MONTVILLE, NJ – With only two new COVID-19 cases in July and 13 in the month of June, the township is in a very healthy place, and Township Administrator Victor Canning announced at the June 30 Montville Township Committee meeting that facilities should be opening this week.

In committee member reports, Member Matthew Kayne wanted to address problems that citizens have been having with their wifi and problems getting through to report it to Cablevision/Altice. Kayne said some residents are having problems with channels 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9, pixellating, and customer service wait times have been an hour or more. Residents should email the township’s area representative, Marilyn Davis, directly at Marilyn.Davis16@Alticeusa.com and she will forward complaints to the proper channels. Kayne said administration and the township committee are holding the company accountable.

Richard Conklin said after meeting with Township Engineer and Canal Society of NJ president Joseph Macasek, the scope of the Dorsey Pond clean-up project may have to be reduced to reduce the need for DEP permits. (Read about the clean-up project here.)

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Henry Bernstein spoke during public portion to ask who was responsible if residents saw COVID-19 infractions at businesses because of his concerns that infection may increase again. Canning directed Bernstein to the state website (here) or call the police’s non-emergency number (973-257-4300).

Sameer Sawe wanted to know why the township committee had not attended the June 18 “Walk for Black Lives” (read about the event here). Mayor Frank Cooney said he was out of town and was out of town for the vigil as well (read about the vigil here). Kayne said he spoke at the vigil but was working during the walk. At the vigil, Kayne remembered gathering at the interfaith Thanksgiving service in November and grieving together the senseless tragedies in Charleston, Pittsburgh and Jersey City in January.

“It’s unfortunate that we must remember [George Floyd], and the people before him, by their deaths instead of who they were when they walked among us,” Kayne said. “No one deserves this fate, regardless of their skin color, faith, gender, or ethnicity.”

Kayne said at the vigil that the township has two organizations that promote inclusion: OneMontville and Different Faiths One Family.

Committee Member June Witty said at the meeting that she was injured and unable to walk but spoke at the vigil. In her speech at the vigil, Witty offered condolences to the family of George Floyd and said she condemned and “strenuously denounced the unacceptable and incomprehensive tragic death of Mr. George Floyd.”

“We, as a community, cherish all life and denounce all forms of discrimination, and we are committed to building positive relationships within our great community,” Witty said. “[…] We must make changes that protect all and that bring us together.”

Deputy Mayor Rich Cook said he attended the vigil but did not comment on the walk. Conklin said he was out of town. Bernstein spoke up again and asked for a statement to be put out about the “Black Lives Matter movement.” Police Chief Andrew Caggiano’s statement about the death of George Floyd is here. The township committee’s statement about George Floyd’s death was received by TAPinto Montville after this meeting, although Cooney said it was on social media. Bernstein said it should be on the township website as well.

“With respect to what’s going on in the nation about the Black Lives Matter movement, which I interpret to be long-time overdue social justice for blacks and other people of color, I wondered if the township considered it appropriate that a statement be sent out by the township with respect to this movement,” Bernstein asked. “People interpret BLM in different ways. My understanding is that it is for social justice and not just necessarily anti-police, although there are issues they bring up with respect to that. I think it’s appropriate for the township, and an educational experience for the children in this township, at least to acknowledge what’s going on and to have support for the general goal of racial justice […]”

Canning was quick to point out that the walk organizers were not a part of Black Lives Matter.

Editor's Note: According to Montville Township, the township parks are open effective July 5; however, the restrooms remain closed.

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