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Monthly Archives for March 2020

Spring 2020 Large Item Clean Up Week

Posted: March 25, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the spring bulk clean up of large items scheduled for April is postponed until the week of June 1, 2020.

The township-wide collection of large household garbage items begins on Monday, June 1 and ends Friday, June 5, 2020. All residents must place bulk clean up items curbside no later than 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

Streets for each regular route will be done once only. The hauler, Blue Diamond, will not return to a section once they have finished.

Loose household items must be placed curbside in bags or cans (not recyclable cardboard boxes). Please be sure to clearly separate regular household trash from your cleanup items.

The following items may be placed curbside:

  • Household Furniture
    Couches, chairs, mattresses, box springs, dressers, tables, etc. Note: Metal furniture is recycled at the recycling center.
  • Latex Paint
    Please be sure to completely dry out by using cat litter or sand to absorb liquid.
  • Carpet
    Approximately 110 sq. ft. (rolled and tied rug no more than four ft. long).

The following items may NOT be placed curbside:

  • All Building/Construction Materials
    Wooden fences, plywood, paneling, studs, retaining walls, boards, doors, windows, concrete, bricks, mortar, cabinets, bathtubs, countertops, roofing materials, etc.
  • Auto Parts/Tires
    Used motor oil, mufflers, engines, etc.
  • All Recyclables
    View the township’s list of recyclables.
  • All Metal
  • White Goods
    Large household appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. Curbside pickup is available year-round by advance arrangement. To have one or more of these items removed, all you need to do is call the health department at the number below. There is a fee of $30.00 per item.
  • Lawn Waste
    Leaves, branches, grass clippings, etc.
  • Computers/Televisions
  • Hazardous Materials
    Chemicals, pesticides, etc.
  • Items of exceptional size/weight
    Items weighing over 200 pounds or longer than five feet; includes boats, hot tubs, pianos, etc.

Have questions regarding acceptable materials? Contact the health department at 973.989.7050.


Mulch Delivery Temporarily Suspended

Posted: March 13, 2020

Due to the overwhelming number of requests for mulch, new requests for delivery are suspended until approximately August 1, 2020, at which time there should be more available for both pickup and delivery. There is currently no mulch available at the recycling center.

Fine shredded wood mulch is available to residents from March through October. You may help yourself to it (free) at the recycling center on Sussex Turnpike or place an order for delivery to your residence.

There is a delivery charge of $100.00 per truckload. Each load is approximately 6-8 cubic yards.

If you would like to have mulch delivered to your residence, please complete the mulch order form  and return it, with payment, to the Randolph Township Division of Engineering. No order will be processed without receipt of payment. Make checks payable to the Township of Randolph.

Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Deliveries will be made every Thursday and Friday beginning March 16, 2020 and ending in October.

Questions? Call engineering at 973.989.7066.

One truck load of mulch.

Spring Clean Communities Day and Document Shredding

Posted: March 13, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event has been cancelled.

Keep Randolph Township beautiful!

Join local civic and scout organizations in tidying up Randolph Township at our “Clean Communities Day” on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Registration, work assignments, and light refreshments begin at the municipal building located at 502 Millbrook Avenue. All participants will receive gloves, garbage bags and t-shirts. Mini-grants are available for civic groups. Call the health department at 973.989.7050 to sign up.

Paper Shredding

As part of its Clean Communities Day, the Randolph Township Health Department will once again offer confidential paper shredding services to residents, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 25th in the municipal building parking lot. Please note the following terms and conditions.

This shredding service is:

  • For Randolph residents only.
  • Personal, confidential documents generated in the home only (not commercial or home-business generated).
  • Limited to three file boxes per household (file box = 1.5 cu feet).
  • Confidential documents do not include junk mail and store flyers or solicitations. Please separate this material from confidential documents.

Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 31, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

Thank you for your continued efforts during this ongoing health emergency. We hope that you find these updates to be beneficial. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 18,696 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 841 of which are in Morris County. Four new cases in Randolph were confirmed, bringing the total to 49. Of the 49 cases, five households have more than one individual. Two of the individuals were released from the hospital; three currently remain hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

FEDERAL UPDATE
The National Guard issued a statement on Twitter today regarding rumors that Homeland Security is preparing them to mobilize. The rumors are not true. Check the facts about this rumor and others

STATE UPDATE
Governor Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan enacted an administrative order
amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying ways in which some businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Order No. 107 as follows:

  • Individual appointments to view real estate with realtors by individuals or families shall be considered essential retail business. Open houses are still considered impermissible gatherings.
  • Car dealers may continue to conduct online sales or remote sales that are consistent with current law. In the event of such a sale, the car may be delivered to the purchaser or the purchaser can pick up the car curbside or in the dealership service lane.
  • In accordance with the guidance released by the federal Department of Homeland Security, effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., firearms retailers are permitted to operate—by appointment only and during limited hours—to conduct business which, under law, must be done in person. The NICS background check system will be up and running to process firearms purchases.
  • Golf courses are considered recreational and entertainment businesses that must close to the public and to members associated with private golf clubs.

Per direction of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, municipal court sessions are cancelled through April 26. View Modifications to Court Operations

Governor Murphy reminded New Jersey residents that those experiencing domestic violence, or living in reasonable fear of it, should know that they are allowed to leave their home under the “Stay at Home” order. The Domestic Abuse Hotline is available 24/7. If you or someone you love is suffering, please call 1-800-572-7233.

COUNTY UPDATE
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce has expanded its series of virtual seminars during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis with four upcoming topics this week that are relevant to the new reality of life. These timely, half-hour presentations are free to the greater Morris County community.

Morris County, in coordination with Atlantic Health System, has expanded the appointment schedule for the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at CCM for Morris County residents only. After the testing ran smoothly on Monday, with 86 appointments at 15 minute intervals, the schedule was expanded today to more than 200, with shorter intervals. County residents must have a doctor’s prescription and an appointment. More information

LOCAL UPDATE
All township-initiated restrictions and/or closings, not previously superseded by executive order of Governor Murphy, have been extended through April 15. A reassessment will be conducted at that time. Residents are encouraged to utilize online service options wherever possible and to call or email the relevant department regarding any other matters of business. View a complete list of services and contact info 

Residents are asked to please adhere to the “rules of the road” when walking/jogging/biking on township roadways. Since more people are going outdoors for exercise during the COVID-19 quarantine, we ask that residents walk/jog on the side of the road facing the oncoming traffic and bicycle on the side of the road moving in the same direction as traffic—walk/jog against, bicycle with, traffic. When possible, walkers should use sidewalks. Motorists should also be more cautious when approaching pedestrians and allow ample room when passing. It is just as important to maintain social distancing while out walking; please do not go out in groups or stand and socialize. The safety of our residents is important to us! Please follow the New Jersey laws and instruct the younger members of your family to do so as well.


