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Agenda Topics - Readington Twp. Meeting 9/19/16 7:30pm

Posted by garveyk on September 13, 2016 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (41)

Hello Members -

I have been able to secure time on the agenda at the next Readington Township meeting on Monday, Sept. 19th @ 7:30pm.

Please show your support by attending if at all possible. Below is a short description of the topics that will be discussed. Your participation will be welcomed and will help to identify the specific and very real problems everyone is having. Your input is very important.

Thank you , 

Ken Garvey


Agenda Topics – Readington Twp. Meeting

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 @ 7:30pm

 

 

Statement of problems/concerns with Pleasant Run & Holland Brook Watersheds

  • Safety of residents and preservation of property, driveways, & bridges

  • Continued deterioration of storm water handling

  • Erosion of stream beds

  • Debris impeding flow of water within established stream bed (channel)

  • Storm water runoff from roads, farms, homes, golf course & others

Proactive engagement is needed

  • Evaluate and identify grant money opportunities

  • Establish a group of people to identify problems.  For example: Engineers from Readington Twp., Hunterdon County, and the Golf Course,  as well as Police, Fire, Rescue (Safety), DEP, EPA

  • Participation on/with Kip Bateman and Gov. Christie regarding New Task Force to Address Raritan River and Delaware River Flooding in Hunterdon & Somerset Counties

I have passed out material and studies on the Pleasant Run & Holland Brook Watersheds that feed into the South Branch of the Raritan River which is used for drinking water throughout Central New Jersey.

Visit the website below to view photos uploaded by local residents on Pleasant Run – Springtown – Stanton – Pinebank, and other roads that tie into the area experiencing problems.

http/pleasantrunfloodcontrol.webs.com/

July 2016 Flood Event & Current Activities

Posted by garveyk on September 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

An article was previously published in the Oct. 16, 2013 edition of the Democrat and given to Readington Township. At that time we went over the number of properties that touch on the Pleasant Run and Holland Brook watersheds. There are approximately 927 properties on the Pleasant Run and 1267 on the Holland Brook. (14,884 acres/23.3 sq. miles).

We have had more flooding over the past 4 years and it’s getting worse. There has been a significant increase in both the amount of water and the velocity all due to storm neglect; storm drains [roads], Golf Club retention ponds and other areas of concern. This has continued to cause extensive damage to driveways, bridges, roads, streams, property and more.

The trees, shale, silt, and other debris built up in the streams is getting worse with each flood. This causes the stream to run off its normal course and over roads, driveways and property. Pleasant Run Road has been as much as 5 feet under water. People cannot get in or out of their properties causing emergency problems. The Police/Rescue Squad/Fire Dept. and other emergency services cannot get through to people in need.

The Pleasant Run and Holland Brook Watersheds are also important to clean water feeding into the South Branch of the Raritan River and into Central New Jersey for drinking water. The streams need work and we need to put a group together including, Readington Twp., Hunterdon County, NJDEP, Raritan Headwaters, NJ Fish & Wildlife, and others to determine what direction to go and what grants are currently available that need to be applied for.

FACTS:

A Regional Storm Water Management Plan for the Pleasant Run & Holland Brook Watersheds was prepared for NJDEP Watershed Management Div. in May 2005. The study of this plan was completed in Sept. 2009 and the final complete copy sent to Readington Twp. and others in Jan 2010. [Hard copy and Disc]

After finding out about the study from people at DEP and others, I went to Readington Twp. and no one could find or knew about it. I got a copy (disc) for all parties from Princeton Hydro who did the actual study.

After reading the report, which was complete, I delivered a disc to Readington Twp. – Hunterdon County Engineers – Raritan Headwaters, and others.

