Edgewater replaces original firm hired to clean up park contamination
September 24, 2014, 9:52 PM Last updated: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:59 PM
EDGEWATER – The Borough Council on Wednesday night officially terminated its contract with Waterside Construction – the company it had hired to clean up Veterans Field but which instead brought new contaminants to the park – and named a new contractor to finish the work.
The decision came nearly a year after activity at the site halted last October, when officials learned that Waterside had trucked in material that contained polychlorinated biphenyls, a cancer-causing toxin.
This week's action also brought some relief to community members, who were alarmed after hearing at the last council meeting that the borough could bring back Waterside to complete the project. Though the council had previously declared that Waterside defaulted on the job, the borough had never officially terminated the contract.
Immediately after voting to terminate Waterside this week, the council named Enterprise Network Resolutions Contracting LLC its new contractor, and the borough's environmental consultant said work on the field could potentially resume in two weeks.
The new contractor will be tasked with removing 56,650 tons of contaminated soil or other material from the site, according to attorney Timothy Corriston, whose firm, Connell Foley, was retained as special counsel to the borough.
Enterprise Network, a Winslow-based company, was declared the lowest responsible bidder out of eight bids that the borough received and was awarded a contract for $4.98 million, according to a resolution the council passed.
Veterans Field was closed to the public in fall 2011 after contaminants were discovered in the soil. Shortly after, the borough hired Waterside to remove the contaminants and to renovate the park. But work stopped last fall after the company brought in tainted concrete.
Representatives for Waterside, which is owned by developer Fred Daibes, have repeatedly said the company wasn't aware at the time that the material was contaminated. Waterside also told the borough that TERMS Environmental Services, the borough's former consultant which oversaw the project, had approved Waterside's bringing in the concrete, Edgewater officials have said.
TERMS has denied it gave approval and has notified the borough of its intent to sue for alleged wrongful termination. The council fired TERMS in May, questioning how the firm allowed Waterside to slip past inspection.
The borough, in turn, is suing Waterside, other Daibes-owned entities, TERMS and others it believes are responsible for the additional contamination that was brought onto Veterans Field.
Daibes could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night.
COASTAL CLEAN UP DAY
Join the Mayor and Council for our 3rd annual "Coastal Clean Up Day" on Saturday October 11 at the Edgewater Marina at 10:00am.
The iconic Hess tank farm on River Road will soon be no more. The Hess Corporation has sold the property and demolition of the tanks will begin in mid September. Borough Officials conducted a pre-demolition site meeting on August 27 and all are satisfied that the demolition work will be conducted according to the strictest safety standards.
Education Foundation Fundraiser
"Under the Sea Gala" Friday October 17, 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Palisadium, $75.00 per ticket, to raise funds for students and teachers of Edgewater Schools, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9AM-1PM at the Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road.
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The Edgewater Health Department offers free childhood immunizations and physical exams, for infants through high school without health insurance. Contact Patricia Dalton, R.N., Public Health Nurse at 201 943 -1700 ext 6005 or email@example.com for more information and/or to schedule an appointment.
Free adult health consultation program, including blood pressure screening , every Monday 5pm-7:30pm and the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesday 9am-12noon and 2pm – 4:30 pm. No appointment necessary.
Parking By Permit ONLY
The governing body has adopted NEW regulations regarding resident parking permits by Ordinance No. 1334-2006. Any resident or employee of an Edgewater business must obtain a new parking permit by application. A permit shall be valid for two (2) years from the date of its issuance. No more than two (2) residential parking permits shall be issued to any applicant. This ordinance is retroactive to April 21, 2003.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Residential permit parking shall be in effect between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 noon, weekdays, excluding holidays, on all municipal streets to which this ordinance is applicable. In addition, the permit parking requires that no vehicle shall be permitted to park for longer than two (2) consecutive hours on any street or road within the Borough without a residential parking permit displayed on such vehicle.
ROADS AND STREETS COVERED BY ORDINANCE:
This Ordinance shall be applicable to all streets within the jurisdiction of the Borough of Edgewater and shall include all municipal streets and roads.
PURPOSE OF ORDINANCE:
Only cars with valid residential parking permits will be allowed to park on the roads and streets covered by the ordinance. Any vehicle parked without a valid permit or otherwise exempted by this ordinance, will receive a ticket.
OBTAINING RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS:
The Borough is currently issuing new parking permits. A notice and permit application has been sent out to all Borough residents and businesses notifying them of the changes in the Borough Ordinance.
Parking permits may be obtained from the Borough Clerk's office located at 55 River Road, 2nd Floor between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
EXEMPTIONS TO THE ORDINANCE:
Non-resident contractor and commercial vehicles servicing Borough residents, providing the vehicles are properly marked will be exempt from this ordinance. Non-resident employers and employees of a business located in Edgewater will be able to obtain a non-resident parking permit from the Borough Clerk’s Office provided that proper documentation of employment is submitted.
There is no provision for visitors parking. If a resident is having guests during the two-hour period, arrangements can be made with either the Police Department or the Borough Clerk’s Office to accommodate your visitors.
