Category : General
As work continues at Estling Village, much of it impacts Estling Lake Road, although at this point the work is being done on the part of the road adjacent to the village – the part the town owns, not Estling Lake. The sewer is mostly finished, but now connections must be made to houses across the road from Estling Village. In addition, storm water pipes need to be installed to connect the area across from the Village to the drain pipes on the Estling Village side.
All of this activity requires digging up Estling Lake Road. For us that means a bumpy, muddy road and detours around the digging zones. Since several of these across-the-road connections must still be made, this situation could last for a while. I have talked to the management of Estling Village and the Town of Denville to convey our unhappiness with the state of the road.
In the section of road from Estling Village to just past our gates, the part we own, the road is easier to deal with. But until final paving (sometime in early October), it’s still a dirt road and subject to potholes and bumps. Please use caution.
It is the obligation of Estling Village to maintain that part of the road until the fall.
It is not the obligation of Estling Village workmen to listen to complaints about the road from anyone who drives on it. A constant stream of complaints takes the workmen way from their job, slowing the process. And it could make them less willing to do a proper job on our road.
Please do not take your grievances about the road to the workmen or to the construction trailer.
Talk to me instead. I will meet regularly (at least weekly, more often if required) with the construction foreman to inspect our part of the road. If you have a specific area or a pet pothole you would like taken care of, let me know.
Estling Village has shown a willingness to work with us: they have installed a turnaround and a drainage pipe for us, and this week, when the contractor we had lined up to do the initial spreading of sand at the beach couldn’t make it, Estling Village sent in their landscaper with a machine to do the work. Their construction work is making a mess and they know that, but they will work with us to ease the disruption if they can.
We will still have some muddy roads and rough traveling ahead of us, but if we all pitch in with a positive attitude and a lot of patience we can have another great summer at Estling.
See you Saturday at Work Weekend.