MAP: Last night, Suzanne Chiavarri, VP of Engineering for NJAW, came to the township committee meeting to introduce new senior staff appointed in Lakewood and to share plans for the company’s upcoming investments in critical infrastructure for Lakewood.
A number of items she touched on included over $3M in new pipe to be laid throughout Lakewood, a new water tower to serve the growing area around the “triangle” of Cross-Massachusetts-Prospect and Westgate, new water and sewer service up Cross Street into the now developing “schools zone” and – finally – after many years of moratorium on new sewer along Route 9 south of the hospital, a plan to relieve the blockage on Route 9 by Fall 2014 through the construction of phase II of the Vine-Oak-Route 9 sewer project. Phase I of this project, which will serve the NJ Hand developments and the schools along Oak St. as well as surrounding development, was completed last year.
This highly anticipated project will allow a number of the neglected properties along Route 9 – such as Captain Hook’s, Americana motel and others – to be developed in a responsible manner. Furthermore, the relief of this situation will have other benefits in the ability to limit or even eliminate pump stations from around the area, which were a fix employed in the absence of proper sewer access on Route 9.
“These are major events and speak to the partnership fostered over the past several years between Lakewood and the utility companies serving the township,” says Director of Economic Development and Deputy Municipal Manager Steven Reinman, who has been the key driver of this crucial project. “From the inception of the Infrastructure Planning Group organized under then Mayor Langert in 2010 to the establishment of the LUAC under Mayor Miller and the ongoing cooperation under the current Mayor Akerman-led committee, deeper cooperation and better communication is delivering benefits to Lakewood’s residents and taxpayers in the form of greater utility investment, increased sensitivity to community needs and issues, and the provision of responsible, right-sized infrastructure to serve Lakewood’s future needs.” [TLS]