Sanitary Sewer Usage

Posted: March 31, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental shut down of many businesses and educational facilities, many residents are restricted to “Stay/Shelter at Home.” As such, there are increased demands on both the township’s sanitary sewer and water infrastructure as our water and sewer department staff continue to monitor and maintain these required services for the township’s residents.

To assist our staff in maintaining the township’s sanitary sewer system including the sewer pump stations, we are kindly requesting that all residents not dispose of items such as Swiffer mops or wipes, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, diapers or cloths into the sewer collection system.

These items can also cause extensive damage to sewerage pump station pumps, resulting in costly pump replacements and repairs. These items can also create blockages in the sewer collection lines and can result in sewer back flowing into homes as well as into our stormwater conveyance systems and waterways.

The township appreciates your anticipated cooperation.

If you have any questions, please contact Township Engineer/Water & Sewer Administrator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) at 973.989.7066.


Message from the Mayor

Posted: March 30, 2020

Dear Randolph Residents,

It’s the start of a new week in our world of social distancing. Our lives have been upended in many ways and nothing is the same as it was just a few short weeks ago. We stay in our homes unless we must venture out for “essential” travel, to go to work or get food, groceries or medical care. And when out, we must stay at least 6 feet away from others. It is certainly a challenging time for all of us as we deal with, and adapt, to these restrictions. The latest update is that this new normal will continue at least through April. Although it’s not easy, it’s something we all have to do if we want to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves and others from infection.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t something happening somewhere far away. It’s happening right here in NJ and right here in Randolph. We currently have 45 Randolph residents who have tested positive for the virus after experiencing symptoms. Five of them are hospitalized and hopefully are on the road to recovery. New York City, where many of us previously traveled to frequently, is now being described as the “epicenter” of the pandemic. On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a travel advisory stating, “Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.”

Many residents have reached out to me in the past few weeks with positive messages, suggestions, and offers to help. However, one concern that has been brought to my attention repeatedly is that some residents don’t seem to be taking the situation seriously enough. Last week I received several calls about groups gathered in the parks, even playing basketball. Unfortunately, the police have had to ask these groups to separate and the parks department removed the basketball rims to discourage further games. I know it’s tough, but please respect the directives we are being asked to follow in order to protect our community. Together, we can do it.

One way we can help our business community during this time is to support our local restaurants. The Randolph Economic Development Committee (EDC) has put together a guide to Randolph restaurants that are open for takeout or delivery. You can find the guide on the EDC Facebook page.

I also want to remind everyone that Morris County opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center at County College of Morris (CCM) today. The center is open to Morris County residents who have a prescription from their doctor for COVID-19 testing and have scheduled their appointment online. No one will be allowed to enter the testing area without an appointment, a prescription and identification. The testing center is located on the Center Grove Road side of the CCM campus, but cars must enter through the Dover Chester Road entrance. Therefore, if the line of cars gets long, it will wind through the campus, rather than onto local roads. You will notice orange cones, electronic signs and police activity in the area around CCM, but there should be minimal disruption to Randolph residents.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. I encourage everyone to remain as positive as possible and together we will get through this.

Mayor Christine Carey
March 30 2020


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 30, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation during this ongoing health emergency. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 16,636 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 720 of which are in Morris County. Ten new cases in Randolph were confirmed, bringing the total to 45. Of the 45 cases, five households have more than one individual. Five individuals are currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

STATE UPDATE
Per direction of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, municipal court sessions are cancelled through April 26. View Modifications to Court Operations

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

COUNTY UPDATE
The Morris County COVID-19 drive-thru center at CCM opened this morning at 9:00 a.m. and has so far been working very well. Nearly 90 Morris County residents are expected to be tested today and another 90 on Tuesday. More information or to make an appointment

Morris area food pantries and soup kitchens need donations—with early spring food drives and fundraisers cancelled, and increased numbers of county residents in need of food as they are out of work due to the COVID-19 situation, food providers and soup kitchens across Morris County are in need of some help. In addition to a need for food, these nonprofit providers also need supplies, such as forks, spoons, to-go boxes, sandwich bags, and other items for their operations. More information

Morris County announced today that a joint federal-state task force has been created to investigate and prosecute a wide range of misconduct arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force will probe unlawful hoarding of medical supplies, price gouging, charity scams, procurement fraud, insurance fraud, phishing schemes and false and misleading investment opportunities. For more information and the hotline number to report such misconduct

LOCAL UPDATE
Residents have asked why Randolph Township does not provide more detail as to the individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Some have even noted that other towns supply this information. At the time of the initial confirmed case in Randolph, the township manager and the Randolph Township Health Department reviewed the release of case information in detail with the New Jersey Department of Health. The state was very firm in its guidance that the release of specific age and gender information regarding confirmed cases was not permissible. The Morris County Office of Health Management today reiterated the same information to township staff. We cannot speak for other towns and how they handle their information, but Randolph Township will not be releasing such details unless the state and county advise otherwise.


Mailbox Theft

Posted: March 30, 2020

Recently, the Randolph Township Police Department has experienced some thefts of outgoing mail from mailboxes around the township.

Outgoing mail is being stolen from mailboxes in an attempt to locate checks in order to facilitate check washing fraud. Check washing is a process of erasing or altering details from a check so they can be rewritten for criminal purposes. Some pens make this process much more difficult to achieve given the actual ink the pen uses.

Residents can help limit the potential of becoming a victim by placing your outgoing mail in your mailbox shortly before you expect the mail carrier to arrive or by dropping the mail off at the post office during the day while open. Never leave outgoing mail in your mailbox overnight or for extended periods. Also, never drop off mail at the post office during the overnight hours.

Additionally, the police department has received reports of mail stolen from mailboxes that had the red flag up indicating outgoing mail was inside. The department advises residents to further protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud by NOT putting the red flag up when outgoing mail is in the mailbox.

Lastly, please report all suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood looking into mailboxes when the activity occurs.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 29, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

We appreciate your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. We realize everyone would like more detailed information related to those testing positive in Randolph, but appreciate your understanding for the reasons we do not provide such details. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as some helpful links.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 13,386 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 566 of which are in Morris County. Seven new cases were confirmed in Randolph, bringing the total to 35. Of the 35 cases, five households have more than one individual. Four individuals are currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

FEDERAL UPDATE
On March 27, 2020 the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Provided here are informational documents which Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill’s office assembled.

