99 Alexander Avenue Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Revised Preliminary FEMA Flood Maps On August 22, 2017 FEMA released revised preliminary FIRM maps. The revised maps included 229 new properties in the floodplain. The Township does not agree with the revised mapping and is appealing the revised floodplain limit. The formal appeal was filed on April 30, 2018. At the conclusion of the 90 day appeal period (May 15, 2018), FEMA will act on all appeals and finalize approved changes to the FIRM maps. FEMA can take as long as needed to evaluate all the appeals. Once the review is completed, FEMA issues a Letter of Final Determination (LFD), which establishes the final flood hazard data and the effective date of the new FIRM for the community. The LFD also initiates the six month adoption period during which the community must adopt or amend its floodplain management regulations to reference the new FIRM Maps. Unofficially, several areas of the County maps are in error. If errors are substantiated, the final map adoption process will be delayed for a significant period of time.
Hillview Road/Beaverbrook Road Improvements The Township received a grant to improve Hillview Road from the intersection of Hillview Road and Jacksonville Road to the border of Lincoln Park (Beaverbrook Road). The project includes minor drainage improvements, guide rail replacement and road resurfacing. Project under design with construction anticipated in the summer of 2019.
Mountain Avenue Reconstruction MountainThe Engineering Department applied for, and received, a grant totaling of $364,750.00 from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund for the reconstruction of Mountain Avenue from West Parkway to the Boulevard. Outreach meetings were held with local residents to review the scope of the improvements. Based on resident feedback, the project scope was modified. The revised project consists of widening the road to 25', curb on both sides, drainage improvements and sidewalks. The improvements will significantly improve safety for walking and bicycling. Reconstruction of the road surface is scheduled to begin the week of October 1, 2018.
Mountain Avenue Water Tank The Township currently provides water service to approximately 15,000 residents and 500 commercial users. The water distribution system consists of two pressure zones that are maintained by a 1 million gallon ground storage tank and two booster pumping stations along with three water supply wells and a water blending facility. Construction is underway for a new water tank on Mountain Avenue west of Route 287 and new water mains from Route 287 to West Parkway and from the blending facility to Sunset Road. Based on observed settlement, the construction manager recommends final paving in the spring of 2019 so the trenches have the full winter to stabilize. Work is underway to repair the temporary trenches to conform with specifications.
Sidewalk Restoration Program, 2018 Funding is approved for the repair/reconstructionFunding is approved for the repair/reconstruction of sidewalks on both sides of Jacksonville Road from Newark-Pompton Turnpike to West Parkway. New driveway aprons are incuded and will conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA compliant ramps shall be installed at intersections. Project was advertised on June 16, 2018 with award of contract on August 14, 2018. Start of contruction anticipated in October, 2018. (NOTE: Morris County plans to mill and pave Jacksonville Road in the same project area).
Walkable Communities Improvements Newark-Pompton Turnpike from Irving Street to the Pompton River Bridge at the Wayne border will be striped and improved with visible crosswalks and pedestrian crossing signs. These improvements are scheduled for late summer in conjunction with the County resurfacing project.
Roadway Resurfacing Program, 2018
The following roads are planned for resurfacing in 2018. Please note this list is subject to budget modifications and fluctuating asphalt prices. Roads completed as of June 22 (May Avenue, Highland Avenue, Greenview Drive, Reynolds Road, Baxter Place, Benjamin Place, Andrews Place, Misty Court, Stuhr Place), Mountain Avenue from Boulevard to end (Mountainside Park), and West Parkway from Sunset Road to blending facility 1,150' north of the Mountain Avenue intersection. Morris County announced their intention to pave Jacksonville Road from West Parkway to Newark-Pompton Turnpike, and Newark-Pompton Turnpipe from Jacksonville Road to the bridge crossing into Wayne. The resurfacing is anticipated in three phases. Phase I is complete. Mountain Avenue from West Parkway to Boulevard is scheduled to Begin October 1, 2018. Remainder of Mountain and West parkway anticipated for early Spring.
Home Elevation Projects The Township received a second grant for an additional 4.3 million dollars to elevate 22 more dwellings safely out of the flood zone. This brings the total funding obligated for Pequannock to over $8.8 million. The grant administration process is underway. If you were included in the 2015 or 2016 grant cycle, you are urged to contact Jennifer McCulloch at 973-835-5700 x164. Constuction is underway for the 2015 and 2016 grant recipients.
Community Rating System (CRS) for Pequannock, currently a CRS-5 Community
Many of our residents are aware of rising insurance costs and the discount Pequannock receives based on our CRS rating. After successfully improving our rating to a 5 in 2016, we are actively looking to improve to a CRS 4. No other community in NJ has achieved a 4 rating, mostly because of difficult countywide prerequisites. Based on the significant efforts of the county CRS advocate, the county made significant strides toward establishing a countywide stormwater management plan. Once the plan is approved and in place, Pequannock may qualify for a better rating! The Township underwent the full three-year cycle review on September 20, 2018. Jennifer McCulloch did a great job presenting compliance with the strict expectations of a CRS 5 community. We are optimistic all of Pequannock's residents will continue receiving a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums. Jennifer is available at ex. 164 if you have any questions.
The Engineering Department continues to pursue grant opportunities based on availability and need. Please contact the Engineering Department if you are aware of grant opportunities that we may have missed. The following grant applications are pending:
NJDOT Municipal Aid, 2016 & 2017 - Provides funding for local transportation projects. The Township is applying for a grant to complete Mountain Avenue from West Parkway to the Boulevard. The Township received a total of $364,750.00 in funding to complete Mountain Avenue. Construction will be complete by the end of 2018.
NJDOT Municipal Aid, 2018 - Provides funding for local transportation projects. The Township received a joint grant to restore Hillview Road (alongside the airport) from Jacksonville Road to the Lincoln Park Border. The Township received a total of $227,500 in funding for paving and guide rail improvements.
NJDOT Municipal Aid, 2019 - Anticipate making application for resurfacing of West Parkway and improvements to Alexander Avenue. Application for 2019 is due October 8, 2018. Pequannock is likely to receive funding for only one of the requested projects.
FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program - The Township of Pequannock anticipates applying for FEMA PDA/FMA 2018 grant funding to elevate multiple residential properties within the Township. Construction for the 2015 and 2016 grant cycle is underway. The 2016 grant recipients had the initial information session and should begin construction with several homes this summer. The grant cycle for 2018 has been opened.
Additional information regarding the FEMA home elevation grant process can be obtained by contacting the Township Flood Advocate, Jennifer McCulloch at (973) 835-5700, x164
Please feel free to contact the Engineering office during regular business hours if you have any questions, comments, or require additional information.