Flood Mitigation Plan, by Howard Berner

Read about my flood mitigation plan.

New Milford dodged a bullet this year; we’ve had no floods.  Now that I’ve jinxed that, this is not the time to forget what happened to us last year.  Now is the time to implement our existing flood mitigation plan so that we do not suffer the continuing loss of our valuable possessions and value in our houses.  In 1961, John F. Kennedy put forth a bold plan to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade and it’s time for someone in New Milford to step forward and put together a bold plan to restore order to our town.          

The City of Garfield, which is along the Passaic River, suffers many of the same situations as New Milford; repeated flooding, repeated loss of personal belongings and upheaval in their daily lives.  Garfield devised a plan to utilize nine underground retention basins each holding 250,000 gallons (that’s 2.25 million gallons) to divert water away from the Passaic River during flooding situations and release it back at low tide.  They have successfully reduced flooding in their town and New Milford can do the same.  While likely not capable of preventing
flooding during hurricane-type storms, it could help during out more typical
nor’easter storms.  Fortunately, it was 12 years between our last two hurricanes that came through New Milford, so they do not come all too often. 

How do we make this happen?  The first step is for New Milford to buy the water company property.  One thing that Garfield and New Milford has
in common is our grants writer.  She did the grants writing for the FEMA grant that paid for the flood mitigation plan and the Green Acres grant that paid for the sports complex on top of it.  This is a grants writer that has brought over
$20 million into New Milford over the years and I have full confidence that she
could do it again.  While there is risk involved, sometimes the benefits of taking the gamble is worth passing up the sure thing.  I’m fighting for the future of New Milford and I hope you come along for the ride.

Howard Berner, CPA

Borough Council President

Borough of New Milford         


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Ulises October 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
TommyIce that's the vision we're hoping the Mayor would realize but her friends such as Larry InSerra, Peter Hekeminian, along with United Water representatives have created a road block it seems and the mayor for whatever reason, wink, wink, favors them over us....
Lori Barton October 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Thanks, Ulises. That's what I was going to say to TommyIce. This space should remain green and be that peaceful oasis for all of the community. A usable field (with a track) would be great but even more important is having that space for all ages to enjoy. I love the options being brought forth. Now, the question is: Will Robalino and Colucci support what the people want or will they continue to commit political suicide by sticking with the mayor?
Howard Berner October 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Tommy Ice, My thoughts are to use an area closest to the high school for athletic fields, Councilwoman Grant has suggested a dog run and I would like to see some of the property reforested.
Ulises October 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I wonder how much the town paid Boswell engineer for the Field of Dreams by the middle school? I'm assuming the town paid for it but it could have been paid for my the group, not sure??? On a different note, tis the season for door to door campaigning and please don't get fooled by their scare tactics, especially when they justify why siding with the developers is beneficial to New Milford.
miriam pickett October 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
When your doorbell rings be prepared to stand your ground and tell the people who support this project that they can't win by trying to divide and conquer. We are smarter than they are and we want to know what is behind their refusal to not rezone. I find it very suspicious that they insist on handing this land over to a developer with no ties to this community and who cares only about his bottom line. Both Colucci and Robalino stated publicly that they oppose development of this property and yet there is this strange disconnect. We are owed an explanation. We are owed more than a hearsay phone call with no witnesses other than our mayor as an explanation.


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