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Monthly Archives for June 2020

Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 29, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
On Friday, June 26, 2020 Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 157 allowing for indoor dining to resume at 25% capacity on July 2. Executive Order No. 157 also includes guidelines for recreational and entertainment businesses to reopen on July 2 at 25% capacity. Gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, and indoor amusement and water parks must remain closed until further notice, except that gyms and fitness centers may offer individualized indoor instruction by appointment only.

UPDATE - MINUTES AGO - Governor Murphy tweeted that INDOOR DINING WILL NO LONGER RESUME ON THURSDAY. Due to COVID-19 spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining, indoor dining has been postponed indefinitely.

Travel Advisory Issued
Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. View answers to commonly asked questions.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 26, 2020

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COUNTY INFORMATION
The Morris County COVID-19 testing center at CCM closed today. The center, which was operated in coordination with Atlantic Health Systems, closed because many other test providers are now available, including numerous urgent care facilities and pharmacies across the county offering nasal swab and saliva tests. In the nearly three months of operation, the CCM site provided nasal swab tests to some 8,000 residents. View up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Morris County.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 25, 2020

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LOCAL INFORMATION
The Randolph Township Parks and Recreation Department continues to receive guidance regarding the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. Based upon this guidance, we have updated our schedule of park openings. While we are glad to be able to provide more areas for people to use both actively and passively, we continue to remind everyone that the following guidelines are still in place in public areas:

  • All attendees must maintain six foot social distancing.
  • Athletes should avoid contact whenever practical.
  • Organized sports are allowed following COVID-19 protocols as approved by the Randolph Township Health Officer.
  • All individuals should wear face coverings when not actively engaged in a sporting activity and when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

View a complete list of current and future park openings »


Update on Park Facilities

Posted: June 24, 2020

The Randolph Township Parks and Recreation Department continues to receive guidance regarding the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. Based upon this guidance, we have updated our schedule of park openings. While we are glad to be able to provide more areas for people to use both actively and passively, we continue to remind everyone that the following guidelines are still in place in public areas:

  • All attendees must maintain six foot social distancing.
  • Athletes should avoid contact whenever practical.
  • Organized sports are allowed following COVID-19 protocols as approved by the Randolph health officer.
  • All individuals should wear face coverings when not actively engaged in a sporting activity and when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

The following list provides updated information regarding current park openings as of June 24, 2020:

Brundage Park/Preserve

  • Athletic Fields—Open
  • Tennis Courts—Open
  • Pavilions—Open
  • Restrooms—Open
  • Playground—Opening 7/2
  • Skate Park—Opening 7/2
  • Basketball Courts—Opening 7/6
  • Brundage Park Playhouse—Closed

Freedom Park

  • Athletic Fields—Open
  • Artificial Turf Fields—Open
  • Pavilion—Open
  • Restrooms—Open
  • Playground—Opening 7/2
  • Basketball Court—Opening 7/6
  • Sand Volleyball Court—Opening 7/6

Heistein Park

  • Athletic Fields—Open
  • Pavilion—Open
  • Restrooms—Open
  • Playground—Opening 7/2

Kiwanis Park

  • Playground—Opening 7/2

Brundage Sussex

  • Athletic Fields—Open

Randolph Park

  • Baseball Field—Open

Tamarack

  • Athletic Fields—Open
  • Artificial Turf Lacrosse Rink—Open

Community Center

  • Gazebo—Open
  • Playground—Opening 7/2

Please note: All township trails are open.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 23, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
On June 22, 2020 Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 156 increasing the indoor and outdoor gathering capacity limits.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 19, 2020

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COUNTY INFORMATION
Table of Hope Food Distribution, Tuesday, June 23
New Jersey First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy will join volunteers from nonprofit Table of Hope, local officials and scores of other volunteers for a mobile food distribution event to assist residents during this time of crisis. The food distribution, consisting of canned goods, meat, dairy, vegetables and other groceries for people in need will take place at County College of Morris on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in Parking Lot 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks from the First Lady and others will take place at 9:45 a.m. All are welcomed to attend.

The distribution will operate as a contactless drive-through event with cars stopping at different food stations categorized by food type where volunteers will place bags or boxes into automobile trunks. Those who would like to pick up food that day are asked to use the college’s Dover Chester Road entrance. Face coverings are required for everyone who comes to the campus. More information


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 18, 2020

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LOCAL INFORMATION
As certain COVID-19 restrictions are eased on the state and local level, the Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services has taken steps to stay abreast of these changes by opening park facilities as allowed, as well as offering appropriate programming options. Guidance from the NJ Department of Health has been released following Executive Order 149, which allows for sports activities which can begin as early as June 22, and for day camps, which can begin July 6.

