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Affordable Housing

posted Jun 29, 2017, 7:48 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 7:48 PM ]

In 1975 the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in South Burlington County NAACP v. Township of Mount Laurel, which decision has shaped the issue of affordable housing in New Jersey ever since. That decision, and a subsequent decision in 1983, determined that every municipality in New Jersey has an affirmative obligation to provide for affordable housing within its boundaries. It also led to the adoption of the State’s Fair Housing Act in 1985 and the creation of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), which became the state agency responsible for overseeing the manner in which municipalities address their low and moderate income housing obligations.

COAH initially adopted affordable housing regulations and housing-need numbers for municipalities for the years 1987 through 1999, but following 1999, they utilized a different approach to determining affordable housing need which resulted in legal challenges, with the Courts continually invalidating their various approaches ever since. Finally, in 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that COAH had become “dysfunctional” and had the Courts take over the process.

Since then, two groups – one representing a consortium of municipalities and one representing the Fair Share Housing Center, a housing advocacy group – have prepared affordable housing-need numbers for all municipalities in the State. The two groups’ numbers for the Town of Boonton are wildly divergent. For example, for the period encompassing years 1999 through 2025, the
consortium’s experts have determined that Boonton has an affordable housing obligation of five units, whereas Fair Share Housing Center’s experts have determined that Boonton has an affordable housing obligation of 402 units for the same period. The numbers set forth by these two groups have been the subject of court cases throughout the State over the past two years, and no final decisions on these numbers have yet to be made. However, irrespective of these numbers, the Courts do allow municipalities that are fully developed, such as Boonton, to seek an adjustment from these preliminary determinations based on the fact of their lack of vacant, developable land.

The Town of Boonton has engaged Burgis Associates, Inc. (www.burgis.com) to prepare an Affordable Housing Plan that identifies the Town’s realistic development potential based on the Town’s lack of developable property, and how it may address an ‘adjusted determination’ of affordable housing-need. Burgis Associates, Inc. is an award winning community planning firm with a wealth of experience in the area of affordable housing. The firm and its planners have been actively involved in this issue since the New Jersey Supreme Court rendered its initial Mount Laurel decisions and has, to date, prepared plans for more than seventy-five communities. Additionally, the firm’s president and principal planner, Joseph Burgis, a recognized state expert, has been appointed Court Master in numerous cases regarding affordable housing, where he is charged with assisting courts in evaluating the viability of municipal housing plans.

Main Street Revitalization & Pedestrian Safety Grant

posted Sep 23, 2016, 3:55 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 10:56 AM by Anthony Pisano ]

The Town of Boonton is applying for grant money to make physical and pedestrian safety improvements to our historic Main Street (lighting, sidewalks, benches, signage, crosswalk enhancement, etc).  The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was established by Congress and is funded through a set-aside of the Federal-aid Highway Program. TAP provides federal funds for community based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal system. Download the Grant Info Binder and renderings below to learn more.
 

We hope you will lend your voice of support.  Displays that include conceptual drawings, a petition, and additional grant information can be viewed in the Town Hall lobby or at the Boonton Main Street, Inc. office (620 Main Street) now through October 28th, 2016. 

By singing our on-line petition (link below), you are in favor of the proposed transportation and pedestrian safety enhancements including streetscape amenities and pedestrian safety impacts along and near the town’s Main Street business district.  You also agree that this project will greatly enhance the appearance of those areas, as well as provide for greater pedestrian safety and increased investment in the community.

SIGN HERE

The TAP application itself including petition signatures is due November 10th, 2016.  That means your signature of support is due October 28th, 2016 using either the paper version (Town Hall / BMS office) or on-line version above.

New Website

posted Sep 23, 2016, 3:51 PM by Anthony Pisano

On September 6th, 2016 the governing body gave final approval on already budgeted spending for a new town website through CIVICPLUS. In addition to allowing for on-line bill pay, concern reporting & tracking, form completion and opinion polling, the improved navigation will allow residents to get more done faster, reduce town hall spending, provide Boonton with the digital presence that invites investment and truly captures the magnificence of our great town.

The proposal with a full list of features, vendor details and cost / payment plan can be viewed or downloaded below. Please be sure to review pages 4-7 for the many features the new site will contain. Page 9 details the cost / payment plan which includes a full site redesign already built into the price.

Thanks to Alderwoman Doris Yanez for leading her Communications and Citizen Engagement Committee (Dan Piccioni, Keith Price, Mayor DiLauri and our IT vendor Anthony Pisano) through months of research and thoughtful web vendor comparison. This selection was not only the most comprehensive of the 5 vendors compared, but also came in at the lowest price and found Boonton paying a fraction of the cost other municipalities paid for the same vendor with more functionality (their original quote was over $30k and other towns paid close to $20k . . .. Boonton is paying $7k). Faster, cheaper better…that's a rare but needed trifecta in either government or business. Well done.

Boonton Water Quality

posted Sep 22, 2016, 6:12 AM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 6:13 AM ]

During the most recent water quality testing performed on the Boonton water system, minimal levels of chromium were detected. Chromium is a naturally occurring substance caused mainly by the erosion of natural deposits. However, these levels were well below the maximum levels established by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The current Federal and NJ State MCL for Chromium (the summation of Chromium 3 and 6) is 100 ppb. The highest observed Chromium result found in Boonton of 0.33 ppb is 300 times under the regulatory limit, and well within compliance. A new draft RfD of 0.0009 mg/kg/day has been proposed for chromium’s association with intestinal lesions [2]. Boonton’s maximum average consumption per person is approximately 0.000009 mg/kg/day – which is still 100 times lower than the new draft standards being considered. Based upon general reference dose calculations (found in our attachment below and to be used for informative purposes), a typical ingestion rate is 100 times the reference dosage level for observed health effects currently set by the EPA. The Town of Boonton is committed to ensuring its water utility customers are provided with high quality and safe drinking water. In our required testing, we meet and exceed all NJ and EPA safe water standards.

For more information, please download and review the Boonton Water – Chromium Fact Sheet below.

Boonton Police Study

posted Sep 21, 2016, 7:34 PM by Anthony Pisano

In addition to similar town departmental reviews (including Public Works, Code / Construction, Finance and Administration) the police department was studied to assess comparative staffing levels and to identify strengths as well as areas for possible improvement. This police study cost the town $3750 (Resolution 16-85 – see below). The studies of the other departments cost an additional $14,000 (Resolution 16-165 – see below). The practice of conducting such studies by professionals is common amongst municipalities and their need especially critical in Boonton with the high amounts of projected and actual turn-over at the director level and beyond. In addition, this kind of comprehensive and holistic departmental review has likely never been conducted in Boonton and is necessary to inform future decisions that impact us all.‎

While the additional departmental studies are on-going, the results of the police study may be viewed or downloaded below. The governing body and the police were pleased with the study (albeit with some caveats) which have already led to improved government / police relations and departmental operations. In our new public work sessions (the 3rd Monday of each month) , the governing body and the police are now finally working together to (1) establish a shared understanding of their departmental work load, (2) arrive at a declared optimal staffing level and (3) adopt staffing procedures for future police hiring all of which will be reviewed annually. Historically these decisions were left to be made year to year which lead to a number of negative outcomes.

A positive outcome of police contract negotiations that successfully concluded in May brought police overtime to a more equal calculation level with staff in other departments. With cooperation from the police and work being done based on the study, I am happy to report that police overtime has dropped since 2015 (despite concerns of a dramatic increase) and we continue to work together on a number of areas that will strengthen police/governing body operations and deliver further efficiencies.

I would like to thank Chief Mayhood and his department for the outstanding work they do (especially in today’s world), their cooperation in the study and their willingness to work with the governing body on important shared decisions that we must finally make.

RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report

posted Jul 27, 2016, 10:50 AM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 7:26 PM ]

On Sunday, July 24, 2016 a section of pipe from the RVRSA’s (Rockaway Valley Regional Sewerage Authority) 54-inch gravity main sewer line that runs through Santa Land Park broke.  The break located in the top, or crown, of the pipe allowed soil, sand and large boulders above the pipe to fall into the pipe, resulting in a sinkhole approximately 15-feet deep and 10-feet in diameter to develop in the park. No one was injured and no wastewater was discharged to the environment either initially or later.

The repair work required the detour of traffic from West Main Street, for a period of one-day so that the road could be cut and trenched and plated.

This has allowed bypass piping to be run under West Main from Santa Land Park to Helen Boesche Park. Four diesel powered emergency by-pass pumps were installed in order to pump flow from upstream of the break to a downstream manhole.  The diesel pumps have been replaced by electric pumps. The diesel pumps will remain on site as a back-up system to the electric pumps.

Sections of the main sewer line, consisting of 54” RCP (Reinforced Concrete Pipe) leading from Santa Land to a connection point near the basketball court in Helen Boesche, have been replaced and the trench box in Santa Land Park has been removed.  Automatic equipment for odor control and deodorant continue in place as well as 24x7 monitoring of the site by RVRSA personnel and DeBlock Environmental.  Some backfill, compaction and grading has been completed and the Boonton water main restored.  Delivery of lining for the pipe is expected in October at which point it will be installed and cured.  Grading, landscaping and road repaving will then be completed and the project will come to an end.  Progress reports can be found below.


