ELIZABETH, NJ - The remaining resurfacing work scheduled to be done on Union County roadways this year -- including two projects in Summit -- may be postponed until next spring due to weather conditions.
“We might have to push anything left until the Spring of 2020,” said Director Joseph Graziano of the County’s engineering department, who updated the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on the status of the 2019 Road Resurfacing Project at the Board's November 7 meeting. Graziano said his department will meet with the contractor for the project on Monday to discuss the project further.
“Everything is temperature-based right now,” he added later. “And just looking at the temperature for the next couple of weeks, at nighttime you’re probably in the 30s, so you really can’t pave at that point anymore.”
The County’s website lists five road resurfacing projects that have yet to be completed at the following roadways:
- Mountain Avenue in Summit
- Constantine & Springfield Avenue in Summit
- Deer Path in Mountainside
- New Providence Road in Mountainside
- Mountain Avenue in Westfield
The website lists a sixth project, Elizabeth Avenue in Rahway and Linden, as postponed.
Graziano said one of the roadways, Deer Path, could be repaved during the daytime when temperatures are warmer.
“We might be able to get to one of the streets during the day: Deer Path up in Mountainside,” Graziano said. “It’s not really affected with any residents up in that area. We might be able to hit that one during the day, if the temperatures get to where they have to be.”
Despite the potential repaving delays, Graziano said the concrete work being done on roads throughout the County is still moving forward as scheduled. “Any of the concrete work that’s out there now, the handicap ramps and the sidewalks or whatever that has to be done, are currently being finished,” he said.
The County’s 2019 Road Resurfacing Project was scheduled to cover a total of 24 miles of roadway, compared with 19 miles in 2018, Graziano said.
Freeholder Christopher Hudak said the project provides necessary improvements throughout the County.
“We appreciate the work that everyone on the team is doing,” Hudak said. “It’s a very overlooked and valuable County service when you’re driving on very nice, smooth asphalt, without the burden of potholes and other issues.”
Sheriff’s Office Seeks Funding from Freeholder Board to Replace Two K-9 Officers
In other activity at the meeting, the Union County Sheriff’s Office requested $14,900 from Union County to purchase two dogs from Connecticut Canine Services of Bethany, CT. The County's Board of Chosen Freeholders will vote on whether to approve the purchase during their regular meeting on November 14. Union County Sheriff Peter Corvelli spoke to the freeholders about his request during their most-recent meeting on November 7.
The two canines would join the office’s K-9 Search & Rescue Unit, which works with various law enforcement agencies both inside and outside the county.
Corvelli said that about 12 canines are currently employed by the County. He explained that the two new dogs are needed to replace two who worked with human officers that have been promoted. “As an individual gets promoted, we cannot cross-handle dogs, so we’re going to need two new dogs,” Corvelli said.
“The K-9 Search & Rescue Unit’s assignments include searching buildings, locating missing persons and detecting narcotics,” the county’s websitesays. “Their duties also involve bomb investigations and specialized patrol functions.”
The website also notes that, "“The services of this unit are requested by local police departments, Prosecutor’s Office and the County Police within Union County,” adding, “The K-9 Search and Rescue unit also services departments outside of Union County when requested. They also respond to calls which include providing assistance to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency, New Jersey State Police, U.S. Customs, U.S. Postal Police, and the U.S. Secret Service.”
Freeholder Vice Chair Alexander Mirabella commended the K-9 Unit for its work protecting the county.
“I know that the townships rely heavily on the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit to go through schools and to prepare for whatever could be out there, whether it’s drugs or explosives,” Mirabella said. “I want to compliment you [Corvelli] on your leadership and the K-9 Unit itself.”