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Wawa application continues in Oakland with septic testimony.
Marsha Stolz/NorthJersey.com

OAKLAND — A new septic sewer system to be installed as part of a proposed Wawa gas station and convenience store would cut down on the amount of waste received and more than adequately serve customers’ needs, an engineer for the project testified this week.

Engineer Laurence Keller discussed the system on Tuesday at a meeting of the borough zoning board, which is hearing an application to build a Wawa store at the site of a Burger King on Plaza Road.

Sewer lines are not available for Oakland’s commercial areas. If approved, the new septic system would replace 41-year-old leach beds located below the site’s parking lot.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Keller said the new system would reduce the maximum amount of waste received from 5,195 to 3,000 gallons per day.

In answer to a question from the board, Keller said the asphalt driveway would be reinforced so that heavier vehicles did not cause a cave-in of pipes transporting the waste from the store to the septic area.

The applicant’s attorney, Thomas Herten, said the system would be the same as one designed in 2011 when the property owner proposed adding a bank next to the Burger King.  It was subsequently approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection, but the project was never built.

The septic system would run along Ramapo Valley Road, across the street from Great Oak Park and about 200 feet from the Little Pond Brook that runs through it.

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Hearings on the Wawa proposal began in September after months of wrangling between the property owner and nearby merchants over whether the application should be heard by the planning or zoning board.

Future hearings are scheduled for Oct. 2 and Oct. 10. The applicant is expected to present traffic testimony at the next hearing. 

Email: stoltz@northjersey.com

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