If you smell a sewer related order please call:
From 8am to 4:30pm
(973) 263-1555 
After hours / weekends & holidays
(973) 265-1555 (main #) 
OR
(973) 464-8001 (cell #)


RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - Week of Nov. 14 2016
  1. Eric R. and Scott T. met with Mike Petonik and Bob Ezzi to address last minute concerns.
  2. The 50-foot tall White Oak tree was trimmed.
  3. Landscaping work was started at the Santa Land site. – Expect to be complete by Wednesday, 11/23.
  4. Electricians returned to complete connection to a timer that they inadvertently missed.
  5. Information was supplied to Kleinfelder Engineering for preparation of Plans and Specifications to public bid the work for road, path and sidewalk restoration. Tentative schedule is to advertise in the newspaper week of November 21st, accept bids on December 6th and award contract on December 8th.
RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - Week of Nov. 7 2016
  1. Removed rented chain-link fence at all locations
  2. Installed wooden snow fence, to control the flow of foot traffic, as requested by Boonton (by Friday)
  3. Installed new electrical conduit and wire around the circumference of the whole site, including power to the “Christmas tree”, expected to be complete on Monday 
  4. Completed majority of site clean-up 
  5. Four new light fixtures for west side of Santaland building should be delivered by tomorrow
  6. Worked toward getting prices to start landscaping, including sites across the street 
  7. Worked toward getting price to trim large oak tree 
  8. Worked toward getting prices for road/sidewalk/curb repair/paving After more city water pipe flushing and testing by Boonton, they are now allowing the close-up of the pipe/valve access holes in the ground
RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - Week of Oct. 24 2016
    1. Bypass pumps and generators have been removed, along with bypass piping.
    2. Site clean-up has begun.
    3. The cleaning of wooden figurines has been completed.
    4. Port-a-Potties have been removed.
    5. RVRSA met with Mike Petonak on Nov. 1st to complete the list of action items.
    6. RVRSA met with a landscaper so that a proposal can be prepared.
    7. RVRSA met with Morris County Co-Op Road Restoration Company for repairs to County road and park paths and sidewalks.

    RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - Week of Oct. 24 2016
    1. On Sunday, 10/23, NWMCC was on site to seal infiltration from
    2. Chamber B-12 as well as to rehabilitate the bench and trough.
    3. On Monday, 10/24, En Tech began the liner installation process.
    4. The 54" fiberglass reinforced liner was successfully inverted from Chamber
    5. B-12 to the siphon inlet chamber.  The curing process commenced late in the afternoon.
    6. On Tuesday, 10/25, En Tech continued the curing process,"cooking" the liner (at 180-deg. F) throughout the course of the day until roughly 9:00 pm when they began the cool down process.
    7. On Wednesday, 10/26, En Tech completed the cool down process and began draining the liner at roughly 2:00 am.  After successfully draining the liner, En Tech cut open the ends of the liner (at B-12 and the siphon inlet chamber), cut open the barrel entry at intermediate MH B-11, and used both a calcium aluminate hydraulic cement and Avanti expanding polyurethane resin to smooth out the liner/pipe entry and seal out infiltration within MH B-12.  Video inspection followed, which showed a very successful installation from end-to-end, free of any wrinkles or any other defects.
    8. On Thursday, 10/27, Tomar removed 2 of 3 bypass discharge drop assemblies at the siphon inlet chamber (the 30" barrel is completely clear), deflated and removed the bypass plug, shut down all bypass pumps, and removed all three suction pipe assemblies at MH B-12A.  Flow was completely restored underground to the trunk line.  The manhole cone section was placed back on to MH B-12A, and it was temporarily capped for the evening.
    9. On Friday, 10/28, Tomar will be back on site to move the pumps away from MH B-12A, remove the plates and trench box at B-12A, backfill and compact around B-12A, re-install the existing castings at both B-12 and B-12A, and remove the last discharge pipe assembly from the siphon inlet chamber.  As a point of note, Tomar re-installed elbows on the discharge piping at the siphon inlet chamber to direct forthcoming flushing into the chamber from above.  Pumping Services will be on site starting on Monday, 10/31, to flush all three pumping systems with clean water (from their own tankers) and begin equipment removal and piping disassembly.
                    RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - Week of Oct. 17 2016
                    1. Completion of structural analysis of siphon inlet chamber top slab.
                    2. Completion of core drilling of siphon inlet chamber top slab.
                    3. Fabrication of 3 new bypass discharge assemblies for the siphon inlet chamber.
                    4. Installation of the 3 new bypass discharge assemblies into the siphon inlet chamber and sealing the penetrations to control odor.
                    5. Connection of all 3 bypass discharge lines to the newly fabricated extended discharge lines (completed last week) that take flow to the siphon inlet chamber.
                    6. Removal of discharge assemblies at MH B-11.
                    7. Removal of trench box at MH B-11, reinstallation of cone section, reinstallation of frame and cover, and backfill/grade (B-11 has been restored).
                    8. Relocation of odor control fogger from B-11 to the siphon inlet chamber.
                    9. Installation of temporary fence just north of the stairs at Grace Lord Park.  The site is secure from the end of the park.
                    10. Pre-lining cleaning and video by En Tech has been completed.  The pipe is cleaned and ready for Monday’s scheduled lining.
                    11. Installation of the fiber-optic sensing cable by En Tech for the Vericure liner curing monitoring system in advance of Monday’s scheduled lining.
                    12. Installation of a new breather valve on the discharge pipeline from pump #1.
                    13. En Tech has mobilized a boiler truck, tower rig, scaffolding, TV truck, and a support truck to the site in advance of Monday’s scheduled lining.
                    RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - Week of Oct. 10 2016
                    1. Move the extra 12” HDPE pipes to the other side so PSI can start assembling the bypass extensions.
                    2. Have a meeting with Mike P. (likely Tuesday since Monday is a holiday) to go over routing, etc., for the bypass extensions.
                    3. Start assembling the bypass extensions.
                    4. Re-testing of 8” water main (bacterial).
                    5. Close up the 2 small excavations by the water main (once test results are good and approved).
                    6. Remove all large equipment.
                    7. Clean up and restoration that can be done now (which will be discussed with Mike P).
                    8. Rehabilitation of MH B-12.
                    9. Partial demobilization of equipment.
                    10. Fusing of three extra sections of HDPE pipe to extend bypass pumping to the Boonton Siphon inlet. Pipe was fused and staged along the fence of Grace Lord Park.

                    RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - Week of Oct. 3 2016

                    1. PSI replaced a generator on Friday, October 6th;
                    2. The liner is in fabrication.
                    3. RVRSA personnel and DeBlock Environmental continue to monitor site on 24-hr basis.

                    RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 30, 2016

                    1. Updated cost summary for repair project.  Began report to separate work covered under insurance and work to be covered under emergency EIT loan.
                    2. RVRSA personnel and DeBlock Environmental services continue 24-hour operation and monitoring of pumps, generators and odor control at site.
                    3. Updated Kleinfelder on approval for Pumping Services to begin work to extend bypass pumping piping to siphon inlet chamber in preparation for re-lining of pipe from B-12 to Siphon inlet.

                    RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 29, 2016

                    1. A purchase order was released today to En-Tech for the purchase of the liner for the piping from chamber B-12 to the siphon inlet chamber.  En-Tech was on-site to take construction measurements.
                    2. Tomar removed form work from the collar concrete placement that was still inside MH B-12.  
                    3. Garden State Labs was on site to obtain water samples from the new water main for bacterial analysis.
                    4. Pumping Services was on site to service the generators.
                    5. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 28, 2016

                      1. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 27, 2016

                      1. Flushing continued, with Boonton periodically checking chlorine residual levels.  In the afternoon, Boonton indicated that residuals were acceptable and the line was sufficiently flushed.
                      2. Tomar completed backfill and compaction of the water main and restored grade for most of the site.  Only a small area of excavation remains at each of the two corporation valve locations that are necessary for access to obtain samples for bacterial testing.
                      3. General site cleanup continued.  Only minimal equipment from Tomar remains on site.
                      4. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 26, 2016

                      1. Boonton accepted the installation and the testing of 8” piping such that Tomar was released to complete backfill and compaction.
                      2. Flushing of the pre-chlorinated new water mains commenced in the afternoon.
                      3. Tomar effected a great deal of site cleanup, including cleaning up and resetting all perimeter silt fence, haybales, and erosion control measures that are to remain until the site is restored/revegetated.
                      4. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 23, 2016 

