MONTVILLE, NJ - The airwaves and social media outlets in Montville Township were buzzing today when certain news reporters caught wind of the purported sledding ban being considered for the town.
"Montville is not, nor has it discussed banning sleigh riding township-wide," Township Administrator Victor Canning said in an interview with TAPinto Montville. "Unfortunately, in my attempt to provide a full explanation as to the difference between an ordinance and an administrative code, I was misunderstood."
Canning further explained, "Currently, sleigh riding is only banned at Camp Dawson. This ban at Camp Dawson has been in effect since January 2010 resulting from a policy decision of our Montville Recreation Commission."
According to Canning, in 2007 there was a sledding accident which resulted in a significant settlement. Thereafter the Township hired a safety consultant in an effort to continue to allow sledding at Camp Dawson. The safety consultant’s recommendation was to allow sledding on only the lower half of the Camp Dawson Hill. The Township, following the safety consultant’s recommendation, installed barriers which restricted sledding to only the bottom half of the hill. However, soon after, those who were sledding removed the barriers and even began to use them as jumping ramps creating an even more dangerous situation.
As a result, in 2010 the Township Committee revisited this matter, along with the Montville Recreation Commission, and determined for safety and liability concerns sledding at Camp Dawson would be permanently restricted.
"Historically speaking since my arrival, I have not received any communications and/or requests from any township resident or elected official to revisit this matter," Canning said.