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Monthly Archives for May 2022

Randolph Museum Open on June 12

Posted: May 30, 2022

The Randolph Museum, located in the historic Brundage House at the entrance to Freedom Park on Millbrook Avenue, will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) hopes to open the museum for one Sunday afternoon each month throughout the summer and early autumn.

The public is welcome to tour the museum free of charge, but donations are always welcome.

COVID-19 Water/Sewer Ratepayer Relief Measures

Posted: May 24, 2022

This notice announces relief measures for residential water/sewer ratepayers experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Installment Plan Availability
Be advised that state law requires residential water/sewer customers to be offered an installment plan for any water/sewer arrearages accruing between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022. To maintain the installment plan, a residential water/sewer customer must make timely payments on all current charges. For more information, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or call 973.989.7048.

Late Fees, Charges and Penalties
Be advised that P.L. 2021, c. 317 prohibits local governments from charging residential water/sewer ratepayers interest, fees, or charges for late payment of water/sewer charges accruing between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022 until after March 15, 2022 at which time interest and penalties may begin to accrue. Late interest, fees or charges may be enforced against arrearages accruing before March 9, 2020 and after March 15, 2022.

Bill Assistance and Arrearage Forgivness Programs
The application period for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Low Income Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is now open. This federally funded program will provide financial assistance to low-income households to reduce the balances on their residential water and sewer bills. LIHWAP will provide benefits directly to water and sewer services providers on behalf of residential customers. The assistance can be used, in order of priority, to:

  • Restore services where services have been terminated and pay reconnection fees and other charges accrued due to a disconnection;
  • Avoid service disruption for those residential customers who are in danger of disconnection (i.e., received shut off notices or have past due balances) and to help them afford bill payment going forward; and
  • Support those household customers who are current in their bills but might be in danger of falling behind in the near future.

Priority will also be given to families with elderly or disabled household members and/or with children under the age of five, no matter which category they fall into.

To be eligible for LIHWAP assistance, applicants must be water/sewer bill holders who are responsible for paying their water and sewer bills directly to the water/sewer provider. Also, applicants’ total gross household income must be at or below 60% of the state median Income ($6,439 a month for a family of four.) The LIHWAP frequently asked questions webpage has additional information about maximum income limits and other items.

Participants in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are automatically eligible for LIHWAP assistance so long as they are water/sewer bill holders.

People can apply online through the DCAid application portal.

Those without a computer or internet access can call 1.800.510.3102 to be directed to one of the community action agencies to assist them with starting, completing, and submitting an application online.

Township Council Appoints New Member

Posted: May 23, 2022

Joe Hathaway
Joe Hathaway

Joe Hathaway was appointed to the Randolph Township Council on May 19, 2022, to fill the vacant seat following Lance Tkacs’ retirement.

Prior to being appointed to the township council, Hathaway served on the Randolph Recreation Advisory Committee. A graduate of Yale University where he majored in political science, he played varsity football and earned All-Ivy League honors.

Professionally, Hathaway has spent over a decade in corporate affairs and communications, both in the public and private sectors, where he manages executive communications and operations in the healthcare industry, both at global pharmaceutical companies as well as healthcare technology and marketing agencies. His background also includes financial services, having spent time at large, publicly traded institutions and specialty insurance firms. Joe was named to public relations industry trade publication, PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. From 2010-2014, Joe worked for the state of New Jersey as an advance director for the Office of the Governor, leading operations and logistics for all public engagements between the office, constituents and municipalities across the state.

“I am incredibly honored, energized and ready to serve the residents of Randolph. As a council member, I will show up every day prepared, organized, eager to listen and focused on solutions,” said Hathaway. “Most importantly, I look forward to building upon the fiscally sound, conservative government set by this council to ensure that Randolph continues to be a place where young families can plant their roots, raise their children and thrive for years to come.”

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Joe attended Clifton High School, where he captained the football and track teams, and still holds the shot put record. He was inducted into the Clifton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015, and is a member of the Yale Football Alumni Association.

Joe and his wife Whitney live on Wilkeshire Boulevard in the Center Grove section of the township with their two young children, James and Elle.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Posted: May 21, 2022

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal event on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany.

Morris County residents will be able to drop-off unwanted hazardous materials from their households. Businesses are not allowed to participate.

Reminder, electronic devices (e-waste) will no longer be accepted at MCMUA one-day household hazardous waste events. The authority advises residents to call 973.829.8006 for information and to discuss recycling options.

Acceptable materials include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and removers, solvents, automotive fluids, rechargeable and button cell batteries, pool chemicals, darkroom chemicals, aerosol cans (not empty), propane cylinders, small quantities of asbestos (wetted, double bagged and sealed with duct tape), driveway sealant, roofing tar, fluorescent bulbs, PCB-ballasts, mercury thermometers and switches, household cleaning products, and muriatic acid. View event flyer .

Latex paint will not be accepted, nor will explosive or highly reactive materials, such as picric acid or nitro compounds. For information about safe disposal of explosive or reactive material, call 973.829.8006.

There is a $5.00 fee for each barbeque-sized propane cylinder. Payment must be made by check only.

For more information, call 973.829.8006 or visit the MCMUA website.

Veterans Community Park Receives Award

Posted: May 12, 2022

Aura Dunn and Russ Newman
NJ Assemblywoman Aura Dunn receiving a citation from the NJ Legislature on behalf of Randolph Township with Russ Newman, director of Randolph Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

At the Community Awards Program held by the Morris Park Alliance on April 20, 2022, Randolph Township received a facility award for Veterans Community Park. These awards recognize and honor excellence in parks and recreation at the county, municipal, and non-profit level throughout Morris County.

Parks and recreation facilities that received the facility award are outstanding examples of planning, design, and construction, as well as the most beneficial to the public. They serve as an example for others to follow.

Veterans Community Park was conceived as part of the 2016 parks and recreation master plan and was designed to incorporate features that were not available in our other parks, including:

  • A 1/4-mile paved lighted walking trail
  • A 1/3-mile paved connecting trail to Heistein Park
  • Two pickleball courts
  • A community garden with 168 beds
  • A bandshell/pavilion/gazebo with restrooms
  • A lawn for special events

Township events scheduled at Veterans Community Park in 2022 include a bike rodeo, Easter egg hunt, Arts in the Park, the country fair, and the holiday tree lighting. In addition, garden events, tree dedications, scout projects, and many other active and passive activities have quickly made this park a favorite of residents of all ages.

Presented annually from 2017-2019, the Morris Park Alliance Community Awards Program resumed in 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Randolph Township was previously recognized for the following Morris Park Alliance Community Awards:

  • 2017 - Planning Award (Parks Master Plan)
  • 2017 - Operations Award (Randolph Community Center)
  • 2017 - Program Award (SPEC/Yellow Card Program)
  • 2018 - Planning Award (Trails Master Plan)
  • 2018 - Program Award (Arts in the Park)
  • 2018 - Facility Award (Randolph Park Beach)
  • 2019 - Support Organization Award (Randolph Recreation Booster Club)
  • 2019 - Facility Award (Randolph Museum)
Council members and board members
Pictured from left to right: Joe Nazzaro, Morris Parks Alliance member and chair of Randolph Recreation Advisory Committee; Russ Newman, director of Randolph Parks, Recreation and Community Services; Paul O’Malley, chair of the Randolph Parks Advisory Committee; council members Christine Carey, Jim Loveys, Joanne Veech, Lance Tkacs; township manager Stephen Mountain; and Denis Keenan of French & Parello Associates and primary designer of Veterans Community Park.