STATE UPDATE
The following links provide additional information on recently passed state legislation aimed at assisting businesses and individuals impacted by the Coronavirus.

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

COUNTY UPDATE
Morris County announced the opening of a COVID-19 drive-thru testing center for Morris County residents only, located at the County College of Morris starting Monday, March 30. Registration began this morning at 10:00 a.m. County residents must have a prescription from a medical doctor or medical provider AND a pre-scheduled appointment. More information


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 28, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

Thank you for your continued patience and compliance during this ongoing health emergency. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 11,124 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 442 of which are in Morris County. Seven new cases in Randolph were confirmed, bringing the total to 28. Five of the 28 confirmed cases are associated with two households. Two of the individuals are currently hospitalized. All individuals considered close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

STATE UPDATE
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has announced initiatives to assist state businesses and workers facing hardship due to the impact of the coronavirus. NJEDA Initiatives to Support Businesses COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Murphy put out a call for volunteers with qualified medical training and experience including retired nurses or doctors, nursing and medical students, EMTs, former members of the Armed Services’ medical corps, who wish to join the fight against COVID-19. This isn’t just for NJ residents—he is looking across the nation for help. Sign-up to volunteer

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

COUNTY UPDATE
Morris County announced the opening of a COVID-19 drive-thru testing center for Morris County residents only, located at the County College of Morris starting Monday, March 30, 2020. Registration will begin on Sunday at 10 a.m. To be eligible, residents must have a prescription from a medical doctor or medical provider AND a pre-scheduled appointment. More information

LOCAL UPDATE
The Randolph Township Economic Development Committee (EDC) encourages the community to “eat local” and support Randolph restaurants by (1) ordering delivery or takeout, (2) purchasing gift cards for later use, or (3) sending a meal to a friend as a kind gesture! Please visit each business Facebook page and “like” to show your support! The EDC has assembled a listing of all the Randolph restaurants that remain open during the COVID-19 crisis . If you know of a Randolph restaurant that is open and is not on the list, please contact the Randolph EDC via Chairperson John Ragan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

The parking lots for all township parks remain open to accommodate residents’ use of the trails, which remain open. The lots are NOT to be used for gatherings or group assembly. We urge parents in the community to share these restrictions with their children as some of the reported gatherings have involved younger residents. As previously noted, park facilities (athletic and turf fields; basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts; restrooms; playgrounds; pavilions; skate park; lacrosse rink; and gazebo) at Brundage Park/Preserve, Freedom Park, Heistein Park, Kiwanis Park, Brundage Sussex, Randolph Park, and Tamarack are closed. Residents with questions regarding these Parks and Recreation restrictions may call the Township Recreation Department at 973.989.7081.

Residents with specific questions regarding these updates or any other township business should call 973.989.7060 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

The township recycling center remains open during its regular business hours, Wednesday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 27, 2020

We appreciate your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. We realize everyone would like more detailed information related to those testing positive in Randolph, but hope that you understand the reason we do not provide such details. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as some helpful links.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 8,825 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 391 of which are in Morris County. Three new cases were confirmed in Randolph, bringing the total to 21. Five of the 21 confirmed cases are associated with two households. One of the individuals is currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

STATE UPDATE
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 110 directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify by today, March 27, that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

New Jersey has made some updates to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) programs. More information

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

COUNTY UPDATE
Morris County, in coordination with the State of New Jersey, is planning for the opening of a drive through coronavirus testing site which will be located in a parking area at the County College of Morris. An announcement regarding the site’s opening along with details on its operation is anticipated shortly from the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and Office of Health Management. This announcement will be posted on the Morris County government website and posted on the township website upon release.

LOCAL UPDATE
Randolph Township buildings have been closed to the public since Thursday, March 19, 2020. Township facilities continue to be staffed, however, access to the facilities is very minimal and available only by appointment. Residents are encouraged to utilize online service options wherever possible and to call or e-mail the relevant department regarding any other matters of business. View list of services and contact information 

The township trails remain open, however, park facilities (athletic and turf fields; basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts; restrooms; playgrounds; pavilions; skate park; lacrosse rink; and gazebo) at Brundage Park/Preserve, Freedom Park, Heistein Park, Kiwanis Park, Brundage Sussex, Randolph Park, and Tamarack are closed. Residents with questions regarding these parks and recreation restrictions may call the township recreation department at 973.989.7081.

Residents with specific questions regarding these updates or any other township business should call 973.989.7060 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

The township recycling center remains open during its regular business hours, Wednesday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 26, 2020

We appreciate your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. We realize everyone would like more detailed information related to those testing positive in Randolph, but hope that you understand the reason we do not provide such details. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as some helpful links.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 6,876 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 315 of which are in Morris County including 18 confirmed cases in Randolph. Five of the 18 confirmed cases are associated with two households. None of the individuals is currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

STATE UPDATE
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The package of initiatives includes a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), funding for entrepreneurs, and a variety of resources providing technical support and marketplace information. Taken together, they will provide more than $75 million of state and private financial support, with the opportunity to grow to more than $100 million if additional philanthropic, state, and federal resources become available. The initiatives will support between 3,000 and 5,000 small and midsize enterprises and are meant to complement recently announced federal economic recovery initiatives. More information

Governor Murphy announced today that President Donald J. Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020. More information

COUNTY UPDATE
On March 23, 2020, staff from Morris County began working with Homeless Solutions and Morris Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to relocate homeless individuals in an effort to aid social distancing. The goal was to provide a larger space to live at a time when personal space is paramount to physical health. Today the county announced that a shelter for homeless residents, run by nonprofit Homeless Solutions in a county government provided space in Morris Township, has been temporarily expanded to allow social distancing for its residents. The expanded shelter resulted from a donation of a new space by county government and with the donation of gently used furniture provided by Morris Habitat’s ReStore. More information

LOCAL UPDATE
The Randolph Rescue Squad (RRS) is collecting N95 masks, eye protection, sterile gowns, disposable gowns, surgical gloves, nitrile gloves, regular masks, and slip resistant shoes. The items will be distributed to St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover and Denville campuses, and to Morristown Medical Center. Collections bins will be located outside the RRS building, 780 Route 10 West, and the Randolph municipal building, 502 Millbrook Avenue. Residents can drop off items 24/7; RRS volunteers will be collecting items daily. Thank you for your help!

