ROSELLE, NJ - Council members met for the Borough’s May 8, workshop meeting.
During the meeting was a discussion on plans with a special presentation held by Mike Coyl, Public Affairs Manager of Public Service Electric and Gas, (PSE&G).
Coyle laid out information on an upgrade project for the transmission system that comes out of the Aldene station which follows the tracks from Roselle, Linden and then to Elizabeth that’s been approved by PJM interconnection which is the independent system operator that is in charge of ensuring capacity and liability throughout the area that PSE&G operates.
According to Coyle, currently on the railroad is an overbuild that helps carry the transmission lines above the railroad tracks. Coyle commented that the overbuild’s are quite old. Stating that the project is essentially two projects, a reliability project in order to ensure the reliability of the transmission system, and a replacement project of the old overbuilds. There are 24 towers in Roselle that need to be replaced with newer structures that can range from 15 to 20 feet higher than the ones before.
Coyle stated they are hoping to start construction next month and the way the construction will proceed is that they will start with a survey of the right of way, and then will move to the access road construction where they will aid materials to help provide access to each tower, foundations will be installed and then eventually the lines will be replaced.
It is expected the bulk of the construction to run through spring of next year and then start the restoration process of the project. There are no mentioned delays or detours being necessary and there will be some noise pollution for Roselle residents who live by the tracks.
Borough Business Administrator Jack Layne discussed the completion of the 2019 budget, noting that they met with HR and the financing department on Monday and are currently looking at completion sometime in June. They were hopeful for completion by the end of May but is now estimated to be completed by June.
Layne and the CFO also brought up the petition to raise the tax deduction for senior citizens from $250 to $1,000.
“It would be nice to see our seniors get a larger break,” said Councilwoman Denise Wilkerson.
Layne also mentioned the Pothole killer project with many people pleased with what they have seen of the project so far.
Note: Alexander Valdes is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.
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