ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Charles Carbone, P.E., Supervising Engineering Aide
Technical assistance was provided to the Department of Public Works for drainage improvements on Cliff Road to address icing concerns. As built drainage improvements included the construction of approximately 30 linear feet of underdrain pipe into the existing drainage system.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FY2019
This Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development program, administered by the Passaic County Planning Department, provides for improvements that benefit low to moderate income citizens. This program has been utilized by the Township for public improvement projects within the qualifying blocks or benefiting recipients as determined by the US census. A.D.A. (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements serve all citizens and are exempt from the low-mod block designation. The Contractor began work on June 21st to renovate an existing Town Hall restroom for A.D.A. compliance as part of this FY2019 CDBG project. The CDBG grant administrators were contacted for reporting of this project.
LAKE PARK TERRACE
Technical assistance was provided to the Department of Public Works for drainage improvements on Lake Park Terrace to address stormwater runoff concerns. As built drainage improvements included the construction of approximately 140 linear feet of stormwater drainage pipe and two stormwater inlets into existing drainage systems.
LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW
Six (6) initial, single-family, residential lot development plan was 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 as needed. 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.
2022 NJDOT MUNICIPAL AID GRANTS
The Township Council approved, by resolution, the submission of the 2022 NJDOT Municipal Aid grants for Germantown Road – Section 1 and Morsetown Road – Section 3. The applications were submitted through the NJDOT S.A.G.E. (System for Administering Grants Electronically) prior to the July 1st deadline.
NOSENZO POND PARK – PHASE 4
Resolutions were prepared, for Township Council consideration, to accept a Passaic County Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund grant and award a professional services contract for design of improvements. The Nosenzo Pond Park – Phase 4 project intends to provide funding for improvements to the individual subsurface sewage disposal system and potable well at this recreational facility.
PASSAIC COUNTY EQUIPMENT STORAGE STRUCTURE
An on-site field meeting was attended with Passaic County Engineering Department staff, the contractor and this department to discuss the project at the Township / County Salt Storage complex.
A soil and material moving operation was reviewed due to staffing availability. Reviewing departments and agencies were contacted regarding the material being transported and used at this property.
The Township stormwater mapping deliverables, funded by a NJ Highlands Council grant, was reviewed and discussed with the Contractor. Stormwater infrastructure throughout the Township was GPS-located and imported into GIS software to create a comprehensive map identifying the structures and status. Payment vouchers were processed for the completed work.
UPPER GREENWOOD ROAD / GLADSTONE ROAD
Technical assistance was provided to the Department of Public Works for inlet replacement at the Upper Greenwood Road and Gladstone Road intersection.
- 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 43 occasions. Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 7 of these issues.
- Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 28 occasions.
- File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 14 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 10 occasions.
- 4 Right-of-Way Entry permits were reviewed, inspected and forwarded to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
- A safety committee teleconference meeting was attended.
- A Joint Environmental Remediation Committee meeting was attended.
- A NJDOT local aid webinar was attended.
- The soil permit ordinance was reviewed.
- A traffic study was performed on Germantown Road.
- Rain inspections were performed at various locations throughout the Township during a heavy rain event.
- Green Acres properties were researched.
- Four properties were reviewed for the Township Property Sale.
- Location maps were created for the Recreation Department.
- NJDOT Project Management and Reporting System webinar was attended.
- Open space and recreation properties were investigated.
- A site meeting was attended with legal counsel for a traffic incident on Route 23.
- The Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District was consulted for ongoing concerns throughout the Township and for a completed Township project.
CLINTON ROAD - SECTION 3
The NJDOT approved the construction documents for bidding. This resurfacing project, between Passaic County Bridges #175 and #177, was advertised on June 27th with a bid opening date of July 16th. This 0.8-mile project is being partially funded by a $215,000 State Aid roadway grant. Guide rail improvements within the project limits are to be completed under the guide rail program utilizing the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council. Miscellaneous drainage improvements are to be completed in-house prior to resurfacing.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - HANOVER, ALPINE, ET AL.
Base plan design continued for this proposed Road Assessment Program project. The design, construction plans and specifications will be prepared in order to bid the project after funding is approved. These dirt/gravel roads were accepted by the Township by ordinance in the summer of 2019.
2020 TOWNSHIP CRACK SEAL PROGRAM
The 2020 Township Crack Seal Program was completed June 2nd. This year’s program accounted for the sealing of approximately 96,000 linear feet of cracks on 2.8 miles of Township paved roads. The program was postponed at the end of 2020 as a result of Covid-19 related delays and unfavorable weather. Since instituting the program in 2002, the surface pavement cracks have been sealed on more than 69.6 miles of Township roads. Studies show that sealing pavement cracks can extend the surface life of the surface course pavement by as much as five years.
2021 TOWNSHIP GUIDE RAIL PROGRAM
The Township Council approved, by resolution, a construction contract utilizing the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council not to exceed $43,000. The 2021 Township Guide Rail Program intends to replace damaged guide rail at specific locations throughout the Township. Damaged guide rail on portions of Clinton Road, Morsetown Road, Otterhole Road and Warwick Turnpike are included in this year’s program. The Contractor was contacted regarding a construction schedule.
2021 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM
Preliminary fieldwork continued on the proposed roads to be resurfaced in the 2021 Township Road Resurfacing Program. Field visits and inspections were performed on a portion of the roads to identify potential improvements and repairs prior to resurfacing. Work lists were prepared for in-house completion prior to construction.