MONTVILLE, NJ – Various improvement projects are moving forward in Montville Township as the township committee passed a bond ordinance at its June 12 meeting appropriating $575,000 and issuing $460,000 in bonds for the water utility department for water tank rehabilitation ($350,000), hydrant replacement ($20,000), acquisition of meter reading radio equipment and the installation of transmission towers ($110,000), a leak detection system ($50,000), pump and motor replacement ($35,000), and software, transmitters, instrumentation, and sensors ($10,000). It also passed an ordinance for the sewer utility department for the capital outlay of $70,000 for supervisory control and data acquisition system improvements including software, transmitters, instrumentation and sensors ($10,000), the replacement of sewer facility pumps and comminutor (grinder) ($50,000), and the purchase of safety and monitoring equipment ($10,000).

Township Administrator Victor Canning announced that a Clean Communities grant had been awarded to the township to the tune of $46,654, and students will be hired for the summer to help with litter abatement and recycling programs throughout the community.

“It’s worked out the last few years quite successfully,” Canning said.

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Last year, projects included painting hydrants, removing trash along Hook Mountain Road and Maple Avenue, and renovating the Community Park Pavilion. Read more about the program here.

The renovation of the Community Park playground discussed in this article – Playground – is moving along. Final design is complete as far as the selection of equipment and colors, according to the township’s project status report. Soft surfacing colors were selected. Recreation Director Lori Dent will be working with the DPW to address landscaping cleanup within the park (i.e., cutting back branches, pruning, etc.) in preparation of installation of new playground in late summer/early fall. The Montville Township Kiwanis Club has offered to donate two park benches and a picnic table to be added in the former handicapped swing area which will be a beautiful addition to the area, the report states.

The Old Lane area (Towaco) sewer expansion project is moving forward. The survey has been completed and submitted to the Water and Sewer Department for review. The township is now looking to solicit plans and specs based on the result of the survey. Once the plans and specs are in place, it will be presented to the township committee for approval.

The most recent static level of the aquifer is approximately 29.9 feet from the surface, according to a June 8 report. This is a 5.0 foot increase to the surface from last month. This is the highest the aquifer level has been since 2009. This increase is directly related to the higher than normal precipitation since the beginning of 2018, according to the township.

The township has been examining the viability of its four water tanks interspersed throughout the town, due to their age and need for maintenance and/or replacement. Recently, the Long Term Financial Planning Committee recommended that the township replace the Windsor Tank with a bolted steel tank, according to the project status report, and the Water and Sewer Department is putting together bid specs for this purchase.

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