Councilman Michael D'Aquila

"As an engineer, I focus on the end goal:  how to bring projects to completion as efficiently as possible, and for the least cost, without skimping on quality.  I've done this in my professional life for over 20 years.  It has been my honor for the last 3 years to serve on our Township Council and apply these skills to improve our town.  A coach who's trained a distance runner all season feels an obligation and sense of pride guiding that runner to the state championships and seeing them cross the finish line.  I am that coach.  I care deeply about our town and its current direction, as I'm sure you do as well.  We have a number of large construction projects pending right now, including our state-of-the-Art. Municipal Building, including our Community Center, Library, and our Police Headquarters.   Actualizing these projects is a marathon, not a sprint.  It takes a lot of time, discipline, and long-term vision to work out the kinks in order to reach the desired end goal.  

As Vice President of our Township Council, I have worked with our core leadership to bring projects such as redevelopment of Kings and Movie Theater properties to the point where the finish line is in sight, and just a short distance away.  These are solid RESULTS.  We just need to keep the momentum going, for that final push.  That's why it's so important at this critical juncture to elect someone who has actual, concrete, daily experience handling the exact type of issues Berkeley Heights is facing today.  I would like the opportunity to continue to prove to you that I am that person."
~Councilman Michael D'Aquila

 

  • Raising his 2 sons and 1 daughter with wife, Cathy, here in Berkeley Height for 13 years
  • Associate VP of Facilities & Construction Management at a NJ State Higher Education Institution
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey
  • Large project management experiences ranging in projects from $1m to $100m
  • Integral team member that successfully relocated a fortune 100 company into their new World Head Quarters
  • Hands-on background in building operations and customer services (enjoys getting his hands dirty)
  • Strategic Planner - constantly thinking about day 2 (after it is built - then what needs to be in place and not be a surprise)
  • Community Service
  • Serving 3 years on Township Council 
    • Leads oversight and management of the NEW Municipal Complex development
      • Finalized professional agreement with the architect of record
      • Developed, and oversaw the selection of the Project Management Firm for the new Municipal Complex
      • Assisted in the development of the Request For Proposal being used for the selection of the Construction Management Firm to build the new municipal complex
      • Providing over 20 years of experience in building design and operation in reviewing the construction documents as they are being developed. 
    • Assisted in the development of the Request For Proposal for the Redevelopment of the Hamilton Property
    • Assisted in the development of the agreement between the township and the YMCA
    • Experienced in managing taxes within state mandated caps, while improving services
    • Provides practical work experience in reviewing new ordinances and agreements
    • Provides technical expertise when capital requests are presented to council to ensure tax dollars are being spend effectively (New fire truck, new equipment for DPW, new 16 foot wide cut field mower, new hook truck)
    • Constantly reviewing technical issues that faces the township on our infrastructure (DPW, Waste Water Treatment Plant, Township Engineer)

Here is Councilman Michael D'Aquila's Candidate Statement:

 

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