BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ - Members of the Byram Township Council met together on December 18, to discuss ordinances.

The council started off by discussing some important information impacting the township.
“The Sussex County Citizens Advisory is having a Saturday connector bus and if successful, it can come to Byram and be great news for us,” said councilwoman Marie Raffay.
Councilwoman Nisha Kash also attended a Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting. Click here for the story by The Alternative Press.

“JCP&L truly understood our concerns,” stated Kash, in regard to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 
“I received an invitation from the League of Municipalities on January 3 to attend with representatives of JCP&L and others in Morristown,” said Mayor Jim Oscovitch.
Oscovitch also gave mention to Cindy Church of The Giving Tree Organization for Scout Pack 276.
“She is making sure children get the gifts they need and devotes a lot of time that she does not get paid for. It is unfortunate that we have to do this but fortunate that we do, do it,” stated Oscovitch.
The council had then discussed Resolution No. 173-2012 which is a “Resolution Supporting the ‘Sign On’ by the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference to the Byram Township Open Space and Recreation Plan.”
“The New York/New Jersey Trail Conference is a part of the Highlands Trail which is located behind Salt [Gastropub]. Because of their interests with properties and sales, they want to send a letter to the state of New Jersey showing all of our hard work,” said councilman and member of the environmental committee, Scott Olson.
Olson wants to the direct the planning board and environmental committee for this ordinance.
Another topic that stirred up the room was in regard to the BASF building located in Netcong, a neighboring town of Byram, and its well system.
A concerned citizen had asked at a previous meeting pertaining to this subject - “Would this have any impact on our water supply?” but was told “No.” She had also stated that, “Stanhope said they had two wells in the sewer system.”
The citizen had then called Olson to discuss more about the subject at that nights meeting.
“Other people from Mt. Olive had concerns about their property. Our franchise goes out to 206,” said the citizen.
“The BASF is a dark, green area,” said Olson, “It is an environmentally sensitive area. There is potential for impact in Byram. From the safety of our water we really should be concerned.”
“Our concerns are valid,” said the citizen.
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