PRBRSA Annual Report

February 21, 2018

This is the Authority’s 31st year of regional service to the municipalities.  As last year, it is a good time to look back at the progress and accomplishments thus far as we look to the years ahead.

The Authority has never lost sight of its mission: its overriding objective to preserve and protect the Pequannock River Basin while serving the towns in the most efficient manner possible.  That has been PRBRSA’s guiding principle from the beginning.  While it may be true that the elements of the mission have been largely accomplished, it continues - with more to be done. 

Since 1987 when Pequannock River Basin connected to the Two Bridges Sewerage Authority system, conditions have been vastly improved.  At that time the 1920s vintage Butler/Bloomingdale treatment plant was visibly polluting the Pequannock River, new connections to the system were banned by the state, the towns were stagnant economically.  Something needed to be done.

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 and 2016 the Authority completed rehabilitation of the Boonton Avenue Interceptor lines constructed in the 1930s to serve the region for decades to come.

Financially, beginning at ground zero, the Authority completed almost $20 million of capital programs over the years yet has established substantial reserves and today is in a strong if not enviable financial position.

To continue to fulfill its mission the Authority is actively pursuing a number of programs.

Contingency Operating Plan:  Succession planning is critical.  The Authority has this year implemented a plan to continue operations without interruption in the event the current operational approach proves no longer viable.

Asset Management:  The state has embraced asset management as a valuable tool for municipalities and authorities statewide.  In preparation for full implementation, the Authority has developed a geographic information system.  The next steps of asset management will involve developing a comprehensive plan consistent with recently promulgated state guidelines.

Pipeline Inspection:  In conjunction with asset management the Authority has developed a multi-year program to continuously physically assess the condition of its system.  Inspection of the PRBRSA Interceptor was completed in 2017 with engineering evaluations currently underway.  Improvements to the regional system to assure future service and remains the highest priority.

Park Place Railroad Crossing:  To provide necessary hydraulic capacity and assure the integrity of the 1920s vintage line crossing the NYS&W Railroad in Park Place, Butler, a project to replace that segment is actively in progress.

These programs and more will be developed in 2018 and over following years to continue PRBRSA’s mission of service to the municipalities.


Respectfully submitted,
Robert Voorman,
Chairman
 

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