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January 2017  
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Eric Miller, Supervising Engineering Aide
The next step toward addressing the localized flooding resulting from the silt laden ditch along the rear of Bradrick Lane properties is NJDEP permissibility.  The consulting Township Engineer has identified environmental concerns that will impact any relief efforts.  A quote was received for survey and environmental studies that will move this issue to the level of a pre-application meeting with NJDEP.
Field survey work was performed on new septic components installed by DPW staff.  The field notes were submitted to the consulting Township Engineer for preparation of the required as-built plan.
NJDOT Municipal Aid applications, normally completed during summer, have been delayed due to the 2016 Transportation Trust Fund crisis.  Applications were prepared for Reservoir Road, Canistear Road and Cahill Cross Road.  Draft resolutions required for application submission will be considered by the governing body on February 1st.  The deadline for application submission through S.A.G.E. is February 3rd.
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the construction of a previously designed precast concrete block salt building.  The roof system will be an on-site assembled tensioned fabric structure similar to the 2015 Westbrook Depot project.
Contact was made with Lakeland Bank to discuss possible replacement of the Union Valley Road bus shelter damaged in a motor vehicle accident several years ago.  The existing location (concrete pad) is partially within an easement on the bank property.  In order to replace the shelter, consensus is being sought between the bank, Passaic County, NJ Transit and the Township.

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, one approved and one rejected.  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.
Two field inspections for site improvements were performed at the request of the contractor.  Photographs were taken and inspection reports prepared for the file.
An office file review and field investigation was completed with a representative from the Township Engineer’s office.  The long-standing storm drainage issue requires the environmental expertise to provide the best possible solution.
Field survey and design have begun to address a long-standing storm drainage issue that results in localized rear yard flooding of 6 properties during moderate to heavy rain events.
A meeting was attended with the Township Administrator, Construction Official, Electrical Inspector and contracted electrical engineer to resolve outstanding issues to move forward with an RFP for construction of switching the Town Hall electric service from the overhead, pole mounted transformer to a pad mounted transformer utilizing the new Rockland Electric underground storm hardening circuit.
Two Engineering Division staff members provided inspections for private snow plow contractors for 12.5 man-hours during the January 24th storm.  A storm event report was prepared for Administration based on information and statistics received from DPW.  Contractor vouchers were reviewed, revised if necessary and forwarded for payment.  Resident snowplow damage concerns were investigated with action taken when applicable.  Two additional storm event reports were prepared and submitted for smaller storms involving only DPW staff and material.  The total season summary was also brought up-to-date and submitted. 

  • 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 42 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 77 occasions.
  • Twenty-two large format map copies were made for $5.00 each. Two no-charge map copies were made for other Township Departments.
  • File research, map copies and/or information were provided to local engineers, land surveyors and attorneys on 17 occasions.
  • Assistance was provided to builders and contractors on 4 occasions.
  • An inspection and report were generated to address concerns over implementation of a forest management plan.
  • A field inspection was made of malfunctioning MUA infrastructure at the request of the Health Department.
  • An on-line Rutgers University survey was completed for NJDOT access management authorities
  • A State Senate Commerce Committee webinar was attended on the subject of the Field Turf Corporation.
  • Annual Street Index revisions are underway as per input received from Township departments.
  • The evolution of the Township Street Map continues.An index and Township information is being added to the back of the new color map of the Township.
  • Two Zoning Board applications were reviewed for any possible conflicts with Township infrastructure or potential future projects.
  • Consulting Township Engineer vouchers were reviewed on one occasion.
  • The MUA was contacted to discuss Street Excavation Permit requirements.
  • A review of Chapter 135 (Fees) was made.Suggestions were submitted to the Clerk’s Office.
  • Research was performed for two O.P.R.A. requests.Qualifying documents were submitted to the Clerk’s office when applicable.
  • Review and report to Administration for guide rail maintenance responsibilities relative to County infrastructure on Township roads.
  • One lien assignment request was reviewed.A report was submitted to the Tax Collector.
  • GIS maps included in the lawn cutting specifications were revised and submitted as requested by the Recreation Director.
  • Minor 2017 budget requests revisions were made as per review by the Township’s consultant.
  • The fourth quarter Sediment Control Retrofit Program report was prepared and submitted to all stakeholders.


A walkthrough was attended with the Network Administrator and contractor to investigate routes and connections for network and electric wires if the building is to be repurposed.  A walkthrough was attended with the Construction Official and Electrical Inspector to investigate possible code violations identified by the wiring contractor.
After months of discussion the County has agreed to the proposal to bifurcate the project into two contracts.  In a meeting with the building manufacturer and the primary installer last summer, the Township and County were provided with suggestions to potentially lower the cost of the project.  This joint venture has been advertised three times without an acceptable bid.  Revised plans and specifications are now being prepared for separate site and building contracts to be bid simultaneously.  With County approval this project is intended for re-bid in early 2017.
The contracted construction for the network fiber connection between Town hall and the new Library was completed.  This link will allow the Township facilities within the new Library to connect to the Town Hall server, telephone system and internet.  Inspection of the trenching was provided by the Engineering Division.  Inspection of the wiring and termination equipment is being provided by the Network Administrator.
A review was performed of final draft construction plans prepared by Passaic County for the replacement of a failing bridge on this Township road.  Comments from the Engineering Division and Police Department were submitted to the County Engineer.  The tentative schedule proposes the advertisement of bids in February for 2017 construction.  Due to environmental limitations, the bridge must be reconstructed while maintaining one-way alternating traffic.  The traffic will be controlled through the work zone by temporary traffic signals designed to favor downhill morning traffic and uphill evening traffic.  A status report was prepared and submitted to the Township Administrator


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