Township Statement on Late Summer Lawn Watering Ban
Posted: October 31, 2016
Over the past several months, many residents questioned why the lawn watering ban was implemented.
At the July 28, 2016 council meeting, the township council voted to impose a temporary lawn watering ban for all areas of the township served by Randolph public water for the period August 3, 2016 through September 30, 2016. Prior to their decision, the township council considered information from various sources, including a recommendation from the township engineer.
The ban was enacted in response to the state issued drought watch from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). It was not a state-enacted ban, however, and municipal entities were left to their own discretion as to which measure to enact, which is why some municipalities enacted bans and others did not.
The township of Randolph has a limit to the amount of water it can draw from its bulk supplier, the Morris County Municipal Utility Authority (MCMUA). Peaks in water demand adversely impact the township, and exceeding the monthly allocation for water from the MCMUA would put a five year moratorium on new connections as mandated by the NJDEP. It would also ban lawn watering indefinitely.
Therefore, the township decided a temporary restriction on lawn watering was the best approach to the water conservation objectives outlined in the drought warning. The goal was to decrease water usage for the August through September timeframe, as there is typically a high water demand due to lawn watering during the hotter, drier summer months.
The lawn watering ban significantly reduced the township’s water usage for the months of August and September as compared to last year’s use during the same period. There was a decrease of 24,835,000 gallons in the month of August, and a decrease of 13,296,000 gallons in the month of September. This decrease helps ensure that the township will be able to maintain responsible water usage and allow for expansion of the water lines.
Subsequently, on October 21, 2016, the NJDEP issued a drought warning for Morris County among others, which urges residents, businesses and institutions in 14 counties to use water sparingly. This was the first drought warning issued by the state since 2001.
DEP Issues a Drought Warning
Posted: October 25, 2016
Late last week, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin signed an administrative order designating a drought warning for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.
The goal of the drought warning is to preserve and balance available water supplies in an effort to avert more serious water shortages in the future. The warning also elevates the need for residents and businesses in impacted counties to reduce their water use.
“The situation in our reservoir systems that serve some of the most densely populated regions of New Jersey is becoming more critical, with some systems dropping to half their capacity or less,” Commissioner Martin said. “Without knowing how much precipitation we are going to get over the fall and winter to replenish our water sources, it is vital that every resident and business step up efforts to voluntarily reduce water use in the hopes of averting a water emergency and mandatory restrictions.”
The DEP offers the following tips to reduce water use:
At this time of year, it is appropriate to let your lawns go dormant.
Turn sprinkler systems off automatic timers.
Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs, or let them go dormant.
Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk rather than a hose.
Wash vehicles with a bucket and do not run the hose more than necessary, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
To save water at home, fix leaky faucets and pipes. Consider replacing your toilet with a low-flow version—this can save around 11,000 gallons per year.
Upgrade your showerhead to low-flow versions, which can save some 7,700 gallons per year.
Upgrade your faucets or install faucet aerators—this can save some 16,000 gallons per year.
Bring your family to a fun and safe “Trunk or Treating” event on Saturday, October 29, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Brundage Park on Carrell Road.
This “spooktacular” event, co-sponsored by the Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the Mt. Freedom Volunteer Fire Company, will have hayrides and awards for best decorated trunk or storage area. While ground effects and other decorations outside the car are welcome, they will not be considered in the judging.
Please note that in light of recent news, clown costumes will not be allowed this year.
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—parking/set-up/outdoor movie
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.—trunk or treat and hayrides
7:45 p.m.—prizes awarded
For Trunk or Treat, registered cars will park in the parking lot and children will go from car trunk to car trunk to get their treats. All cars must be pre-registered in advance and must participate by distributing candy; one person must remain with each car.
Admission is $15.00 per car, payable at the event. Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by visiting our online registration site. The Trunk or Treat is listed under Fall 2016 programs. Registration is by vehicle, not by individual participants; one registration per family is sufficient.
Proceeds benefit the Mt. Freedom Volunteer Fire Company.
If you have any questions, please call 973.989.7081.
Bear Sightings in the Township
Posted: October 11, 2016
There has been an increase in bear sightings in the township this fall.
Bears are attracted by garbage odors, therefore, properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in your neighborhood.
The Randolph Township Police Department will respond to all bear sighting reports. The department’s response is limited to observing the bear and notifying residents in the area that a bear has been sighted. The police will not take any other action, unless the bear is aggressive and poses a threat to public safety.
To report a nuisance black bear, call New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1.877.WARN DEP (1.877.927.6337).
Remember, never feed bears—not only is it illegal in New Jersey, it’s dangerous!
2016 Leaf Collection Program
Posted: October 10, 2016
The public works department will begin the township’s annual leaf collection program at the end of October.