                      1. Three (3) corporation were installed. Two in the 12" line and one in the 8" line.
                      2. Both pipes were filled with clean potable water.
                      3. The 8" line was filled with water and then the new valve was closed, shutting that section off.
                      4. The upstream 12" valve was closed and the 12" line was brought up to 200 psi (1.5 times normal working pressure).
                      5. That line was left at 200 psi for 2 hrs. No pressure drop was noted after 2 hrs.
                      6. The new 8" line valve was opened charging that section of pipe with the pressure and no leaks were noted. This section of pipe could not be properly pressure tested due the leak in the downstream valve (existing one).
                      7. Kulpeska and crew laid ~12" of stone dust on top of pipe and then back filled will onsite material. Two layers of pipe marking tape were incorporated into backfill. They did NOT compact backfill (for Monday).
                      8. RVRSA Pipe and other Work
                      9. Received scope of work for relining pipe. Kleinfelder distributed to vendors for proposals. Expect proposals by end of work day.
                      10. Scheduled RVRSA personnel to TV inspect manhole chamber and piping at B12. Purpose is to locate source of ground water infiltration into chamber. Infiltration site to be repaired by National Water Main as part of scope to repair manhole bench.
                      11. RVRSA continued 24-hour coverage of Santa-Land Park and pump operation. Changed pump one to be full time operational to stop short cycling of pump and maintain steady flow.
                      12. RVRSA continued odor control maintenance.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 22, 2016 

                      1. Completed installation of city water piping replacement. All 8” piping, machined flange filler piece and the new 8” valve were installed.
                      2. Placed ¾” clean stone bedding for new water piping.
                      3. A portion of the existing 12” water main was excavated just past the shutoff valve. This was exposed to allow tapping of the line for a new 1” corporation.
                      4. National Water Main was on site to begin rehabilitation of the invert and benching in Manhole B-12. They were not able to complete their work and demobilized from the site after a few hours. This work is expected to be completed within the next two weeks and will not impact the liner schedule at this point.
                      5. Two liner contractors visited site to assess conditions in order to prepare proposal.
                      6. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                      7. Secured tenting around pipes at discharge manhole B11.
                      8. Created check list for Operators to verify odor control measures are inspected every two-hours.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 21, 2016 

                      1. Continued installation of city water piping replacement. All of the 12” piping was completed, inclusive of adding a new 12” valve since Boonton’s existing 12” valve was not holding and would not afford an acceptable pressure test of the new piping.
                      2. Two liner contractors visited site to assess conditions in order to prepare proposal.
                      3. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                      4. RVRSA addressed odor complaint from resident. Found rain washed away area material to hold tent in place. Installed temporary solution to abate odor and keep tent in place.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 20, 2016 

                      1. Began excavation for and installation of city water piping replacement.
                      2. Liner contractor visited site to assess conditions in order to prepare proposal.
                      3. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 19, 2016 
                      1. Delivered 8" ductile iron piping, valve and fittings.
                      2. No other work due to rain.
                      3. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 16, 2016 
                      1. Should be a cleanup and prep day – large boulders and rocks will be loaded out and removed from both sites (Monroe and Santaland), and existing water main at Santaland will be exposed in preparation for water main work on Monday.
                      2. Monday – water main work at Santaland
                      3. Monday – National Water Main on site to rehab the benching in chamber B12

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 15, 2016 

                      1. Approx. 28 loads of material trucked from Monroe St. back to Santaland. This material was culled through at Monroe St. to remove rocks, etc.
                      2. Two full lifts were placed and compacted in the same fashion that yielded successful results yesterday.
                      3. We are now at the grade necessary to complete the water main work on site. Materials were ordered and will be on site for work on Monday.
                      4. SCE was on site at both the Monroe St. site (to witness material removal) and at the Santaland site to witness placement and compaction.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 14, 2016 

                      1. Complete backfill and compaction with field observation by SCE on Boonton's behalf, and a planned field nuclear density test to confirm adequacy of compaction as required by Boonton.
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 13, 2016 
                      1. Preparations continued for backfill and compaction operations on Wednesday. 
                      2. The PC400 was relocated to Monroe St to load soil for return to the Main St site.
                      3. Demobilization began with trench box disassembly and loading.
                      4. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 12, 2016

                      1. Concrete was placed for the top half of the connection collar for pipe-to-chamber B12. 
                      2. Preparations began for backfilling operations. 
                      3. A meeting was held on site with the Town of Boonton and their engineer regarding water piping replacement. 
                      4. RVRSA continued with 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 9, 2016
                      1. Waterstop RX was placed on chamber box via rebar . #4 Rebar was placed on dowels . Plywood forms were built on inside and outside of chamber box . Concrete is on its way.
                      PLAN TOWARDS PROJECT COMPLETION
                      1. Complete installation of new 54" RCP, including new connection and concrete placement at chamber B-12 (by 9/9/16). Road opening of Main Street will not be necessary. 
                      2. Complete backfilling next week. 
                      3. Re-establish Boonton new water piping at site and partially landscape Santa Land by 9/16/16. 
                      4. Wait for pipe liner to arrive (approx. 8-wk delivery). Continue bypassing wastewater and monitoring/abating odors. 
                      5. Once liner arrives at site, install/cure liner (approx. 3 days). When complete, fully demobilize and finish restoring site (approx. 4 days). 
                      6. Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 12th with Kleinfelder, RVRSA and Boonton to discuss Boonton water service replacement, update on construction to be completed and site restoration.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 8, 2016
                      1. Tomar continued work cleaning up the opening at Chamber B-12. All loose and all exterior concrete that would interfere with the integrity of the collar was removed.
                      2. Reinforcing steel dowels and RX-style waterstop were installed. 
                      3. The last two sections of 54" pipe were installed (one full length and one "short" length)
                      4. Morris County Road Department stopped by to inquire as to the status of the road opening permit.
                      5. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                      6. E.D. visited siphon inlet and manhole B11 at 8:30pm to confirm odor abatement after carbon replacement. Odors were not present.
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 7, 2016
                      1. Spent morning hand drilling/chipping concrete from around the chamber box opening. 
                      2. Prepped chamber B-12 for connection - marked out dowels, cleaned out bottom of opening (in front of chamber). 
                      3. Cut pipe #8 to length. 
                      4. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary. 
                      5. RVRSA staff installed new carbon in siphon inlet carbon unit due to depletion of carbon efficiency. 

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 6, 2016

                      1. Spent morning removing/excavating material in front of and inside chamber B-12.
                      2. Set up dewatering sump pump to handle ground water in front of chamber.
                      3. Installed pipe section #6.
                      4. Cleaned opening to chamber box in preparation for connection.
                      5. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                      6. E.D. visited site at 6:30 pm to inspect odor control.

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 5, 2016 

                      No work - Labor Day

                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 3, 2016 
                      1. Work started with Kulpeska and crew (Gary & 4 laborers) installing pipe #4 first thing in the morning. No issues with installation. 
                      2. Once pipe was installed, two trucks (1 of Gary’s crew with his truck and one other truck) began removing material from the site in preparation of moving the trench box and installing new pipe. 
                      3. 15 truckloads of material was removed from site. 
                      4. A second pipe was installed (overall pipe #5) at 2:00pm. 
                      5. Final task for the day was to move the trench boxes in place for final three pipe. The trench box was pulled to within 4 feet of the chamber box. 8’x20’ plates were installed on either side of the trench box, connecting the trench box and chamber box so the area flares out from the trench box to the chamber box. 
                      6. During the day, while trucks were removing material, the remaining 3 laborers cleaned up site as best as possible. 
                      7. Orange fencing was placed near the sidewalk, cording off the area where the 12” pipes go through the grass and under the road. 
                      8. RVRSA personnel placed sand on tarping around manhole B11 and set up deodorant equipment at site. E.D. visited Main Street and inspected deodorant equipment installation.
                      Overall a good day, with consistent movement towards completion. The cut was left in place, ready for work Tuesday. Remaining tasks for next week: 
                      1. Installation of pipe #6, which should go in with minimal issues 
                      2. Removal of material near and in the B12 chamber box opening (unfortunately there is a considerable amount of material that is inside the opening) 
                      3. Preparation of opening for insertion of 2nd to last pipe (the one that needs to go in the opening) 
                      4. Installation of last two pipes 
                      5. Concrete the connection of the pipe to the chamber box 
                      6. Backfill with ¾ clean 
                      7. Fill the seams (on the inside) with specially provided caulk 
                      8. Backfill and compact in 2’ lifts with onsite material (minus boulders/rocks) 
                      9. Our goal is to be pouring concrete by Friday. 
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 2, 2016
                      1. Excavate, move soil and continue installation of new 54” RCP toward chamber B-12. 
                      2. Recheck bypass pumps and piping and secondary backup equipment in light of the possible storm this weekend. 
                      3. Further adjust tenting at manhole B11 and set up deodorant system at site.
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - September 1, 2016 
                      1. Two new pipe sections were installed, for a total of 24 ft of new pipe. 
                      2. Due to physical site restraints (limited space), a portion of excavated soil was trucked offsite to the Monroe Street construction site, i.e., 9 truckloads of material were removed from the site today, for a total of ~160 cubic yards. 
                      3. Silt fence was repaired and new silt fence was installed on top of existing silt fence. 
                      4. Site was cleaned up somewhat in preparation for parade this weekend. 
                      5. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary. 
                      6. RVRSA E.D., Licensed Operator and Trunkline Manager inspected site at manhole B11 for odor control. Adjusted tenting to further prevent odors from escaping around pipes entering manhole. J.M. 
                      7. E.D. visited site at 7:30 pm to address odor complaint and further investigate cause of reported odor on Main Street. Found that additional adjustment was needed at manhole B11. On site Operator made adjustment to tenting and odor diminished. E.D. verified that odor level was managed and informed resident. Also, verified that no odor was present at main construction site. Called in Trunkline Manager to assist on site Operators to further adjust existing tenting at manhole B11.
                      RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 31, 2016
                        1. Finished enlarging/prepping the exit from chamber B-12 to receive new pipe. 
                        2. Continued excavation/shoring for new 54” RCP from the new section of RCP (set last week), working back toward chamber B-12. Relocated dewatering equipment. 
                        3. Interior orange safety fencing was reinstalled around excavation. 
                        4. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 30, 2016
                        1. Fully exposed and cleaned the concrete pipe opening of chamber B-12.  It appeared that a transition piece was used between the chamber and the previous RCP (that failed), this as the opening was roughly 2”-3” smaller than the outside diameter of the piping.  Per Mark Bean and after considering several alternatives, the decision was made to enlarge the pipe exit to properly receive the new RCP, and have the added benefit of pre-conditioning the concrete to receive a new concrete collar at the chamber exit as well.  This work was almost complete at the end of the day.
                        2. Per Mark Bean: The inside of chamber B-12 was inspected.  The chamber itself is PVC-lined and is in very good condition.  The brick flume is in good condition and requires only minor re-pointing and refurbishing.  The mass concrete benching is highly deteriorated and unserviceable.  Kleinfelder will contact National Water Main to pursue pricing for the refurbishment of the benching and flume.  The grating in the chamber is highly deteriorated and unserviceable.  Plans should be made in the future for its replacement with, presumably, FRP grating (a vinyl ester resin would be recommended).        
                        3. Pumping Services was on site to service the generators.
                        4. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                        5. Received fogger for odor control at site.  Followed up with deodorant vendor.  Deodorant to be delivered this week. JM.

