MONTVILLE, NJ – If a suggested project moves forward, a new park could be formed at Dorsey Pond.

The pond, located on Route 202 at the edge of Towaco near the Lincoln Park border, is currently bogged up and basically unused. But as it is part of the former Morris Canal, the Canal Society of NJ’s president Joseph Macasek was at the Feb. 11 Montville Township Committee meeting to propose using Canal Society funds to clean up the muck and leaves in the pond, lay down some parking on Barney Road, and in phase two, create a walking path around the site.

“It’s nothing that can’t be fixed economically – and I’m not here to ask you for money,” Macasek said. “I’m here to bring you some money.”

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Macasek called the project “simple and inexpensive,” and said it’s nothing that can’t be handled without some “sweat equity from volunteers,” although he did not cite a budget for the project. He said step one would probably need to involve removing the large branches from the area, erecting some monument signage, and marking the parking on Barney. Committee Members Rich Conklin and Rich Cook thought that perhaps the pond needed to be dredged and the culvert at the end of the pond cleaned out, but acknowledged that this was a preliminary presentation for the project. The committee was very interested in pursuing the project and will pursue it further.

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Committee Member June Witty said she visited JCP&L’s command center. She said if residents experience a power outage they should call the company to report it to 800-662-3115 so it will help pinpoint where outages are.

“Seventy percent of outages are caused by forestry,” she reported. “So they are making a concerted effort to take down trees where they can.”

Mayor Frank Cooney stated his dismay at township lights that JCP&L is not fixing.

“The list has been growing since September of lights in town for which JCP&L is not changing the bulbs,” he said. “The police go around writing up a list of lights that need the bulbs changed and they’re not doing it.”

Township Administrator Victor Canning said the town is in a lawsuit regarding lighting which the township will probably be excused from, but the township attorney should send a letter to JCP&L stating that if the township gets sued in the future regarding lighting, it has been eight weeks and promised repairs have still not been done. However, Canning said, some lights are on private property and the company will not fix them.

VFW Post 5481 Commander Ken Hanzl invited the township committee and all residents to the post’s 50th anniversary dinner Friday, April 24. It will be held at the Lincoln Park American Legion. For more information, click Anniversary.

Resident Jeanne Richardson wanted to alert residents to the “Mile-A-Minute” plant, an Asian plant that has come to the US in the past 20 years and has hit Montville.

“It’s invasive and will smother all the other plants in your yard,” she warned. “It grows very fast. You need to find it and pull it out by the roots before it flowers in April.”

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