TIME FRAME FOR ENFORCING THE ORDINANCE:
This ordinance is retroactive to April 21, 2003. Questions regarding this ordinance should be directed to the Borough Clerk’s Office at 201-943-1700, ext. 3130.
EDGEWATER MARINA, PARK & FERRY LANDING
The Borough of Edgewater is pleased to announce the opening of the marina and commencement of ferry service on Monday, March 5, 2007. The ferry landing is strictly a “drop and go” facility. Since no onsite parking is permitted at the ferry landing, your transportation can be accomplished in a variety of ways.
- Walk – The facility is conveniently located at the intersection of Route 5 and River Road.
- Drop and Go – You can be driven by a family member or friend and simply dropped off at the site.
- New Jersey Transit Bus Route 158 and 188. The 158 travels south on River Road from Fort Lee and the 188 travels north on River Road from North Bergen. Refer to www.njtransit.com for schedule and fare information.
- Shuttle Service – The Borough of Edgewater’s free shuttle service is a limited first come, first serve service. Seating is limited and it is recommended you provide yourself with a minimum of 60 minutes travel time. The service will operate according to the ferry schedule listed below.
NEW YORK WATERWAY will have a ticket kiosk at the ferry landing for daily purchases and monthly passes and advance tickets can be obtained at http://www.nywaterway.com/FerryRoutesSchedules.aspx 1-800-53-ferry. Tickets fares are $9.50 per one way trip, $78.00 for 10 trips and $272.00 for a monthly pass.
SHUTTLE SERVICE SCHEDULE: The service will operate from 5:45 AM to 9:40 AM according to the ferry departure schedule and again by the return schedule from 4:15 PM to 8:20 PM. All shuttle stops are designated with a white sign with blue lettering and are a NJ Transit Official Stop. The designated stops for departure in the morning are as follows:
Traveling North on River Road with pick-up on the East Side of River Road:
1. River Road at City Place
2. River Road at Thompson Lane
3. River Road at the Edgewater Commons
4. River Road at Vreeland Terrace
5. River Road at Russell Avenue
6. River Road at Garden Place
7. River Road at Hilliard Avenue
Traveling South on River Road with pick-up on the West Side of River Road:
1. River Road at Maple Street
2. River Road at Palisade Terrace
3. River Road at Orchard Street
4. River Road at Sterling Place
5. River Road at Hudson Harbour
6. River Road at Edgehill
All return trips in the evening will utilize the same intersection, however, in the opposite direction of travel. If you are picked up on the West Side of River Road, your drop off will be on the East Side.
New York Waterway has coordinated their departure and return schedule to closely mirror the New Jersey Transit Bus Schedule for the 158 and 188 routes. In the event you miss the shuttle bus, you have an alternative with NJ Transit. During mid-day and evening hours when the Edgewater Ferry is not running, NY Waterway provides free bus service between Port Imperial in Weehawken and Edgewater.
New York Waterway is the provider of ferry service. For up to the minute service announcements, you should always refer to their website at www.nywaterway.com or telephone 1-800-53-FERRY.
NY WATERWAY FERRY SCHEDULE:
SIGN UP FOR TEXT ALERTS: http://www.nywaterway.com/TextAlerts.aspx
Bus to Edgewater Ferry
NJ Transit Bus Tickets - Free Bus Service to Edgewater Ferry
Buses: 156, 158 and 159
The Bus tickets will be good into Cliffisde Park and Fort Lee.
The procedure will be as follows:
1) Customer can go to the Information desk at the Port Imperial Terminal.
2) Show either Ten Trip from Edgewater, Monthly from Edgewater, or must show proof of residency for Cliffside Park, Fort Lee or Edgewater.
3) Customers will be given a Bus ticket that may be used during the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Fort Lee - Free Shuttle
The Fort Lee Parking Authority is offering a pilot program for a free shuttle to the Edgewater Ferry. For more information: http://www.edgewaternj.org/gba_borough_project.asp.
Cliffside Park Residents can benefit from the Edgewater Ferry with expanded bus service provided by the Fort Lee Parking Authority. Log onto the Fort Lee Parking Authority web site at http://www.fortleeparking.org/parking_authority_final_006.htm for route information.
Annual and Monthly Permit Parking Available for Business & Residents
ATTENTION EDGEWATER RESIDENTS AND/OR BUSINESS OWNERS located in the corridor between the southern side of Dempsey Avenue to the southern side of Hilliard Avenue, extending from the eastern side of River Road to the western side of Undercliff Avenue: Yearly and monthly permit parking spaces located in the Municipal Parking lot across from the old Municipal Building, 916 River Road. Fifteen spaces have been designated for those eligible residents/business owners interested in renting permit parking spaces. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. The fee for the yearly parking space will be $400.00 per vehicle and the monthly fee will be $40.00 per vehicle. Applications for these permit parking spaces can be obtained in the Borough Clerk’s Office, 55 River Road – 2nd flr., Edgewater , NJ. A waiting list will be kept on file in the Borough Clerk’s Office. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Barbara Rae, RMC, CMC, Borough Clerk, @ 201-943-1700, ext. 3137.
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