The township recycling center remains open during its regular business hours, Wednesday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Test: Instructions and Next Steps

Helpful Information from the New Jersey Department of Health

NJ and Other COVID-19 Resources


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 25, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

We appreciate your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. We realize everyone would like more detailed information related to those testing positive in Randolph, but hope that you understand the reason we do not provide such details. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as some helpful links.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 4,402 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 223 of which are in Morris County including 18 confirmed cases in Randolph. Five of the 18 confirmed cases are associated with two households. None of the individuals is currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

STATE UPDATE
The New Jersey State Director of Emergency Management, Patrick J. Callahan, issued an administrative order to add to the list of essential businesses. The additional businesses include mobile phone retail and repair shops, bicycle shops (only to provide service and repair), livestock feed stores, nurseries and garden centers, and farming equipment stores.

As a reminder, part of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order issued on Saturday, March 21 includes restrictions on public outings, the prohibition of gatherings for parties and celebrations, and requires all New Jersey residents to remain at home with limited exceptions. Residents should remain at home unless they are:

  • Obtaining goods or services from essential businesses
  • Obtaining takeout food
  • Seeking medical attention
  • Visiting family members as a caretaker or romantic partner
  • Reporting to or performing their job
  • Engaging in outdoor activities (social distancing permitted)
  • Leaving home for an educational, religious, or political reason
  • For health or safety reasons
  • At the direction of law enforcement or a government agency

LOCAL UPDATE
The Randolph Rescue Squad (RRS) is collecting N95 masks, eye protection, sterile gowns, disposable gowns, surgical gloves, nitrile gloves, regular masks, and slip resistant shoes. The items will be distributed to St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover and Denville campuses, and to Morristown Medical Center. Collections bins will be located outside the RRS building, 780 Route 10 West, and the Randolph municipal building, 502 Millbrook Avenue. Residents can drop off items 24/7; RRS volunteers will be collecting items daily. Thank you for your help!

The township recycling center remains open during its regular business hours, Wednesday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NJ and Other COVID-19 Resources


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 24, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

Your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency has been, and continues to be, greatly appreciated. We realize everyone would like more detailed information related to those testing positive in Randolph, but hope that you understand the reason we do not provide such details. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as some helpful links.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 3,675 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 204 of which are in Morris County including 15 confirmed cases in Randolph. Five of the 15 confirmed cases are associated with two households. None of the individuals is currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

STATE UPDATE
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 109, directing the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults that are scheduled to take place after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The Governor’s executive order applies to all medical and dental operations that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient, as determined by the patient’s physician or dentist. Read Executive Order No. 109

Governor Murphy announced the launch of a new online portal to connect New Jersey residents with jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19. Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID-19. The jobs portal already has more than 12,000 openings and more are being added every day. These openings are in industries that are critical to New Jersey’s COVID-19 response, such as grocery stores, shipping and logistics, healthcare, janitorial services, human services and warehousing. By connecting workers to these new openings, the tool will allow New Jersey residents to get back to work while increasing these key industries’ capacity to perform their essential duties.

The State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness created a web page to help the public distinguish between facts and rumors/disinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

LOCAL UPDATE
The Randolph Rescue Squad (RRS) is collecting N95 masks, eye protection, sterile gowns, disposable gowns, surgical gloves, nitrile gloves, regular masks and slip resistant shoes. The items will be distributed to St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover and Denville campuses, and to Morristown Medical Center. Collections bins will be located outside the RRS building, 780 Route 10 West, and the Randolph municipal building, 502 Millbrook Avenue. Residents can drop off items 24/7; RRS volunteers will be collecting items daily. Thank you for your help!

NJ and Other COVID-19 Resources


2020 Proposed Municipal Budget Now Online

Posted: March 24, 2020

Township Manager Steve Mountain has made the 2020 proposed municipal budget, which was introduced at the March 19, 2020 council meeting, available for review.

The township council public hearing date for the adoption of the 2020 budget is April 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall.


Message from the Mayor

Posted: March 24, 2020

Dear Randolph Residents,

A lot of challenges have been thrown our way as our lives continue to be disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Randolph we now have 15 residents who have tested positive for the virus and that number is likely to increase over the coming days and weeks. Individuals who have had direct contact with anyone who has a positive test result will be contacted.

At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported for any students or staff from Randolph schools.

Many residents have asked me what they can do to help during this time. Here are some recommendations:

  • Stay home—only go out when absolutely necessary—for your job if you are required to be there in person, to buy groceries, food or medicine, to seek medical care, to get fresh air and exercise. Please minimize the amount of time you are out in public and around others.
  • Practice social distancing—when you do go out, please avoid close contact with others. It is recommended that we stay 6 feet away from each other.
  • Wash your hands frequently to minimize the spread of the virus.
  • Stay informed—get accurate and correct information from reputable sources.
  • Donate protective equipment—local hospitals are looking for protective equipment such as eye protectors, face shields, disposable gloves, surgical and isolation gowns, shoe covers, hand sanitizer, thermometers, testing swabs, and alcohol wipes.

    The Randolph Rescue Squad (RRS) has placed bins outside of their headquarters at 780 Route 100 West as well as at the Randolph municipal building at 502 Millbrook Avenue in order to collect needed items for St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover and Denville, and Morristown Medical Center. Needed items include N95 masks, eye protection, sterile gowns, disposable gowns, surgical gloves, nitrile gloves, regular masks, and slip resistant shoes. Bins will be accessible 24/7, with RRS volunteers collecting items daily.

    Atlantic Health Systems is accepting donations of protective equipment for their hospitals at 200 American Way, Morris Plains, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and at 435 South Street, Morristown from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Donate Blood—medical groups and healthcare workers across the New Jersey are facing a shortage of blood donations. If you would like to donate blood, please visit the Red Cross website for information about how and where.
  • Be patient—this is a trying time for all of us.

Remember:

  • The 16 miles of Randolph Township trails remain open for fresh air and exercise, but please practice social distancing and don’t congregate in the parks. Other park facilities such as athletic fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds are closed.
  • Dozens of our favorite Randolph restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Let’s support them during this time.
  • Residents can borrow eBooks from the library by downloading them from Cloud Library. Please visit the library website or call the library at 973.895.3556 for more information.

We will all get through this together.

Mayor Christine Carey
March 24, 2020


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 23, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

We thank you for your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. The following is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 2,844 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 177 of which are in Morris County including 14 confirmed cases in Randolph. Five of the 14 confirmed cases are associated with two households. None of the individuals is currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

We acknowledge that residents are concerned about contact with those who have tested positive, however, pursuant to state and federal law, we are prohibited from releasing the identity or any identifying details associated with these individuals.