Based upon these standards, the department has developed protocols for summer camps and sports clinics and worked with our sports volunteer committees for baseball, softball, and lacrosse to develop on-field protocols to allow those activities. These protocols have then been reviewed by the Randolph Township health official for compliance with the NJ Department of Health guidelines. Examples of protocols include additional signage and marking at field locations, non-contact and social distancing practice planning, no sharing of equipment, and increased hand cleaning and disinfecting availability. The Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will continue to work with our youth sports groups and camps to provide activities while being aware of, and monitoring, the health of our program participants.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 16, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
On Saturday, June 13, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 154 permitting personal care services to open effective 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22 provided that the facility complies with standards issued by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and NJ Department of Health.

On Saturday, June 13, 2020, Administrative Order No. 2020-15 was issued concerning the reopening of libraries under certain circumstance. This order also provides additional guidance on schools, real estate open houses, essential retail businesses, car washes, yard sales, special events and private tutoring facilities.

The NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP), which will provide temporary rental assistance to selected low and moderate income households who have experienced unemployment or reduced income due to the pandemic. Enrollment opens July 6th and runs through July 10th. More information on the program and how to apply

COUNTY/LOCAL INFORMATION
Primary Election Information
The county has mailed out the vote-by-mail ballots to all Democratic & Republican voters. All unaffiliated voters will receive a special vote-by-mail application which requires the voter to complete, select a party and return the application to the Morris County Clerk’s Office before a ballot is issued. DO NOT THROW AWAY THE VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS. The primary election will be held by vote-by-mail ballots.

Each municipality will have 1 consolidated polling location; the Randolph location is the municipal building at 502 Millbrook Avenue. Voters who appear at the polling location will be permitted to vote ONLY on a provisional paper ballot. ONLY voters with a disability will be able to vote via an ADA device. Voters with a disability must sign an affidavit prior to voting. Vote-by-mail ballots cannot be dropped off at the polling location on Election Day, they must be mailed back to the county or placed in one of the specified drop boxes. The drop boxes will be at the following locations: Mt. Olive, Montville, Madison, Rockaway Township and the Morris County Board of Elections. The drop boxes are locked, under 24/7 video surveillance, and will be emptied daily. They will be completely locked at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day and no other ballots will be accepted.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before July 7th and received at the Morris County Clerk’s Office by July 14th. Vote-by-mail frequently asked questions »


Message from the Mayor

Posted: June 15, 2020

The number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Randolph has slowed considerably. In April we were reporting 50 to 60 new cases per week, and we are now reporting only 3 or 4 new cases weekly. Since the first case of COVID-19 infection in Randolph was confirmed in March, 290 residents have tested positive for the virus. Of these, 21 individuals have passed away and 244 have recovered and had symptoms resolve. It’s been an incredible and unprecedented time for our nation and our community.

Our social distancing efforts appear to have been very effective in slowing the spread of the virus. However, these efforts are not over. As New Jersey proceeds with plans to re-open, we must continue to practice social distancing in order to maintain the needed level of safety. We now have supplies of face masks in our homes and cars; we’ve gotten better at estimating a distance of 6 feet in order to stay spaced from others and we are doing a much more thorough job of cleaning and disinfecting. As we know, the virus is not gone; we have simply done a good job of controlling its spread. So let’s remain vigilant as businesses and activities re-open.

As of today, outdoor dining is once again permitted in New Jersey, and Randolph restaurants are thrilled to welcome patrons back. To assist these business owners, the Randolph Township Council recently approved a resolution allowing officials to immediately issue permits to restaurants that want to expand their outdoor dining areas or create new ones. The temporary permits are good through October.

In addition, many local houses of worship re-opened this past weekend. The Randolph Library can now offer curbside services; daycare centers are open and non-essential businesses can re-open at 50% capacity. There are definite signs that we are getting back to “normal.”

Beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, personal care service facilities will be back in business, including the much-awaited re-opening of barber shops, beauty salons and nail salons.

While the Randolph trails remained open throughout the past months, many other features of our parks are now re-opening including the pavilions and gazebos, athletic fields, restrooms, tennis and volleyball courts; however, playgrounds, basketball courts and the skate park remain closed. The community garden is also open. Further guidance on the allowance of organized non-contact sports activities is expected this week, while organized contact sports activities are still prohibited.

