RANDOLPH, NJ- Darren Carney presented the Board of Adjustment Annual Report, which included a handful of topics for the Board’s review at the most recent Town Council Meeting.
Six variances for construction of open porches/porticos were granted, as “The township ordinance only allows front steps, terraces or balconies without a roof in the required front yard,” according to the Board of Adjustment Annual Report.
One variance in 2018 was granted for a gas station with a convenience store, as the report also mentioned, “The ordinance does not permit any public garage, gasoline service station or filling station to be used for any other purpose.” There are ten existing gas stations in Randolph Twp, six of which the board has granted a variance.
Self storage facilities were another topic that was brought up for discussion. The Board of Adjustment Annual Report mentioned, “The Council should consider if self storage is appropriate in any zone district as the current ordinance provides no guidance to the Board when hearing a variance application.”
Mayor Loveys followed that report up with a recognition of Retired Councilman Michael Guadagno. Loveys said, “Michael, on behalf of the town council, and our township manager, I want to thank you for your years of service in Randolph.” Guadagno served for eight years on the council, in addition to serving on the Board of Education and Randolph Township Planning Board.
Bill Schroeder, an auditor for Randolph Twp. presented some figures from the 2018 Audit, including the fund balance being about $410,000 higher, increasing it to $18,825,000. About $7,000,000 of that fund balance was used as a form of revenue, and can be used as a source of property tax relief.
Mayor Loveys, introduced a proclamation, “Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative ‘PAARI’.” Randolph Township Police Officer Rich Biase mentioned that the new initiative is a “change in reducing the stigma associated with people coming and looking for help,” and he added, “this is a drug-user, they looking for help, we are going to segway you to get some support, instead of looking to make an arrest.”
Randolph Township Manager Stephen Mountain added the status of some projects going on across the town. Mountain mentioned that with regards to Meadowbrook Road, in the Shongum Lake development, that the contractor had completed the installation of the water line and laid a base coat of pavement, spanning from Rickland Drive to Butternut Road. The paving associated with that section, specifically, will be completed this July. The second part of the project, which requires curb-work and additional paving (Meadowbrook Road from Butternut Road to Old Chimney Road) “is being handled as a separate bid, the plan is for that to be Fall work, but that is weather-dependent,” Mountain said. The Randolph Township Manager noted that the project is “ahead of schedule.”
Mountain also brought up the Veterans Park project on Calais Road, noting that the first building is almost complete, and with regard to the infrastructure, the goal is to have that completed by August.
Mayor Loveys mentioned that at the DOT meeting, the engineer walked through the four intersections at Route 10 in Randolph (at Canfield Road, at Dover Chester Road, at Center Grove Road, and at Millbrook Avenue). Loveys noted that “some of the items are addressable relatively quickly,” with regard to the concerns about the safety of those intersections.