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. The maps become effective at the end of the six-month period.
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. Initial meetings were held with the 2015 recipients. We anticipate meeting with the 2016 recipients over the next few weeks.
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 sidewalks. The improvements will significantly improve safety for walking and bicycling. Bids were opened on April 18 with contract awarded April 24, 2018. The moving of poles is underway. The bulk of the construction is anticipated to start on, or about, June 4, 2018. Construction will last approximately four months.
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 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. May Avenue, Highland Avenue, Greenview Drive, Reynolds Road, Baxter Place, Benjamin Place, Andrews Place, Misty Court, 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. The roads for each phase will be identified once scheduled. Initially we anticipate May Avenue, Highland Avenue, Greenview Drive, Reynolds Road, Baxter Place, Benjamin Place, Andrews Place and Misty Court to begin in late June.
Sidewalk Restoration Program, 2018 Funding 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. Construction is anticipated in the beginning of the summer. (NOTE: The County plans to mill and overlay 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 mid to late summer.
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 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.
NJDOT Municipal Aid - 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.
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 grant cycle has just begun. The 2016 grant recipients had the initial information session and should begin construction with several homes this summer. Pequannock Township did not receive 2017 cycle funding. Please note that grant opportunities are offered in blocks of 60 properties, more or less, as identified in the Township Elevation Action Plan. Looking ahead, qualified residents will receive information regarding the next grant cycle as soon as the application period is opened.
Additional information regarding the 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.