Randolph Town Council Recognizes Firefighters, Raises Awareness for FOP, Discuss Water Master Plan


RANDOLPH, NJ - The Township Council commended two newly graduated firefighters, went over the water master plan and read a proclamation that raises awareness for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) disease at its July 30 meeting.

The council honored the fire department's newest training graduates. Louis Amaducci and Adam Van Antwerp both graduated from the Morris County Fire Academy.

Amaducci is at Ironia Fire Station, where he served under Chief Mike Vanadia. He joined as a firefighter in 2006 and became a regular member in 2008. Amaducci was an active participant for a number of years, so much so that he was elected first level of officer rank lieutenant in 2014. Last Thursday night, he was recognized for completing the "fire fighter two" program in the spring of 2015.

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The second graduate, Van Antwerp, is a new member who finished the "fire fighter one" program also in the Spring. Van Antwerp joined as a firefighter in April 2014. He served as a junior fire fighter in Jefferson Township, then he moved into Randolph and came on board.

"On behalf of the entire council we want to welcome you into your new positions. Thank you all for the service you provide for this township. We really appreciate it and we are here to support you in anyway we can. Congratulations on your achievements," said Mayor Joanne Veech.

The council continued the meeting by reviewing the water master plan. Carol Walczyk was there representing Hatch Mott MacDonald, who is the consultant working with the town on the master plan.

"A master plan is suppose to be a very high level look at your water system and whether it is adequate to meet the needs of the long term and near term future. It's not meant to be a capital improvements plan," said Walczyk.

Capital improvements are being recommended in some areas.

The township has a distribution system that serves around 24 thousand customers, there's about 1,300 private wells and a small area served by Dover in the town's franchise agreement, which is about 860 customers.

The consultant looked at the last five years to estimate the current water demands. The average daily use is one and a half million gallons a day of water. A peak day is five and a half million gallons a day. Typically peak days are around three times more than the average day. Randolph's peak day is almost four times the average day, which causes a bit of concern.

Hatch Mott MacDonald also looked at what could come in the future. To estimate future demands, they looked at elements that are already planned or are currently under construction, all of which totals to 86 thousand gallons per average day of demand. Then they looked at all the vacant lots that do not have anything currently planned and what would happen if they were built to their maximum potential, which would be about 70 thousand gallons per day. If all the private wells convert to distribution system it would be about 520 thousand gallons per day.

Randolph's current water use does not allow much room for expansion. Hatch Mott MacDonald came up with a list of areas that should be prioritized for extending water service on a small scale. These areas are being prioritized because of conditions of the wells, lack of fire protection and for other similar reasons.

Some private wells may need to be connected due to contamination. Recently found data reveals detection of arsenic and nitrate contamination. However, arsenic naturally occurs and the nitrate could have appeared from fertilizer, which is not unusual. Most of the contamination is near the more commercial areas. Some wells are also aging and should be considered a priority.

"This plan is different because we are looking into the older parts of town and we're trying to improve it. I'd like to thank everybody. It's a good plan. I think we're headed in the right direction," said Councilman Michael Guadagno.

The last important thing of the night was the council's proclamation for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) awareness initiative that is going around the state.

Last month, Mayor Veech received an email from a man called Gary White, who has been going around to all 566 New Jersey municipalities since 2002 bringing awareness on the FOP disease. So far, he has received a proclamation or resolution from 430 municipalities. Randolph will join the other 430 municipalities with its own proclamation to say that they support spreading awareness about FOP and its horrific effects on the body.

Deputy Mayor Roman Hirniak read the proclamation into the record:

"Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a disorder in which muscle tissue and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments are gradually replaced by bone forming bone outside the skeleton that constrains movement and causing loss of mobility as well as difficulty speaking and eating. This disorder afflicts children, young adults across the country and in the state, including Williams Haze, a Chester Township resident, who is now entering his junior year at Mendham High School. Research has been ongoing at the University of Pennsylvania, where the gene that causes FOP was discovered in 2006, and trials are currently underway for a possible drug treatment. There is a great need to raise awareness regarding FOP and efforts to support ongoing research of the disorder. Now, therefore, Joanne Veech, mayor of the township of Randolph, on behalf of the council and citizens of Randolph will like to join with other New Jersey mayors and communities who have come together to acknowledge this horrific disease and express their support of the FOP Awareness Initiative."

Town Manager Stephen Mountain reported that the road resurfacing program is well underway. Eight roads have already been completed to date. it is expected the other 10 roads will be completed in the next seven to 14 days.

"The remainder of the roads have gone smoothly and there was no issue with those

Last, Shongum Mountain Firehouse is also being renovated and the progress is going very well. Mountain spoke to firefighter Ron Harmetz who reported they were on budget and expect to be on time with the completion of the program. They are looking at a mid September wind up.

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