are on ventilators and other life support equipment, from the ICU presents several problems. For the patient, it exposes them to other infectious diseases present in the hospital. In addition, the trip itself for many critically ill and injured patients can be extremely unsettling or even painful. For the staff, moving a patient from the ICU is incredibly labor intensive and stressful. Some patients can take 4 or more staff members to safely move them and these movements must be carefully choreographed. One of the items needed for the new ICU unit is a dedicated CT scanner. Currently, ICU patients must be moved from the ICU unit down to the existing imaging center if they require any imaging. As you can imagine, moving critically ill patients, some of whom are on ventilators and other life support equipment, is difficult for the patients and the staff. This equipment will support both patients and team members and will support HMH's continued vision of excellence in care.



 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick

Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability. 

 

 



 

 

Project Name: New Bridge Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Emergency Dept. Expansion Project

Request Amount: $3,000,000

Intended Recipient: Care Plus Bergen Inc. DBA Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

Full Street Address of Recipient: 230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus New Jersey, 07652

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: The investment is essential to ensure the ability of Bergen County’s safety net facility to treat the vulnerable and underserved populations in our County while being a resource for all residents’ emergency needs-both mental health and medical. This renovation is the lynchpin in New Bridge Medical Center’s equity plan to provide access to care for those communities who were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and who have traditionally had higher rates of chronic illness, comorbidities, and substance use and mental health needs. Funding for this project is essential and is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds to assist the Medical Center in fulfilling its mission and commitment to the community health needs by providing the unique and much needed specialty care and resources to the residents of Bergen County and beyond. Never again should we find ourselves in a situation where healthcare providers are not funded adequately to be best equipped and prepared to care for their communities mental and medical needs through any crisis.

 

 


 

 

Project Name: Newton Medical Center Behavioral Health Department Renovations Project

Request Amount: $750,000

Intended Recipient: Atlantic Health System

Full Street Address of Recipient: 475 South St, Morristown New Jersey, 07962

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: The funding would be used to add a $1.83 million state of the science emergency department behavioral health suite that includes 5 private rooms in a secure area, with an adjacent overflow area to accommodate surges. The rooms will be designed to meet the increasing volume and lengths of stay in the ED. The rooms are designed to reduce ligature risks and other methods for individuals to harm themselves or others. In-room toilets and sinks need to meet strict safety standards. The entire behavioral zone will be secured with a sally port that has double locked doors to prevent patients from eloping or mixing with the Main ED. This zone will also have sound attenuation, helping maintain a quiet environment. The clinical teams will have better visualization of each room through workstations with glass dividers for direct visibility to rooms, and satellite sitter stations outside rooms for direct suicide prevention. This project will also improve safety for staff by providing a safe zone within the nurse station.

Like most hospitals around the country, Newton Medical Center has seen an increasing need in the community for behavioral health services. While the stresses of the pandemic have certainly played a role, the overall rise in the need for behavioral health care predates the coronavirus outbreak, and will continue to grow when a degree of normalcy resumes in the daily lives of our patients. In particular, the Emergency Department (ED) has seen a growing number of cases presenting for treatment, and these cases require specialized treatment areas that are removed from the general population of ED patients. Behavioral health cases have been growing in prevalence nationwide, even before the pandemic, and Newton Medical Center is no exception. The prior growth rate was 6% per year, up from 2,165 annual visits in 2017, to 2,442 visits in 2019. The projected growth rate is 4.1% per year over the next 5 years. At present, the current patient load is an average of 3.4 behavioral health patients per day, with up to five patients on a busy day. In extreme cases, the peak patient load for behavioral health can top out at as many as 9 in a single day. When the number of behavioral health patients exceeds the two dedicated rooms available, those individuals spill out into other ED rooms, or are forced to wait in hallways. For patients in a behavioral health crisis, this is not an optimal situation, and in addition to potentially being dangerous to them, it also presents risk and stress for more routine medical ED patients. 

Accordingly, Newton Medical Center is in need of a dedicated behavioral health suite according to best practices in order to deliver the highest standard of care to the community. 

