M I N U T E S
June 9, 1998
A Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights was held on June 9, 1998 at 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 248 Hamilton Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
Mayor Torre stated that the meeting complied with the Sunshine Law, due notice having been made to all members of the Council by personal service on January 1, 1998 and transmitted to The Observer, The Record and the Herald News on January 2, 1998.
ROLL CALL: Present: Mayor William J. Torre, Councilman Andrew Link III, Councilman Herbert D. Heeren, Councilman Justin A. DiPisa, Councilman Garrett R. Pepe, Councilwoman Marlene Verrastro, Councilman John Wassberg
SALUTE TO FLAG: Mayor Torre led in the Salute to the Flag.
BE IT RESOLVED that the claims and accounts amounting to $1,113,066.64 specified in the schedule, having been examined and approved by the Finance Commissioner, or his Deputy, be paid and that warrants be issued therefore.
Signed Andrew Link III/Commissioner of Finance
On motion by Councilwoman Verrastro, seconded by Councilman Pepe, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Resolution was adopted.
Borough Engineer Kenneth Job came forward and
gave a status report on the Burr Pl. sanitary sewer. He said that the existing 24"
main was cleaned and televised. A 10" and 12" siphon line, which run from the
termination of the Burr Pl. sewer, under Route 17 and into the DPW was cleaned. One of
these lines was also televised and they are in the process of televising the second line.
The tape on the Burr Pl. line found a series of problems with the pipe. There is a 10'
section, between manholes two and three, where there was a damaged pipe. This pipe was
repaired and not in good shape. It will have to be redone. Towards the lower end of the
pipe which is approximately 14' deep, there is about 175' of pipe where there are a series
of small diameter holes, either from lift holes in the pipe, breaks or lateral openings
for possible connections of sewers which were never used. He said that when the pipe is
running under dry weather conditions and handling just sanitary sewer flow, it is less
than half full and does not experience any problems. When there is a storm condition and
the line runs full, those openings and the break, or temporary repair, can push water out
of the pipe. This would cause the sewer/water mix to come up through floor slabs and
foundations of houses on Burr Pl. He has prepared a cost estimate for two possible
repairs, one of which is replacing the damaged pipe sections and the other is the relining
of the pipe with insituform. The advantage of the pipe replacement is that it is specific
to the damaged areas and less expensive. The downside is that it is a more time consuming
process, is a messier process and would require longer bypass pumping. The advantage of
using insituform is that it will treat the entire pipe for its full length, but this is a
disadvantage because of cost. It is quick and can probably be done in two days with no
excavation. He explained that insituform is a flexible liner that is floated into the pipe
using hot water. The hot water acts as a curing material, and when it cures, it solidifies
into a hard structural material. It will not only create a liner for the pipe sealing any
openings, cracks or holes, but will also improve the structural integrity of the line.
Insituform has a thickness that will reduce the pipe diameter somewhat, however its flow
characteristics are so improved that you actually maintain or exceed the existing flow
within the line. The downside is that it is expensive compared to the removal of the
existing pipe and you cannot just do spot sections. You have to do a complete reach
between two manholes. Just by cleaning the Burr Pl. line, there has been a significant
reduction of flow depth of dry weather flow of approximately 2". Mr. Job said the
first step is to monitor the flow in the line after all cleaning is done to determine
after moderate rainstorms how much the work has improved it. The next step would be that
if there is still a problem with sewage entering houses through plumbing fixtures, you
would be looking into running an alternate sewer line to handle the dwellings on Burr Pl.
only and discharging that line into either Oldfield Ave. or Franklin Ave. pump station, if
it can be done. He would not know if this could be done without doing a substantial
engineering study. If the line does run full during storm conditions, the repairs will not
prevent water from backing into plumbing fixtures through the laterals. That can still
happen. Mayor Torre said the Governing Body will discuss the options. Mr. Job said that
the cost to repair and replace the damaged sections of pipe would be approximately
$40,895. The cost to insituform would be $77,200. Neither estimate includes bypass pumping
costs which would be a minimum of $7,500.
Mayor Torre opened the meeting to the public for anyone wishing to speak on this subject.
