99 Alexander Avenue Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Alert Flood Map Appeal:The Township received notification from FEMA regarding our appeal of the preliminary FIRM maps. The preliminary maps identify more than 200 additional properties considered in the Special Flood Hazard Area. Essentially, FEMA's determination states the preliminary maps accurately identify the floodplain and floodway based on available data and the limitations of the modeling software. The Township intends taking the appeal to the next level by presenting our analysis to FEMA’s Scientific Resolution Panel (SRP). The SRP provides an additional opportunity for resolving community appeals involving conflicting technical and/or scientific data. It offers a neutral review process by independent third parties.
Alert Dog Park (rev.2):The Dog Park continues to flood. The depth of the pond in the park is a function of regional groundwater fed by subsurface runoff from the adjacent foothill. Our office conducted tests confirming the high water table. Since the groundwater level is regional, the pond cannot be lowered until the regional water table naturally dissipates. Several weeks of minimal precipitation is required. Groundwater elevations recede much slower than surface flooding.
Alert Groundwater (rev.4): Our office received several calls regarding basement flooding, sump systems pumping into streets and standing water in drainage ditches. Most of the recent increase in adverse conditions is based on an exceptionally high groundwater table. Our area is experiencing an above average number of rain events. Fortunately these storms have not caused major flooding. Unfortunately, the time between rain events is trending well below the time necessary for rivers, streams and drainage systems to return to "normal" depths. As such, the natural underground aquifer (groundwater) continues to rise. The resulting high groundwater is causing sump pump systems to pump nearly full-time. Groundwater is surcharging into portions of our network of ditches. Efforts are underway to clean ditches to allow groundwater and stormwater to drain. Please be aware that sump systems can pump into the streets during winter months. However, the homeowner is responsible to keep sidewalks and roads free of ice. Additional information regarding groundwater and sump systems is available on the resident letter by clicking the sump icon below.
Please note the groundwater level fluctuates based upon recent weather. You can access daily information by clicking on the graph to the right.
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In summary, 2018 has been one of the busiest for construction. Major projects include the construction of a new water tower and associated water conveyance system, full reconstruction of Mountain Avenue between the Boulevard and West Parkway, resurfacing of 3.5 miles of local and county roads, catch basin cleaning/repair with Eco upgrades (Eco upgrades typically prevent plastics from entering the drainage system), ditch cleaning, and elevation of homes in flood prone areas. The water main project on West Parkway and portions of Mountain Avenue will be completed in the spring. FYI, additional work was mandated on West Parkway to improve ride-ability since the temporary trench repair was substandard (at no cost to the Township). Also, newly paved sections of Mountain Avenue were removed and replaced because of questionable construction procedures, also at no cost to the Township. While re-working these areas causes further delay, our office will not accept substandard work unless it is consistent with the approved plans and specifications.
Most importantly, let me thank all of our residents for your patience and consideration. Construction projects can be very stressful with unexpected delays, detours, rough road surface, noise, dust, and overall frustration with communications and changing schedules. We really appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding as we work together, as a community, to improve our aging infrastructure.
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. Pequannock received notification on February 12, 2019 essentially rejecting our request. See alert above for details.
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 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. The reconstruction is nearly complete. Please contact the Engineering Department if you have any questions or concerns regarding the completed project. Note trees and additional seeding is planned for the spring. New signage and traffic control is under development including lower speed limits and specific restrictions on larger trucks.
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, final paving is scheduled for the spring/summer of 2019 so that trenches have the full winter to stabilize. The Township required the contractor repair temporary trench patches for improved ride-ability.
Jacksonville Sidewalks 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 included and will conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA compliant ramps shall be installed at intersections. Project was advertised on June 16, 2018 with award of contract on August 14, 2018. Based on Morris County's paving and concrete repair schedule, the sidewalks will be constructed in early spring 2019 to avoid salt damage to fresh concrete.
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 currently under construction.
Drainage Ditch Maintenance All drainage ditch maintenance, desnagging or de-silting, requires specific permits from NJDEP. Permitting for major de-snagging of the Pompton River is underway. Downed trees are now located in our GIS system and provide information for targeted removal. Concurrently, permits for cleaning of localized drainage ditches that are not considered regulated streams is also underway. Initially, the Leverage Lane ditch crossing under West Parkway, continuing under Arundel Road and discharging into the East Ditch is under consideration. Additional permitting is anticipated in the Village neighborhood and throughout eastern Pequannock discharging near Shady Street. These ditches will be cleared in conjunction with the Morris County Mosquito Commission.The Arundel Ditch has been cleared and is flowing freely.
Roadway Resurfacing Program, 2019 The following roads are under consideration for resurfacing in 2019. Lockwood Avenue, Dale Avenue, Mountain Avenue from West Parkway to end (Mountainside Park), and West Parkway from South Sunset Road to Foothills Park. Please note this list is subject to budget modifications and fluctuating asphalt prices.
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.
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.
Grant Applications 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 received a grant in the amount of $364,750 to complete Mountain Avenue from West Parkway to the Boulevard. This project was substantially complete on October 26, 2018.
NJDOT Municipal Aid, 2018 - 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. Construction planned for the summer of 2019.
NJDOT Municipal Aid, 2019 - Application was filed to resurface West Parkway from Sunset Road to Foothills Park. Application was submitted October 8, 2018. Pequannock is optimistically awaiting approval of this .
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.