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Montville Township to See Various Improvements; Traffic on Konner Discussed

Montville Township Mayor Jim Sandham Credits: Melissa Benno
Konner and Cheryl Road neighborhood Credits: Courtesy Google

MONTVILLE, NJ – Ordinances were passed at the May 9 Montville Township Committee meeting to make improvements around the township. Some of the money used for the projects will include $325,000 from the Open Space fund, which was a much-debated question among members at prior meetings.

Improvements will include:

  • Replace Community Park playground equipment/surfacing/seating - $225,000 (these funds are to be set aside for the 2018 renovation)
  • Metro Park ingress and egress - $25,000
  • Community Park youth center/field house – painting exterior - $50,000
  • Community Park gardens oil/chip roads - $10,000
  • Camp Dawson barn door - $5,000
  • Community Park security gate with keycard entry - $10,000

They also passed a bond ordinance providing for various capital improvements in the township, appropriating $943,472 and authorizing the issuance of $898,000 in bonds. The improvements include technology, shelving, cabinets, chairs, dump and pickup trucks, safety equipment, carpet, and renovation of the bathrooms in the municipal building.

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Konner/Cheryl Roads

The township has been receiving many complaints about the speed of cars in the Cheryl, East Cheryl and Konner Roads area of the township, according to Mayor Jim Sandham. At the April 25 meeting, Sandham called it a “consistent problem,” citing a recent email he received from a resident who has been emailing about the problem since 2008.

“It would be nice if neighbors and residents drove more safely,” Sandham said. “But obviously that’s not happening. We have to figure out some solution for this.”

Former police chief and current Township Committee Member Richard Cook said the “only answer is periodic enforcement.”

Township Administrator Victor Canning had mentioned he was contemplating reaching out to local clergy to ask them to ask their congregants to show respect to their neighbors and the children by slowing down when in that neighborhood.

“They speed, they disobey the traffic laws, and it’s quite offensive to me as a resident of town, because these are not people […] who are transients,” Canning said. “These are our town people. For the life of me, I don’t understand why they can’t respect their fellow neighbors.”

Sandham asked for more enforcement in addition to the contemplated contacting of clergy.

At the May 9 meeting, Canning said the township engineer, Police Chief Rudy Appelmann and the DPW had decided to paint “stop ahead” on the street before the intersections at Demoray, Flanders and Konner Roads.

“Hopefully motorists will be aware and come to a full stop,” Canning said.

Appelmann had also recommended an L.E.D. flashing stop sign at the corner of Cheryl and Konner when traveling east-bound, Canning said. Sandham recommended written notice to those within 200 feet of the sign, followed by discussion at a township committee meeting.

Volunteer Board Openings

There are immediate open positions on the following boards and committees:

  • Housing Committee (meets in the afternoon)
  • Long-Term Financial Planning Committee
  • Open Space Committee
  • Planning Board
  • Residents with Disabilities Advisory Committee

Those interested should email Trudy Atkinson at tatkinson@montvillenj.org.

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