Sugar Grove benefits from AMVETS gift

Community projects in Sugar Grove Borough have received an $17,500 boost.

AMVETS Post 50 Commander Jeff VanArsdale was present at borough council’s meeting Monday night to present a check for $17,500 to the borough.

“AMVETS Post 50 of Sugar Grove would like to thank you for accepting our offer to assist the Borough with a few community projects,” VanArsdale wrote in a letter to council. “We take enormous pride in serving our great nation’s veterans, those now serving and our local community. AMVETS Post 50 has enormous support from our membership that allows our organization to give back.”

The infusion of funds will help offset costs for several community projects including $4,500 towards the cost of electrical work to update wiring for Christmas lights in the borough, $6,000 to purchase new Christmas street lights as well as $6,000 toward the installation of a drinking fountain in the town park.

AMVETS will also provide an additional $1,000 for lighting and painting of the park pavilion.

“AMVETS considers itself very fortunate to be in a position where we can help others,” VanArsdale wrote. “Our members are willing to support projects in the community,” he told council.

“We really appreciate this,” Sugar Grove Mayor Dutch Strand said.

Later in the meeting, Councilman Gregory Wilson informed his colleagues that Camp Stone, a Jewish summer camp outside of Sugar Grove, has ordered the water fountain and will “pay for it in total.” The fountain cost $4,600. “With donations tonight from the AMVETS, the project should be completely paid for,” said Wilson, calling the fountain donation “a phenomenal contribution to the project. They (Camp Stone) are going to donate some labor toward the installation as well.”

Council President Kevin McIntyre said the borough will still need estimates on installation of a pump and the rest of the labor in order to put those items out for bid. Wilson said that the bid threshold is $10,500 but that this project “will be well below. It’s not going to be anywhere near $10,500,” noting that this element of the project was estimated at approximately $3,000 in the past.