As you may have noticed, many positive changes are taking place around Dumont as part of an effort to improve quality of life and maintain critical infrastructure. From reconstructing roads and replacing storm drains to installing new playground equipment and renovating recreational facilities, the Borough of Dumont is continuously committed to making our community as safe, livable and enjoyable as possible. Below you can find information about many past, present and future projects that make Dumont a great place to live. I invite you to periodically visit this page to monitor ongoing work in town and to learn about new capital projects so you too can be proud of a rebuilt and revitalized Dumont.
Mayor Matthew P. McHale
The Brook Street public parking lot was recently repaved and had new lights installed to enhance safety. An increased number of parking spots were also created, allowing more visitors to patronize Dumont’s downtown businesses.
The borough’s drug-free school zone mapping was recently revamped in order to continue to abide by state and federal laws that protect Dumont’s children and public from illegal substances.
New handicap-accessible sidewalks were added along Grant Avenue as well as additional parking through the re-striping of existing spots, making local businesses and homes more accessible to members of the public. Furthermore, emergency road repairs were successfully carried out in front of Grant School.
The length of Howard Street has had a facelift consisting of drainage repair, some concrete work and paving.
Huntting Avenue was repaved and received all new sidewalks as well as curbs for the benefit of Dumont motorists and pedestrians alike.
Complementing the construction of an affordable senior housing complex on the site of Saint Mary’s convent, the intersection of these three major roads will be reconfigured to allow traffic to flow more effectively. Through road widening and the elimination of the three-cycle traffic light pattern, not only will this new intersection reduce congestion but it will also improve safety. Parcels of land opened up by this project will be turned into a pocket park, further increasing the beauty of Dumont.
This main artery in town will be repaved over the course of the summer by the County of Bergen. Both residents and drivers merely passing through Dumont will equally benefit from a new, smooth road surface.
McKinley Avenue was completely repaved after new drainage pipes were installed belowground. To improve aesthetics and citizen safety, new sidewalks and “Belgian Brick” curbs were added and diseased trees were removed from alongside the road.
Many improvements have occurred at Dumont’s largest park to make it more enjoyable and safe for all who use it. Recent additions include new playground equipment, new fencing and resurfacing of the basketball courts. A 0.4 mile paved walking path was also installed, allowing residents to exercise or simply go for a stroll around the 13.8 acre park. D’Angelo Farms graciously donated the decorative grasses and flowering plants alongside the path to enhance its visual appeal. In addition, the basketball courts were recently resurfaced and new security cameras have been approved to prevent vandalism of the park’s facilities. The installation of those cameras is expected to occur any day now.
The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust provides low-cost financing for the construction of environmental infrastructure projects that enhance and protect ground and surface water resources, ensure the safety of drinking water supplies, and make possible responsible and sustainable economic development. In order to address chronic flooding in the area of Firefighters Park, the following streets in Dumont will have received new storm sewers and new sanitary lines and be completely repaired by the end of the current project:
The Borough is waiting for final approval from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on this project. This project is a continuation of the very successful Phase One that was completed in October 2008. Phase Two will address flooding issues along Hirschfeld Brook. With the help of the DEP, the Mayor and Council are hoping construction will begin in Fall 2011.
Oxford Street was repaved and received all new sidewalks as well as curbs for the benefit of Dumont motorists and pedestrians alike.
New sidewalks and curbs were added on Park Avenue in addition to a newly paved roadway.
Pershing Street underwent complete reconstruction, with new sidewalks, new curbs and a new road surface added recently.
Netting was installed at Columbia Field, home to two softball fields, for the safety of pedestrians and cars traveling along Columbia and Johnson Avenues. New playground equipment was also installed at all of the following Dumont parks, resulting in a community park system that is better than ever:
Roosevelt Avenue was completely repaved after new drainage pipes were installed belowground. To improve aesthetics and citizen safety, new sidewalks and “Belgian Brick” curbs were added and diseased trees were removed from alongside the road.
Dumont’s five sanitary pump stations will receive new pumps and power supplies in the coming months. Located at the follow locations, these facilities will do an even better job of protecting residents from flooding once upgraded:
Sunset Street was repaved and received all new sidewalks as well as curbs for the benefit of Dumont motorists and pedestrians alike.
The roadway will be resurfaced in the coming months.
The Youth Center located on the third floor of the Borough Hall has been revamped with a new plasma television, new video games and new carpeting. Open Friday evenings from 7 – 10pm for Dumont residents currently in grades 5, 6 and 7, it is now a more inviting atmosphere than ever for our town’s young people.