NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year
The Borough of Milltown is one of ten municipalities in the State of New Jersey that owns and operates its own Electric Distribution System. By maintaining its own electric distribution system, the Borough is able to purchase bulk power from Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) at a reduced rate and pass on the savings to its residents.
The substation was originally constructed in the 1960's and unfortunately is located in an area that is currently considered a special flood hazard area subject to the 1% chance flood.
Historic flood events have occurred in the Borough as a result of a 75-year storm on July 21,1975, during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, storms in April of 2007 and 2010 and most recently during Hurricane Irene in 2011. These storms inundated the electrical substation and power to all Borough municipal offices, residents, businesses, traffic signals and street lights was cut off for days. It has become evident that changes in conditions have resulted in increased flooding levels and flooding frequency in this area of the Borough.
UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL DESIGN FEATURES:
Through the tireless efforts of Borough Engineer Michael J. McClelland and the Municipal Officials and Staff, the Borough is now well on it's way to providing a reliable and resilient power source for it's residents and making the disruptions of electric service in the Borough a distant memory.