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Little Falls Mayor Damiano Discusses Redevelopment, Streetscapes during first virtual Town Hall

Little Falls Mayor Damiano Discusses Redevelopment, Streetscapes throughout first digital City Corridor

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. –  Mayor James Damiano hosted his first digital City Corridor through Fb Reside on Aug. 25, and spoke at size on a collection of matters masking the Peckman River Challenge, the flood insurance coverage discount fee, Streetscapes and redevelopment. He additionally answered questions from residents in the course of the session.

Flood Insurance coverage Discount Charge

Damiano introduced that the Township has obtained a Class 5 score beneath the Neighborhood Ranking System (CRS) and that roughly 462 coverage holders who’re required to take care of flood insurance coverage, would obtain a 25 % financial savings on their annual flood insurance coverage. It comes as a part of the Nationwide Flood Insurance coverage Program (NFIP) beneath FEMA. The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that acknowledges and encourages group floodplain administration actions that exceed the minimal NFIP necessities.

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“I am completely thrilled to announce this financial savings to Little Falls residents in extra of $194,000 per yr and is such an enormous quantity for our residents to save lots of,” he mentioned. “I wish to thank everybody for his or her laborious work and hopefully once more, we’ll proceed to make strides for higher reductions. However that is super information for all of our flood-prone properties.”

The Peckman River Challenge

Damiano mentioned Congress permitted funding after the signing of a Chief’s Report for the Peckman River Basin Flood Danger Administration (also referred to as The Peckman River Challenge). He mentioned the subsequent step could be for the Senate to approve the plan beneath The Watershed Act, which might be the subsequent main hurdle. The signing of the Chief’s Report by the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers’ proposed answer requires a double field diversion culvert, or tunnel construction to be constructed underground and would divert flood water from the Peckman River into the Passaic River.

The tunnel would journey by our DPW yard, by Paterson Avenue and dump flood water into the Passaic River. Damiano additionally mentioned it might not trigger extra flooding by diverting flood water into the Passaic RIver.

“We had a loss of life within the township within the Jackson Avenue space about 20 years in the past, ” he mentioned. “The venture would save lives and properties within the township.”

Damiano additionally mentioned he and mayors from the encompassing native governments would nonetheless attempt to battle to convey federal funding to review the Passaic River after funding was suspended. 

“It is a battle I’ve taken on and can proceed to battle for these residents who are suffering alongside the Passaic River,” he mentioned.

Moreover, a protracted awaited excavator could be coming to the Township. Presently being utilized by the Borough of Woodland Park to scrub downstream, the excavator could be coming to assist the Township proceed to scrub up alongside the Peckman River and take away shoals to ensure the river runs clear.


A COVID-19 an infection replace as of Aug. 21 was supplied by Damiano. The Township presently stands at 163 constructive circumstances and has the second lowest an infection quantity in Passaic County.

“We’re definitely not the smallest city however we’re the second lowest with constructive circumstances and we have been doing our half to cease spreading this virus,” he mentioned, including that the Gov. Phil Murphy’s govt orders concerning the pandemic might be discovered on the state’s web site. 

Damiano mentioned  Passaic County has a cellular testing heart that is out there on the town. The subsequent testing out there testing takes place on  Saturday, Oct. 24. Residents want to indicate identification and to keep away from smoking, consuming and chewing gun at the least half-hour prematurely. 

“It solely takes a few minutes and a lot of the outcomes might be emailed out between 24 and 48 hours,” he added. He inspired these residents who expertise no signs to additionally get examined.

Damiano additionally mentioned he was striving to get native companies reopened as a lot as doable, permissible by the state, and was keen to grant any requests so long as somebody submits an acceptable well being plan with their cleansing necessities,  

“Something that we will do to try to get our companies up and working as rapidly as doable is one thing I am striving to do,” he mentioned. ” I understand how troublesome this has been on our small companies, so getting them to reopen once more and doing all the things we will to assist them alongside is one thing I am encouraging. Every thing we have been seeking to do has been in favor of our eating places.”



The addition of curbs, sidewalks and lighting are enhancements anticipated for the downtown space of the Township, in keeping with Damiano. The objective, he mentioned, is to make the upgrades to your entire city, significantly the downtown space.

“It’s one thing that Township will do through grant and extra funding from the state,” he defined. “Our downtown space has been effectively utilized and now we have some nice companies and eating places.”

He additionally spoke of the acquisition of three houses on Stanley Avenue, which is able to go in direction of a parking space of 85 to 100 areas for residents, permitting extra accessibility to companies in and round Primary Avenue. The parking may have handicapped spots as effectively, together with electrical automobile charging stations. 



Damiano mentioned the Singac Redevelopment Challenge, which is slated to herald additional income for the Township. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township’s income has dropped, in keeping with Damiano. With the “unknown quantity of state help” he mentioned the Township is in search of methods to extend our income with out rising taxes. The lack of 139 flood susceptible houses to FEMA in the course of the buyouts additionally affected income because of a loss in tax income. He added that the Singac Redevelopment Challenge will assemble 287 items at 318 Primary Avenue is anticipated to generate charges that can partially offset a few of the misplaced income by bringing over $1.3 million per yr yearly. Moreover, he mentioned the venture wouldn’t convey extra visitors into the realm

Damiano additionally spoke of the Fb Reside City Corridor platform as a great way to speak with  residents by making the assembly extra accessible. He added that he would usually undergo neighborhoods knocking on doorways with a view to interface with residents, however that was not permissible in mild of the pandemic. He additionally inspired residents to return their Census varieties to assist maximize state help to the Township, by having up to date residential numbers.He additionally inspired residents to succeed in out to him with any additional questions by cellphone or by e-mail, which might be discovered on the Township’s web site.


The video might be seen at https://www.facebook.com/james.damiano/videos



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