PRBRSA Annual Report

February 19, 2020

In the Authority’s 33rd year of regional service to the municipalities now is a good time to look back at the accomplishments over the past year as well as the planned achievements on the horizon.

The Authority continues to operate with our mission in mind – the preservation and protection of the Pequannock River Basin while serving our municipalities in the most efficient manner possible.  Last year and into the immediate future, PRBRSA has taken and will continue to take the steps necessary to remain true to our mission.

Today, the Authority’s member towns – Bloomingdale, Butler and Kinnelon - as well as Riverdale, enjoy the benefits of a regional sewer system, one capable of providing service defined by the towns themselves.  Growth and development have been measured yet not restrained, all projects approved by local land use boards have been served.  All the while water quality has been measurably improved, the Pequannock River has been restored to provide ecological balance – safe drinking water, trout fishing and recreational opportunities - as tangible by-products.

Antiquated pipelines dedicated to the Authority by the Boroughs of Bloomingdale and Butler have been replaced or rehabilitated.  In 2015 through 2017 the Authority completed rehabilitation of the Boonton Avenue Interceptor, lines constructed in the 1930s, to serve the region for decades to come. 

Currently we are completing the final stage of that project with the replacement of the lines under and in the vicinity of the NYS&W Railroad in Butler, NJ.  That project is underway with a projected completion date of August 2020.  The rehabilitation of those lines will complete the PRBRSA’s rehabilitation of virtually all the main interceptor sewers acquired from Bloomingdale and Butler in 1987.  As an added benefit, the abandoned PRBRSA sewer main in Park Place and Main Street will be repurposed and dedicated to host a water main to serve the residents of the Borough of Butler. 

To provide our towns with the upmost transparency in our rates and charges as well as to promote a fair and equitable cost distribution, the PRBRSA Board of Commissioners developed various cost share alternatives.  Over recent months the Board considered various methods available and is now implementing an EDU method of billing as a means to avoid significant rate fluctuations produced by flow metering.  With the support of the towns, the service contracts are being developed for approval by the municipalities later this year.

As a longstanding customer municipality, the Borough of Riverdale is formally seeking full membership status as a Participant with two seats on the PRBRSA Board.  We look forward to welcoming our new Member municipality by early FY 2021.

To continue to fulfill its mission the Authority is actively pursuing a number of other programs as well:

 Contingency Operating Plan:  Succession planning is critical.  In 2018 the Authority implemented a plan to continue operations without interruption in the event the current operational approach proves no longer viable.  That plan is scheduled for completion by the end of FY 2020.

 Asset Management:  The development of a comprehensive plan consistent with recently promulgated state guidelines is being prepared.

 Pipeline Inspection:  In conjunction with asset management the Authority has developed a multi-year program to continuously assess the condition of its system.  Improvements to the regional system will assure future service reliability and remains the highest priority.

 Park Place Railroad Crossing:  To provide necessary hydraulic capacity and assure system integrity, the 1920s vintage line crossing the NYS&W Railroad in Park Place, Butler, a project to replace that segment is actively in progress.  As noted above, the project is scheduled for completion this August.

These programs and more will be developed over the next few years to continue PRBRSA’s mission of cost efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable service to the municipalities.

Respectfully submitted,
Chairman
 

 

 

 

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