Photo by Linda Smith Hancharick
The West Milford Library, seen here in December, still needs a water source. Planners are hoping to have a grand opening in early March, with the completion of the construction.
BY ANN GENADER
WEST MILFORD — The much anticipated date for opening of the new West Milford Library building is expected to be in early March, library Director Ricardo Pino reported at the Jan. 10 library board meeting. He will provide an update on progress at the next board meeting on Feb. 14.
Planning for a grand opening ceremony is in the works under chairmanship of James Rogers, a board trustee.
Water is an issuePutting a well in for the building has continued to be a challenging task and although latest details were not available at the meeting, Pino said hopes are that well drilling was to start the week of Jan. 16.
In August a permit modification allowing the drilling of a well for the new building was approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
In reporting an update of the well drilling at the October board meeting, Pino said at a depth of 203 feet the drive shoe and casing bent for undetermined reasons.
“As such, further drilling was not possible, nor could the casing be removed,” he had said. “The well driller is properly abandoning the hole, and is re-permitting with the township to drill at a different location.”
Pino said the NJDEP has only approved three areas for the drilling of a new well, so the new drilling location would have to be in the most viable area of those three locations.
He said the well driller would employ an alternate specialty drilling method - mud drilling – designed to prevent the circumstances experienced upon the first drilling attempt. Pino said this was not a method the well driller working at the project had the capacity to do, so he would use a subcontractor.
In the December report, Pino said two attempts at drilling a new well for the building were not successful.
As a last resort, the original Finn house well can be used. It would require a filtering system and a new pump but could be used as a temporary water source until a longer term solution is found, Pino said.
He highlighted the need to finalize the water source to prevent any delays in the completion of the site work. Pino told of meetings with the governing body, trustees, joint sub-committee and township administration in consultation with the township engineer and hydrologist. He said a drill location was chosen, the water line route was established and a backup plan was in place.