99 Alexander Avenue Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Mountain Avenue Reconstruction Phase I The Engineering Department applied for, and received, a grant totaling of $189,750.00 from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund for the reconstruction of Mountain Avenue from West Parkway to Foothills Drive. The project consists of new curbing on both sides of the road and sidewalks on one side of the road. The design of Phase I is complete. A significant number of poles with multiple utilities must be moved. Awaiting resolution of right-of-way descriptions. Also, the relocation of nearly 30 poles requires various utility companies prepare a work plan to minimize or eliminate loss of service. Construction is anticipated in the summer of 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. An engineering study/design is underway to construct a new water tank on Mountain Avenue west of Route 287. The tank design and permitting is scheduled to be finalized in 2017. The Township received initial permits (Highlands Exemption, etc.) to submit NJDEP permit applications. Permits pending.
Roadway Mill & Overlay Program, 2017 The following roads are identified for overlay in 2017. Please note the plan may be modified based on available funding; Poplar Avenue, Jones Place (from Poplar to Franklin), Van Riper Avenue, Davis Avenue (from Libby to Van Riper), West Parkway (Jacksonville to Mandeville), Phyllis Court), Williams Street (From Hearle to West Parkway Southerly). The 2017 overlay program is awaiting budget approval.
Jacksonville Road (from West Parkway westerly into Lincoln Park) is a County Project. The County will begin paving from Main Street in Lincoln Park to West Parkway in Pequannock. Work is scheduled to begin March 20, 2017 and continue for approximately six weeks from initiation. The first three weeks will be inlet repair, the final three weeks shall be paving and striping.
Washington Skate Park
Pequannock is preparing a request for proposals to design a skate park at Washington Park. The skate park will include several donated amenities offering a diverse experience for novice and intermediate users. The park will be designed to ensure no effect on stormwater management or adverse effect on flooding. A Request for proposals was advertised for at the end of February. Bids for design are anticipated for March 29, 2017.
Community Rating System (CRS) for Pequannock is now a 5!!!
As of October 1, 2016, all flood insurance policy renewals will get a 25% discount instead of the current 15% discount we currently receive. Unfortunately, the overall cost of insurance has increased significantly in the past year. Therefore, while everyone is getting a larger discount, the overall cost of insurance might increase by as much as 10%. We continue to aggressively work with FEMA/NFIP to lower risk and the cost of insurance.
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 - Provides funding for local transportation projects. The Township is applying for a grant to complete Mountain Avenue from Foothills Road to the Boulevard. The application for 2017 was submitted February 3, 2017. It will take a few months to get notification is Pequannock is selected.
FEMA 2016 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant - The Township of Pequannock is applying for FEMA PDA/FMA 2017 grant funding to elevate multiple residential properties within the Township. Pequannock received notification that the 2015 funds are being released. The Township must enter into an agreement with FEMA and New Jersey in order to begin. Residents that filed for the 2015 funds will be notified once the formal agreement is signed. Please note that grant opportunities are offered in blocks of 60 properties, more or less, as determined by the highest priority as defined by FEMA. An independent consultant determined the sequence of applications. All residents in the Special Flood Hazard Area will be offered the opportunity to participate over the next eight years.
Please feel free to contact the Engineering office during regular business hours if you have any questions, comments, or require additional information.