STATE UPDATE
Governor Murphy sent a reminder via Twitter to the state’s young people, “you are not immune to COVID19 or invincible. You can get coronavirus and you can spread it to loved ones. Don’t be selfish. Take this seriously. Stay safe, stay home.”

NJ and Other COVID-19 Resources


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 21, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

Your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency is appreciated. The following is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 1,327 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 64 of which are in Morris County including 13 confirmed cases in Randolph. Five of the 13 confirmed cases are associated with two households. None of the individuals is currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

We acknowledge that residents are concerned about contact with those who have tested positive; however, pursuant to state and federal law, we are prohibited from releasing the identity or any identifying details associated with these individuals.

STATE UPDATE
Governor Murphy announced today that he has signed two new executive orders, numbers 107 and 108, which he termed “stay at home orders.” The new orders direct all gatherings cancelled, and all non-essential businesses close and/or enact work from home services effective 9 p.m. this evening, Saturday, March 21, 2020. The orders supersede all prior executed county and/or local restrictions.

For all other state updates, visit the governor’s office website.

COUNTY UPDATE
Morris County announced that they, in coordination with the State of New Jersey, have begun the process of creating the infrastructure of a drive-through coronavirus testing site at the County College of Morris in Randolph. The opening of the facility is contingent on the receipt of necessary medical equipment, which is to be provided by the state. For more information visit the Morris County website.

LOCAL UPDATE
In accordance with the order of Governor Murphy (Executive Order No. 104) the Randolph Library, which has been closed to the public, will now no longer be circulating material. It is not necessary to return materials during the closure as no fines will be charged until April 30 or the library reopens, whichever is later. Digital resources such as e-books, e-audiobooks, downloadable magazines, Tumblebooks and Tumblemath, etc. can still be accessed. If you have trouble accessing these resources or for technical support, please feel free to contact the library at 973.895.3556 during business hours. Hours will be as follows: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday-Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 20, 2020

Your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency is appreciated. The following is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 890 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 35 of which are in Morris County including 10 confirmed cases in Randolph. Five of the 10 confirmed cases are associated with two households. None of the individuals is hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

We acknowledge that residents are concerned about contact with those who have tested positive, however, pursuant to state and federal law, we are prohibited from releasing the identity or any identifying details associated with these individuals.

STATE UPDATE
Governor Murphy announced today that hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are now required to waive patient fees for COVID-19 testing and related diagnostic services for those who lack health insurance. In communication to the New Jersey Hospital Association and the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which includes 23 FQHCs with more than 120 satellite locations, New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that the cost for testing and diagnosis should not be a barrier for any of New Jersey’s residents.

NJ 2-1-1 Activated for COVID-19 Calls
All residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. NJ211 is New Jersey’s statewide, comprehensive information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

Some other important state headlines include:

New Jersey Announces Opening of COVID-19 Testing Site at Bergen County Community College

Governor Enacts Moratorium on Removals of Individuals Due to Evictions or Foreclosures

Governor Announces Changes to Upcoming New Jersey Elections in Response to COVID-19

For more detailed information on state updates, visit the governor’s office website.

FEDERAL UPDATE
Some important federal headlines include:

Tax Filing Deadline Extended Until July 15, 2020
View specific information

SBA Approves New Jersey’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Declaration
Small businesses in New Jersey may apply for an EIDL online or they can also reach out to their local SBA District Offices.


Message from the Mayor

Posted: March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives. As of today, 10 Randolph residents have tested positive for the virus. It’s very likely that that number will increase over the coming weeks. Many residents have reached out to me and township staff asking for more information about these individuals. They want to determine whether they know the affected individuals and if they have been in contact with them. While it is understandable to have these reactions and questions, I want to remind everyone that there are laws in place that prohibit the disclosure of confidential health information about individuals. These laws were put into place to safeguard our individual privacy.

When a Randolph resident has a confirmed positive test for COVID-19, the township public health officials are notified. They then undertake efforts to reach out to individuals who have been in contact with the affected person. Those contacts will be notified in a timely manner. I know people are anxious, but they will be notified if they have had direct contact with individuals with confirmed COVID-19 infection.

As this public health emergency continues to evolve, we have made the decision to restrict access to township buildings and facilities, including the municipal building, community center, and the library. This is being done to limit the interactions that the staff is having with the public and provide them with a measure of safety and social distancing. Staff at all township facilities will continue to work normal hours and maintain township business functions; however, access to the facilities will be managed by appointment only. Residents are asked to call or e-mail the relevant department and are encouraged to conduct any necessary business transactions without visiting municipal offices. There is a drop box located in front of the municipal building on Millbrook Avenue where payments for taxes, water, sewer, and court matters can be safely made without entering the building. View a comprehensive list of services and departments 

Our normal routines have certainly been disrupted as we practice social distancing and try as a nation and as a community to slow the spread of the coronavirus. I thank you for your patience in dealing with these restrictions and inconveniences. On the bright side:

  • The 16 miles of Randolph Township trails remain open for fresh air and exercise.
  • Dozens of our favorite Randolph restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery.
  • Requests for materials from the Randolph Library can be made online or via phone. As always, residents can borrow eBooks from the library by downloading them from Cloud Library. Please visit the library website or call the library at 973.895.3556 for more information.
  • The recycling center remains open for regular business hours.

We will all get through this challenging time together if we continue to help each other.

Mayor Christine Carey
March 20, 2020


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 19, 2020

Thanks to everyone for your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. The following is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 742 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 26 of which are in Morris County. This includes a 6th confirmed case in Randolph—an individual in the age range of 26-71 who is not hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Of the six cases in Randolph to date, three are related and the others are unrelated.

We acknowledge that residents are concerned about contact with those who have tested positive, however, pursuant to state and federal law, we are prohibited from releasing the identity or any identifying details associated with these individuals.

STATE UPDATE
Effective tonight at 8:00 p.m., Governor Murphy ordered the closure of all personal-care businesses and social clubs which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines until further notice. These include barber shops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons and tattoo parlors.

For more information on the governor’s order, visit the governor’s office website.

