SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A special Township Committee meeting was called for Friday evening at 5 p.m. On the agenda, were only two items. The first was a resolution authorizing an agreement for membership in the North Jersey Wastewater Cooperative System (NJWCPS) and the second was to authorize the purchase of a new sanitary pump for the Summit Road Pumping Station from Pumping Services, Inc. under the NJWCPS.
The following was the announcement for the meeting on the Township's website: "TAKE NOTICE that there will be a Special Meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Springfield on Friday July 27, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2nd floor, 100 Mountain Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and consider for approval and adoption the following resolutions: (1) Resolution to join and execute an agreement with the North Jersey Wastewater Cooperative Pricing System (“NJWCPS”), and (2) Resolution to authorize the purchase of new pump through the NJWCPS for the Summit Road Sanitary Pumping Station. Action may be taken with respect to these matters."
Oddly enough, the Committee did not explain to the public the reason for the “emergency” meeting or even why the resolutions were necessary. To gain an understanding, this reporter spoke with Michael Quick, Township CFO and Treasurer, who explained the situation: At the Summit Road pumping station, there are two pumps; one of which has failed. If the second pump were to also fail, it would cost the Township $2,700 per day to manually pump out the water. To remedy the situation, the Township was faced with two choices: 1) rebuild the existing pump at a cost of $11,000 and without any warranty, or 2) Purchase and install a new pump for $18,000.
The first choice was not considered a viable or a practical long-term solution. The Township opted for a new pump. But then it also needed a new pump housing which cost more than the pump itself - $24,000. Total cost to the town would be $42,000.
Robert Boettcher, Springfield’s Supervisor of Public Works had done prior due diligence and found out by joining the Wastewater Coop, the town would save 5% on the cost of the new pump. That’s the reason for the first resolution. Once that resolution was passed, it cleared the way for the Committee to pass the second resolution enabling the purchase and installation of the new pump and housing at the discounted cost of $39,900 (a savings of $2,100). The Township had this money available in its Capital Funds budget.
It takes two weeks to order the pump and time to install, thus the need for the “emergency” meeting. These resolutions needed immediate passing to get the ball rolling. We’re fighting the clock because if the second pump were to fail before the new pump is ready, the town would incur the aforementioned daily pumping charges.
Both resolutions passed with four votes. Mayor Huber was not present.
Here is the link to the resolution.