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Monthly Archives for October 2022

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Posted: October 24, 2022

As part of Randolph Township’s commitment to the Morris County Stigma-Free Initiative, the Randolph Township Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) is offering this Youth Mental Health First Aid training. The training will take place Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Resurrection Parish, 651 Millbrook Avenue in Randolph.

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, explains the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. This course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, provide help, and connect young people to appropriate care.

What it covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis.
  • How to connect the person with help.
  • Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, mental health first aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.). The MAC will be scheduling more youth- and adult-focused trainings in the future.

Registrations are due by November 1. E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) to register.

Affordable Housing Update

Posted: October 14, 2022

Dear Residents,

As many of you are aware, a Settlement Agreement has been entered into between the Township of Randolph, Fair Share Housing Center (“FSHC”), and the court order approving same, which was entered by the court on June 3, 2022 after a properly noticed fairness hearing.

The Housing Element and Fair Share Housing Plan addresses the plan to meet Randolph’s fair share housing obligation within this Settlement Agreement. The Fair Share Plan is part of the Township of Randolph’s request to acquire a Judgement of Compliance and Repose (“JOR”) from the court in the Declaratory Judgement Action in the Matter of the Application of the Township of Randolph for Declaratory Judgment, Docket No. MRS-L-1640-15 which was filed in Morris County on July 2, 2015, and includes the projects and strategies to address Randolph’s affordable housing obligations. View a copy of this plan .

This plan is a detailed look into Randolph’s court ordered obligation to provide housing. In an effort to make it easier to follow this plan, as it tracks through our boards and committees, the Randolph Township Division of Planning & Zoning Administration, within the Office of the Randolph Township Manager, has created a map that summarizes the proposed affordable housing projects and lists the status of these plans. View the map .

It is my intention to have additional information posted whenever there is a status change to any of these projects. Please keep in mind that board and committee meetings are always open to the public, during which these applications are reviewed.

Because of this communication objective, I would like to bring to the community’s attention that #15 on this overview map “Heller/JMF/Liberty Village” has a status change from “Application Pending” to “Planning Board Hearing 10/24/22.” This application will therefore appear before the planning board on October 24, 2022.

On September 29, 2022 the township appeared at a compliance hearing held before the Honorable Stephan C. Hansbury in order to acquire a JOR. The summary of this appearance is as follows:

  1. Directed the township to furnish to the Special Master and FSHC additional documentation as set forth in the September 27, 2022 Special Master’s Report (“Report”) related to the credit worthiness of the various affordable housing credits sought by the township in the Settlement Agreement within 30 days of the hearing;
  2. Directed that the township meet with Avalon Bay (Route 10, Block 44, Lot 13) and with Ten Development Partners (“TDP”) (Route 10 Block 44, Lots 8 and 9) to attempt to address the concerns raised by each of the developers with regard to Zoning Ordinance No. 27-22 (R-8 Zone) and resolve those issues within 90 days of the date of the compliance hearing;
  3. Denied and rejected for the fourth time the objections raised by Randolph Mountain Partnership in connection with their zoning ordinance adopted more than 14 years ago;
  4. Directed the township to provide to the Special Master and FSHC additional documentation as requested in her report within 90 days of the hearing;
  5. Reserved water for all of the affordable housing projects not yet built and lifted the Scarce Resource Order allowing non-affordable housing projects to proceed utilizing the remaining available water and any future water that becomes available;
  6. Continued the township’s immunity from builder’s remedy lawsuits until further order of the court; and
  7. Established a continued compliance hearing for January 5, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

If you have any further questions, you can reach our planning & zoning division at (973) 989-7080 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

We will post additional informational updates as we receive it.

Marie Potter
Mayor, Randolph Township

Randolph Friends Meeting House Expected to Receive Historic Preservation Grant

Posted: October 3, 2022

Friends Meeting House
Randolph Friends Meeting House

On September 28, 2022, New Jersey Historic Trust approved nearly $15.8 million in grant recommendations from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund to save and promote historic sites around New Jersey. Among those recommendations are 10 historic sites in Morris County, including the Friends Meeting House in Randolph.

The Morris County sites are recommended for a total of $1.7 million, of which $74,525 would be allocated to the Friends Meeting House. Before the funds are made available, the grant recommendations must be presented to the Garden State Preservation Trust at its next meeting, and the dollars require a legislative appropriations bill and the Governor’s approval.

“This is an important first step in the process, as well as an enormous boost to our own efforts to preserve, protect and restore historic sites throughout Morris County. These state dollars will supplement grants we already approved from our Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund to protect these same sites,” said Morris County Commissioner Stephen Shaw, the board’s liaison to the Office of Planning & Preservation.

The grants earmarked for Morris County are being issued in various categories, wherein the Randolph Friends Meeting House would be classified under Level 1 funding.

Historical Site Management includes grants for preservation plans, historic structures reports, conditions assessments, design documents, and more; as well as municipal, county, and regional planning projects such as architectural surveys, design guidelines, historic preservation elements of a municipal or county master plan, and the preparation or revision of a local historic preservation ordinance.

Level 1 are grants of $150,000 or less, involving the New Jersey Historic Trust providing 60 percent funding toward a project cost while the nonprofit or government agency is paying 40 percent of the cost.

Level 2 are grants of $150,001 - $750,000 involving the New Jersey Historic Trust providing 50 percent funding toward a project cost while the nonprofit or government agency is paying a 50 percent match.

Multi-phase grants are large-scale capital projects involving a minimum request of $500,000 per grant round. A successful applicant will receive a commitment to fund subsequent capital phases in subsequent years.

To read the full article and view the other Morris County historic sites slated for preservation funding, visit the official website of Morris County.