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Forward Looking Parks Master Plan, Road Repair Agenda at Randolph Town Council Meeting

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RANDOLPH,NJ- At the May 22 meeting, Randolph town council passed an ordinance setting out a list of roads to be resurfaced this year, and also considered what direction to take with an early-stage Parks Facilities master plan.

Council had delayed introducing the road-resurfacing ordinance in order to have time to address questions and concerns with the Director of Public Works, Tom Spring.

“At this point the recommendation is to move ahead as originally outlined,” township manager Stephen Mountain said.

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Based on contractors’ schedules, Spring said he anticipates road work will take place at the “end of July, pretty much all of August, and hopefully get it done before school starts – but it’s going to be a tight window.” 

See below for a complete list of the roads to be repaired in under Ordinance No. 14-14.

A memo to the township manager, drafted by Director of Parks and Recreation Russ Newman, presented the Parks Advisory Committee’s vision for a new long-term plan. 

The memo recommends hiring a consultant to help develop “a town wide Park Master Plan,” over the course of 12-15 months, and suggests forming a new Master Plan Advisory Committee of council members, Parks & Rec. Committee members and other township staff.

“The Parks Advisory Committee has begun thinking through and given some input on how best to steward the project, and I think they’ve laid out a pretty good balance of representatives,” Mountain said.  “Obviously, the town has acquired some property that has potential [for development].  I think that was one of the driving forces behind the decision to do this as part of a broader planning effort, as opposed to on a piecemeal basis.”

He said there would be ample time built in for public input.  “I think it’s important that the facilities they outline are identified and needs in those facilities are identified…and we match priorities with what makes sense,” he added, before turning the matter over to the council for discussion.

Council member Christine Carey voiced a concern, which received general agreement, that the project goals in the memo should not assume that there is a specific need for further development.  A conclusion was reached that the language should be changed to reflect that more clearly.

Also at the meeting council passed a recreation/open space capital improvements ordinance - a part of this year’s budget.  In addition to a $50,000 line item for a Park Master Plan, Brundage Park Playhouse is set to receive funds for their HVAC system upgrade, as well as general theater improvements, and Kiwanis Park’s new playground equipment rounds off the list of top expenditures.

There will be a Beefsteak Dinner fundraiser at Millbrook Firehouse this Saturday, May 31, at 6 p.m.

The Habitat for Humanity Re-store is holding “Hammer for Habitat” on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Randolph Rocks 5k is on June 14 at 8:30 a.m..

 

2014 Road Program:

 PIERSON HILL ROAD-825’ SECTION AND 2,800’ SECTION

 OPENAKI ROAD-ENTIRE LENGTH

 CHARLES STREET-ENTIRE LENGTH

 VALLEY VIEW AVENUE-ENTIRE LENGTH

 ROLLING RIDGE DRIVE-LOWER SECTION

 SCHOONER COURT-ENTIRE LENGTH

 JAY DRIVE-TOWN LINE TO END

 WASHINGTON STREET-ENTIRE LENGTH

 JEFFERSON STREET-ENTIRE LENGTH

 HARDING AVENUE-ENTIRE LENGTH

 CANFIELD AVENUE-ENTIRE LENGTH

 PATTY LANE-ENTIRE LENGTH

 CENTER GROVE ROAD-SCHOOL HOUSE TO CASTLE COURT

 HORIZON COURT-ENTIRE LENGTH

 MIDDLEBURY BOULEVARD-ENTRANCE - BOULEVARD

 TOYE STREET-ENTIRE LENGTH

 FORDICE STREET-ENTIRE LENGTH

(Separate ordinances were also passed to provide for milling and repaving on a stretch of Millbrook Ave. and on Quaker Church Rd.)

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