Harry Maisch, 150 Burr Pl., came forward and asked how many sump pumps would be pumping into the line if at the present time the 24" pipe is only 12" full. Mr. Job said he did not know, but the line handles over half of the town, meaning a lot of sump pumps could be hooked into it. Mr. Job said this is a line that has no problems during dry weather but overflows during times of wet weather and this is not being caused by infiltration on Burr Pl. There is storm water being introduced improperly into the line and exceeding its capacity.
Lynn Masopust, 155 Burr Pl, came forward and asked for an explanation on why water comes in through the fixtures. Mr. Job said that when the pipe gets full with storm water, it backs up into houses. He said that it is not Burr Pl. storm water entering the line. It is storm water from other locations entering the sanitary line. He said that it would take approximately 50 houses with sump pumps at a hundred gallons a minute to fill the line to capacity.
48. Adoption of 1998 Municipal Budget (to be carried, pending approval of DLGS)
78. Adoption of 1998 Budget Amendment (to be carried, pending approval of discretionary aid by DLGS)
80. Granting of Raffle License - Lions Club of H.H.
81. Payment of Fees to State - Dog Licenses
82. Terminate Participation Under the NJ State Health Benefits Program for Group #0931-1 & Merge Those Employees Included in Group #0931-1 with the Employees in Group #0930-00 with no Lapse in Coverage
83. Authorizing Sale of Fire Truck
84. Authorizing Application with D.O.T. for State Aid for Hamilton Ave. Improvement
85. Authorizing Application with D.O.T. for State Aid for Kipp Ave. Improvement
86. Authorizing 4th of July Fireworks Display Sponsored by Lions Club
87. Approval of Change Order #2 for Smith-Sondy for Lawrence Ave. Improvement
88. Confirming Sale of Borough Owned Property Adjacent to Rte. 17
On motion by Councilman Wassberg, seconded by
Councilwoman Verrastro, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Resolutions were adopted.
Appointment: Steven Soares - Ambulance Auxiliary
On motion by Councilman DiPisa, seconded by Councilman Pepe, and unanimously carried, the foregoing appointment was made.
ORDINANCE(S) ON INTRODUCTION: None
ORDINANCE(S) ON PUBLIC HEARING:
Mayor Torre opened the meeting to the public for anyone wishing to speak on Ordinance Nos. 1822 and 1823. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Torre closed the meeting to the public on said ordinances.
ORDINANCE NO. 1822:
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED "AN ORDINANCE TO STABILIZE AND REGULATE RENTS WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF HASBROUCK HEIGHTS AND TO ESTABLISH A RENT BOARD" AS THE SAME MAY BE IN FORCE AND EFFECT AT THE TIME OF THE ADOPTION OF THIS ORDINANCE OR AS THE SAME MAY BE ADOPTED SIMULTANEOUSLY TO THE ADOPTION OF THIS ORDINANCE" be now passed on second and final reading and the Borough Clerk be and is hereby authorized and directed to publish said Ordinance, same to be published in The Observer, a newspaper circulating and published in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.
ORDINANCE NO. 1823:
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ACQUISITION AND INSTALLATION OF PARK EQUIPMENT, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $35,000.00 FOR THE SAME AND TO AUTHORIZE THE FINANCING OF THE COST THEREOF IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE LOCAL BOND LAW BY THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS OR NOTES NOT TO EXCEED THE SUM OF $33,000.00" be now passed on second and final reading and the Borough Clerk be and is hereby authorized and directed to publish said Ordinance, same to be published in The Observer, a newspaper circulating and published in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.
On motion by Councilman Link, seconded by Councilwoman Verrastro, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Ordinances on public hearing were adopted.
Mayor Torre said that in accordance with the by-laws, he is exercising the right to waive the public portion of the meeting.
RECESS FOR CAUCUS:
The Governing Body recessed for Caucus.
There being no further business to come before the Mayor and Council, the meeting was adjourned.
I, BARBARA MALDONADO, Borough Clerk of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are to the best of my knowledge a true account of the Regular Meeting held on June 9, 1998.
Barbara Maldonado, RMC