Monthly Archives for December 2020
Coronavirus Information Update
Posted: December 31, 2020
Governor Murphy announced yesterday that indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021 with safety protocols in place. The prohibition on interstate sports will remain in effect.
He also announced that the deadline for the Senior Freeze property tax relief program is extended through February 1, 2021. Learn more
Coronavirus Information Update
Posted: December 30, 2020
Governor Murphy announced today that the state now has a central online location for official COVID-19 vaccine-related information, with a landing page for the vaccine registration portal in the near future. Visit vaccine information hub
Christmas Tree Collection in January 2021
Posted: December 28, 2020
The Randolph Township Public Works Department will be picking up residents’ used Christmas trees this holiday season.
The trees must be bare, with no stands, ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. Place at curb without plastic bags. The collected trees will be chipped and the chips will be available for use in next year’s gardens.
Christmas trees must be put out at the curb NO LATER THAN January 8, 2021.
Trees put out later than this date WILL NOT be picked up by the township. However, Christmas trees will be accepted anytime during normal working hours at the recycling center on Sussex Turnpike.
Message from the Mayor
Posted: December 23, 2020
As 2020 comes to a close, it’s a time for reflection. I am very proud to have served as mayor of Randolph Township this year. It has certainly been a year like no other; one that we will never forget. Beginning in March, the COVID-19 pandemic brought significant changes throughout the world and in our own community. Schools and businesses closed and public health experts formulated guidelines and recommendations as they learned more about the novel coronavirus. For the first time, many of us learned phrases like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.” We heard about the many sacrifices made by essential workers and healthcare professionals. During the year many Randolph residents contracted the novel coronavirus, some had mild symptoms, some experienced severe symptoms and had to be hospitalized and some sadly passed away due to COVID-19 infection. The pandemic affected us all in one way or another.
Despite the challenges, Randolph Township staff worked hard and continued to deliver all essential municipal services to residents throughout the pandemic. Although we had to close and/or limit access to township buildings, we were able to offer alternative ways to conduct business. Council meetings were conducted virtually. Our public health nurses worked overtime conducting contact tracing and counselling residents. The township began issuing daily communications to keep residents updated about the pandemic and its impact on Randolph. These daily updates continue today—for almost 300 consecutive days. All of us learned to adjust to the “new normal.”
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the township council, working with the township manager and staff, was able to accomplish a great deal this year. Some key highlights from 2020 include:
- Adopting a fiscally responsible budget that balanced the short- and long-term needs of the community, maintained current services and included no increase in the municipal tax levy for the fourth consecutive year. No increase in municipal taxes is good news for everyone.
- Creating the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in collaboration with the Randolph Board of Education and the Morris County Council on Human Relations, to assess the causes and impact of bias-related incidents in Randolph and to make recommendations for programs to address bias in our community. The findings from this committee will be reported to the council and will be used to guide development of new initiatives. We want all Randolph residents to feel welcome and respected.
- Being recognized by Safewise as the 33rd safest community in the United States, a reflection of our commitment to making the safety of all residents a top priority.
- Opening Veterans Community Park, a wonderful addition to our community. The beautiful park includes, among other features, a community garden, an outdoor stage area with event lawn seating, pickle ball courts and a quarter mile lit track for walking, running and biking. Funding for the park came from the Open Space and Recreation Trust Fund, so there was no new tax impact on residents.
- Advancing our collaboration with Morris Habitat for Humanity to build 25 affordable homes in Randolph on the former EA Porter site on Bennett Avenue.
- Making significant progress towards an overall settlement of the township’s affordable housing plan after reaching agreements with two developers.
- Welcoming several new businesses to Randolph, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a New Business Welcome packet to assist businesses interested in starting up, expanding, or relocating in Randolph Township and initiating a Shop Local campaign to bring attention to the many locally-owned businesses in our community.
- Installing a new cell tower on the municipal property on Millbrook Avenue to expand and improve cell phone coverage in Randolph.
- Conducting a major debris cleanup after Tropical Storm Isaias swept through Randolph in August.
- Continuing to make improvements and upgrades to township infrastructure including completing several water and sewer projects, beginning the updating of the sewer system master plan, paving and improving roads, and maintaining detention basins and related stormwater infrastructure.
- Raising awareness about NJ211 as a resource for residents in need of health and human services, and educating staff and township leaders about NJ211 so they could share information with the public they serve who may need these services.