SOCIAL DISTANCING - IT’S IMPORTANT
Please be reminded of the importance of social distancing. The township continues to receive messages from concerned residents about ongoing gatherings among both kids and adults. Getting together with neighbors and having kids gather in home environments contradicts the social distancing efforts we are making as a township (school and municipal facilities closures; park restrictions; and event, program and activity suspensions). These actions not only put those engaged in such gatherings at risk, it puts the entire community at risk. In order to accomplish the strategic objective to flatten the curve and lessen the strain that can be placed on our medical community, we need everyone’s cooperation. Please consider your neighbors who work on the front lines—the health professionals and first responders—and do your part by staying home; when it is necessary to go out, maintain a safe distance of six feet or more from others around you.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 18, 2020

Thanks to everyone for your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. The following is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 427 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 19 of which are in Morris County. This includes a 5th confirmed case in Randolph—an individual in the age range of 28-71 who is not hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Of the five cases in Randolph to date, three are related and the others are unrelated.

STATE UPDATE
Governor Murphy has asked President Trump for the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in constructing temporary hospitals to ensure greater regional preparedness and help alleviate the strain on NJ hospitals.

Effective 8:00 p.m. last evening, all indoor retail shopping malls, amusement parks and amusement centers across New Jersey were closed. Workers whose place of employment has closed, or whose hours have been cut as a result of COVID-19 are, in all likelihood, eligible to receive either full or partial unemployment insurance. The governor is asking the federal government for assistance in ensuring that every unemployment insurance application is properly received and handled.

  • If your job has been directly impacted, visit nj.gov/labor for comprehensive information from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
  • A new page has been created to offer guidance to all businesses being impacted by COVID-19 at http://cv.business.nj.gov.
  • To apply for unemployment insurance, please visit MyUnemployment.nj.gov.

In addition, the state’s economic team is working alongside the U.S. Small Business Administration to ensure that available financial relief can flow into New Jersey as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The state’s human services commissioner announced today that there are new amendments to the Child Care Subsidy Program. The revised program will help provide access to critical child care subsidies while eligible parents attend jobs. For details, please visit https://bit.ly/2IVMjix.

On the testing front, mobile testing centers will open shortly in areas in Morris County and across the state. In the meantime, please remember to call your health care provider before arriving at a facility to be evaluated for any potential case of COVID-19.

LOCAL UPDATE
In the interest of caution and to reduce the risk of further spread for the COVID-19 virus, the township has taken the following actions:

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the township will be implementing restrictions on public access for all public facilities (municipal building, DPW, library, community center, VFW, animal shelter and Brundage Park Playhouse). The recycling center will be open during regular business hours. Staff at all facilities will be continuing to work normal hours, however, access to the facilities will be managed by appointment only. The restrictions will be in place through April 1st. A reassessment will be conducted at that time and the restrictions will either be extended or lifted based upon the results of that situational assessment. Residents are encouraged to utilize online service options wherever possible and to call or e-mail the relevant department regarding any other matters of business.

In addition, the township trails will remain open, however, park facilities (athletic and turf fields; basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts; restrooms; playgrounds; pavilions; skate park; lacrosse rink; and gazebo) at Brundage Park/Preserve, Freedom Park, Heistein Park, Kiwanis Park, Brundage Sussex, Randolph Park and Tamarack will be closed in order to eliminate additional points of high community traffic. Residents with questions regarding these parks and recreation restrictions may call the Randolph Township Recreation Department at 973.989.7081.


Four Confirmed Cases in the Township

Posted: March 17, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

Dear Randolph Township Residents,

Randolph Township has received notification this evening of four confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Randolph Township residents.

The residents range in age between 28 and 71, and one of the individuals is hospitalized. To protect the private medical information of these individuals, Randolph Township will not be releasing additional information about these cases. The Randolph Township Health Department is conducting contact tracing pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control and New Jersey Department of Health guidelines.

To date, 7 cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in Morris County, 267 cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in New Jersey and 1,678 cases have been identified in the United States.

We wish the individuals with confirmed cases of the virus well and their families the best in this difficult time. We also remind the community to remain vigilant in following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey and our public health officials when it comes to social distancing, hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and disinfecting common areas.

Mayor Carey emphasizes, “This is a difficult time for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our daily lives in ways we couldn’t imagine even a week ago. I ask all residents to follow the directives and guidelines that have been issued regarding social distancing and prevention practices.”

Residents exhibiting any symptoms of illness should consult their personal doctor to discuss treatment options. For additional information regarding COVID-19 or the latest information from the town regarding this health emergency, residents are encouraged to check this website. Residents with questions or concerns may also contact the Randolph Township Health Department at 973.989.7050 or the township manager’s office at 973.989.7060 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 


Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Informed

Posted: March 17, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

In an effort to maintain social distancing and do what we can to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we have provided a list of services and contact information to aid residents in accomplishing their township business without making a trip to the municipal building.

View list of services and contact information 

For emergency notification and updates regarding the township response during this time, please ensure you are enrolled in the township’s emergency notification system, Swift911. The township also routinely updates our Facebook page and Twitter page with news, events and information related to the community.


Governor’s Declaration Regarding COVID-19

Posted: March 16, 2020

All residents and business owners should be advised that earlier today, Monday, March 16, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 104 in response to the Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 establishing the following restrictions, prohibitions and recommendations for specified businesses, schools and the general population:

  • New Jersey will be joining New York and Connecticut in closing down movie theaters, gyms, fitness centers and entertainment centers effective 8:00 p.m. tonight and will remain closed moving forward.
  • Gatherings larger than 50 people will be prohibited.
  • All public, private and parochial preschool program premises and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, shall be closed to students beginning on Wednesday, March 18 and shall remain closed.
  • All restaurants, dining establishments and food courts are permitted to operate their normal business hours, but are limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services.
  • Establishments such as grocery/food stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, gas stations, healthcare facilities and ancillary stores within healthcare facilities will not be affected by the mandatory 8:00 p.m. closures. They will remain open to provide services for all residents.
  • The governor recommends that people should not travel between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Read Executive Order 104 in its entirety


A New Message from the Mayor Regarding Coronavirus

Posted: March 16, 2020

To all Randolph Residents,

The world around us has certainly changed quickly. A few weeks ago, the term “social distancing” was not in my vocabulary. I would never have imagined that over the course of a few hours last week, Disney World would close, the NCAA “March Madness” tournament would be cancelled and major league sports teams would suspend their seasons.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us. Public health officials have recommended that measures be taken aimed at stopping or slowing the spread of the contagious virus. Therefore, the Randolph schools have closed and will deliver instruction remotely through March 27. While the schools are closed, all extracurricular, athletic and community school events have been cancelled or postponed.

All Randolph township non-essential programs, activities and events have also been cancelled or postponed through March 27, at which time the situation will be reassessed. In addition, County College of Morris began spring break early to allow for a thorough deep cleaning and sanitizing process of the campus. Some residents have had to cancel personal travel or business trips. Many of our children who are away at college are being sent home to complete the semester via online instruction. While shopping at local supermarkets, we are faced with empty shelves. Life has definitely changed.