                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 29, 2016
                        1. Tomar spent the day hand-excavating and cleaning debris from exit side of chamber B-12 and in chamber B-12.
                        2. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 26, 2016
                        1. Contractor/Excavator continued to remove concrete from original construction of B-12 chamber.
                        2. Met with Contractor/Excavator to confirm depth of trench and view concrete removal at B-12.
                        3. Trench box installation began at B-12 chamber.
                        4. Purchased and installed additional tenting/tarping for odor control.
                        5. Spoke to Mike Petonik of Boonton to obtain permission to use electrical outlet on Santa Land building for automatic deodorant system.  Will also need to obtain permission for a water source at site for the deodorant.
                        6. Sent updated invoices to insurance carrier.
                        7. RVRSA continued 24-hour monitoring of site.

                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 25, 2016
                        1. SOE’s certified plan for the trench box/shoring  was received.  Awaiting a sealed copy.
                        2. Kulpeska began excavation of area adjacent to B-12 in order to obtain elevation of the pipe invert.
                        3. By 10:30, the existing trench box (which was left in place and covered with a plate) was exposed and opened. 
                        4. It was then discovered that concrete was used around the joint of the pipe to B-12 opening.  It was determined at this time that the chunk of concrete still attached to the B-12 chamber needed to be cut back so the trench box could be put in place properly.  This will happen tomorrow.
                        5. The site now has two open cuts: one near the road (with one new pipe section installed) and one near B-12.  Fencing was put in place around both open cuts.
                        6. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.
                        7. Ordered new automatic odor control equipment and neutralizing deodorant.  Expect delivery next week. (JM)

                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 24, 2016

                        1. SOE prepared a certified plan for the trench box shoring and sent a draft to Kupelska with copy to Kleinfelder late in the day.
                        2. Kupelska installed butyl tape sealant and hydraulic cement at the butt joint of the new and existing 54 inch pipes.  Rebar was placed around the pipes’ exterior at the joint with brick spacers.  Four cubic yards of 4,500 psi concrete were poured around the joint. Additional hydraulic cement was placed at the inside joint to smooth out the offset of the pipe inside diameters (about 2 to 4 inches) at about a 30 degree angle.  Shoring and excavation to remain as is (for this first pipe section) until remainder of pipe is installed.  Groundwater pumping continues in this open excavation using two sump pumps.
                        3. Gary Kupelska indicated the need to fill in the area where the existing water main valves are to provide an area for placement of excavated material.  Gary said he would backfill with crushed stone and install valve boxes at the valves.  This was discussed with Mike Petonak, Boonton DPW.
                        4. Pumping Services was on site to service Generator No. 1 and replace alternator.
                        5. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site, recording of relevant information for the bypass system and providing of odor control to the area as necessary.

                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 23, 2016
                        1. RVRSA took video of the 54” piping between the Siphon Chamber and the pipe plug upstream of manhole B-11.
                        2. Steve Galoppo from SOE visited site to see the trench box excavation.  Kupelska provided information to SOE needed to confirm that the proposed trench box and shoring methods would be adequate for worker safety and would provide a certified letter to Tomar by the end of today.  The proposed method includes two 8 foot stacked trench boxes and plates driven behind the boxes down to the bottom pipe elevation.
                        3. Kupelska finished hand shoveling in excavation around the pipe and cutting of the existing pipe in the trench to allow for new pipe installation.
                        4. Kupelska cut and wired sections of rebar together in preparation for the concrete collar.
                        5. Placed 8 ft section of 54” Class IV RCP (o-ring joint) in the trench, with the spigot end butting up to the cut pipe [first new pipe section from road side toward manhole B-12].
                        6.  RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site and recording of relevant information for the bypass system.
                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 22, 2016

                        1. National Water Main was onsite early morning with vac truck and water tanker to jet the sewer main from the discharge manhole B-11 to the siphon chamber (~500 ft).  Due to the overnight rains, a driveway of stone was laid from the site entrance to manhole.  The effluent pumps were turned off and jetting began around 9am.  Very little debris was recovered at siphon chamber.  National was offsite by 10:30am.
                        2. Over the weekend, the bladder plug (installed Friday 8/19/16) conformed to the misshapen exposed pipe and effectively blocked the backflow of wastewater.  This saved the contractor from having to use hydraulic cement to form the pipe to a more circular shape (saved at least half a days’ worth of work!). And provided odor control from the broken section of pipe. (J.M. 8/24/16)
                        3. At around 10:30am, Kulpeska and crew began to hand excavate around the exposed pipe, which continued into the afternoon.
                        4. At 2:30pm, a SOE (http://www.supportofexcavation.com/) representative was at the site to discuss trenching conditions/issues.  A certified trenching plan was being worked on by SOE personnel [Ted Constantino (sp?)].  These individuals would be onsite tomorrow (Tuesday) morning to confirm the plan with Tomar/Kulpeska.  This plan would then be signed by a certified (PE) SOE representative.
                        5. At 3:00pm, Kulpeska and crew had exposed a fair portion of the pipe, had effectively controlled groundwater infiltration with two sump pumps, and began to saw cut the exposed pipe to create a clean end for connection.
                        6. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site and recording of relevant information for the bypass system.
                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 19, 2016
                        1. National Water arrive onsite @ ~8:00am. Pumps were shut off and the line was dewatered.  National proceeded to start jetting        and cleaning.  National had issue with the vac truck as well as the water from the tanker.  Work was stopped at ~9:15am and it  was determined that 1) National needed another vac truck and 2) National needed better water.  National left site around    10:00am.
                        2. Tomar/Kulpeska prepped site for new pipe installation.  The second trench box was put together and placed onsite near open cut.
                        3. Tomar/Kulpeska patched road/walkway around the open section road
                        4. Tomar/Kulpeska received bladder plug and proceeded to install it in the open cut of pipe.  The pumps were shut off while crew                  was installing bladder.  After ~45 min, the bladder pressure was achieved and the pumps were turned back on. 
                        5. After ~15 min. of dewatering the open cut, it was determined that bladder was NOT working and backflow was bypassing the        plug and entering the open cut.  Due to erosion of the pipe, the pipe was no longer circular and the transition area from good pipe to bad pipe left a ledge that could not be sealed.
                        6. Plans were put in place to patch this area of the pipe using hydraulic cement Monday morning, so the pipe could be more circular and the bladder plug would work.


                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 18, 2016

                        1. National onsite to assist Redzone.
                        2. Redzone completed a full TV and lidar inspection of sewer main from open cut pipe, past discharge manhole 11, to the siphon inlet chamber (approx. 700 feet)
                        3. The sewer main section from the discharge manhole to the siphon chamber (approx. 500 feet) appeared to be in similar condition as the previous 200 feet.  Several larger rocks (football size) were noted in this section of the sewer main.
                        4. Mark Bean will follow up with National to receive the final Redzone report.  Once obtained, Kleinfelder will pass it along to the liner companies for review prior to bid submission.
                        5. National was not able to start the clean out of the section of pipe from the discharge manhole to the siphon chamber (approx. 500 feet of pipe) today because they did not have water.  Their truck needs to be on the discharge manhole side of the road and there is no water (via a fire hydrant) near there.  He will talk with Eric about the logistics and feasibility of jetting and cleaning out the 500’ section of sewer main from discharge manhole to siphon chamber. 
                        6. At ~11:00am, Kulpeska and his crew attempted to stop the backflow of wastewater into the open cut using sandbags.  This was so they could clean out around the open cut pipe and get a good saw cut of the pipe, in preparation of the installation of the new pipe on Monday.  Unfortunately, the sandbags were not able to stop enough of the backflow as any attempt to pump the groundwater out the cut would have also included wastewater.  To properly stop the backflow of wastewater, a bladder plug was ordered and will be onsite tomorrow.  

