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 90-day appeal period will end on March 1, 2018.Pequannock contracted with Storm Water Management Consulting, LLC to evaluate the flood model and prepare an appeal on our behalf. The appeal will be filed sometime in February, 2018.
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 Tanya Hicks at the above number. Initial meetings were held with the 2015 recipients. We anticipate meeting with the 2016 recipients over the next few weeks. The Township is aggressively pursuing funding opportunities to assist families with temporary funding
Mountain Avenue Reconstruction
The 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 sidewalk on one side. The improvements will significantly improve safety for walking and bicycling. Final design changes are underway. 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. 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. Construction is on schedule. Avoid these routes if possible.
Roadway Mill & Overlay Program, 2018 The final list of 2018 roads for resurfacing has not been identified. The list will be released in the spring.
Work continues to restore the athletic field including screening of existing materials, removal of soil and final topsoil and seeding. The skate park initiative continues following a string of outreach meetings. Lastly, the dugout restoration for the baseball fields is complete. The park should be very active in the coming years!
Community Rating System (CRS) for Pequannock, currently a CRS-5 Communnity
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 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 West Parkway to the Boulevard. The Township received a total of $364,750.00 in funding to complete Mountain Avenue.
FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program - The Township of Pequannock is applying for FEMA PDA/FMA 2017 grant funding to elevate multiple residential properties within the Township. Residents that filed for the 2015 funds have been notified regarding project startup. Please note that grant opportunities are offered in blocks of 60 properties, more or less, as identified in the Township Elevation Action Plan. The Townsip is awaiting the release of funds for the 2016 cycle. Looking ahead, qualified residents will receive information regarding the 2017 grant cycle as soon as the application period is opened.
Please feel free to contact the Engineering office during regular business hours if you have any questions, comments, or require additional information.