BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ ---  The Council of Byram Township met together on July 17 to discuss current matters.

Byram Day 2013 stood as a hot topic.  Byram Township Manager Joseph Sabatini discussed having the future event at Waterloo Village, which has currently just reopened after it was shut down in 2006.

“Next year marks the 215th anniversary of Byram,” stated Sabatini.  “There is a possibility of moving the event to Waterloo Village.  The purpose of mentioning this now is to get a council discussion and date into effect.”

“I want to bring people back into Waterloo for events like this,” said Councilman Scott Olson who had met with the Recreation Commission two weeks ago, “The cost would be $400 not including the sound system which is not expensive at all.  I think it would be a great idea.”

The council was all in favor and plans on working with the State Park to get this event into effect for next year.

Byram Day 2012 will be held on September 8 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Neil Gylling Park.

On Saturday, August 4, Byram Township will also be participating in the annual “Meet the River” program at Riverside Park provided by the Musconetcong Watershed Association.  The educational program allows any one from age four and on to learn about the river.

“It is a fun program and shows how the river can be monitored,” said Olson, “The kids get to learn about the water and what the stones do.”

In other business:

The council passed an ordinance which allowed the right to Amend the Requirement of Background Security Checks for Youth Programs.

The purpose states that “Byram Township is committed to maintaining levels of security for children that participate in the Township sponsored programs or other organizations that provide recreational, cultural, charitable, or other programs or services for persons younger than 18 years of age. This amendment continues to support the integrity and objectives of having criminal history background checks while addressing the financial concerns of compliance by extending the need for a criminal history record background check from every three years to every five years after the initial check,” reads the Townships agenda.

“I think it is a good idea and it keeps our children safe,” said Olson.

Byram Township Dog Owners need to be aware that dog licenses are now past due.  A dog license renewal application was to be submitted by June 29, 2012.  

There are currently 80 dogs which have not been licensed and summonses will be sent out to the owners on August 1.

Sabatini would also like to thank the high school seniors who attended the municipal building to fold and stuff envelopes as a part of their community service hours for graduation.