RANDOLPH, NJ – Town manager Stephen Mountain provided the status of several road repairs and construction projects at Thursday’s meeting.
Mountain met with a contractor for a preconstruction meeting on the Millbrook Ave project, and the contractor is ready to move.
“This is a long time coming,” Mountain said, “and the project will greatly improve travel on that road for the residents.”
The West Hanover waterline realignment project will be completed in the next six weeks. The completeion of this project will allow the county to finish the new section of roadway.
Mountain also met with Bill Lamia, CEO of the Randolph YMCA, to review facility improvements and discuss the comments on the Parks Master Plan.
During the presentation of the Parks Master Plan, several residents requested areas for indoor activity during the winter months, Mountain explained.
“The YMCA is very interested in partnering with us,” Mountain said. “Our goal is to compliment existing private and non-profit resources and not compete with them.”
The councilmembers discussed other necessary park improvements, and Councilmember Jim Loveys mentioned the condition of the wall at Heistein Park.
While the township engineer, Paul Ferriero, designs the retaining wall along Everdale Road and Shongum Road, he will begin work on the this project.
“I’ve asked Paul to go ahead with designing and repairing [the wall at Heistein’s], and to lump it in with the project on Everdale,” Mountain mentioned. “The money for Heistein’s is in a separate budget, and we just need a design.”
The Morris County Trail Grant application is due on Sept. 1, with a Letter of Intent due on July 29. Mountain met with the Parks Commission to determine eligible projects, and hopes to form a Trail Committee similar to the Parks Master Plan Committee.
This new committee would set the priority for trail projects and needs to be completed when funds and grants become available, and they would be responsible for applying for the grant this year.
While discussing upcoming events in the township, Councilmember Mark Forstenhausler noted that the Town Council Relay for Life team needs more donations in order to meet and surpass their donation goal from last year.
The public can donate to the team at this link, and a reminder will be added to the municipal signs around Randolph.
The township council also reviewed and discussed the ordinance changing the Environmental Commission into the Environmental and Landmarks Committee.
The Environmental Commission provided a set of recommendations to the council to be considered for the committee regulations. The council was able to accept several of the recommendations, and will vote on the Environmental-Landmark Committee Ordinance at a future meeting.