As I write this, over 3,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported in the United States, and more than 60 individuals with the infection have died. In New Jersey, there have been a total of 98 cases reported with 4 of those in Morris County. At this time, we thankfully have no confirmed cases of the virus in Randolph. However, I want to assure you that the township is taking the necessary steps to prepare for what may come.

  • Our dedicated professionals in the Randolph Township Department of Health continue to work closely with the NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control on monitoring and responding to the health emergency.
  • Our first responder agencies (police, fire, and rescue squad) have the necessary resources, protection and information they need in order to safely respond to calls during the health emergency.
  • The municipal organization has contingency plans in place so we can maintain critical services and business continuity in the event that virus-related absences impact staffing.
  • All township municipal offices and facilities continue to operate under normal business hours and services continue uninterrupted. However, it is recommended that if your contact with the municipal offices can be done online or via phone call, to please avoid visiting the building.

I encourage all residents to go to reputable sources for information about the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that we all have correct and accurate information and do not rely on rumors and misinformation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the nation’s premier source of information regarding COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is very comprehensive and has valuable information. I have visited it several times and have found it to be quite helpful.

In our own state, the NJ Department of Health COVID-19 website provides similar information with more updates regarding the situation in NJ.

The NJ Department of Health has also established a COVID-19 Information Public Call Center which can be reached at 1-800-222-1222. Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer your questions. In the last week they have received over 4,000 calls.

As Americans, we have faced many challenges. These crises often unite us as a people and as a community. Many Randolph residents have told me that they are struggling with anxiety and fear. Some are uncertain about their jobs and future income as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts their industry or place of work. Others who are working full-time are stressed as they try to provide care for their children who are no longer attending school. Many older residents or those with underlying medical conditions that put them at a higher risk for serious illness are anxious about their potential for infection.

Please reach out to your neighbors and friends. Talk to them. Offer to help. Ask them for help. We thankfully live in a world with technology that allows us to stay connected even while “social distancing.” Let’s all take care of each other during these extraordinary times.

Mayor Christine Carey
March 16, 2020


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: March 13, 2020

The following is the latest update from Randolph Township on the Coronavirus and actions relevant to the pandemic outbreak.

Out of the abundance of caution and to help curtail the possibility of community spread of the virus (COVID-19), the following actions have been taken.

Randolph School District Announces Two-Week Closure

The Randolph Township school district announced today (March 13, 2020) that beginning on March 16th, the Randolph Public Schools will be closing and remaining closed through Friday, March 27, 2020. The district will be following its remote instruction plan during the two week closure period. School administration will continue to monitor conditions in the community over the two week period, and will provide an update on or before Thursday, March 26th regarding the status of the situation. While schools are closed, all extracurricular, athletic, and community school events are cancelled. School facilities are also closed to all outside organizations during this time. View information on the district’s Health Preparedness Plan.

All Township Non-Essential Programs, Activities and Events Cancelled/Postponed for Two-Weeks

On the guidance of the township health department, all township non-essential programs, activities and events have been cancelled or postponed for the next two weeks. The situation will be reassessed at the end of this period and a decision will be made on or before Friday, March 27, 2020 as to whether this action will continue beyond the two week period. A listing of all programs, activities and events impacted by this decision will be posted shortly on the township website. Township meetings scheduled for this period are still on as scheduled, but residents should monitor the township website and other media for any changes that may be necessary to this plan.

Municipal Court

No municipal court sessions will be held starting immediately through April 1, 2020. As of now, the next tentative court date will be April 15, 2020. The office is open regular hours and residents are encouraged to utilize the phone or the NJMCdirect.com website for payments.

Township Municipal Offices, Facilities and Services

All township municipal offices and facilities continue to operate under normal business hours. However, it is strongly recommended during this health emergency that residents opt to conduct business via telephone or e-mail instead of face-to-face interaction. Residents are also urged to utilize the online registration and payment options for recreation program and activity sign-up, payment of court fines, and property tax and utility payments. Property tax and utility payments can also be made utilizing the drop off box located in the front of the municipal building. At this time, all other services are scheduled to continue without interruption. The township has established a plan for operational continuity to account for potential work force reduction due to the virus and ensure continuity of critical services. In order to maintain critical services, some changes to non-essential service may be necessary on a temporary basis. If such changes are warranted, notice to the public will be provided. Township emergency responders, inspection staff, and public works and water and sewer staff have modified response protocols for non-emergent matters (telephone screening for symptoms of COVID-19, additional discretion on entering dwellings and interacting with individuals, use of personal protective equipment). We ask residents to understand that such protocols are needed to protect both the public as well as the employees from unnecessary exposure to the virus.

All information provided above is subject to change as this pandemic evolves. Residents are advised to monitor the township website and social media for updates. While we realize that changing normal routines and the cancellation or change to regular services, programming, activities and events is disruptive, the actions taken are consistent with the guidance from the federal Center for Disease Control and we ask residents’ patience and understanding with the same.

The Randolph Township Department of Health continues to work closely with the NJ Department of Health and Center for Disease Control on monitoring and responding to the health emergency. As of the time of this release, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community. However, there are confirmed cases in numerous locations throughout the state and at least one confirmed case in Morris County. Residents who are experiencing symptoms of the virus (including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or other flu-like symptoms) are urged to call their medical care provider. The medical care provider will provide guidance on how to proceed. If residents are experiencing symptoms that warrant an emergency response they should call 9-1-1.

The health department reminds the public to practice proper hygiene:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and remember to throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Avoid contact with any individual exhibiting signs of illness.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

In addition, take every day precautions to keep space between yourself and others:

  • When you go out in public, limit close contact with others, and wash hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid any non-essential travel.

We strongly urge all residents to take necessary precautions to prevent the community spread of COVID-19. We cannot overemphasize the importance of limiting social contact while the township and school district restrictions are in place. Taking the necessary precautions and remaining mindful of restricting person-to-person contact should be foremost during this health emergency.

Because the situation is changing rapidly, we encourage you to carefully monitor the CDC and NJ Department of Health websites. Please use the links below to access these sites for the most recent news and information. Residents can also call the Novel Coronavirus Public Call Center (NPIES) at 1-800-222-1222 for information.

CDC Travel Notices
NJ Department of Health
CDC Coronavirus Information
CDC “How to Protect Yourself from Respiratory Illness”

If you wish to speak to someone locally regarding this matter, please contact the Randolph Township Health Department by phone at 973.989.7050 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).


