ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Charles Carbone, Supervising Engineering Aide
A resident concern was investigated regarding a drainage concern on Bisset Drive. The Department of Public Works was contacted regarding past work in the area. The water source originating from private property results in a drainage concern along the edge of pavement.
Technical assistance was provided to the DPW for the spring maintenance of the Bubbling Springs swimming lake.
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 FY2019 project intends to renovate a restroom at Town Hall for A.D.A. compliance. Bids were received on April 9th for this project and a recommendation of award was provided to the Governing Body for consideration at the May 5th meeting.
Upon request, a resident concern was investigated and findings reported to the Township Administrator.
Preliminary fieldwork was performed for the replacement of a stormwater inlet at the intersection of Gladstone Road and Upper Greenwood Road. Inlet design documents were provided to the DPW.
INDIVIDUAL SUBSURFACE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM AREA
In an effort to monitor and determine the required pumping of individual subsurface sewage disposal systems, the Health Department requested assistance in generating a list of properties. Utilizing Township and NJDEP GIS data, the preliminary information was compiled and being sorted prior to review by the Health Department. Preliminary maps were provided to the Health Department for review.
LAKE PARK TERRACE
Drainage improvements were designed to address drainage concerns in the area of #53 Lake Park Terrace. Initial drainage improvements intend to provide for the construction of two stormwater inlets, approximately 140 linear feet of stormwater drainage pipe and underdrain as needed. Construction is intended for the 2021 construction season and to be completed in-house.
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. 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.
Drainage improvements were designed and technical assistance provided to the DPW in the area of #261 Maple Road to address a drainage concern. Drainage improvements provided for the construction of two sedimentation basin units and the replacement of 420 linear feet of stormwater drainage pipe.
MEMBER DESIGNATED PROJECT
An application was submitted to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on April 27th for roadway improvements to Westbrook Road between Ridge Road and the Westbrook Recreation Center. A resolution was prepared, for Governing Body consideration, for the May 5th meeting. This federal project initiative offers projects to be supported by approved staff of the U.S. House of Representatives. A second potential project was discussed with the Township Administrator.
Drainage improvements were designed to address drainage concerns in the area of #120 Morsetown Road. The water source originating from private property results in icing and drainage concerns on the roadway. The impacted section is intended to be comprehensively repaired once complete.
PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The 2021 Road Rating lists for main and local roads were updated to reflect the most current ratings. The Pavement Management Program determines the resurfacing of Township roads through an analysis of multiple criteria for a comprehensive review of the Township’s pavement infrastructure.
SEDIMENT CONTROL RETROFIT PROGRAM
The first quarter report for 2021 was prepared and provided to Township staff and Upper Greenwood Lake Property Owner’s Association representatives.
SOIL FILL AND SOIL REMOVAL PERMIT
The Township Council amended, by ordinance, a section of the Township Code pertaining to soil fill and soil removal permits. The Township Engineer, Township Attorney and reviewing Township agencies provided input to revise the Code. The Planning Board reviews applications for Major Fill Permits (greater than 500 cubic yards). The Engineering Division is the issuing agency for Minor Fill Permits requiring 100 to 500 cubic yards of fill. No permit is required for applications less than 100 cubic yards, amended from 50 cubic yards previously. One Minor Fill Permit application was reviewed and approved. An additional soil transport activity was investigated and contact made with other reviewing agencies.
The Township stormwater mapping, funded by a NJ Highlands Council grant, is under review. Stormwater infrastructure throughout the Township was GPS-located and imported into GIS software to create a comprehensive map identifying the structures.
Fieldwork was performed at Witte Road for a resident concern regarding stormwater runoff at their property. A work order was created for DPW completion.
- 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 45 occasions. Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 9 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 6 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 7 occasions.
- 1 large format map copy was made at $5.00 each.
- 4 Right-of-Way Entry permits were reviewed, inspected and forwarded to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
- 2 Board of Adjustments plans were reviewed.
- An ADA zoom meeting was attended.
- A webinar on Low Impact Volume Pavement Design was attended.
- A Joint Environmental Remediation Committee was attended.
- A webinar for the New Jersey Department of Transportation Local Aid was attended.
- State agencies were contacted in regards to Woodland Management Plans, Farm Conservation Plans and other farming activity related regulations.
- Research was performed for a farm property.
- The in-house drainage project list was updated and provided to DPW staff.
- Inspections were performed to observe a drainage concern on Baldwin Drive. Inspections have been performed during heavy rain events during office hours since the concern was reported to Engineering staff.
CLINTON ROAD - SECTION 3
Plans were prepared for submission to the consultant Township Engineer for review prior to NJDOT submittal for the resurfacing project of Clinton Road between Passaic County Bridges #175 and #177. 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 intended to be complete under a separate contract utilizing the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council. Miscellaneous drainage improvements are intended to be completed in-house prior to resurfacing.
CLINTON ROAD - SECTION 4
Preliminary fieldwork began for the resurfacing of Clinton Road between Passaic County Bridge #175 and 1.0 mile south, bordering the northern portion of Clinton Reservoir. This resurfacing project is being partially funded by a $284,000 State Aid roadway grant.
RIDGE ROAD - SECTION 6
The required NJDOT grant close out documentation was prepared and submitted to the Local Aid Office for review. This 1.2-mile resurfacing project was partially funded by a $290,000 State Aid roadway infrastructure grant.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - HANOVER, ALPINE, ET AL
The remaining survey work was completed in-house. 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 postponed as a result of Covid-19 related delays and unfavorable weather. The contractor confirmed completing the work during the 2021 construction season. The contractor was contacted and provided a potential start date for the end of May to allow the street sweeping program throughout the Township to advance. The 2020 program intends to seal approximately 96,000 linear feet of cracks. Since instituting the program in 2002, the surface pavement cracks have been sealed on more than 66 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 ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM
Preliminary fieldwork was performed on the proposed roads to be resurfaced in the 2021 Township Road Resurfacing Program.