New Milford Boro awards bid for Johnston St. project

New Milford Borough Council awarded a bid in the amount of $32,250 for the Johnston Street project to Andrew Baldan Construction, of Mayfield, at the Thursday, May 2, meeting.

The project is part of an ongoing effort by the borough to address road problems in the area of the railroad underpass. Drainage and new pavement will be installed.

One lane of the roadway will be kept open during the project in order to allow for emergency vehicles and local traffic to access the homes located on the dead-end street.

The borough received a grant that will cover the cost of the work.

The project is expected to be completed this summer.

Council also discussed work currently underway in the Montrose Street bridge area of the borough and noted concerns that the creek had been narrowed from about a 12-feet to a 2-feet width to restrict flow.

Borough maintenance director Chuck Welch said only about 20 percent of the culvert was supposed to be closed off during the project but the narrowing is closer to 80 percent. He also said that work in that area was shut down for about a week after recent heavy rains raised the water level.

Councilman Dan Trotten, who also is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the borough, said that during the rain storms he watched the water levels in the flood-prone areas that could be affected by the project.

Council voted to accept the engineered drawings for the proposed sidewalk project. The borough can now move forward to submit grant applications.

Final plans are coming together for the borough’s annual Midtown Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, June 1, at Midtown Park.

Plans for the event include a chicken barbecue, pie contest and vendors in Midtown Park. The event raises funds that are used for projects in the borough’s parks.

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