A Message from the Mayor Regarding Coronavirus

Posted: March 13, 2020

To all Randolph Residents,

I want to reassure you that the health and safety of our residents are always our top priority in Randolph. During this particularly unique and challenging time, our township staff is working diligently to monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, inform our residents of precautions and safety practices and stay vigilant.

  • We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a local, county and national level.
  • Our public health department is in regular communication with county and state health officials and has up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We are communicating regularly with the Randolph School District and coordinating responses.
  • We are cancelling or postponing all non-essential events for the next 2 weeks and discourage organizations from hosting large group events.
  • Town hall remains open for business and township services have not been interrupted. This website contains the most current information.

As our medical experts advise, basic sanitary practices are critical to minimizing the spread of the coronavirus. We can all take everyday preventive actions, such as:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • If you do become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or e-mail

Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, NJDOH, and the Randolph Township Health Department:

Mayor Christine Carey
March 13, 2020


Annual Spring Branch Collection

Posted: March 13, 2020

The township will be conducting the annual spring branch collection beginning the week of April 20, 2020. All branches need to be placed curbside by this date as it will be a ONE TIME ONLY pick up. No return trips will be made. This collection usually takes four weeks to complete.

Branch collection is limited to ONE LOAD per property owner, approximately four cubic yards (roughly 5 ft. long x 4 ft. wide x 5 ft. high). Branches can be no longer than four feet in length and three inches in diameter. This does not include leaves, vines, stumps, and building materials, or any other non-chippable items.

Loads larger than the guidelines listed above can be removed through the special brush collection policy by contacting the engineering office at 973.989.7066. There is a $150 fee for this additional service.


Law Enforcement Asks for Public’s Help to Combat Car Theft and Car Burglaries

Posted: March 10, 2020

An auto theft task force has been created to stop a persistent trend in car thefts and car burglaries in Morris County, as experienced by other counties in northern New Jersey.

Vehicle owners, too, can reduce the thefts and protect their property by following a few simple steps.

In a recent three-day period alone in Morris County, six vehicles were stolen—in Madison, Mountain Lakes, Montville, Mount Olive and Roxbury—including two that were taken in afternoon daylight.

  • In 2019 in Morris County, 215 vehicles were stolen and another 233 vehicles were burglarized.
  • In 2018, 227 vehicles were stolen in Morris County and another 231 vehicles were burglarized, with valuables removed, but the vehicles were not removed from the premises.

In the majority of these cases, stolen vehicles have been left unlocked by the owner with a key fob left in the car allowing a thief to immediately drive it away.

Alarmingly, in some incidents in Morris County, suspects have entered victims’ homes by using garage door openers found in unlocked vehicles. Once inside the homes, thieves have been able to locate key fobs and steal cars.

Unlocked vehicles that do not have a key fob inside are also being searched for valuables. In some cases, car burglars have resorted to smashing windows of vehicles parked at gyms, parks and day care centers and grabbing purses, wallets and other valuables left inside. Bank and credit cards stolen from inside these vehicles are being used in multiple locations, compromising victims’ finances.

Of critical concern to law enforcement is that some vehicles stolen in Morris County have been used to commit violent crimes in other areas, such as shootings, armed robberies and homicide. One incident involved a vehicle stolen from Parsippany that was used in a shooting involving three firearms in Essex County.

High-end makes and models—Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Range Rover, Porsche, Audi and Ford pick-up trucks—are most commonly targeted. But when they are locked, and no key fob is available, other models are targeted.

Communities targeted by thieves are generally close to highways, including routes 80, 287, 46 and 24. Most of the vehicles have been recovered—75 percent—but typically are damaged. The stolen vehicles have predominantly been disposed of in Essex County.

Community members are asked to be the first line of defense in preventing car thefts and car burglaries. Law enforcement asks you to take simple, proactive steps to discourage thieves who roam residential neighborhoods in the dark of night, checking parked vehicles on streets and in driveways to determine whether they are locked.

  • Vehicles should never be left unlocked.
  • Never leave a key fob in a vehicle.
  • Neighbors should watch out for neighbors. Call your neighbor if you see that their car is unlocked or valuables are visible inside the vehicle.
  • Report any suspicious activity or person.
  • Call 911 to report crimes in progress.

To further combat this and other issues affecting our community, a multi-agency auto theft/anti-crime task force has been launched to enhance patrols and further investigations of auto theft and other pattern-type crimes. This initiative, first conceptualized by Chief Andrew Caggiano of the Montville Police Department, has come about through a partnership between the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Morris County Police Chiefs’ Association, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force, in coordination with various law enforcement agencies.

“This vital task force will help us identify thieves and stop a stream of offenders from entering Morris County to steal from people when they’re asleep, visiting a gym or store, or when they are out of their home at work. The task force will enable us to conduct immediate investigations, across county lines, in an effort to locate vehicles and hold suspects accountable more quickly,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.

The Newark Police Department also is a partner in the task force, and in February 2020 started its own 90-day pilot program called the Felony Auto Theft Investigative Unit. According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, Newark police as of February 2020 recovered 120 vehicles stolen from other municipalities, with 41 of them, or 34 percent, involved in violent crimes.

Law enforcement is also tapping into technology to communicate with neighborhoods where car thefts or burglaries occur and ask residents to check for surveillance footage that may prove helpful in identifying suspects and other vehicles that may have been involved. Several apps that use home Wi-Fi to alert homeowners to the presence of someone at their door or within range of a security camera can provide a high-density video stream of activity on the exterior of their property.

Learn more about registering your surveillance camera system with the Randolph Township Police Department »

The critical aspect of this initiative is to partner with members of the community, who are asked to be alert and provide information to law enforcement so that they can target suspects committing crimes in the county. “If you see something, say something.” Not just near your home but anywhere you observe something suspicious.

The Morris County Auto Theft Task Force can be contacted at 973.285.6300 or after hours at 973.285.2900.

Lock it or lose it


2020 Census—It’s Safe, Easy and Important!

Posted: March 9, 2020

The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories; it takes place every 10 years. By April 1, 2020 every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, by phone or by mail; the online form is available in many different languages.

The following are answers to frequently asked questions.

  • What’s in it for me?
    Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads and more. Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. It fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Is my information safe?
    Your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, the CIA, the DHS and not by ICE.
  • When can I respond to the census?
    You can respond as soon as you receive your invitation. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.
  • What will I be asked?
    You will be asked a few simple questions like age, sex and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
  • What won’t be asked?
    The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

For more information, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website.