Ho-Ho-Kus August 12, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5 Engineer to state: Reconsider Route 17 project by Jennifer Crusco The State of New Jersey had planned a drainage project to alleviate flooding on Route 17 near Arbor Drive in HoHo-Kus, but has decided to terminate the project, which carries a $5 million price tag. After receiving notice of the state’s decision, Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Engineer David Hals immediately sent a letter to the New Jersey Department of Transportation asking officials to reconsider the project, and urging that work go forward, even if an alternate plan is employed. The state’s efforts along Route 17 represent a complement to the drainage project carried out in the borough nearly three years ago. A resident of the area confirmed that the borough’s efforts to alleviate flooding in the residential neighborhood have been effective. The citizen added that flooding problems persist along Route 17, but speculated that the issue should be completely resolved when the state completes its part of the project. In 2006, the borough installed a water detention system to combat periodic flooding in the Arbor Drive neighborhood. PM Construction Corporation of Hillside carried out the installation of the system, which was designed by Borough Engineer Hals. The detention system spans the length of Chestnut Place and Gordon Road and intercepts water flowing from Linden. Hals designed the detention system to keep the water in the street and to slow the amount of time water would take to reach the low spot on Arbor Drive. The engineer previously explained that the 60-inch diameter pipes used for this project are relatively oversized, but address the previous use of undersized pipes, which he said had led to the flooding problems in the area over the years. Hals said the system would not be a cure-all, but would improve the two-year storm events and offer residents some relief from flooding of their streets and houses. According to the engineer, the Arbor Drive neighborhood might not experience flooding for several years, but the area had been getting three or four floods per summer. The Arbor Drive neighborhood is not a flood zone, but has experienced flooding from time to time during periods of heavy rain. The council awarded the $293,084 contract for the Arbor Drive water detention system in the fall of 2006. The Municipal Aid Program provided $120,000 toward the cost of the project. The council asked Hals to study the problem after residents from the neighborhood approached the governing body to request assistance. Grant writer Marlene Casey of Capital Alternatives was able to secure the grant for the project. In the spring of 2007, two residents of the neighborhood thanked Mayor Thomas Randall and the council members for their attention to their situation. The neighbors confirmed that the new system had alleviated the situation, and there had been no flooding in the street following several rainstorms and a nor’easter. Domenick Panfile to entertain at Ho-Ho-Kus Seniors’ meeting The Ho-Ho-Kus Seniors will host singer Domenick Panfile on Aug. 25. Panfile, a June graduate of Dumont High School, began his singing career in the fifth grade at the John Harms Theater. He has sung the national anthem at many town and school events and performs for the New Jersey Jackals and the Newark Bears. He is actively involved in church choirs and charitable events for the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Homes for the Troops, and others. His diverse repertoire includes opera, Broadway, contemporary, and rock. The past few summers, he has attended Opera Camp at Caldwell College, performing varied roles and singing opera in several languages. This fall, Panfile will attend Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, where he will study music education and voice. Ho-Ho-Kus Seniors meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the education center of the Hermitage. Beverages and dessert are served at noon, and programs begin at 1 p.m. Residents age 55 and over are welcome to attend. For program information, contact Joan (201) 4444896; for trip details, contact Sue (201) 444-7235. Lynn’s Pet Care Going on vacation? Away for the weekend? Work long hours away from home? We’ll care for your pets when you can’t. 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