ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Charles Carbone, Supervising Engineering Aide
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. A virtual preconstruction meeting was hosted by the Passaic County Planning and Economic Development Department to discuss the project. The contractor indicated a potential start date in June.
EAST SHORE ROAD
A resident concern was reviewed and information provided to contact Passaic County for this county-owned road.
The Department of Public Works work order system, Facility Dude / Mobile 311, was contacted for the update of users and profiles to address concerns regarding the software. The program, utilized by the DPW, assists in tracking and monitoring work orders electronically and with mobile devices.
The traffic counter was dispatched on Germantown Road to collect traffic data. The data will be utilized for grant applications and road improvement purposes.
An investigation regarding vehicle and truck use on Gould Road and Wooley Road was performed. The Police Department was contacted to discuss the concern.
An inspection was performed and Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District was contacted in regards to a soil operation on Hi-Lo Terrace.
LAMBERT ROAD / BURR COURT
A site meeting was attended to discuss potential drainage improvements at Lambert Road and Burr Court. The water source originating from private property results in icing and drainage concerns on the roadway.
LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW
One (1) initial, single-family, residential lot development plan was reviewed for compliance with Section 110-4 of the Township Code and any applicable Board resolutions. Two (2) as-built / final plans were 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.
A soil and material moving operation was inspected due to staffing availability. Reviewing departments and agencies were contacted regarding the material being transported and used at this farm assessed site.
Field work was completed at Marisa Court to potentially identify a resident drainage concern. The results of the field work were discussed with Engineering and DPW staff.
Information regarding a resident concern was provided to reviewing Township departments to address the ongoing concern.
2022 NJDOT MUNICIPAL AID GRANTS
Grant applications were prepared for submission to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the 2022 fiscal year. Resolutions were prepared for Governing Body consideration at the June 9th meeting. If the Township Council greenlights the applications for Germantown Road – Section 1 and Morsetown Road – Section 3, they will be submitted through NJDOT S.A.G.E. (System for Administering Grants Electronically) prior to the July 1st deadline.
NORTH GLENWOOD ROAD
An inspection was performed in regards to access to a local commercial farm from North Glenwood Road.
PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The 2021 Road Rating lists for main and local roads were updated to reflect the most current ratings. Data was updated as needed for the lists. 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.
PASSAIC COUNTY EQUIPMENT STORAGE STRUCTURE
An on-site preliminary field meeting was attended with Passaic County Engineering Department staff to discuss the impending project at the Township / County Salt Storage complex. A virtual preconstruction meeting was attended with the contractor and county officials.
The Township stormwater mapping deliverables, funded by a NJ Highlands Council grant, was reviewed and discussed with staff. Stormwater infrastructure throughout the Township was GPS-located and imported into GIS software to create a comprehensive map identifying the structures.
STOWAWAY ROAD BRIDGE
A site meeting was held with the various utility companies to discuss the temporary relocation of the utilities for the removal and replacement of the Stowaway Road superstructure.
VILLAGE ON RIDGE SUBDIVISION
The Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District was contacted regarding the ongoing development of the Village on Ridge subdivision. Township staff were contacted regarding activities and inspections were performed to ensure compliance for properties with an approved individual lot development plan.
- 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 44 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 30 occasions.
- File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 3 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 9 occasions.
- 3 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.
- Open space and recreation properties were investigated.
- 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
Construction plans were provided to the consultant Township Engineer prior to NJDOT submittal for the resurfacing project of Clinton Road between Passaic County Bridges #175 and #177. The plans are anticipated to be provided to the NJDOT early June. 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 a separate contract utilizing the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council. Miscellaneous drainage improvements are to be completed in-house prior to resurfacing.
CLINTON ROAD - SECTION 4
Preliminary fieldwork continued for the resurfacing of Clinton Road between Passaic County Bridge #175 and 1.2 mile south, bordering the northern portion of Clinton Reservoir. This resurfacing project is being partially funded by a $284,000 State Aid roadway grant.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - HANOVER, ALPINE, ET AL
Base plan design began 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 began May 26th and is anticipated to be completed during the first week of June. The program was postponed at the end of 2020 as a result of Covid-19 related delays and unfavorable weather. The contractor confirmed completing the work during the 2021 construction season. 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 GUIDE RAIL PROGRAM
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. A resolution was prepared for Governing Body consideration at the June 9th meeting.
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.