502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869-3799
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Monthly Archives for December 2018

Christmas Tree Collection in January 2019

Posted: December 26, 2018

The Randolph Township Public Works Department will be picking up residents’ used Christmas trees this holiday season.

The trees must be bare, with no stands, ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. Place at curb without plastic bags. The collected trees will be chipped and the chips will be available for use in next year’s gardens.

Christmas trees must be put out at the curb NO LATER THAN January 7, 2019.

Trees put out later than this date WILL NOT be picked up by the township. However, Christmas trees will be accepted anytime during normal working hours at the recycling center on Sussex Turnpike.

Dog/Cat License Renewals Due Soon

Posted: December 24, 2018

The Randolph Township Health Department would like to remind residents that all dogs and cats must be licensed by 7 months of age and have a current tag affixed to a collar or harness.

Licenses are good for one year and must be renewed by January 31 of each year for dogs and by February 28 of each year for cats.

License applications are automatically mailed in December to all registered pet owners. For your convenience, we have also made these applications available for download from our Dog/Cat Licenses page.

As mandated under state law, a condition of licensure requires that each dog or cat has a current rabies vaccination. Please note that our free rabies immunization voucher program, as explained on the Dog/Cat Licenses page, has a defined time period for redemption—it is available between January 1 and February 28.

Have questions or need more info? Contact the health department at 973.989.7050.

Town Hall Late Night Dates in 2019

Posted: December 12, 2018

Town hall is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For the convenience of residents who may need to conduct business with the township outside of normal operating hours, town hall remains open until 8:00 p.m. once each month.

In 2019, town hall will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • June 6
  • July—no late night
  • August—no late night
  • September 5
  • October—no late night
  • November 7
  • December 5

Wildlife Awareness

Posted: December 3, 2018

It is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your pets against wildlife encounters.

Since wildlife is attracted by garbage odors, properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent wildlife from becoming a nuisance in your neighborhood.

Here are some general rules:

  • Avoid feeding pets outside. If you must, feed them only once per day and remove the food bowl as soon as your pet has finished its meal.
  • If you use compost, use enclosed bins and never compost meat or fish scraps.
  • Clean up spilled bird seed around feeders.
  • Remove fallen fruit from the ground.
  • Keep trash in high-quality containers with tight-fitting lids and place the cans curbside the morning of collection (instead of the night before).
  • If wildlife is present, make sure they know they are not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.

Remember, never feed wildlife! It’s illegal in New Jersey and it’s dangerous. This is a surefire way to get them accustomed to people, and it will ultimately lead to their demise.

Coyotes generally avoid humans, even when their home range encompasses largely urban or suburban habitat. However, the presence of a free buffet in the form of pet food, compost or trash can lure coyotes into yards and create the impression that these places are bountiful feeding areas. Without the lure of food or other attractants, their visits will be brief and rare but a coyote who finds food in one yard may learn to search for food in others. For more information about coyotes, visit the Humane Society’s website.

Free-roaming pets, especially cats, may attract wildlife into neighborhoods. The best way to minimize risk to pets is never to leave them outside unattended. For cats, this means either keeping them indoors at all times or letting them outside only under your supervision wearing a harness and leash or in a secure enclosure.

Dogs, especially small dogs, are also vulnerable to wildlife confrontations. These incidents generally involve those who are either accustomed to people (usually due to wildlife feeding), or wildlife that is protecting their territory, their mate, or their pups. Always walk dogs on a leash and never leave them outside unattended.

Please make sure your pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccine and a pet license. Any questions or concerns, contact Randolph Township Animal Control at 973.989.7050