                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 17, 2016

                        1. National Water Main was onsite and successfully jetted and cleaned the sewer main from the newly open cut pipe to the discharge manhole 11.
                        2. RVRSA completed an initial TV inspection of the sewer main from the open cut to the discharge manhole.  The line appeared to be intact, enough so to receive a host liner.
                        3. RVRSA and Kleinfelder held construction meeting at site to discuss next week work.
                        4. 54-inch RCP pipe to be delivered to site on Monday, August 22.  Tomar to remove remaining sections of broken pipe and    replace with new.  Estimate that flow to be restored through pipe by end of week.


                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 16, 2016

                        1. Tomar spent the better part of the day preparing the newly opened pipe for jetting (scheduled for Wed. 8/17). A second trench-box was stacked on top of the first to set grade and plates were installed on the ends of the boxes to afford a stable, safe down-hole condition. An additional approx. 10’ of pipe was also removed (back toward the initial break) to afford better access cleaning operations. Plates were installed at grade to assist in support of the jet/vac equipment that will be on site.

                        2. A call was made to Red Zone to arrange for laser profiling of the existing pipe after cleaning and televising. We have not yet heard back. They are typically a 3-week lead time, but we are trying to stress the emergency nature of this work. Laser profiling will afford much more accurate information that will prove useful not only in assessing structural integrity, but for any cured-in-place liner manufacturer. We will update all once Red Zone’s availability is confirmed.

                        3. Tomar also managed to place on hold an adequate quantity (8 – 8’ sections) of 54” Class IV RCP (o-ring joint) in the event that the rest of pipe proves salvageable and the decision is made to pursue lining the pipe. The new RCP would be installed from the new clean cut

                        back to chamber B-12. This would then allow temporary use of the pipeline while a liner contract was effected and constructed. If cleaning operations on Wednesday and subsequent camera work on Thursday yield positive results, pipe could be delivered as early as Monday, 8/22.

                        4. By-pass pumps continued to run in automatic mode. (both days)

                        5. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site and recording of relevant information for the bypass system.


                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 15, 2016

                        1. Tomar assembled 2 large trench boxes (8’x20’).

                        2. Tomar re-staged the excavation to allow the larger PC-400 excavator (with 110,000 lb. counterweight) access to the pipe close to the roadway embankment.

                        3. Boonton re-marked their 12” water line in the embankment.

                        4. Tomar exposed the top of the 54” trunk line and cut it open.

                        5. The pipe appears to have less visible deterioration than in the area of the break.

                        6. Pumping Services was on-site for maintenance of all 3 generators.

                        7. The pipe appears to be in salvageable condition, with far less visible deterioration – an apparent loss of around 2” of interior concrete. The debris field does not appear to extend this far into the pipe (about 50’ from the break). Debris observed is smaller in size and the granular portion of what is in the pipe is not hard-packed. The decision was made to attempt to jet and vac the line in the hopes that it can be cleaned and proves to be substantial enough for re-use for lining purposes, thus avoiding an expensive and inconvenient open-cut replacement of the whole line, especially across the county road (W. Main St.).

                        8. Pumping services brought 3 extra tapping saddles and 3 extra vacuum breakers in the event they were needed (they currently are not).

                        9. RVRSA continued their 24-hour monitoring of the site and recording of relevant information for the bypass system.

                        10. RVRSA and Kleinfelder met with 2 Contractors on site to discuss options if whole pipe replacement is needed.

                        11. RVRSA personnel and Kleinfelder attended Town of Boonton Alderman meeting to provide report to Mayor, Aldermen and residents regarding the pipe collapse and progress of repair.


                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 11-12, 2016

                        1.       Pumping Services replaced section of discharge pipe.

                        2.       Continued cleaning of pipe from B-11 to B-12 to remove debris in pipe.  Cleaning efforts met with limited success.

                        3.       Based on field observations it appears that capping the remaining bottom pipe and sealing for lining may not be feasible.  Kleinfelder reviewing possibility of cutting out collapsed sections of pipe and replacing with new. 

                        4.       On Monday, August 15, 2016 contractor to excavate and cut out section of pipe close to road embankment to determine if remaining pipe is sufficient to re-used or used as a casing pipe for relining (either slip line or Cured in Place).  Also have to assess the ability to clear debris from remaining pipe.  If unable to clear debris, then will not be able to re-use remaining pipe.


                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 10, 2016

                        1. National Water Main Cleaning Co. was back on site with a high-pressure/volume jet/vac and a 3-man crew.  The morning yielded progress in breaking up the material in the first several feet of piping using a smaller jet.  In the afternoon, a larger floor-cleaning jet was used.  Material was removed, with most material small enough to be vacuumed out via National’s 8” suction hose.
                        2. Tomar effected a more solid, uniform, stone support of the three discharge pipelines at the embankment.
                        3. Tomar began to make arrangements for closing any gaps in the existing road plates in W. Main St.  Tomar will assess the work needed and then plans to meet with Boonton to discuss any of the Town’s concerns (and ensure they get addressed).  Tomar is also working on producing load certification for the road plates to provide assurance that the plates are satisfactory to remain in place and will not affect the parade planned for early September.
                        4. Unfortunately, at approximately 2:00 pm, the next section of trunk line pipe collapsed.  National vacuumed out what was accessible.  Efforts will continue tomorrow.
                        5. Tomar began to stage for removal of the next section of Boonton’s 12” water line, which traverses the trunk line.  This section was previously decommissioned in anticipation of this work.  Removal is necessary to afford access to the remainder of the trunk line.  Water line removal work is anticipated for tomorrow.
                        6. RVRSA began to mobilize to effect a mark-out of the Jersey City Trunk Line, which also traverses the Boonton water line.  The intention is to ensure that there is no collateral damage to the JCTL consequent to forthcoming efforts to expose the next collapsed section of the Boonton Line.
                        7. By-pass pumps continued to run in automatic mode. (both days)
                        8. RVRSA Operators continued to be on-site to monitor site around the clock. (both days)

                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 9, 2016

                        1.       The entire day was spent on manual removal of material from Chamber B-12, the open section of the trunk line, and for a distance of approx. 5 ft beyond the open section of pipe (roughly to the line of the trench box).  Packed grit, stone, cobbles, and boulders were removed from the pipe, with some “boulders” approaching 2½ ft in maximum dimension.  The packed material was hard and dense, requiring pick-axes and shale bars to break it free enough for removal.  No personnel were allowed into the pipe beyond the edge of the trench box in light the questionable structural integrity of the pipeline.

                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 8, 2016

                        1.        National Water Main on site from broken section of pipe.  Used jet vacuum for removal of rocks less than 6-inches.  Found boulders the size on average of 3 to 4-ft in diameter.  Debris field in pipe is approximately 30 to 40-ft in length. 

                        2.       River water from Rockaway river continues to flow into pipe.  Installed 2-inch pump into broken section to pump river water to upstream manhole.

                        3.       Installed tapping saddle in the discharge piping to avoid potential collapse of pipe section.  Will re-support affected section of piping with additional stone and put into service tomorrow.

                        4.       Put bypass pumping into auto operation today, using a float system.

                        5.       Tomar to provide manual labor and excavator to remove large boulders and rock from broken section of pipe.

                        6.       Scheduled National Water Main to return to site on Wednesday, August 10th to TV inspect pipe line.

                        7.       Engineer from CNA insurance on site today for evaluation of insurance coverage.

                        8.       RVRSA personnel on site and set up spill containment.

                        9.       RVRSA Safety Coordinator inspected sidewalk based on police report of possible injury.

                        10.   RVRSA Operators given Log Books to record attendance at site and all activities at site.

                        11.   Met with RVRSA Finance Committee to discuss resolutions for emergency procurement of services for repair of sewer main.


                        Activities scheduled and anticipated for week of August 8, 2016

                        1.       National Water Main to be on site on 8/8/16 to clean and perform TV inspection of line.

                        2.       Engineer for CNA insurance company expected on site Monday, August 8, 2016 to meet with Mark Bean of Kleinfelder.

                        3.       Tomar crew to re-establish Town of Boonton water main connection.

                        4.       Tomar crew to excavate area around sewer pipe break for inspection to allow Kleinfelder to determine design options of temporary repair and permanent repair.

                        5.       By end of day August 9, 2016, it is anticipated that Kleinfelder will have prepared recommendation for temporary repair.



                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 5, 2016

                        1.       Sewer plug for use in bypass pumping delivered and installed.

                        2.       Pumping Services on site to complete final connections of pipe to pumps and electric connections pumps to generators.  Tested all. 