The complete study was 109 pages including: Appendix A-Maps B- Data Tables C-Water Quality Management and Monitoring D-Supplementary Benthic Macroinvertebrate results, E-Watershed Pictures with locations and Problems with Corrections. I am asking for the Readington Twp. Committee to read full report and pay attention to the 3 Page Executive Summary. I will send a copy of the summary, but I would like to see everyone read the full study. On page 3 the report lists Pleasant Run & Holland Brook Watersheds as pre-approved for 319h Grants. All we had to do was get the request papers filed. After meeting with Julie Allen and Steve Forester in 2013, they had missed the deadline on the 2014 Grants and then had filed for 2015. For not being aware of the study we missed 5 years of possible 319h Grant assistance.

The Township has recently been allocated $650,000 in the 2015 319h Grant and is waiting for approval of a 48 mo. plan on three sites. (SFY-15 –319h Application)

• Readington River (Buffalo Farm)

• Hillcrest Park (Readington Twp.)

• 3 Bloy Farm – Bauman Stickney Farm (Readington Twp. purchased Horse Trails 25 acres for $587K)

The parameters of the projects above do not do anything to address the problems that I have been asking about for four years and longer. The people on Pleasant Run/Springtown Road/Stanton Road and other areas need help. They cannot keep putting thousands of dollars into repairing the continual damage caused by the flooding. Also, nothing is being done to correct the emergency problems which are getting worse as well. Unfortunately, Readington Twp. did not file for, and has already missed the 2016 319h Grant application deadline, and has yet to file for the 319h Grants for 2017.

In addition to the 319h Grant, the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program for Storm Water Management/Water Monitoring/Water Quality Management and Protection can help to address the major problems with the Pleasant Run and Holland Brook Watersheds. This grant is managed by the EPA – USFS – USFWS and funded by such companies as: FedEx, Bank of America, PG & E, Southern Company, and more.

Grant applications have been sent to Readington Twp. but it appears nothing has ever been applied for in the way of additional financial assistance. Why are we not going after any of these funds or the multitude of other grants available in order to address and remediate the flooding problems?

We are asking for help again and need direction and suggestions from the Township as a large group of taxpayers. I would be happy to forward any of the studies that I have mentioned.

Thank you,

Kenneth J. Garvey (4 Pleasant Run Road resident for 46 yrs.)

** Please click on the Photos tab to see the most recent pictures local residents have posted of area flooding.

 

Recent Update of Events

Posted by garveyk on January 25, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Facts Re: Pleasant Run & Holland Brook Watersheds

We have been getting more flood and destruction in the last 20 years and a lot more in the last 3 years. This has caused major problems to roads, bridges, culverts and to individual property. Over 900 properties touch the Pleasant Run and over 1200 properties touch the Holland Brook. All of these properties are and have been seeing road and bridge destruction and erosion, silt build up, water quality and destruction of property. Instant flooding has increased in the last 5 years and has caused people not to be able to get in or out of their homes. In case of emergency, vehicles can not get to people in more and more areas. We have bridges and culverts on roads being used by homeowners and school buses that are in dangerous need of repair. An independent study was done by Hunterdon County and NJ DOT completed in 2013 had a list of the Bridges and Culverts that needed attention and repair. Again, no response was received from Readington Twp. I was the Chairman of the Readington/Lebanon Sewage Authority for 35 years and was aware of the study for StormWater Management.

2005 ‐ A regional Storm Water Management Plan for the Pleasant Run and Holland Brook Watersheds was approved by Readington Township and NJDEP. Princeton Hydro LLC did the full study which was completed in 2009 and then signed/approved by Julie Allen on behalf of the Township.

2009 ‐ A hard copy and a CD was sent to Readington Township, Hunterdon County, NJDEP, Raritan Headwaters Assoc. and others. The study is extensive with 109 pages and appendices, maps, data tables, water quality monitoring and pictures. 28 pages of citations and what recommendations, objectives, standards and regulations were made by the study.

