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In summary, 2018 has been one of the busiest for construction. Major projects include the:
- Catch basin cleaning/repair with Eco upgrades (Eco upgrades typically prevent plastics from entering the drainage system)
- Construction of a new water tower and associated water conveyance system
- Ditch cleaning
- Elevation of homes in flood prone areas
- Full reconstruction of Mountain Avenue between the Boulevard and West Parkway
- Resurfacing of 3.5 miles of local and county roads
Water Main Project & Mountain Avenue
The water main project on West Parkway and portions of Mountain Avenue will be completed in the spring. For your information, additional work was mandated on West Parkway to improve ride-ability since the temporary trench repair was substandard (at no cost to the Township).
Also, newly paved sections of Mountain Avenue were removed and replaced because of questionable construction procedures, also at no cost to the Township. While re-working these areas causes further delay, our office will not accept substandard work unless it is consistent with the approved plans and specifications.
Most importantly, let me thank all of our residents for your patience and consideration. Construction projects can be very stressful with unexpected delays, detours, rough road surface, noise, dust, and overall frustration with communications and changing schedules. We really appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding as we work together, as a community, to improve our aging infrastructure.
Alert Dog Park (Revision 3)
The Dog Park continues to flood. The depth of the pond in the park is a function of regional groundwater fed by subsurface runoff from the adjacent foothill. Our office conducted tests confirming the high water table. Since the groundwater level is regional, the pond cannot be lowered until the regional water table naturally dissipates.
Several weeks of minimal precipitation is required. Groundwater elevations recede much slower than surface flooding. The rise of groundwater in the park has stabilized. Barring an overly wet spring, we expect the water to recede.
Resident Groundwater Bulletin
Review the Resident Groundwater Bulletin (PDF).
Alert Flood Map Appeal (Revision 2)
The Township received notification from FEMA regarding our appeal of the preliminary FIRM maps. The preliminary maps identify more than 200 additional properties considered in the Special Flood Hazard Area. Essentially, FEMA's determination states the preliminary maps accurately identify the floodplain and flood-way based on available data and the limitations of the modeling software.
The Township intends taking the appeal to the next level by presenting our analysis to FEMA’s Scientific Resolution Panel (SRP). The SRP provides an additional opportunity for resolving community appeals involving conflicting technical and/or scientific data. It offers a neutral review process by independent third parties. The Township is meeting with FEMA on Wednesday March 21, 2019 to discuss the appeal. The SRP will be filed shortly thereafter.
View a full copy of FEMA's Determination Letter (PDF).
Alert Groundwater (Revision 4)
Our office received several calls regarding basement flooding, sump systems pumping into streets and standing water in drainage ditches. Most of the recent increase in adverse conditions is based on an exceptionally high groundwater table. Our area is experiencing an above average number of rain events. Fortunately these storms have not caused major flooding. Unfortunately, the time between rain events is trending well below the time necessary for rivers, streams and drainage systems to return to "normal" depths.
As such, the natural underground aquifer (groundwater) continues to rise.
Sump Pump Systems
The resulting high groundwater is causing sump pump systems to pump nearly full-time. Groundwater is surcharging into portions of our network of ditches. Efforts are underway to clean ditches to allow groundwater and stormwater to drain. Please be aware that sump systems can pump into the streets during winter months.
However, the homeowner is responsible to keep sidewalks and roads free of ice. Additional information regarding groundwater and sump systems is available on the resident letter by clicking the sump icon below.
Additional Groundwater Data
Review the United States Geological Survey Groundwater Watch page for additional groundwater data. You can access daily information through the Groundwater Watch page.