 




Project Name: Paramus Borough Prospect Avenue Sewer Pump Station Project

Request Amount: $250,000

Intended Recipient: Borough of Paramus

Full Street Address of Recipient: 1 Jockish Square Paramus New Jersey 07652

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: This proposed sewer pump replacement project will replace three (3) pumps within the station.The Prospect Avenue Sewer Pump Station has experienced increased demand as a result of new infrastructure within the Borough. In response to COAH legislation, Paramus revised ordinances to allow for redevelopment. As a result, the Borough now includes a hospital campus, in addition to Valley Hospital, and inclusionary development for COAH. Currently, this station handles 75% of the Borough’s sewage flow, which then gets pumped to the Bergen County Utility Authority. 

 




Project Name: Ridgewood Water Drinking Water Treatment Facilities Construction

Request Amount: $8,187,870

Intended Recipient: The Village of Ridgewood

Full Street Address of Recipient: 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07451

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: Ridgewood Water is looking to fund the building of necessary drinking water treatment facilities to meet New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and the United State Environmental Protection Agency PFAS contaminant mitigation to non-detection levels by 2025.

 




Project Name: Borough of Saddle River’s Sewer Main Construction Project

Request Amount: $1,182,562

Intended Recipient: Borough of Saddle River

Full Street Address of Recipient: 100 East Allendale Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: This complex construction plan involves tunneling under NJ Route 17, a major four lane state highway. 1,960 linear feet of piping will connect a sewer manhole at East Allendale and Boroline Road in the western portion of Saddle River to the site of a new 128-unit affordable rental community. The sewer infrastructure will serve residents earning up to 60% of the Bergen County area median income. At least six units are reserved for special needs tenants.  The Borough’s designated developer anticipates breaking ground in the first quarter of 2022. The $28 million project will create more than 200 construction jobs. The Borough has invested more than $4 million to acquire the properties necessary to complete the project.




 


Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s Community Project Funding Submissions

(alphabetical order)

Project Name: Hackensack University Medical Center's CT Scanner Acquisition Project

Request Amount: $776,452

Intended Recipient: Hackensack Meridian Health


Full Street Address of Recipient: 343 Thornall St 8th Floor, Edison New Jersey, 08837


Explanation of the Request: Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) treated New Jersey s first COVID positive patient on March 4, 2020 and, since that time, has treated nearly 4,000 COVID patients. HUMC converted its cafeteria into a COVID wing in order to manage the significant influx of patients, further demonstrating the need for this expansion.  One of the items that we would like to add to the project is the ability to do CT scans within the ICU unit. Currently, ICU patients must be moved from the ICU unit down to our existing imaging center if they require any imaging. Many ICU patients require imaging to determine whether the procedure or treatment provided has been successful.  Moving seriously ill patients, some of whom are on ventilators and other life support equipment, from the ICU presents several problems. For the patient, it exposes them to other infectious diseases present in the hospital. In addition, the trip itself for many critically ill and injured patients can be extremely unsettling or even painful. For the staff, moving a patient from the ICU is incredibly labor intensive and stressful. Some patients can take 4 or more staff members to safely move them and these movements must be carefully choreographed. One of the items needed for the new ICU unit is a dedicated CT scanner. Currently, ICU patients must be moved from the ICU unit down to the existing imaging center if they require any imaging. As you can imagine, moving critically ill patients, some of whom are on ventilators and other life support equipment, is difficult for the patients and the staff. This equipment will support both patients and team members and will support HMH's continued vision of excellence in care.


 


 

Project Name: New Bridge Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Emergency Dept. Expansion Project

Request Amount: $3,000,000

Intended Recipient: Care Plus Bergen Inc. DBA Bergen New Bridge Medical Center


Full Street Address of Recipient: 230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus New Jersey, 07652


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: The investment is essential to ensure the ability of Bergen County’s safety net facility to treat the vulnerable and underserved populations in our County while being a resource for all residents’ emergency needs-both mental health and medical. This renovation is the lynchpin in New Bridge Medical Center’s equity plan to provide access to care for those communities who were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and who have traditionally had higher rates of chronic illness, comorbidities, and substance use and mental health needs. Funding for this project is essential and is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds to assist the Medical Center in fulfilling its mission and commitment to the community health needs by providing the unique and much needed specialty care and resources to the residents of Bergen County and beyond. Never again should we find ourselves in a situation where healthcare providers are not funded adequately to be best equipped and prepared to care for their communities mental and medical needs through any crisis.