- Working with the state Department of Transportation to improve the safety of the Route 10 corridor with the extension of the left turn lane at the Route 10/Center Grove intersection.
I would like to thank Randolph residents for their support during this challenging year. It was truly an honor and a privilege to serve as mayor of Randolph in 2020. As the year comes to a close, I ask all residents to continue to follow public health guidelines designed to help keep us safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, we will get back to “normal” in 2021.
May the New Year bring you good health and much happiness.
Mayor Chris Carey
Navigating Hope to Visit Community Center
Posted: December 22, 2020
This event has been cancelled. The county will reschedule the visit in the future.
Navigating Hope, a mobile outreach initiative designed to provide social services, will be at the Randolph Township Community Center (30 Calais Road) on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Navigating Hope offers on-site benefits eligibility screenings and application assistance, as well as linkage to other community services. No appointments necessary.
Apply for the following:
- General assistance
- Temporary assistance for needy families
- Utility assistance
- Housing assistance
Navigating Hope is sponsored by the Morris County Freeholders. For more information, call 973.829.8220.
Snow Removal and Mailbox Damage
Posted: December 17, 2020
One of the unintended consequences of any municipal snow removal program is mailbox damage. In most cases, damage to mailboxes results from snow being displaced from truck plows into the township right-of-way. The township plow drivers make every effort to avoid such damage, however, sometimes the impact on mailboxes is unavoidable.
Residents are advised that it is the policy of the township to not replace mailboxes damaged during the snow removal process.
To guard against mailbox damage, we ask that residents ensure proper mailbox placement within the township right-of-way. Mailboxes should not protrude beyond the curb line into the street as to prevent any damage from plows removing snow from township streets. The United States Postal Service has guidelines regarding mailbox placement.
Questions? Contact the Randolph Township Engineering Department at 973.989.7066.
Storm Preparations December 16, 2020
Posted: December 16, 2020
Be Prepared: Keep electronic devices charged; keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy; if you have a well and/or septic, keep an emergency supply of water on hand; stock some emergency foods that do not need to be cooked.
Stay Safe: Never use a portable generator inside the house or in a closed garage; never use gas stoves or kerosene heaters to keep warm as they can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home; never go near downed wires and report them immediately to the police department and JCP&L.
- In the event of power loss, please call JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877 to report the outage, or click “Report Outage” link at the JCP&L website. For storm updates, follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L and on Facebook at JCPandL.
- There is no parking on township streets during the storm and subsequent snow removal. This will be strictly enforced. Residents are also encouraged to avoid travel if possible.
- Snow plow contractors should never plow snow into the roadways. Also, residents need to shovel sidewalks and fire hydrants on their property.
- In the event of an emergency, dial 911.
- Any updates during the storm will be posted here and on the township Facebook page.
Randolph History Books Make Great Gifts
Posted: December 15, 2020
Are you looking for a special gift for someone? How about a book about Randolph? The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) has three choices to offer!
- The 2019 hardcover book entitled Randolph, NJ Remembrances was created by former resident and amateur photographer Bob Baptista. It is filled with many photographs of Randolph that were taken when he and his family lived in Randolph in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It includes his writings about some of the history of our scenic town, and contains over 250 beautiful photographs. It is offered at $25.00.
- Town historian, current president of the Historical Society of Old Randolph, and local researcher Gail M. Hari’s book, Images of America—Randolph, was published by Arcadia books in 2009. Included in her vast research efforts, Gail interviewed many township residents and other historians who shared their documentation and photographs. This book is currently being offered for a special price of $15.00.
- Well-recognized historian Richard Irwin edited and compiled The History of Randolph Township printed in 1976 and updated in 2002. The 2002 version includes the addition of a Combs Hollow historic district section written by historian Wilma Sagurton. This detailed 2002 book describes some of Randolph’s history including how it became an incorporated township in 1805. This softcover history book is being offered at a price of $15.00.