2013 ‐ People concerned started a website – Pleasantrunfloodcontrol.com to get some feedback from homeowners on the extent of the flooding problems including loss of electrical service. A lot of homeowners were forced to spend Thousands to Repair Driveways, Bridges and Property. After getting a better look at the problems, we decided to see what could be done. Readington Township, Hunterdon County, Raritan Headwaters Assoc. and others could not even find the study.

2013 ‐ I received a copy of the study from Steve Souza – Princeton Hydro, and made sure everyone got a copy. After meetings and a lot of work we had not had any response from the Township. In January 2014 there was section 319(h) grant money totaling $3.5M from NJ DEP and SFY that became available, and applications needed to be submitted no later than February 22, 2014.

2014 - When we got the Request for Proposals (RFP), we found that the Pleasant Run & Holland Brook watersheds were already Approved Watershed Based Plans (see page 4 of RFP), and all we had to do was submit these proposals. In other words, we had missed the opportunity to possibly receive these 319(h) grants and any other grants for 5 Years.

Over the course of the last 2 years, we have discovered other problems that existed and were able to correct some of them with JCP&L, Stanton Ridge Golf, Stanton Ridge Properties, & Hunterdon County, but still NO Help from Readington Township.

The 319(h) grants are only part of the solution to the problem. I am currently working with John Broten and Sam Tropello in trying again to get the environmental commission to pick up on what is being done and move forward. These problems with Flooding, Destruction, Erosion, & Electricity loss are causing emergency problems for many residents who can not get in/out of their homes during these times. There are over 2200 properties that touch on the Holland Brook & Pleasant Run Watersheds that are affected by numerous problems that include but are not limited to: water quality, wildlife, shale, silt, road drains, etc. These issues need to be addressed now.

I would respectfully ask that the Readington Township Committee review the comprehensive study along with the work that is currently being done, and get behind it in order to help solve these problems for the resident taxpayers.

Thank you,

Ken Garvey

Letter to Residents/Members:

Posted by garveyk on October 19, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Pleasant Run & Holland Brook Tax Payers:

It was good to see in the October 16th Democrat, the discussion with John Boten and Sam Tropello that someone is finally taking an interest in some of the problems that concern ALL READINGTON TOWNSHIP TAXPAYERS.

There are 927 properties that touch on the Pleasant Run and 1267 on the Holland Brook watersheds that encompass over 14,884 acres, or 23.3 square miles. These two watersheds, due to various aspects of neglect, water velocity, storm drains, etc., have caused major changes in water quality and massive destruction to the environment and properties resulting in costs exceeding tens of thousands of dollars to repair driveways, roads, bridges, trees, wildlife habitats and infrastructure. Residents have experienced loss of electricity for as long as 10 days or more, on multiple occasions due to utility poles and trees now being located in the new flood paths of the water, being continually washed out.

There was a Regional Stormwater Management Plan for the Pleasant Run & Holland Brook Watersheds study prepared for the DEP and Readington Twp. in 2005 which was completed in 2009 (109 pages w/ appendices, maps, locations, photos/28 pgs.) noting extensive concerns and recommendations to fix the problems and to clean up the water quality. There have been different Grants such as 319h and others, that because of the study, confirm the Holland Brook & Pleasant Run Watersheds are eligible & approved for funding. The amounts of these Grants vary from year to year - millions have been, and are available.

Readington Township is on the DEP list to be notified of these Grants, and to apply for same since 2010. Five years of not filing these applications has cost us a substantial amount of $$$ and will cost more every year until Readington Township does what it should be doing to help ALL TAXPAYERS.

There was a local website established for Pleasant Run residents, which is also being expanded to include Holland Brook residents, that is dedicated to collecting data/photos and listening to the problems and concerns of people not being able to get in or out of their homes due to flooding and destruction. There has been a lot happening to recognize and track these problems, and work with the applicable parties to correct them. We are already currently receiving help from JCP&L, Stanton Ridge Golf Club, Stanton Ridge Properties, Hunterdon County, and many others not listed, but to date NO HELP FROM READINGTON TOWNSHIP. WHY?

