MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School Mustangs varsity bowling team was honored at the Feb. 28 Montville Township Committee meeting. The team, four-time county and conference champions, and three-time state champions, has won seven major tournaments during the last five seasons.

The team is the conference champions in the NJAC Southern Division, posting a 14-0 record.

They won the New Year’s Team Challenge, competing against 28 teams, and they won the North 2 Group 2 State Title. They also won the Morris County Tournament for the fourth consecutive year setting a high series record of 3186 and a high game record of 1141. Members of the team include Kazim Baynes, Joseph Bonanno, Matt Chang, Andrew Donnelly, Adam Gelvan, Rajarshi Gorai, Andrew Halpin, Nicholas Ho, Peter Ho, Eric Katterman, Jason Kim, Zack Kirschner and Jasper Lee. The team is coached by teacher Wayne Guarino. They were congratulated by the township committee and presented with a proclamation honoring them.

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Aquifer Study

 

Vincent Uhl and Ashish Daw from Uhl & Associates presented the results of the aquifer study.

 

Conducted in 2015 and 2016, the study was designed to map, in detail, the Route 287 runoff piping system, assess the quality of the runoff that goes into the local streams following rainfall and snow-melt events from the highway outlets, and get a baseline of the quality of ground water to compare in case of a spill, Daw said.

 

The entire drainage system from Route 287 was mapped, including drain locations, direction of flow, and which stream the storm water drained into, Daw said.

 

“We wanted to know the impact the storm water runoff has on the aquifer and the surrounding area,” John Perry, Director of Public Works and Water and Sewer Utilities later told TAPinto Montville. “We analyzed data from 20 years to see any increases in specific constituents in the ground water, specifically any fuel residues and sodium from road salt. We also wanted to know

the best areas to set up emergency response stations in the event of a spill on Route 287.”

 

The results of the analysis showed minimal impact from fuel or constituents from traffic, but did show significant amounts of sodium in the receiving streams after snowfall events, Perry said. Sodium levels will continue to be monitored, but it appears that the levels of sodium did increase in the beginning of the 20-year period, but appear to have stabilized. Township administration will conduct additional sampling in the future to confirm the results, he said.

Three locations were recommended for emergency response stations and a meeting will be held with local first responders to create an action plan in the event of an emergency. Storage sheds for each location are being considered for absorbent booms, mats and other materials, he said.

When asked when the water restrictions will be lifted, Perry said at the meeting that he will reexamine the situation in late March, taking into consideration the rainfall amounts. Administration reported that the static aquifer level measurement is approximately 39.5 feet from the surface, and is trending upward.

The township committee also heard a presentation from Uhl on artificial recharge of the prime aquifer. Potential ways to do this would include spreading basins, installing dams called weirs into streams, and “enhanced storm water capture.”

The committee asked administration to move forward with a “pilot study.”

“This will most likely use an existing retention basin that is currently dry, and a few weirs on one of the streams,” Perry said. “It will not be full scale until after the results are analyzed.”

Paving and Sidewalk Projects

Township Administrator Victor Canning announced that Changebridge Road will be milled and repaved:

  • from Passaic Valley Road to north of Old Changebridge Road (.5 miles)
  • from Route 202 to Rosewood Avenue (.4 miles)
  • from Woodmont Road to Route 46 (.4 miles)

He did not cite a timeline for the paving.

Township Engineer Nick Marucci told TAPinto Montville that the county plans to mill and resurface Jacksonville Road from Main Road to the township line and further into Lincoln Park.

“The contractor expects to mobilize on or about March 20,” Marucci wrote in an email. “The entire project should be expected to last about nine weeks.”

Gas lines will be relocated on Changebridge Road in preparation for the new sidewalks to be installed between Lazar Middle School and Church Lane. Once NJ Natural Gas Company has finished, construction can begin.

Other News

The township committee rejected the idea of lowering the Open Space tax levy.

A curator for the museum is being interviewed mid-March.

The township’s policy on noise from roosters is being reviewed by the attorney.

The township committee agreed on 30 street signs in addition to the street signs proposed by the Towaco Civic Association. To see the intersections which will have new signs click: Street Signs. Number 22 should be “Vreeland at Conkin.” In Towaco, Pinebrook at Whitehall, 202 at Barney, 202 at Twaits and Main at Waughaw are just some of the streets which will have new signs installed as part of the initiative.

For more about the bowling team see 2014 Clap-Around