Coronavirus Information Update
Posted: December 11, 2020
Morris County’s Board of Freeholders today announced the launch of a no-cost, COVID-19 testing station for Morris County residents and people who work in Morris County inside the Student Center at the County College of Morris (CCM). The tests will be made available by appointment only; appointments are being accepted now for testing on Monday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. After next week, appointments for the testing at CCM will be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. No one will be permitted to walk into the facility without an appointment; appointments must be scheduled on-line through the Morris County COVID-19 Information website. Proof of residency or proof of employment within Morris County will be required upon arrival at the Student Center for the appointment. Individuals will be limited to two, no-cost tests per month whether they receive the tests at the CCM facility or through the at-home testing program currently available to Morris County residents and workers through the county’s COVID-19 information website. View more details
Community Blood Drive
Posted: December 10, 2020
The Randolph Rescue Squad is holding a blood drive on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 to help ensure blood is available for those in need.
The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the squad’s headquarters, located at 780 Route 10 West in Randolph.
To remain in compliance with the federal guidelines for social distancing, appointments are strongly recommended; walk-ins are welcome if drive capacity permits. Donors must wear a mask or face covering, will have their temperatures taken, and must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19. Donors may NOT donate if they have had a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or if they are currently on self-quarantine restrictions. New Jersey Blood Services does not test for COVID-19.
Schedule an appointment.
Each donor will receive a $10 e-gift card as a thank you (it will be e-mailed).
Morris County Launches At-Home COVID-19 Testing Program
Posted: December 7, 2020
Updated January 1, 2021: Morris County is modifying its COVID-19 testing plan to focus on CCM Center. Individuals who are symptomatic and unable to leave their home will still be able to order no-cost, at-home tests through the Morris County COVID-19 website but the only at-home test available will be a federally-supported nasal test known as Pixel, which is provided by Lab Corp. View more information
Updated December 11, 2020: Morris County is now offering free in-person testing at CCM. View more information
On Saturday, December 5, 2020, Morris County launched its at-home, no-cost COVID-19 testing program for Morris County residents and people who work in Morris County.
A portal through which qualified Morris County residents and workers can apply for testing materials to be sent to their homes may be found on Morris County’s Office of Health Management COVID-19 information page.
People applying to receive the home tests will reach a landing page informing them of two available tests—the nasal swab or saliva. These tests are available ONLY to Morris County residents and those who work in the county.
Applicants will be required to provide information on where they reside; those who work in Morris County, but do not live in the county, will be required to submit additional proof of where they are employed such as an employee identification card or the employer’s contact information. Once that information is confirmed by Morris County staff, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant with further instructions.
Seasonal Job Fair
Posted: December 7, 2020
The Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services will be hosting a virtual job fair on Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
The job fair will offer opportunities in various part-time and seasonal positions. Some of the positions include counselors for day and teen camp, seasonal park maintenance, Artworks and theater camp counselors, Randolph Beach lifeguards and gate keepers, among others.
Applications must be submitted prior to the job fair. Once your application is received, a link will be e-mailed with instructions for attending the fair. Group interviews will be conducted throughout the morning.
Questions? Need more information? Contact the recreation department at 973.989.7081.
Holiday Message from the Board of Health
Posted: December 4, 2020
The Randolph Township Board of Health would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and asks that everyone celebrate the holidays responsibly.
Wear a mask. Masks can protect you, but masks also protect other people in the event the wearer is unknowingly infected or asymptomatic. Masks should not be worn by babies, children younger than 2 years old or anyone who has trouble breathing.
Limit numbers of in-person social gatherings. During the pandemic, it is important to comply with gathering limitations set by the state of New Jersey and avoid gatherings that do not adhere to these standards.
Stay home if you are sick. While you may be missed at school, work or holiday gatherings, staying home when you are sick will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Consult with your health care provider and quarantine as directed.
Get tested. If you don’t feel sick, but think you may have contracted COVID-19, consult with your health care provider to determine if you should be tested.
Limit travel. Travel to restricted areas should be avoided. Should you have a need to travel to restricted areas, please comply with applicable quarantine measures upon your return.
Coronavirus Information Update
Posted: December 1, 2020
On Monday, November 30, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 204 prohibiting indoor practices and competitions for organized, group, and/or competitive sports defined as “Low Risk,” “Medium Risk,” and “High Risk” by DOH’s “Guidance for Sports Activities.” The order also limits the number of individuals at outdoor gatherings to 25 persons or fewer. An outdoor gathering that is a religious service, wedding ceremony, funeral, or memorial service is not required to comply with the numerical limit on persons. Addiction support groups shall be limited to 25% of the capacity of the room in which it takes place, but shall never be larger than 150 persons.