ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Eric Miller, Supervising Engineering Aide
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the installation of previously designed drainage improvements to address a long-standing storm water issue.
Storm drainage improvements have been designed to address a long-standing icing condition. This project is scheduled to be constructed by in-house DPW staff prior to the onset of winter.
LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW
Five (5) initial, single-family, residential lot development plans were reviewed for compliance with Section 110-4 of the Township Code and any applicable Board resolutions. Four (4) as-built / final plans were 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.
A construction plan and estimate of quantities were completed and submitted to the Director of Public Works. This major storm drainage improvement has been scheduled for in-house construction by DPW staff.
RIGHT-OF-WAY ENTRY PERMIT
Discussions were held with the Interim Township Administrator on the proposed new legislation to replace the current antiquated Street Excavation Permit. The current law only protects the road. The proposed law intends to protect all municipal infrastructures within the public right-of-way.
TIER “A” MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT
A preliminary detention basin map was prepared for the stormwater consultant. As the NJDEP requirements for stormwater continue to increase, the municipality must work to stay in compliance.
- 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 61 occasions. Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 29 of these issues.
- Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 102 occasions.
- Five large format copies were made for $5.00 each. Six no charge maps were made for other offices, boards and/or committees.
- File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 22 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 28 occasions.
- One Zoning Board of Adjustment application was reviewed for any possible conflicts with Township infrastructure and/or projects.
- One department head meeting was attended.
- Three Street Excavation Permits were received, reviewed and processed.
- Project status meetings were attended with the Township Administrator on three occasions.
- Engineering Department staff attended the Recreation Center Roof Replacement pre-bid field meeting.
- One lien assignment request was reviewed with comments submitted to the Tax Collector.
- One Minor Soil permit application was reviewed and processed.
AWOSTING ROAD - SECTION 2
Construction bids were received at 10:00 am on September 6th. Based upon recommendations from Engineering and the Township attorney, the Governing Body authorized contract award, via resolution, at the September 18th Governing Body Meeting. The improvements to Awosting Road are being partially funded by a $273,000 State Aid grant.
CANISTEAR ROAD – SECTION 3
Construction bids were received at 10:00 am on September 6th. Based upon recommendations from Engineering and the Township attorney, the Governing Body authorized contract award, via resolution, at the September 18th Governing Body Meeting. The improvements to Canistear Road, between Route 23 and Henderson Road are being partially funded by a $315,000 State Aid grant. Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the installation of storm drainage elements necessary to alleviate an ice condition at the railroad trestle in advance of contract milling and paving.
FARRELL FIELD REHABILITATION
A field meeting was held with DPW and Engineering on the first day of construction. The rehabilitation of two soccer fields (regrading/topsoil) is being partially funded by a Passaic County Open Space grant. Construction inspection is being provided as needed.
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the replacement of a failing crossdrain pipe in advance of contract paving. The first 1,850 feet from Route 23 is being paved under the 2019 Township Road Resurfacing Program.
RECREATION CENTER ROOF REPLACEMENT
Engineering Division staff worked with the Interim Township Administrator to develop bid specifications for the subject roof replacement. Competitive bids were received on September 19th. Governing Body consideration for award of contract is scheduled for October 2nd.
RESERVOIR ROAD – SECTION 3
Final closeout documents were prepared and submitted to NJDOT Local Aid – Mt. Arlington for the widening and resurfacing of Reservoir Road. This project has been partially funded by a $250,000 State grant.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
A preconstruction meeting was held with the contractor and involved utilities to discuss construction sequencing and start date for Township road improvements for the existing dirt/gravel neighborhood to include Harrison Street, Jefferson Street, Walnut Street and Paul Street. The Notice to Proceed has been issued for construction to begin on or about October 1, 2019.
STOWAWAY ROAD BRIDGE
Meetings and preliminary discussions have begun with The Township Administrator, Governing Body and the Stowaway Park neighborhood. The privately owned and built 1984 bridge is in poor condition and must be replaced.
TOWNSIP GUIDERAIL PROGRAM
Although not funded in 2019, guiderail repairs are required based on funds reclaimed from insurance companies for motor vehicle accidents resulting in damage to public property. Additionally, repairs are required for hit and run damage where no accident investigation report was prepared. The Township Council approved the recommendation to award a not to exceed $37,000 contract to the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council guiderail contractor. The repairs are tentatively scheduled for November 2019.
2019 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM
A preconstruction meeting was held with the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council paving contractor, involved utilities and the DPW Director. The goal is to have all contract milling and paving completed in October. This year’s program 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). Milling limits were marked out for all roads in advance of contract resurfacing.