Residents are urged to dispose of leaves on their own properties whenever possible. Blowing leaves into wooded areas, placing leaves on acid loving plants such as pachysandra, or creating backyard compost piles will have the effect of minimizing costs associated with the curbside collection of leaves.
Please note: Only residents will be permitted to place leaves at the street. Landscapers and other contractors are prohibited from placing leaves at the curbside at any time.
Residents may place loose leaves at the curb (not in the road or gutter) no earlier than seven days prior to their scheduled collection date. Leaves need to be placed curb side prior to the Saturday in which your district is scheduled for pickup.
The township will be enforcing its yard waste ordinance with written warnings and summonses. The ordinance prohibits all yard waste from being placed at the curb or along the street more than seven days prior to scheduled collections. The ordinance also prohibits the placing of yard waste closer than 10 feet from any storm sewer inlet along the street. It is important that only leaves be placed in the gutter and that brush, grass, rocks or any other materials are removed to avoid damage to the leaf collection equipment.
Please try to coordinate your yard raking with the schedule which follows to avoid having leaves in the gutter for extended periods of time.
Anticipated Collection Schedule:
South of Pleasant Hill Rd., Calais Rd. & Sussex Tpke., Sussex Tpke. to Morris Twp. border When: Weeks of 10/22 and 11/19
North of Route 10 When: Weeks of 10/29 and 11/26
North of Pleasant Hill Rd. & Calais Rd., south of Route 10 and west of Millbrook Ave. When: Weeks of 11/5 and 12/3
East of Millbrook Ave., south of Route 10 and north of Sussex Turnpike When: Weeks of 11/12 and 12/10
Need more information or have questions? Contact the DPW at 973.989.7066.
October is Traffic Safety Awareness Month
Posted: October 7, 2016
A new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on our roadways that demands immediate attention...distracted driving.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
using a cell phone or smartphone
eating and drinking
talking to passengers
reading, including maps
using a navigation system
watching a video
adjusting a radio, CD or MP3 player
In 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,179 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers and an estimated additional 431,000 were injured.
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous of all distracted driving activities because it takes your hands off the wheel and eyes and mind off the road.
A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to talk on a handheld cell phone or text message while driving. The penalties associated with these infractions are as follows:
first-time offenders face a fine of between $200 and $400
drivers convicted of a second offense face a fine of between $400 and $600
motorists convicted of a third/subsequent offense face a fine of $600 to $800, three points on their driving record and possible loss of license for 90 days
The Randolph Township Police Department will have increased patrols during the month and ask that residents commit to safer driving, and to encourage friends and family to do the same. One text or call could wreck it all!
Pathways of History Museum Tour
Posted: October 4, 2016
The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR), overseers of the Randolph Museum on Millbrook Avenue, invites residents to take part in this year’s Pathways of History Museum Tour to be held on Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 9 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Randolph has partnered with museums and historic sites from 19 other locations in northern Morris County, all of which will simultaneously open their doors in welcome during this extraordinary event honoring history, community and friendship.
Now in its seventh year, this two day event provides a great opportunity for residents to go on an enlightening historical journey. Be sure to check out the Randolph Museum, located at the entrance to Freedom Park on Millbrook Avenue, and the Friends Meeting House on Quaker Church Road.
Admission is free at all participating sites and visitors may start at any point on the tour.
The Randolph Township Police Department, in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be hosting Operation Take Back Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Residents can properly dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired medications in the front of the Acme supermarket located at 690 Millbrook Avenue in Randolph.
The goal of this program is to provide residents with the opportunity to rid their homes of medications that are no longer needed by turning these medications over to law enforcement officials who will then dispose of the substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner.
This program is anonymous, therefore, all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications.
The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) is pleased to announce that Mr. Patrick Hintz will be the final speaker of the 2016 season “Randolph Reminisces” series on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m..
Mr. Hintz is the historian for the Mt. Fern United Methodist Church, one of Randolph’s designated municipal landmarks. In honor of a special anniversary of the church, Mr. Hintz has created a Powerpoint presentation entitled “That You May Know.”
In addition to presenting this history of the Mt. Fern United Methodist Church, Mr. Hintz will answer questions and reminisce about other past events in our township.
The public is invited to attend this program at the Randolph Museum, located in the historic Brundage House at the main entrance to Randolph’s Freedom Park on Millbrook Avenue. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
The statewide single-day initiative has a dual purpose—to educate families about the addictive qualities of opioid pain medicines and their link to heroin abuse, and outreach to physicians and dentists who prescribe opiates, asking them to consider other therapies and treatment goals for patients, and to discuss with patients the pros and cons of opioids.
No one is immune to this epidemic. Drug overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. Deaths from heroin in the U.S. increased 248% between 2010 and 2014.