RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Department of Public Works will be moving on down the road – about a mile and a half - to its new location in Hillsborough.

The current DPW site along the Raritan River has long been a concern of the borough since it sits in a flood zone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wanted the building moved because of environmental concerns, and Somerset County wanted it moved so it could annex the property and add it to the existing linear parkland that runs along the river, according to Mayor Charles McMullin. 

According to Raritan borough administrator Dan Jaxel, the DPW project will go forward as a shared services agreement between the county and the municipality that will benefit everyone. 

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The county estimates the land value at about $725,000, while estimates for the site work and construction come in at $1.2 million. The initial proposal was for an 8,000 square foot building, but it was scaled back to 6,802 square feet to bring down costs.

The new building on Roycefield Road in Hillsborough, will include a six-bay garage, which will allow borough vehicles – two dump trucks, two garbage trucks and a sweeper – to be stored indoors, thereby extending their useful life. The DPW will continue sharing salt and fueling services with the county or nearby municipalities.

The work on the new DPW building is slated to begin in the spring of 2020, and the prefab metal building should be ready for occupancy in late summer or early fall of 2020. 

According to McMullin, the county will manage and finance the project. At 3.5 percent interest over 20 years, the new DPW building will cost the borough about $25,000 a year. 

“This is a home run for the taxpayers, the DPW workers and for the environment,” said McMullin.