No Changes to Police; Veterans and Montville High School Earth Club Honored

Paul Rolfe, Richard Xu, Nicholas Liao, Evan Chan, Scott Gallopo, Deb Nielsen, Emily Liao, Michele Caron, Allie DeLuise, Rich Conklin, Jane Meng, Sara Sotirov, Jim Sandham Credits: Melissa Benno
Veterans honored at the Montville Township Committee meeting Credits: Melissa Benno
Veterans honored at the Montville Township Committee meeting Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – No action items or updates regarding police personnel came from the Nov. 22 Montville Township Committee following a somewhat contentious Nov. 9 public portion discussion on the dais about closed vs. open session conversations.

During the public portion of the Nov. 22 meeting, resident Kurt Dinkelmeyer quoted this TAPinto Montville article and asked if there were any updates regarding Police Chief Rudy Appelmann’s expiring contract. Township Mayor Jim Sandham confirmed that the chief’s contract expires on Dec. 31, 2016.

Township Attorney Fred Semrau said, “The fact that it expires doesn’t have any legal impact on his position. The chief’s contract isn’t required; it memorializes certain terms. As far as service is concerned, it doesn’t change his position with respect to the township or his being chief. There’s no other action on the agenda this evening with respect to personnel, nor has there been any interaction with respect to the chief.”

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“Personnel: police” was on the closed-session agenda for the meeting.

Veterans Honored

The Township Committee proclaimed November, 2016 “Veterans’ Month” in a ceremony which called Montville Township VFW Post 5481 Commander Charles Ferry and several other members to the front, following presenting the colors.

The proclamation read, in part, “On Veterans Day and throughout the month of November 2016, the Montville Township Committee joins with all our citizens in expressing our appreciation for our military, past and present.

“Generations of Montville Township residents have demonstrated their willingness to put country before self to defend the freedoms we hold so dear as well as to safeguard our sovereignty.

“The defense of America is a monumental and continuing task for which our citizens are eternally grateful to our veterans for their countless sacrifices.

“We want to recognize, honor and express our gratitude to Montville Township’s veterans and all veterans. We encourage all citizens to participate in activities that bestow honor on American heroes past and present.”

Ferry said he and the post members were proud of the honor and that the members of the post “hold the citizens of Montville dear in their hearts.”

To see video of the proclamation being bestowed, click:

MTHS Earth Club Recognized

The Montville Township High School Earth Club was recognized by the committee for its work with the Montville Township Environmental Commission on projects such as Earth Day activities and electronics recycling days. Further, the club created an Earth Day program in the township’s elementary schools which consisted of five stations: Life cycle of a water bottle, Planting your own garden, Reusing recyclable paper, Recycling tag-team race, and Oil spill simulation. They also taught the students about the Towaco aquifer. The project led to the club winning the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions’ 2016 Environmental Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in local environmental protection.

Former co-presidents Richard Xu and Nicholas Liao accepted the award, along with current president Evan Chan and members Emily Liao, Allie DeLuise, Jane Meng and Sara Sotirov. The club is advised by teacher Paul Rolfe.

To see footage of the club being recognized, click:

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Also at the meeting, officials discussed township bias incident statistics, as described here.

The aquifer is in a “good place” according to Sandham, who said administration is “monitoring levels closely.”

A new display case has been placed in the lobby of the municipal building for residents wishing to loan Montville Township-themed memorabilia in time for the township’s 150th anniversary celebration. Those wishing to loan their personal items can contact township clerk Trudy Atkinson at

Attorney Fred Semrau said the JCP&L settlement still awaits a decision from Judge Leland McGee. He hopes to hear before the end of this year.

The committee decided to consult with the County Freeholders regarding painting a blue line between the double yellow line painted on the roadway on Changebridge Road near the municipal building and on Route 202/Main Road near the police department.

Due to an anonymous donation, a brass plaque will be placed at the base of the flagpole at the municipal building honoring World War II veterans, Montville residents, and VFW members David Marshall and Joseph Quade. Marshall was a Township Committee member and commander of the VFW. Both served their country and the community with distinction, according to VFW member Tom Mazzaccaro.

The Towaco Civic Association is proposing to work with the township to purchase approximately 20 decorative street signs in Towaco in honor of the 150th anniversary of the township. Intersections such as Pinebrook at Whitehall, Barney, Twaits and Waughaw could receive a facelift if the proposal is approved.


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