ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Eric Miller, Supervising Engineering Aide
The budget preparation process for 2020 has begun. Newly revised forms were received from Administration. Current and estimated 2019 year end expenditures were tabulated. Estimates and quotes for 2020 operating and capital expenditures are being pursued and/or calculated. Preliminary budget hearings, with Administration, are set to begin in December.
LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW
Three (3) initial, single-family, residential lot development plans were reviewed for compliance with Section 110-4 of the Township Code and any applicable Board resolutions. One (1) as-built / final plan was reviewed, inspected and processed. 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 Lot Development Plan Tracker.
MORSETOWN ROAD BRIDGE #1600-312C
The Passaic County Engineer ordered an emergency closing of one lane over this failing structure at the intersection of Morsetown Road and Kitchell Lake Drive. The bridge must be replaced under emergency conditions. There is a preconstruction meeting scheduled for early December. The plan is to completely close Morsetown Road as soon as the new precast culvert is manufactured for installation.
Technical assistance is being provided to DPW staff for installation of previously designed storm drainage improvements to address a long-standing water problem. The total project, consisting of 1,600 feet of pipe and 13 structures, will be constructed as weather permits.
2019 – 2020 WINTER STORM MAINTENANCE
Snowplow maps were generated from previously designed routes utilizing the GIS system. Maps were printed for DPW staff and the five contractors providing 36 additional manned trucks to supplement Township manpower and equipment.
- assistance, regarding lot development plans, storm drainage issues, active construction projects, flood zones, right-of-way issues, etc. was provided to concerned residents on 44 occasions. Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 11 of these issues.
- Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 60 occasions.
- Two large format copies were made for $5.00 each. Four no charge maps were made for other offices, boards and/or committees.
- File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 24 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 21 occasions.
- One Zoning Board of Adjustment application was reviewed for any possible conflicts with Township infrastructure and/or pending projects.
- One Planning Board application was reviewed for any possible conflicts with Township infrastructure and/or pending projects.
- Weekly meetings with the Interim Township Administrator on two occasions.
- One department head meeting was attended.
- One Street Excavation Permit was reviewed, bond established and submitted to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
- The Nosenzo Pond Park Storywalk route was staked out for DPW construction.
AWOSTING ROAD - SECTION 2
NJDOT Local Aid – Mt. Arlington was notified that all construction items are complete. The subsequent inspection results from Local Aid were positive with no corrective action required. The Township now has six months to file closeout documents to receive the final 25% of the grant allotment. The improvements to Awosting Road have been partially funded by a $273,000 State Aid grant.
CANISTEAR ROAD – SECTION 3
Full time inspection was provided for the milling and paving of Canistear Road between Route 23 and Henderson Road. The improvements to Canistear Road are being partially funded by a $315,000 State Aid grant.
BUBBLING SPRINGS LOWER POND DAM
The contracted engineering firm hired for the design of the dam rehabilitation has gone out of business. Documents were submitted to Ferriero Engineering to continue the project through construction. The Township has received an NJDEP Dam Safety loan for the construction of this project. Construction is tentatively planned for autumn 2021.
HIGH CREST DRIVE BRIDGE
The Township owns five bridges which includes the failing High Crest Drive bridge. The bridge has been studied on several occasions and recommended for replacement. The project is complicated by the fact that it spans the outlet structure for the High Crest Lake dam. The Township has been working closely with the High Crest Lake Association for a simultaneous designed solution to address dam rehabilitation and bridge replacement. The Association’s contract engineer provided a quote for preliminary bridge design services for consideration by the Governing Body in the New Year.
RIDGE ROAD – SECTION 3, CONTRACT 5
The overhead utility relocations have finally recommenced now that the Indiana bat hibernation has begun. All of the old poles have been removed with the exception of one that includes underground services and will require trenching to address the new pole location. Once the final old pole is removed there will be minor constructed items remaining prior to surface course paving.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Full time inspection is being provided for the installation of the newly designed storm drainage system for the dirt/gravel road neighborhood that includes Harrison Street, Jefferson Street, Walnut Street and Paul Street. Base course paving was completed for Jefferson Street and Walnut Street. The goal is to complete base course paving on all streets before the end of 2019.
STOWAWAY ROAD BRIDGE
A contract award recommendation for preliminary engineering was drafted for Governing Body consideration at the December 4th Workshop Meeting. A field meeting was held with a representative from Verizon for the relocation of overhead utilities. A field meeting was held with a representative from P.S.E. & G. for further discussion on the gas main relocation that is currently strapped to the underside of the bridge.
2019 TOWNSHIP GUIDERAIL PROGRAM
Inspection was provided for the replacement of damaged guide rails and end sections. The not to exceed $37,000 contract, approved by the Governing Body, was completed utilizing the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council. The project address damaged guiderail on Awosting Road, Canistear Road, Clinton Road, Morsetown Road and Westbrook Road.
2019 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM
Full-time inspection was provided to the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council paving contractor for the milling and paving of Caro Drive and Albertine Place. These two streets were added to the 2019 program due to program savings arising from favorable Asphalt Escalation adjustments. State law requires that Asphalt Escalation applies to all contracts containing more than 1,000 tons of asphalt. When the worldwide commodity price of AC (Asphaltic Cement) is up, the contractor must receive additional compensation above the contract price per ton. When the AC is down, the customer receives a reduction in the price per ton. The original program roads includes Allendale Road, Brady Street, Clinton Road (section), Deal Road, Doe Run, Elm Street, Evergreen Road, Germantown Road (section), Harvey Road, Maine Road, Melinda Lane, Morsetown Road (section), Newark Road, Pierce Avenue, Plumridge Road, Renault Road, Winding Way and Wooley Road (section).