ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Charles Carbone, Supervising Engineering Aide
On March 17th the Township closed all municipal buildings to non-essential public access. On March 20th the Township closed all municipal buildings to non-essential staff. Since March 23rd, Engineering Division staff have been working from home with limited access to the office on a case by case basis as permitted by the OEM (Office of Emergency Management) Coordinator. During this unprecedented time the Engineering Division continues to provide as much service to the community as possible.
Engineering staff performed an inspection, per a resident request, regarding a long-standing drainage concern. The inspection confirmed the need for continued requests for capital funding to address the drainage concern.
LOT DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PLAN
One (1) initial, single-family, residential lot development plans were reviewed for compliance with Section 110-4 of the Township Code and any applicable Board resolutions. All lot development plan review results are entered into the “Spatial Data Logic” system. The results are also posted for public consumption within the Engineering Division section of the Township’s website (www.westmilford.org) under the Site Plan Tracker.
2021 NJDOT MUNICIPAL AID GRANTS
West Milford qualifies for (2) Roadway Preservation and (1) Bikeway application annually. For 2021, draft applications have been prepared for Governing Body approval to include Morsetown Road, Clinton Road and Westbrook Road. If the Township Council greenlights the applications on June 10th, they will be submitted through NJDOT S.A.G.E. (System for Administering Grants Electronically) prior to the July 1st deadline.
Engineering staff performed an inspection, per a resident request, regarding a drainage concern.
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the installation of previously designed storm drainage improvements to address a long-standing water issue. The project, consisting of 1600 feet of pipe and 11 new structures began late in 2019.
Technical assistance was provided to the Department of Public Works for evaluating and designing a storm drainage improvement project to address an on-going drainage concern.
2019-2020 WINTER STORM MAINTENANCE
The 2019-2020 Snow Plowing Services contract expired on April 30th. During the 2019-2020 winter season, six contractors provided 37 additional manned trucks to supplement Township staff for snow removal services during two winter storms.
- Technical assistance, regarding lot development plans, storm drainage issues, active construction projects, flood zones, right-of-way issues, etc. was provided to concerned residents on 30 occasions. Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 6 of these issues.
- Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 36 occasions.
- File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 3 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 6 occasions.
- 3 Right-of-Way Entry permits were reviewed, inspected and forwarded to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
- Updated the Facilities Committee spreadsheet of Township Active projects.
- A review of, and telephone conference call held regarding, the alternative bridge designs for the possible reconstruction of the Stowaway Road bridge.
- Research was performed to address traffic concerns at the Recreation Center driveway.
- One Minor Soil Permit was issued.
AWOSTING ROAD - SECTION 2
The New Jersey Department of Transportation approved the close out documents for this Municipal Aid grant project completed in November 2019. This project was partially funded by a $273,000 Local Aid grant.
CANISTEAR ROAD - SECTION 3
The NJDOT approved the close out documents for this Municipal Aid grant project completed in December 2019. This project was partially funded by a $315,000 Local Aid grant.
CLINTON ROAD - SECTION 3
Preliminary field work and construction plan preparation for the resurfacing of Clinton Road between Passaic County Structures #175 and #177 began. This 0.8-mile project is being partially funded by a $215,000 State Aid roadway infrastructure grant.
RIDGE ROAD - SECTION 3, CONTRACT 5
Verizon relocated the buried service line in conflict with the proposed block curb on May 1, 2020. Utility conflicts have hindered this project since July 2018. A contractor completed remaining minor construction items prior to surface course paving on May 27th. The Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council vendor (Tilcon, NY) was contacted and indicated a potential start date for milling and paving weather permitting of June 2nd and 4th, respectively. This NJDOT project is partially funded by a $248,228 Bikeway grant. This is the final section of the 1999 envisioned Bikeway to connect the Town Center to the major schools complex (Highlander Drive).
RIDGE ROAD - SECTION 6
Preliminary field work and construction plan preparation for the resurfacing of Ridge Road between Union Valley Road and Cahill Cross Road continued. Field inspections by Engineering staff, under social distancing guidelines, were performed. This 1.2-mile project is being partially funded by a $290,000 State Aid roadway infrastructure grant.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Asphalt curb, driveway restoration, property restoration and surface course paving of Harrison Street and Paul Street was completed. Remaining construction items for Jefferson Street and Walnut Street include surface course pavement and property restoration. Full-time inspection is provided throughout construction. Utility companies were contacted for the removal of a utility pole on Paul Street within the proposed improvements.