Ken Garvey – 43 Yrs. Readington Tax Payer

[email protected]

 

Happy Holidays !

Posted by garveyk on January 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Holidays !

I thought I would take a shot at updating everyone one the Email list and Members of the pleasantrunfloodcontrol.webs.com website. Thank you for getting on the site and for your comments and pictures of the Flooding Problems. We need more people and pictures of problems to locate and get the correct people to fix them.

I have been working with Readington Twp—Hunterdon County—Stanton Ridge Golf Course—Stanton Ridge Properties Assoc—JCPL—DOT –DEP—Raritan Headwaters Assoc.—DEP Flood Control.

There was a Regional Storm Water Management Plan for the Pleasant Run and Holland Brook Watersheds Dated Sept. 2009. This study was paid for with a Grant from DEP for Readington Twp. The study is extensive and has recommendations for fixing and improving Water Quality—Stream Damage—Road and Bridge Damage and other problems with Water Damage and infrastructure.

We have a good chance for Grant money under NJDP+319H because the study has already been completed and therefore, would put us at the top of the list.

We will be meeting with Readington Twp and Hunterdon County to get data together for the Grants, and to find other Grants to help them to make the repairs and changes to affecting the flooding and emergency problems.

This could be a very good time to get behind this project and help to move it forward on the major problems of Infrastructure Damage—Flood Control—of Pleasant Run and Holland Brook Watersheds and get them Repaired.

I have a Disk and Printed Copy of the study if anyone would like to see it.

I will try to copy it to the website for all to see. The study has an appendix containing 28 pages of pictures at different points of the Watersheds along with any recommendations.

We need more people on the site now also for the Holland Brook area to find other problems that are the cause of Extensive Damage and Dangerous Flooding.

Now is the time to come forward with problems—ideas—pictures or anything else that may help. We need your continued help and support.

Thanks,

Ken Garvey 908-310-6338

 

Meeting with Donna Simon

Posted by garveyk on October 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Donna Simom came to 4 Pleasant Run and went over some of the problems we are having with the Flooding of Pleasant Run. Donna will be helping us to get the right people involved from --State--DEP--Readington--Hunterdon--JCP+L--Watershead--Fish and Game--and Others. We went over to the Pleasant Run and Rt 523  to see covert sizes and damage and debris causing some of the problems.

Meetings with Bill Kibler from Raritan Headwaters Watershed Association

Posted by garveyk on October 14, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the last few weeks Ken Garvey, a Pleasant Run resident has been in contact with Bill Kibler, from the Raritan Headwaters Watershed Association.  The Raritan Headwaters Watershed is responsible for monitoring the North and South branch of the Raritan river system.  Bill acknowledged the growing concern with the recent flooding conditions in the area, and confirmed that surveys are being conducted and efforts to identify the sources of the situation are ongoing.

Organizing the Effort

Posted by garveyk on October 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (1)

In recent weeks, Ken has been working to bring all responsible parties together to discuss the situation, and collaberate on potential solutions.  Those currently involved are as follows:

  • Julia Allen, Mayor, Readington Township
  • Bill Kibler, Raritan Headwater Assoc.
  • Rob O'Brien, Readington Township Engineer
  • Steve Forester, Envionrmental Control, Readington Township
  • Jim Martin  Engineer  Hunterdon County
  • Donna Simon, Assemblywoman, Hunterd.on County
  • John King, Freeholder, Hunterdon County
  • Tom Mathews, Roads & Bridges, Hunterdon County
  • Neil Van Cleef, Owner of Van Cleef Engineering and Stanton Ridge Golf Course
  • Bob Clerico, Engineer for Stanton Ridge Golf Course
  • Stanton Properties Association
  • Christopher "Kip" Bateman, Senator, NJ State
  • Tom Slowinski, NJ DEP, Flood Control

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