While the township has been moving forward with a large number of capital projects and infrastructure work, we want to take this opportunity to update the community by releasing the attached status report http://www.twp.howell.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=788.
We also want to thank our Community Development Department for overseeing and pushing these projects to get completed. Each year Director of Community Development, Jim Herrman evaluates the Township's roads and establishes a priority for funding infrastructure improvements. Mr. Herrman starts his list by reviewing the pavement management report created in 2010 by Rutgers University's Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT). He then receives independent recommendations from each Public Works foreman as these managers are on the roads every day. He reviews the Howell Listen's complaint system to identify roads that have numerous complaints and cross checks these to see if DPW completed a work order for repair. All of these documents are compared and roads that show up on multiple lists are then personally evaluated by Mr. Herrman and DPW Director George Gravatt. A final ranking is created and during the budget cycle, these recommendations are presented to the Governing Body for approval and funding.
Each year the needs far exceed the amount of available funding, but the Mayor and Council use our best professional judgement to address the priorities and spread the improvements throughout the various sections of our Township. For the last six years, we have substantially increased the amount of capital funds dedicated to road paving and improvements. We are committed and will continue this trend as we focus on improving roadways throughout the Township.
Your patience and safety during times of construction is greatly appreciated. For more information please visit the township website www.twp.howell.nj.us or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TownshipofHowell.
William Gotto, Mayor
Rob Nicastro, Deputy Mayor
Ed Guz, Councilman
Pauline Smith, Councilwoman
Robert Walsh, Councilman