Veteran county engineer resigns

Assistant who handled many West Milford projects to fill vacancy

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The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders received the resignation of County Engineer Steven J. Edmund.

The freeholders have tapped Jonathan Pera to replace Edmund and were expected to make it officials at the May 8 board meeting.

“After a long and thoughtful deliberation I decided to retire,” wrote Edmund in a letter to the freeholders. “It was not an easy decision. My time at Passaic County has been professionally and personally rewarding. It has been an amazing journey working for Passaic County for 33 years and serving as county engineer for 27 years.”

He expressed his gratitude to the county and “being part of a great team.”

Pera, of Pequannock, is expected to serve as Passaic County Engineer from June 1 to Jan. 17, 2020. He has served as principal engineer to Edmund for the past eight years.

Pera has been involved in county engineering projects in the Township of West Milford. He was principal engineer in the bridge replacement job over Little Green Brook on Warwick Turnpike and worked as principal engineer during the design and construction phase of the job of replacing the culvert on Marshall Hill Road over a tributary to Belcher’s Creek.

Edmund was also principal engineer on the project to design and construct the salt storage building at the township’s Public Works complex off Lycosky Drive.

Marshall Hill Road projectAlso, the freeholder are expected to authorize final payment to Park Lane Construction and Development Corporation for the joint project with West Milford to replace the former salt storage facility on the site off Marshall Hill Road.

The final payment to be made by the county is for $16,091.06.

The original contract for $746,440 was later adjusted to $755,552.57.

— Ann Genader

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