New Township Clerk, Aquifer and Water Quality Test Discussed by Montville Township Committee

Montville Township Mayor Jim Sandham Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ - Montville Township Mayor James Sandham introduced Leena Abaza to the Montville Township Committee and public at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 23. Abaza will be taking over for Trudy Atkinson, township clerk, who will be retiring as of July 31.

Sandham said he was happy to see the grand re-opening of the Montville Township Historical Museum on 6 Taylortown Road on Sunday, May 21. The museum’s re-opening is part of the Montville Township’s 150th anniversary celebration. The Montville Fire Department also was open that day for snacks and fire truck tours.

The museum houses articles, photos, artifacts and memories of the township. The building was constructed following the Civil War in 1867. It was one of the first one-room schoolhouses in the area. It later became the town hall until 1939 when it became the post office. It served as a post office until 1961 when a new post office was built. The museum will be open on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The mayor encourages the community to come and visit.

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The Committee approved two 3-year term appointments to the Housing Committee. They are Allen Barnett and Jagdish “Jack” Dang.

The Committee also introduced an ordinance to re-appropriate $41,405, which is not needed for its original purpose, in order to provide improvements to the Changebridge Road sidewalk project. The public hearing will be on Tuesday, June 13.

In order to protect Montville Township’s aquifer, that supplies most of the township’s water, the Committee voted to authorize a professional service contract with Uhl and Associates to conduct an “Artificial Recharge Pilot Study” for the township, not exceeding $79,000. The first part of the study will cost about $5,000 seeking DEP approval. The plan is to create pools filled with rainfall to “recharge” the aquifer. These pools may be created in the Camp Dawson vicinity.

The Committee also passed a resolution authorizing Uhl and Associates for an I-287 water quality project. Sandham said the community is exposed to pollution from I-287 which could be affecting water quality, and since the township is against pollution from the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, it is necessary to address all concerns affecting and protecting the township’s aquifer.

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