ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
OCTOBER 2019

‚ÄčEric Miller, Supervising Engineering Aide

 

 

CLOVER ROAD

Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the installation of previously designed storm drainage improvements to address a long-standing icing condition.  The project provided for the extension of an existing drainage system to include 350 feet of new perforated pipe and 3 new inlets.

JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION COMMITTEE

A meeting was attended with the committee and the consulting L.S.R.P. (Licensed Site Remediation Specialist) to discuss passage of a Governing Body resolution to authorize filing an easement to define all remediation actions undertaken at the Town Hall as required by NJDEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection).

LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW

Two (2) initial, single-family, residential lot development plans were 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.  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.

MARSHALL HILL ROAD

There is a 35 mph ordinance on the books since 1986 and yet this Passaic County road is posted at 40 mph.  Research indicates that a concurring resolution, from the County Freeholders, was never secured.  Municipalities are responsible for establishing speed limits for roads contained wholly within the municipality.  A request for a concurring resolution was sent to the County Engineer to confirm the 33 year old Township action.

MORSETOWN ROAD BRIDGE #1600-312C

The Passaic County Engineer has notified the Township that the subject bridge at the Kitchell Lake Drive intersection (near Westbrook Road) is in need of emergency replacement.  The proposed plan intends to close one lane immediately and close Morsetown Road completely during construction.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 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 69 occasions.  Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 13 of these issues.
  • Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 91 occasions.
  • Two large format copies were made for $5.00 each.  Sixteen no charge maps were made for other offices, boards and/or committees.
  • File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 32 occasions.
  • Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 26 occasions.
  • One Zoning Board of Adjustment application was reviewed for any possible conflicts with Township infrastructure and/or pending projects.
  • Topographic maps of Belcher Creek were plotted for the Greenwood Lake Commission.
  • Review / approve consulting Township Engineer vouchers on one occasion.
  • Project status meetings were attended with the Township Administrator on three occasions.

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS

 

AWOSTING ROAD - SECTION 2

A preconstruction meeting was held between the contractor, Police Department, Engineering and impacted utilities.  Construction began early in the month and was substantially complete by the end of the month.  The improvements to Awosting Road are being partially funded by a $273,000 State Aid grant.  All paperwork / reporting has been brought up-to-date and submitted to NJDOT Local Aid – Mt. Arlington.

CANISTEAR ROAD – SECTION 3

A preconstruction meeting was held between the contractor, Police Department, Engineering and impacted utilities.  Construction is scheduled to begin in early November.  The improvements to Canistear Road are being partially funded by a $315,000 State Aid grant.  All paperwork / reporting has been brought up-to-date and submitted to NJDOT Local Aid – Mt. Arlington.

CARO DRIVE / ALBERTINE PLACE

Due to the favorable Asphalt Escalation, these two roads (0.5 miles) have been added to the 2019 Township Road Resurfacing Program.  A walkthrough inspection was made to determine what prep work will be required to get these roads into paving ready condition.  A work list was prepared for DPW staff.  Milling and asphalt quantities were calculated.

FARRELL FIELD

Inspections were performed as necessary to complete the regrading, topsoil and seeding of two soccer fields due to the ongoing settling.  The contractor was contacted for the maintenance bond and final payment details.

HIGH CREST DRIVE BRIDGE

A meeting was held with the Association and their engineer to discuss moving forward with the Township’s bridge replacement now that they have preliminary design approval for the dam from NJDEP.

RIDGE ROAD – SECTION 3, CONTRACT 5

Repeated, ongoing contact continues to be made with the overhead utilities to get this project completed.  The electric company has marked the trees for removal in November.  The cable company has relocated wires on the two poles inside the new curb.  The telephone company continues to break promises.  Once the wires and poles have been moved, the final paving and landscaping will be completed.  At this rate it will likely be 2020 for project completion.

ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Full time inspection is being provided for the installation of the newly designed storm drainage system for the dirt/gravel road neighborhood that includes Harrison Street, Jefferson Street, Walnut Street and Paul Street.

STOWAWAY ROAD BRIDGE

Several field meetings were held with contractors, engineers and utilities to discuss the potential path forward for bridge replacement and/or an emergency.  The privately owned and built 1984 bridge is in poor condition and must be replaced.  The minutes of activities to date have been supplemented and distributed.

2019 TOWNSHIP GUIDERAIL PROGRAM

The Governing Body approved the recommendation, by resolution, for a not to exceed $37,000 contact with the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council contractor for guiderail repairs.  This year’s program is designed to address damaged guiderail on Awosting Road, Canistear Road, Clinton Road, Morsetown Road and Westbrook Road.

2019 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM

Full-time inspection was provided to the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council paving contractor for the milling and paving of all roads included in this year’s program.  State law requires that Asphalt Escalation applies to all contracts containing more than 1,000 tons of asphalt.  When the worldwide commodity price of AC (Asphaltic Cement) is up, the contractor must receive additional compensation above the contract price per ton.  When the AC is down, the customer receives a reduction in the price per ton.  The Asphalt Escalation was down for October which favors the Township.  The reduction allows the Township to add two additional roads to this year’s program.  The original 3.85 miles of 2019 program roads 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).