                        3.       Pumping Services upon inspection found section of HDPE pipe that was worn on discharge piping and replaced with new section of pipe.

                        4.       Bypass pumping initiated.  Broken section of pipe is now dry.  Observed large amount of debris in line.  National Water Main to be on site Monday to clean and televise pipe from broken section to MH B11.

                        5.       RVRSA personnel on site for pump, generator and plug training.

                        6.       1000-gallon double walled diesel fuel tank ordered for onsite storage of fuel for generators.

                        7.       Kleinfelder and RVRSA personnel contacted four vendors for proposals (when formal scope of work is completed by Kleinfelder) for supply and installation of liner, should lining be recommended for repair of pipe.

                        8.       Air compressor installed for specific use to keep sewer plug at proper air pressure of 11.5 psi.  RVRSA personnel advised to monitor and record pressure readings hourly.

                        9.       RVRSA personnel continue on site presence (2 men each shift) to monitor bypass pumping, provide security and fuel generators.


                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 4, 2016

                        1.       All pipe assembly between pumps and HDPE continued.

                        2.       Hydrostatic testing continued for discharge 12-inch HDPE pipes.  Used Rockaway river water for testing.

                        3.       Small section of HDPE pipe failed under testing and broke off into downstream pipe.  RVRSA personnel used TV camera to find section of failed pipe.  Pipe section found and National Water Main was called in to retrieve pipe section.

                        4.       CNA insurance adjuster met with Mark Bean at site to inspect broken section of pipe and to observe activities and apparatus in place to bypass flow.

                        5.       CNA insurance adjuster met with Executive Director, CFO, Principal Engineer and other RVRSA personnel to discuss coverage available.  CNA to provide a check to RVRSA next week ($250,000) to assist RVRSA with costs incurred for ongoing repair work.


                        RVRSA's  Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 3, 2016

                        1.       All three pump discharge pipelines that discharge at the manhole are fabricated and will be placed after hydro-testing is complete.

                        2.       All three pump discharges have been fabricated and will be connected to piping as soon as hydro-testing is complete.

                        3.       All three pumps are wired to the generators.  Pumps checked for rotation, verified phases.

                        4.       Pump priming systems are wired and connected.

                        5.       Pump suctions have been fabricated and are ready for insertion after the pipe plug is installed into the 60-inch upstream main.

                        6.       Staged a diesel pump to the rockaway river to utilize river water to perform hydro-static test of piping.  Informed DEP via phone call to Central Enforcement of use of river water for this purpose.

                        7.       Working to stage the two-diesel pumps as redundant back up pumps.

                        8.       Contacted two manufacturer/contractors for lining.  A third manufacturer/contractor to be contacted so that RVRSA will have three proposals for lining work.

                        9.       Anticipate by-pass pumping to begin on Friday, August 5th.

                        10.   Anticipate RVRSA personnel to TV inspect Washington Street sewer to B10 early Thursday morning.

                        11.   Anticipate RVRSA personnel to TV inspect broken 54-inch pipe on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

                        12.   Anticipate National Water to clean and TV inspect and possibly laser profile sewer on Monday, August 8, 2016.

                        13.   Spoke to CNA insurance adjuster, provided letter regarding event and repair activities.

                        14.   Met with RVRSA CFO to discuss Capital budget amendment for emergency procurement contracts.

                        15.   Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2016. 


                        RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 2, 2016

                        1.      Electric pumps are delivered and staged in place.

                        2.       Generators are delivered and staged in place.

                        3.       60-inch plug is on order and expected to be delivered Thursday, August 4, 2016.

                        4.       Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – connection of pipes to pumps and electrical connection from pumps to generators & controls.

                        5.       Thursday, August 4, 2016 – install 60-inch plug.  Hydrostatic test of 12-inch piping to ensure water tight welded joints.

                        6.       Friday, August 5, 2016 – expect to begin bypass flow.

                        7.       Requested Mark Bean to prepare a construction schedule for temporary repair (concrete cap, seal, strap) through final repair & restoration of site.

                        8.       Received estimate of construction cost for Tomar Construction through site restoration.


                        RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report - August 1, 2016

                        1.       The three (3) 12-inch HDPE pipe are welded and installed through the road.

                        2.       The upstream manhole to be used for bypass suction has been prepared to receive the three (3) 12-inch suction pipes.

                        3.       Preparation of the downstream manhole to be used for bypass discharge has begun.

                        4.       The larger electric pumps and generators are on schedule to be delivered tomorrow, August 2nd.  Once received, the work to connect the 12-inch HDPE piping will commence.

                        5.       The 60-inch plug, to be used during bypass pumping is anticipated to be delivered on Wednesday, August 3rd.

                        6.       Mark Bean, of Kleinfelder has contacted a vendor for availability and cost proposal to complete the cleaning of the broken section of pipe.

                        7.       RVRSA website has been updated under “News and Announcements”.  A description of the event along with daily updates and pictures are now available for the public.  The link to the RVRSA website is www.rvrsa.org

                        8.       Resolutions are being drafted for the RVRSA August 11, 2016 Board meeting.


                        RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report - July 29, 2016

                        1. Discussed construction schedule for completion of 12-inch HDPE pipe and bypass pump installation with Kleinfelder. Work to complete welding and staging of 12-inch pipe will be on Monday, August 1st. Bypass pumps to be delivered on Tuesday August 2nd.

                        2. Today, July 30, 2016, RVRSA personnel installed a tenting structure over open section of 54-inch sewer pipe to contain odors. Also, open manholes have been covered. Liquid deodorant was placed around fence line of site. Odors are now reported to be contained.

                        3. Updated Mayor DiLauri and DPW Superintendent via phone of schedule of completion of bypass pipes and equipment.


                        RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report - July 28, 2016

                        1. Pumping Services continued to weld and stage 12-inch HDPE pipe for the larger by-pass pumps.

                        2. Additional 12-inch HDPE pipe was installed under West Main Street.

                        3. An additional six-inch diesel pump was installed at the open pipe to assist with flow, if needed. Currently, two six-inch diesel pumps are set up for use if needed.

                        4. RVRSA received Kleinfelder proposal for engineering services for design and construction services for the repair of the sewer main.

                        5. RVRSA personnel began TV inspection of upstream 60-inch gravity main to access condition of pipe.‎

                        6. Executive Director met with RVRSA Operators to discuss review of all RVRSA gravity mains within the Town of Boonton with the purpose of prioritizing the TV inspection of all RVRSA pipes in the Town of Boonton.

                        7. Kleinfelder engineer, Mark Bean, on site to inspect work and reported that he discussed preparation work to reconnect Boonton water service (once temporary repair is complete) with Tomar Construction, so that once temporary repair is complete, work to reconnect Boonton water service can be complete quickly.

                        8. Executive Director wrote short description of gravity main break and sent to Gear 3 for posting on RVRSA website. Also, discussed with Safety Coordinator to have pictures of site progress sent to website as well. Article, pictures and updates to be posted under News and Announcements on RVRSA web site at www.rvrsa.org

                        RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report - July 28, 2016

                        1.       Pumping Services began welding and staging of HDPE 12-inch pipe.

                        2.       One section of 12-inch pipe installed below West Main Street today.

                        3.       Broken section of pipe partially cleared of debris and flow line reduced. One 6-inch pump suction line put into open section of pipe to keep flow level down through broken section of pipe.  Bottom pipe side walls now clearly visible.

                        4.       Boxed off inlet and outlet sides of trench box to ensure stability due to rain storms.

                        5.       Submitted insurance claim to Brown & Brown Risk Manager.  Received notice that CNA will send adjuster to site.

                        6.       Kleinfelder spoke to DEP and received information on EIT Emergency loan procedure for project.

                        7.       Met with Infrastructure Committee to discuss resolutions and payment to vendors for emergency services.  Also, discussed construction schedule and streamlining work to cap the exposed line and prepare patch to broken section to make stable until final repair is designed and repair completed. 

                        8.       Discussed prioritizing Boonton Trunkline in capital plan currently being prepared.

                        9.       Held meeting with RVRSA Engineer and Licensed Operators regarding work underway at the site and prioritizing work needed in Boonton Trunkline and discussed past inspections of Boonton Trunkline.