Randolph Lake will reopen for the summer season on Monday, June 22. The lake will be open daily until Sunday, August 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weather permitting. The re-opening plan was crafted with input from many, including guidance from the governor’s office and recommendations from the CDC. There will be a maximum capacity limit on the number of people who will be admitted daily. On July 6, the township’s day camps will open on a limited basis.

Outdoor gatherings can now include up to 100 people with social distancing precautions in place. In anticipation of that limit being raised to 500 in July, Randolph High School has scheduled an in-person graduation for senior students on July 8. No guests will be permitted, but this approach was favored by the students and their parents to allow the entire class to be together to celebrate. This graduating class has missed many special events in the last few months, so it’s great that they can hold the in-person graduation.

While all of this is great news, please continue to do everything you can to stay safe as we enjoy the re-opening of New Jersey.

Mayor Christine Carey
June 15, 2020


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 12, 2020

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LOCAL INFORMATION
All township buildings continue to remain closed for public access due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the township business continues to operate with full staffing and operating hours. 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. Any township business requiring direct interaction with staff may be arranged by following the instructions provided at the facility entrances, or by calling in advance to the township clerk’s office at 973.989.7041. For further guidance on municipal business that can be conducted without a trip to township facilities, please view this list of services and contact information .


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 10, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
Governor Murphy issued two new Executive Orders yesterday, including the lifting of a statewide stay-at-home directive and expanding limits on the number of people allowed at indoor and outdoor gatherings.

In addition, all outdoor recreation and entertainment businesses can reopen except for amusement parks, water parks and arcades. The governor said the latter group of businesses brings in huge numbers of people in high touch areas, so they are not yet safe; he promised to consider their reopening in the future. The governor asked that residents continue to be responsible and safe by wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing.

Executive Order No. 152
Executive Order No. 153

 


2020 Road Resurfacing Program

Posted: June 9, 2020

Randolph Township evaluates the condition of the road system on an annual basis as part of its ongoing road maintenance program.

This evaluation program is a collaborative effort between the engineering and public works departments. It combines an independent rating of the road evaluation system condition and the expertise of the public works director and his crew who maintains the roads daily. This program tracks all of the 154 center line miles of township roadways.

The funding for this year is similar to last year, allowing for the same amount of miles of roadway maintenance. Eighteen roads, or 4.15 miles, are scheduled for resurfacing. As in past years, if funds are available after the roads scheduled for resurfacing have been completed, additional roads could be added prior to the end of the year.

The following roads are tentatively scheduled to be resurfaced this summer. Residents living on these roads who may be looking to install new underground utility lines such as gas or water, from the street to their home, should schedule the installation prior to the resurfacing.

Lawrence RoadEdinburgh Drive to Millbrook Avenue
Richter StreetEntire length
Echo Ridge RoadEntire length
Hugg RoadEntire length
Fords RoadCenter Grove Road to # 52 Fords Road
High StreetEntire length
Dover Hills AvenueEntire length
Jessica PlaceEntire length
Overbrook RoadEntire length
Carriage CourtEntire length
Treaty RoadEntire length
Butternut RoadEntire length
Longhill RoadEntire length
Shady LaneEntire length
Valley DriveEntire length
Dyer LaneEntire length
Morgan CourtEntire length
El Shaer CourtEntire length

Additionally, the roads that were included in the 2019 program that were not completed will be added to this year’s program. They include:

Arnold DriveEntire length
Woodlawn TerraceEntire length
Schumann RoadEntire length
Carellen PlaceEntire length
Harvey TerraceEntire length
Nuko TerraceEntire length
Jason LaneEntire length
Old Shunpike RoadNuko Terrace to end

Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: June 8, 2020

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COUNTY INFORMATION
The Morris County Freeholders announced Saturday that beginning today, June 8, 2020, the Morris County COVID-19 drive-through test center at County College of Morris will be open to all Morris County and Sussex County residents who want a nasal swab test, without a prescription and whether or not they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

All first responders and health care workers who work in Morris and Sussex counties also will be offered priority testing without a prescription or symptoms, regardless of their county of residence. The virus testing is free. Antibody tests, however, are not offered at this site. More information

LOCAL INFORMATION
On Friday, June 5, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to limit crowds and speed services during the phased reopening, some agencies have been designated as licensing centers and some as vehicle centers. View list of licensing and vehicle centers, as well as information on transactions