MONTVILLE, NJ – The June 9 Montville Township Committee meeting began with a moment of silence for those lost to COVID-19, plus a tribute to WWII veteran Herbert Terner, who recently died. They also had a tribute for former police chief and Korean War veteran C. Richard Tomkins and township employee Ida Biase, who recently died. Biase was bestowed a public service award in 2004 for her countless volunteer hours as the parade chair and the Drug Awareness Council, Montville Township Mayor Frank Cooney said.

“It’s people like Ida who make Montville Township a special place to live and work,” Cooney said of Biase.

Administrator’s Report

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Township Administrator Victor Canning said there were 11 current cases of COVID-19 in the township on June 9; on June 16 there were 8, and only 6 new cases have occurred in Montville since June 1.

Canning said the following roads had been paved in the past few weeks.

  • Bellows Lane
  • Benafly Road
  • Bott Lane
  • Canal Road
  • Capstick Road (from Oklahoma Ave to #7)
  • Church Lane (Towaco)
  • Evergreen Court
  • Glen View Road (cul de sac only)
  • Merlin Drive
  • Oklahoma Avenue (from #14 to #21)
  • Old Jacksonville Road
  • Old Lane (from Waughaw Road to Route 287 Overpass)
  • Skyline Drive
  • Stonybrook Road (from #23 to #55)
  • Turner Lane (from Canal Road to Evergreen Court)

The following roads have been paved as part of the NJ Natural Gas Co. restoration:

  • Cedar Road (Montville)
  • Cedar Road (Towaco)
  • Chestnut Place
  • Clifford Drive
  • Halsey Avenue
  • Hewlett Road (#8 to #25)
  • Hickory Place
  • Highland Avenue
  • Hillcrest Avenue (Montville – from Changebridge Road to Chestnut Place)
  • Jilson Place
  • Marguerite Drive (from #10 to Clifford Drive)
  • Montville Avenue
  • Morris Avenue
  • Prospect Street
  • Valhalla Road (from Route 202 to #13)

The following roads were recently paved as part of the NJNG Co’s restoration as well:

  • Changebridge Road from Community Park to Horseneck Road/ River Road (one lane)
  • Changebridge Road from Olympia Street to Cedar Road
  • Changebridge Road at Route 202 Intersection
  • Main Road from Fulton Street to Route 287 (one lane)
  • Whitehall Road (100 linear feet/ one lane)

The township approved $395,000 for partially paving Taylortown Road (Boonton Ave. to Quarry Mountain Lane and #69 to the train trestle); about $360,000 will be paid by a grant from the NJDOT.

JCP&L

The NJ Supreme Court dismissed the case against JCP&L so the agreement the township has with the electric company stands, according to township attorney Fred Semrau. He said construction should begin in the fall.

Proclamation for 100th Birthday

The township committee honored Lovey Heminuk, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, with a proclamation. Read about her life here.

Park Projects

According to the project status report, the lights on fields 3 and 4 at the Community Park have been replaced, and picnic tables have been installed at the pavilion near the amphitheater. New chain link fencing and gates have been installed at Camp Dawson. At the end of July, improvements will be made to the basketball courts at the Community Park

Two water tanks might be purchased to replace the Windsor water tank. The township has been examining possibilities for rehabilitation and maintenance agreements for three years.

Graduation

A parent asked for help with the MTHS class of 2020 graduation situation and the way it will be drive-thru, a video, and then in-person on July 6 (read about the ceremonies here: drive-thru & in-person). She said that “nothing is broken here,” that school district administration and parents have the same goal, but any aid would be appreciated because the high school principal is looking for more assurance from the governor to shift to a solely outdoor graduation.

Cooney said the township committee supported the board of education and parents 110% – Cooney and Township Committee Member Matt Kayne were both members of the board of ed. However, Cooney said, “We can only do what we’re legally allowed to do.” Canning said that administration stands ready to help the board of ed to help make possible whatever they want to do. Member Richard Conklin suggested a work-around as the hill behind the library for a second gathering of 500 people.

Other News

Water and sewer billing late fees ($15) were waived for the months of March, April, May and June, 2020 by resolution. Late fees for restaurant license renewals ($50) are being deferred for two months, and cat licensing late fees ($5 for the first month late plus $1 after that) are being deferred for two months.

The property at 19 Montgomery Ave. in Montville is not being properly maintained and the grass will be cut and a lien placed on the property for the cost. This has been an ongoing problem for years that neighborhood residents have complained to the township committee about.

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