                        10.   Emailed Mayor of Boonton that the Executive Director will attend the August 18th Council meeting in Boonton.


                        RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report - July 27, 2016


                        1. RVRSA Executive Director (E.D.) met with Mark Bean of Kleinfelder to discuss progress of project.
                        2. Area of sewer break televised and found that damage is limited to a 20-foot section of pipe (including area open in sink hole)
                        3. Pipe cleaned from downstream manhole to approximately 20-ft from break in pipe. No material removed from pipe. Mark Bean advised contractor to bring in clam or drag device to remove debris in 20-foot section of pipe. Removal of debris from broken section of pipe to begin as soon as device is on site.
                        4. Kleinfelder requested and RVRSA provided plans for upstream manhole and pipe sections.
                        5. Black HDPE piping delivered to site today and contractor is staging pipe for welder of pipe. Welder of pipe is expected to be on site tomorrow, July 28th.
                        6. Welding and set up of pipe expected to begin July 28th and be complete by August 4th.
                        7. Larger electric pumps and generators expected on site by August 4th or 5th. At that point all flow will be diverted around broken section of pipe.
                        8. Once flow is removed from broken section of pipe, RVRSA will re-TV (using RVRSA TV equipment) broken section of pipe. ETA August 5th or August 8-9.
                        9. RVRSA will also TV upstream section of pipe to determine if that section of pipe is affected. ETA: Second week of August.
                        10. Updated ED Hudzina of NJDEP Central Enforcement. Ed Hudzina attended meeting with RVRSA and Kleinfelder today for update on activities.
                        11. Remaining sections of temporary fence installed today. Fencing of area around sink hole as well as across W. Main Street around discharge manhole is complete.
                        12. Verified that water (small amount) from Rockaway River is flowing into the broken section of pipe. Good news because it verifies that no wastewater is flowing out of the broken section of pipe into the river.
                        13. Last night at approximately 10pm, a resident entered the fenced areaat West Main Street and was advised to leave the area due to safety hazards. The resident left and then reentered at the opposite end (parking area) of the site. RVRSA personnel requested the resident to leave the site a second time and the resident complied. RVRSA personnel advised to call Boonton Police if anyone re-enters the site after one warning to not enter.
                        14. Discussed with Mark Bean options to reline approximately 300-foot section of pipe from manhole to manhole. Also discussed replacing upstream drop manhole with a vortex type manhole.
                        15. Mark Bean to meet with NJDEP engineer for possible inclusion of emergency and final repair work under existing loan program. NJDEP engineer will bring to DEP for consideration but also assured Mark Bean that the EIT program has funding available for emergency repair work.
                        16. E.D. emailed insurance company to file claim. Insurance company emailed request for description etc of claim. E.D. to provide information to insurance company as soon as possible.
                        17. E.D. discussed procedure to award contracts for design, emergency work and repair with Diane Alexander of Maraziti, Falcon.
                        18. E.D. emailed AEA for information of pipe relining company. E.D. to obtain proposals for cost of materials and availability of materials and contractors.
                        RVRSA's Sewer Main Break Progress Report - July 26, 2016

                        1. Work to secure the Town of Boonton water main is complete.
                        2. Detour of West Main Street is removed and traffic flow is back to normal.
                        3. Temporary fencing around the construction site is 75 percent complete. Additional fencing is still to be installed at site of discharge piping across the street from the construction site.
                        4. Do not enter signage is being placed on the fence in multiple areas.
                        5. Trench box is in place around broken section of gravity main.
                        6. Top of gravity main has been removed and flow in pipe is confirmed. Higher than normal expected water level observed in pipe and attributed to silt, dirt accumulation in downstream section of pipe.
                        7. Construction meeting with Town of Boonton, RVRSA, Kleinfelder, Tomar and Pumping Services took place.
                        8. Review of primary bypass pumping equipment to be installed complete and expected on site next week.
                        9. Four diesel pumps on site pumping majority of flow from upstream of break to downstream manhole.
                        10. West Main Street cut in road complete. New larger 12-inch diameter discharge pipes to be installed this week. Additional road closure not needed to change to 12-inch pipes. Current pipe size under street is 6-inch. When new electric larger pumps arrive, all flow will then be bypassed in order to complete repair to broken section on pipe.
                        11. Contractor (National Water Main) will be on site tomorrow to clean and TV through broken section of line. RVRSA TV camera system delivered today and will assist with work planned tomorrow.
                        12. Mark Bean to call DEP representative tomorrow to see what if any part of this repair project can be addressed under current loan work.
                        13. JoAnn to call insurance risk manager tomorrow to file claim.
                        14. Two RVRSA staff members are assigned to monitor and stay on site each shift. Staff are monitoring H2S and flow and to ensure that no public enter the work site.
                        15. Once costs and funding (EIT or insurance claim) are determined, will set up Finance Committee meeting to discuss.
                        16. Industrial Permittees were notified by IPP Coordinator of possible reduction of industrial waste to sanitary sewer, if needed.
                        17. DEP enforcement Officer, Ed Hudzina, was on site for observation of construction progress to repair line.

                        Avalon Bay Apartment Complex

                        posted Jul 27, 2016, 10:44 AM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated May 21, 2017, 7:46 AM ]

                        In May of 2013, Avalon Bay Communities secured planning board approval to build a 350 unit high-end apartment complex on the 16.63 acres of the former Ashland Chemical property, located east of Wootton Street on the Division Street “extension” in an official redevelopment zone. The office building currently on site will be demolished.  The complex will include a swimming pool and a parking garage for 387 cars as well as surface parking for 182 cars. The apartments will all be rentals and consist of studios (26), one bedroom (132), two bedroom (154) and three bedroom (38) units.  No affordable housing was included in the approval.

                        The property needs remediation estimated to cost between $11 and $17 million dollars.  In June 2016, Avalon Bay reached a final agreement with the current owner to purchase the property. Their construction plans remain on hold until the remediation issue is resolved.

                        (Boonton had an agreement for Avalon Bay to fund the purchase and repair of the Main Street boardwalk once development actually commenced.  However, the boardwalk property has since been purchased by a private developer so the boardwalk situation is currently undetermined.)

                        In the first quarter of 2017, the governing body approved an agreement to proceed with the Avalon Bay's 2011 approved development to be built where the Drew Chemical Building once stood on Division Street.  He is a Q & A to provide further details.

                         

                        1.         Question:        What was the project approved for in 2013?

                                    Answer:           350 residential rental units. There is no affordable housing component.

                         

                        2.         Question:        What was the original financial agreement with Avalon Bay?

                        Answer:           As opposed to a conventional taxation, the Town and Avalon Bay agreed to the following:

                                             10% of the gross revenues would be considered a “PILOT” (Payment in Lieu of Taxes). It was anticipated at the time of the agreement that the gross revenue would amount to $7.7 million and the Town would receive $770,000/year. This would be offset by a payment for taxes on just the land portion of the property. The County would receive 5% of this payment and the schools would not receive a share of the PILOT. As part of the agreement, the Town would receive a $300,000 contribution toward an improvement within the community. Municipal services such as snow removal and sanitation services would NOT be provided by the Town.

                         

                        3.         Question:        What has transpired since the prior agreement?

                        Answer:         Avalon Bay and the prior property owner, during their due diligence in the course of the purchase of the property, discovered an environmental contamination on the premises. The contamination is estimated to cost between $10 and $15 million to clean up. As part of Avalon Bay’s desire to continue with this project, they undertook two objectives (a) they settled with the prior owner of the property and received a reduction in the purchase price of approximately $2.5 million; (b) they approached the Town of Boonton and asked for a modified PILOT and after a series of meetings over the summer between the Board of Aldermen, the Administration and Avalon Bay, the parties came to an understanding that a modification to the agreement would be formally considered. As part of this modification, the PILOT rate would be reduced from 10% to 9%. However, over the past three years the estimated rents for the project have increased from $7.7 million to $9.5 million and accordingly the amount of projected revenue to the Town of Boonton, notwithstanding this amendment from 10% to 9%, will not change. In order to change this agreement it is required that the Town issue redevelopment bonds. The interest on the redevelopment bonds will be paid by the Town of Boonton so long as the Town of Boonton maintains at least $700,000 in projected revenues from the project. If the projected revenues were to amount to less than $700,000, the Town would still be guaranteed that payment from Avalon Bay. The original $300,000 contribution towards the community was increased to $350,000. Finally, if the clean-up costs fall below $12 million, the entire deal reverts back to the original 10%. 

                         

                        4.         Question:        What are the risks regarding the issuance of a $1.2 million bond?

                        Answer:        The way this deal is structured, there is no risk to the Town of Boonton or to the Town’s credit rating, even in the event of a default of this bond.

                         

                        5.         Question:        What if there is a default on these bonds?

                        Answer:           The Town would then have the right to foreclose on the Avalon Bay property. The bonds are structured in such a way where payment is essentially guaranteed by Avalon Bay or the purchasers of the bonds.

                         

                        6.         Question:        What happens during the interim periods prior to the completion of this project?

                        Answer:         Upon the execution of this agreement, the building was taken down. There is very little utility with respect to the property, especially in light of the environmental cleanup.  It is also recognized that according to State statute, the property is exempt once the property becomes subject to a redevelopment agreement. However, Avalon Bay and the Town have negotiated that Boonton will receive $10,000/quarter or $40,000/year while the project is under construction. Once the first Certificate of Occupancy is issued and 18 months have elapsed, the Town will receive a pro rata share of the PILOT percentage of 9% or at least $700,000 even if the project is not completed on a timely basis.

                         

                        7.         Question:        What is the comparison between conventional taxes for the property, the 2013 agreement and the 2016 agreement?