 


 


Project Name: Newton Medical Center Behavioral Health Department Renovations Project

Request Amount: $750,000

Intended Recipient: Atlantic Health System


Full Street Address of Recipient: 475 South St, Morristown New Jersey, 07962


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: The funding would be used to add a $1.83 million state of the science emergency department behavioral health suite that includes 5 private rooms in a secure area, with an adjacent overflow area to accommodate surges. The rooms will be designed to meet the increasing volume and lengths of stay in the ED. The rooms are designed to reduce ligature risks and other methods for individuals to harm themselves or others. In-room toilets and sinks need to meet strict safety standards. The entire behavioral zone will be secured with a sally port that has double locked doors to prevent patients from eloping or mixing with the Main ED. This zone will also have sound attenuation, helping maintain a quiet environment. The clinical teams will have better visualization of each room through workstations with glass dividers for direct visibility to rooms, and satellite sitter stations outside rooms for direct suicide prevention. This project will also improve safety for staff by providing a safe zone within the nurse station.


Like most hospitals around the country, Newton Medical Center has seen an increasing need in the community for behavioral health services. While the stresses of the pandemic have certainly played a role, the overall rise in the need for behavioral health care predates the coronavirus outbreak, and will continue to grow when a degree of normalcy resumes in the daily lives of our patients. In particular, the Emergency Department (ED) has seen a growing number of cases presenting for treatment, and these cases require specialized treatment areas that are removed from the general population of ED patients. Behavioral health cases have been growing in prevalence nationwide, even before the pandemic, and Newton Medical Center is no exception. The prior growth rate was 6% per year, up from 2,165 annual visits in 2017, to 2,442 visits in 2019. The projected growth rate is 4.1% per year over the next 5 years. At present, the current patient load is an average of 3.4 behavioral health patients per day, with up to five patients on a busy day. In extreme cases, the peak patient load for behavioral health can top out at as many as 9 in a single day. When the number of behavioral health patients exceeds the two dedicated rooms available, those individuals spill out into other ED rooms, or are forced to wait in hallways. For patients in a behavioral health crisis, this is not an optimal situation, and in addition to potentially being dangerous to them, it also presents risk and stress for more routine medical ED patients. 


Accordingly, Newton Medical Center is in need of a dedicated behavioral health suite according to best practices in order to deliver the highest standard of care to the community. 






 



Project Name: Sussex Borough Water Utility Improvement Project

Request Amount: $100,000

Intended Recipient: Borough of Sussex

Full Street Address of Recipient: 2 Main Street, Sussex, NJ 07461

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: We are seeking an Acoustic Leak Detection System and funding for repairs. The Borough maintains a Water Utility system that is over 100 years old. The system routinely suffers leaks, some detected and some unnoticed, until there is a broken pipe. There is no way to detect leaks and repair them before they become breaks. 

 




Project Name: Sussex County Elderly, Veteran, and Employment Services Transportation Services

Request Amount: $500,000

Intended Recipient: County of Sussex

Full Street Address of Recipient: One Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860 

Link to Member Financial Certification

Explanation of the Request: This improvement will allow for the replacement of vehicles within the Sussex County Office of Transit. Sussex County Office of Transit provides over 65,259 rides a year to County residents through public transportation and paratransit services. These services include assisted transportation, employment transportation, veterans transportation, and senior citizen transportation. The specific request is for five (5) extended cutaway buses (16 passenger plus 2 wheelchairs). 




 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick


Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability. 



 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick


Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability. 



 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick


Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability. 



 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick


Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability. 



 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick


Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability. 



 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick


Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability. 



 

Project Name: Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades

Request Amount: $23,280

Intended Recipient: Township of Hardwick


Full Street Address of Recipient: 40 Spring Valley Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825


Link to Member Financial Certification


Explanation of the Request: This request will allow us to upgrade Hardwick's computer services, specifically to redesign and replace the town's municipal home page, purchase a new server, enhance security features and upgrade email hosting, backup and archiving. This project is a priority as our website and computer equipment are outdated. We have recently gotten Altice/Optimum to run an internet line to Hardwick Town Hall after several years of negotiation so we will be able to receive high speed internet service that will be far superior and more reliable than the slow speed, unstable service offered by Century Link. The benefits to our residents include: (1) A new Town webpage that will be more user friendly and intuitive to use, is better organized and compatible with iPhones and IPads; (2) The new webpage will allow residents to pay taxes, dog licenses and taxes electronically; (3) Overall faster and more reliable internet services with fewer disruptions and service failures; (4) Enhanced security upgrades and protection for municipal files, records and system backup capability.