Monthly Archives for July 2021
Rental Aid is Still Available
Posted: July 19, 2021
Morris County has announced that federal rental assistance remains available to qualified families and can assist landlords, as Legal Services of New Jersey additionally warned renters not to ignore court notices related to settlement of eviction actions.
The announcements come as New Jersey’s COVID-19 moratorium on residential evictions prepares to end in January.
The Morris County Department of Humans Services has received more than $14.6 million in rental assistance to disperse among qualified families. The aid can assist landlords as well as qualified families.
At the same time, Legal Services in New Jersey is warning renters not to ignore notices of mandatory settlement conferences if their landlords already have filed eviction notices.
Council Introduces Ordinance to “Opt Out” of Allowing Cannabis Businesses
Posted: July 16, 2021
The township council unanimously introduced an ordinance to “opt-out” of allowing cannabis businesses in Randolph Township at its July 8, 2021 council meeting.
The ordinance is scheduled for second reading and public hearing at the council’s next regular meeting on July 22, 2021. Should the council vote to adopt the ordinance on second reading, it would opt Randolph out of all licensing classes available through the new cannabis legislation signed by Governor Murphy in February.
The council based its action on the recommendation of the Randolph Cannabis Subcommittee appointed earlier in the year to study the issue. The recommendations of the subcommittee are summarized in a report presented to the council at its June 24, 2021 meeting and available on the township website.
The council cited several reasons for its decision to “opt-out,” among those of which included the lack of final statewide rules and regulations, and the potential spillover impacts cannabis businesses could have on neighboring properties. The state Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) is presently developing the new rules and regulations, but it could be months before finalization and adoption. A fundamental understanding of these rules and regulations is integral for the township to fully assess potential impacts of an “opt-in” decision.
Additionally, the council acknowledged that there are many other quality of life factors which must be weighed in permitting the operation of local cannabis businesses. These factors include potential odor impacts on neighboring properties, the demand certain cannabis businesses can have on scarce water resources, and other potential impacts of traffic and crime. These issues require more study, which cannot be properly completed prior to the August deadline set by the state legislation.
The council, in introducing the “opt-out” ordinance on July 8, 2021, made it clear that it is not opposed to reconsidering its position on local cannabis business operation as more information becomes available in the future. Under the state legislation, municipalities may “opt-in” at any future time after initially opting out.
Residents interested in learning more about the process the township utilized in reviewing the “opt-in”/“opt-out” decision are encouraged to visit the township website.
Health Department COVID-19 Survey
Posted: July 12, 2021
The Randolph Township Health Department has received grant funding to assess the social and health effects of COVID-19 on the municipalities served.
A brief survey has been developed to identify impacts and needs of community members. The goal is to ensure that at-risk residents in our communities have access to testing, vaccination and support services.
The survey may be accessed here. Surveys must be completed by Friday, July 30, 2021.
All information provided in the survey is anonymous and kept confidential; it is important for participants to be as accurate as possible.
Hard copies of the survey, along with resources in Spanish and English, are also available at the municipal building and the library.
Feedback from residents is extremely valuable. We are looking forward to hearing how we can support you and the community. Thank you!
Frozen, Jr. at the Playhouse
Posted: July 8, 2021
Brundage Park Playhouse is proud to present “Frozen, Jr.”
Performances will be at the playhouse on July 9, 16 and 23 at 7:00 p.m. and July 10, 11, 17, 18 and 24 at 2:00 p.m.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen, Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen, Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for seniors (62+), military personnel and children under 12 and may be purchased online through Randolph’s Community Pass system. View online ticketing instructions.