Water Restrictions Remain in Place, Gathering Road Traffic Study, Police and Explorer Appreciation

Members of the Montville Township Police Explorers Post 805 with Chief of Police Rudy Appelmann Credits: Melissa Benno
Mayor James Sandham  Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ -- Despite recent rain, water restrictions are still in effect, officials announced at the Aug. 16 Township Committee meeting.

It takes two to three weeks for water to percolate into the aquifer, while 80 percent of storm water drains out to the river through storm drains, according to Mayor James Sandham.

Therefore water restrictions will remain in place until further notice, and Sandham encouraged citizens to check the township’s website for updated information.

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Sandham explained the results of their recent meeting with Morris County Freeholders. Residents have been concerned about safety problems with the intersection at Changebridge and Gathering Road. Township officials met with the Freeholders in part to discuss the situation; the Freeholders stated they will not wait to conduct a traffic study but will use projected figures regarding the effects of the opening of Tuscany Village and the daycare center across from the intersection in question. Results should be in by Dec. 31. It will take about a year for a light to be installed if the study finds it is warranted.

Police Appreciation

Sandham described poster boards that will hang in the township building for residents to write their encouragement and praise of Montville's police officers.

“Across the country there has been a lot of criticism of police by citizens,” Sandham said, “but we in Montville Township certainly appreciate our police and what they do for us, so we wanted to do something a little different. Citizens can put their best wishes and express their gratitude on these poster boards which we will present the boards to the police at the end of September. We hope a lot of citizens will come out and do that.”

He said that a police recognition proclamation will be presented to the department at the Sept. 27 Township Committee meeting.

The committee honored the Montville Township Police Explorers Post 805, who recently returned from a national conference and competition in Arizona, bringing back honors in four categories.

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Township Administrator Victor Canning stated the Long-Term Planning Committee had chosen to keep $1.75 million in reserve to best meet long-term debt obligations, and 2016 through 2019 plans will be discussed at the September Township Committee meeting. He further said a long-term facilities maintenance plan for phasing in projects such as roof repairs will be discussed at departmental meetings as the 2017 budget is begun next week.

Committee Members Richard Conklin and Frank Cooney are going to assemble a list of what they feel are unnecessary signs in the township. They hope the signs can be removed, with committee and administration approval, provided there is no legal need for the signs.

Conklin further feels the Towaco train station is in need of beautification because globes on the light poles are broken, Belgian block curbing is damaged, shrubs are dead, and other problems exist, and he would like to see it improved for Montville Township's 150th anniversary.

Sandham said also during their meeting with Morris County Freeholders, they asked for help in pressuring NJ Transit regarding ever-present problems with the Taylortown Road train trestle and leaks which then freeze on the road surface. The Freeholders said to contact state legislators who said they will pursue the issue with NJ Transit. Sandham said township officials thanked the Freeholders for the Changebridge project and pointed out county roads in the township that may need repair soon. Sandham’s suggestion was a right turn lane in front of the fire station in Towaco facing the fire station, and the Freeholders said they would look into the situation.

The following notable items were also discussed at the meeting:

  • The Planning Board will be hearing a demolition application at its September meeting.
  • Fifteen towns have joined the coalition to fight Pilgrim Pipeline, according to Sandham.
  • Township Attorney Fred Semrau said he is still awaiting news regarding the JCP&L decision.
  • The mayor encouraged residents to lock their cars and houses due to the recent break-ins.
  • The Rockaway River desnagging project will be finished by the end of August.
  • The committee agreed to have the Open Space Committee apply for a grant to create a trail near Riley Field in Towaco. It will be about .75 mile long.
  • A September 11 memorial service will be held on that date at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Park.
  • A 21-year-old perished due to heroin last week in the township. Township officials are working on educational programs for parents.

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