                         

                         

                        Conventional Taxes

                        2013 Agreement

                        2016 Agreement

                        Municipal Services

                        Town’s Responsibility

                        Developer’s Responsibility

                        Developer’s Responsibility

                        Projected Revenues to the Town

                        $350,000/year

                        Dependent on revenue but projected to be $775,000/year

                        Guaranteed minimum of $700,000+/year

                        Ability of Property Owner to Challenge Tax Assessment

                        YES

                        NO

                        NO

                        Sewer Connection Fee

                        $612,500

                        $612,500

                        $612,500

                        Boonton Launches Planning for Transit Village

                        posted Jun 29, 2016, 2:43 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 1:09 PM ]

                        NJTPA-funded program to assist with initiative

                        The Town of Boonton is about to kick off planning work aimed at gaining Transit Village status, thanks to its acceptance into a competitive program run by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

                        The NJTPA selected Boonton to participate in its Planning for Emerging Centers Program, which provides technical assistance to municipalities that seek to create more sustainable, transit-supportive and walkable communities.

                        The goal of this work is to be recognized by the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Transit Village Initiative, which creates incentives for municipalities to redevelop or revitalize areas around transit stations. The program aims to create vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods where people can live, work and play without relying solely on automobiles.

                        Boonton wants to establish a central transit zone district as part of its overall transportation vision for the community. This would include parking, circulation and other regulatory changes for the entire downtown. The goal is to increase usage of the NJ TRANSIT passenger rail station and find redevelopment opportunities that would support the downtown and station area. The planning process will include significant public and stakeholder outreach.

                        Through the Planning for Emerging Centers Program, the NJTPA provides consultant and staff support to municipalities to conduct planning studies that aim to integrate transportation into land development plans; for planning around transit facilities; for climate change and sustainability plans; and for the transportation circulation element of master plans, which include vehicular, bus, bicycle and pedestrian movements.

                        Boonton is one of three municipalities the NJTPA has selected to receive support from a consultant team led by Group Melvin Design, a Camden-based planning and urban design firm that specializes in building sustainable communities.  The NJTPA is also offering staff and consultant support to the Borough of Freehold in Monmouth County and Green Brook Township in Somerset County.

                        Kiwanis Ambulance Service of Boonton, Inc.

                        posted Jun 13, 2016, 6:54 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 6:54 PM ]


                        Kiwanis Ambulance Service of Boonton, Inc.

                        P.O. Box 16, Boonton, NJ 07005-0016

                        Telephone (973) 334-4985           Emergency 9-1-1



                        Dear Neighbor,

                        The Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad is very thankful to those that have given so generously to our organization. To date we have raised $ 41,811.14 towards our annual operating expenses of

                        $ 104,000.00. As you can see, we still have a long way to go in order to meet our obligations.

                        The Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad has seen some tough times with the lack of volunteers, ever-growing costs and the lack of sustainable donations over the past few years. In 1997 at the start of the volunteer decline, we were forced to bring on a limited paid staff in order to provide you with guaranteed 24 hour Emergency Medical response. The average annual cost for that program alone was $80,000. In addition, we have maintained an operating budget of roughly $100,000.00 per year. In December of 2015, we were forced to lay off our paid staff due to a lack of sustainable donations.

                        The Volunteer decline is no stranger to all community service organizations and such, has impacted the Kiwanis Club of Boonton as well. The Kiwanis Club has served the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad faithfully since 1938 as our Corporation Trustees and financial arm. The layoff of our paid staff and financial difficulties has forced all of us to step back and evaluate all aspects of the organization in order to continue to serve the citizens of Boonton, Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes into the future. The following are some examples of changes that we have made in order to better serve you:

                        • The Kiwanis Club of Boonton and the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad have retained a volunteer Administrator to oversee all aspects of the First Aid Squad and its parent corporation Kiwanis Ambulance Service of Boonton, Inc. As the current administrator, I bring to the table, over 30 years of Emergency Medical Services experience in various capacities of running several large EMS agencies throughout New Jersey. 
                        • Both the squad and the club have enlisted the support of the governing bodies of Boonton, Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes and together we have developed a new Board of Trustees that will replace the current board of Kiwanis Ambulance Service of Boonton, Inc. The new board will consist of a representative selected by the squad who is not a current member of the squad, a representative selected by the club who is not a current member of the club, and one municipal government representative from each of the three towns. 
                        • All financial accounts have been turned over to the Administrator who in turn shares sole access with the municipal representative of Mountain Lakes as an added financial control. All financial accounts have been reviewed for the past 2 years and detailed reports have been shared with the new Board of Trustees. Let me be clear that there is no evidence of financial improprieties as some people in the community have suggested. 
                        • A contract between the Kiwanis Ambulance Service of Boonton, Inc. was signed with Prime - Saint Clare’s Health System to provide primary EMS coverage to the residents of Boonton, Boonton Township, and Mountain Lakes, Monday – Friday, 6 am – 6 pm. This contract replaces our paid staff program and with the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad covering nights and weekends, assures the residents uninterrupted 24 hour EMS response. 
                        • The Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad is considering other avenues of revenue enhancement such as a billing for service model in addition to our annual donation fund drive and fundraisers throughout the year. 

                        In summary, the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad continues to review all aspects of the operation for areas of improvement. Your financial assistance is paramount in making sure each of you receives cost effective Emergency Medical Service response for the future. Please consider donating to this life saving initiative today.

                        Sincerely,

                        Karl Klingener, Administrator
                        Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad

                        Boonton Parking

                        posted May 3, 2016, 7:36 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated May 3, 2016, 7:38 PM ]

                        Having a historic Main Street is a unique and valuable attribute that attracts people to our great town.  In addition to its charm, Main Street brings our community together in diverse ways and has the capacity to drive some of the economic development needed to stabilize taxes which we are working hard to accomplish.

                        While our mix of exceptional businesses and groups like Boonton Main Street, Inc. and Boonton Arts do a great job of promoting Main Street and inviting visitors, most people still need a place to park once they arrive. This doesn't even include the parking needs of those people already living in and around our downtown.  There has been much said about "Boonton's parking problem" and I wanted to take a moment to share what we have been doing at the municipal level since I took office in January.

                        As part of a larger plan to revitalize our downtown shopping district, I have created a special committee to diagnose and prescribe solutions to increase parking supply, educate residents and visitors about existing parking/rules and manage enforcement.  

                        If this task were easy, it would have been done already.  As you can imagine, solutions that work for one group of stakeholders can often be damaging to others, not to mention spiraling costs and sheer feasibility.  Regardless of what may have stopped us in the past, the new parking committee I formed (chaired by Dan Piccioni and supported by Scott Miniter, Jim Lynch, Chief Mayhood and myself) is committed to making an impact.  Below is a partial list of potential solutions we are considering:
                          
                        INCREASING SUPPLY:
                        Possible conversion of 100 block streets running perpendicular to Main Street (Division to Liberty with possible inclusion of Birch Street) into one-way streets with diagonal parking (beside being a county road, Main Street itself was determined by an engineer as being too narrow to accomplish this same idea)
                        Exploring possible public/private partnerships to share existing lots with proximity to Main Street (e.g. Boonton Post Office, banks, houses of worship, School Street School, etc.) 
                        Possible purchase of a non-historic home within 1 block of Main Street for conversion into a parking lot
                        Converting an existing town owned lot on Union and  Birch Streets into a parking lot
                        Exploring the feasibility of a parking garage / facility
                        May 6th begins a pilot program for a First Friday Trolley to and from out-of-district locations (Sr. Center, High School, Kiwanis and Town Hall Lots) and Main Street to reduce parking demand during high traffic events

                        ENFORCEMENT:
                        Creation of a multi-tiered parking pass system to include different pricing for:
                        o Seniors
                        o Business owners / employees
                        o Property owners
                        o Downtown residents
                        o Volunteers
                        o and more . . . 
                        Improved meter payment methods including credit card, nickel, dime, quarter and smart kiosk meters
                        Creation of high turnover areas or zones (10 minute pick-up / drop-off zones)
                        Random "warning days" where people will be given warnings instead of tickets to raise awareness about rules and regulations
                        The creation of a Volunteer Parking Ambassador position to monitor, focus efforts, manage and help those parking on or near Main Street
                        The review of monthly violation reports to more deeply understand the issues and answer the question, "Are we creating positive change?" 

                        IMPROVING & PROMOTING EXISTING PARKING:
                        Improved lighting and cleanliness of the Plane Street & other municipal lots
                        Building on Boonton Main Street Inc.'s new Parking Map
                        Creating /improving wayfinding signage to guide visitors towards parking options
                        ‎Educating the public about rules, their enforcement and the reality versus the perception of "Boonton's parking problem"
                        Creating a Walking Encouragement Program (e.g. brochures with walking maps, distance calculations, calories burned, etc.)

                        Beyond Main Street, the parking committee is also looking at special areas of concern including school overflow, non-residential and commercial parking in neighborhoods, as well as parking during special events like snow storms and election days. 

                        Public input is critical to this process and our success.  If you have ideas or comments that you would like included in our work or have interest in volunteering your own time, skills and/or resources for this cause, please email me: mayor@boonton.org with "Parking" in the subject or call (973) 402-9410 x622.  Thank you.

                        Warmest regards,


                        Matthew DiLauri
                        Boonton Mayor

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