River rehab project banks gold star for Ridgewood department
MONDAY DECEMBER 17, 2012, 2:18 PM
BY DARIUS AMOS
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
A project that village officials deemed necessary last fall has earned the Ridgewood Engineering Department high praise from a prestigious New Jersey organization this year.
The awards committee at the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (NJSME) put the gold star on Ridgewood’s Saddle River Stream Bank Erosion and Sanitary Restoration, honoring the village project with one of its annual prizes.
Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser and the department were recognized last Wednesday during the NJSME’s annual awards ceremony, receiving second place for Project of the Year under the Municipal Construction Project A category.
The project team included Rutishauser, Assistant Engineer Jovan Mehandzic and Senior Engineering Aide Peter Affuso, with construction overseen by Department of Public Works Inspector Thomas Rica.
“It showed we have the “talent and abilities to produce work product comparable with the best private consulting “firms,” Rutishauser said of the recognition.