2007-02-21 / Front Page

Birdsall will investigate trio of sites in Marlboro

MARLBORO - The Township Council has authorized a contract with Birdsall Engineering to provide engineering services to three sites in Marlboro.

The first site named in the resolution that was passed by the council on Feb. 1 is the pond at the entrance to the Greenbriar adult community on Robertsville Road. The proposal is for the preliminary design and the state Department of Environmen-tal Protection permitting for the dredging of the pond. The amount of the firm's service is not to exceed $38,000.

In August 2005 Birdsall Engineering completed a study of the Greenbriar pond and concluded that about 6,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment needs to be dredged from the pond, according to a letter from Township Engineer Jim Priolo to the business administrator.

The scope of the work consists of pre-paring engineering drawings and obtaining all required permits for the project.

The second site named in the resolution is the Marlboro township park; Birdsall Engineering will perform a site investigation on the park for an amount not to exceed $9,264.

According to Tim Kinsella, an engineer with Birdsall Engineering, some areas of concern including pesticides, drainage ditches and dump areas found at the park. Kinsella said a site investigation will allow the engineers to gather information that will comply with a state Green Acres program requirement that the township address those areas of concern and see what remediation needs to be done.

According to a letter from Priolo, the scope of the work is based on potentially impacted areas of concern on the site which were identified during a preliminary assessment by Birdsall Engineering.

The next planned investigation is intended to confirm or deny the presence of impacted areas of concern. The project does not include any remediation or cleanup activities.

The results of the investigation may indicate the presence of impacted areas of concern that will require further investigation in order to accurately estimate ultimate remediation and cleanup costs, according to Priolo's letter.

The third project is an arsenic and pesticide delineation sampling at the former DiMeo property, Pleasant Valley Road, for an amount not to exceed $18,964. The land is owned by Marlboro.

According to Kinsella, the scope of the work is to address environmental issues on the property including pesticide. He said the two isolated hot spots where levels of pesticides are higher than others were documented years ago and the state farmland preservation program is concerned with those areas.

Kinsella said administrators with the farmland preservation program would like the engineers to understand the extent of the impact. The proposal is to gather data and if the data comes back showing there is a pesticide issue, Kinsella said the ideal situation is for Birdsall not to do the remediation, but to come up with a cost to remediate the site for the farmland preservation program.

- Tali Israeli

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