Caldwell Council Discusses Borough's Hydraulic System

Ann Marchoni of the Caldwell Environmental Commission presents awards to Councilman Kris Brown and Phyllis Kent for their service to the environmental group

CALDWELL, NJ – After Ann Marchoni of the Caldwell Environmental Commission presented awards to citizens during the council meeting on Tuesday, including Councilman Kris Brown and Phyllis Kent, for his service to the environmental group, crew engineers presented a study on the hydraulic system in the borough that would determine whether water is properly flowing to hydrants.

The engineers explained to the council that all of Caldwell’s water is supplied by Essex Fells.

“There are no alternative supply sources or storage tanks,” they said.

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Bill Frint, Caldwell’s licensed water operator, explained that there are four-inch water-main pipes from 1910 that have corroded.

“These pipes aren’t used anymore,” Frint said. “Most pipes are around eight-inch.”

According to the engineers, the water system must reach certain levels for fire protection safety.

Frint and Council President John Cascarano assured the council and those present at the meeting that the firemen know the locations of all four-inch and six-inch pipes.

“The fire department usually connects to two hydrants when fighting a fire,” Frint said.

According to the engineers, the project can be completed within five years if the borough begins to replace one water main pipe per year, starting in 2018. Frint said that the approximate cost would be $4,540,000, but said he would find out whether the borough can apply for any grants.

During the public comment, a resident thanked the borough for paving her street, but had some problems with the paving company, DNL. The concerned resident said that she received documentation about the work being done one week before it started, but did not know whom it came from.

Borough Administrator Paul Carelli and Police Chief James Bongiorno said that the letter was from DNL.

She also provided documentation for a “No Parking” sign that was placed on her tree and, according to the police chief, was not placed there by his department. According to the resident, the paving company was going to use her front lawn for storage until she said something.

Lastly, she explained that some pieces of her sidewalk were worked on, while others were not, and provided pictures to prove her statement.

“There are about six slabs that they worked on and completed and two or three other slabs that need fixing,” she said.

The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 19. 

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