Happy New Year! I hope all residents enjoyed the holiday season and endured what seems to be the onslaught of illnesses plaguing the Township!

This year, 2020, will bring the final construction of the municipal complex which will provide for administrative, police, recreation, library and senior citizen space for our community. While it is exciting that the building will allow for expanded programs for community, we will need to continue to keep a watchful eye as the Township has encountered unsuitable soils in 2018 contributing to a tight budget.  The project has remained the daily focus of my administration as we continue to monitor the budget while being mindful of areas to cut costs. 

Below is the update for the week of January 24, 2020 as well as the budget status to date.  The Township will also post additional information on the website with specific financial information and history of the project in the coming week.  

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I am wishing everyone health and happiness!

Mayor Angie Devanney 

 BUDGET TO DATE: 

  • Total Project cost $32,000,000
  • Funds paid to date: $14,061,188.39 
  • Funds encumbered (or set aside) $15,608,893.51.  
    • This amount covers the latest resolution, R328-2019 passed on Dec 3, 2019, extending services for professionals through May 2020.
  • Available funds to date: $2,336,230.18

*Source: Chief Financial Municipal Officer/Qualified Purchasing Agent, Eugenia Poulos.

For the week ending January 24, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

• EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 37 workers. 

• Force Concrete set up temporary heaters to continue work in the Second-Floor vault area during subfreezing conditions, staged CMU block for the vaults, and installed the knee wall at the center sector mechanical roof. 

• Mehl Electric continued rough-ins and wire pulls throughout the building. 

• Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAV’s, duct work on the First and Second Floors, and hydronic piping on the First Floor and Lower Level. 

• Epic Interiors placed temporary protection for the heaters in the Second Floor vault area, installed roof sheathing on the north side, and continued with interior metal framing, soffits, blocking, and the south side cornice. 

• Waterproofing Systems Northeast resumed preparation on the north side for the application of the air/vapor barrier. 

• All Ply Roofing mobilized on site, accepted deliveries, and began installation of the ice/water shield on the south side.