MONTVILLE, NJ - At the Tuesday, Sept. 11 Montville Township Committee meeting, the Committee passed two ordinances authorizing the acceptance of a public recreation easement and a conservation easement which will allow public access areas in the Towaco center. 

Two other ordinances were introduced at the meeting. Ordinance #2018-23 will add the placement of a stop sign at the intersection of Ashland Drive and Ellerhausen Drive for reasons of public safety. Ordinance #2018-24 adjusts the legal age of tobacco use in Montville Township from 19 to 21 as per the Nov. 1, 2017 state law. The public hearing on both ordinances will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Montville Township Mayor Richard Conklin reported to the Montville Township Committee the results of a meeting on Sept. 5 with Jersey City Power & Light (JCP&L) and other public officials, such as Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and approximately nine other mayors. The meeting was to discuss the frequent power outages and the length of time it takes JCP&L to resume services. 

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Conklin said it turned out to be basically a public relations meeting for JCP&L. The only new items that were discussed were redundancy and their priority list. At this meeting, JCP&L said they would try to find money to help with the redundancy issue. Prior to this, they said it would be too expensive to deal with. Redundancy will increase reliability and provide a backup system that would improve performance. The company also is planning to revise how they prioritize their customers’ list for resuming services. They will be adding a second crew that will handle small groups. With this change, they will be able to get to a greater number of customers. As it is now, they prioritize by the largest need.

At a previous meeting on Aug. 9, JCP&L promised an aggressive tree trimming plan, implementing new technology such as breakers instead of fuses and more frequent pole inspections with replacements when necessary in a two to three year cycle.

With Hurricane Florence in mind, resident Bob Engle wanted to know the status of the Boonton Reservoir, since it had caused problems with flooding in 2011 from Hurricane Irene. Township Administrator Victor Canning said that the reservoir is at 94 percent. They will not release any water unless directed by the Department of Environmental Protection. The state is monitoring the situation.

The next Township Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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