RANDOLPH, NJ - At Thursday’s meeting, the Randolph Township Council approved funding for several parks and recreation updates in line with the recent Parks Master Plan recommendations.
Through Ordinance No. 21-16, the township authorized $500,000 for improvements to the Randolph Museum, Brundage Park (including the playhouse), Freedom Park, Heisteins Park and Randolph Park.
These improvements focus on replacing lighting and improving parking at the parks.
Councilman Jim Loveys questioned the “crossing improvements” at Freedom Park.
Township Manager Stephen Mountain clarified that a flashing crossing signal will be installed at Freedom Park’s overflow parking area. This will better alert drivers of the pedestrians than the current signage.
He also explained that the overflow parking area be improved with formal parking spaces.
Additionally, this ordinance allowed funding for security cameras and ADA accessibility for all the parks.
Another ordinance passed on Thursday approved funding for a Wheelchair Lift at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building.
“This allows us to spend against the $80,000 funding provided by the block grant,” Mountain said. Randolph received this grant through the fundraising efforts of the community.
The final ordinance approved allowed for funding to purchase a Variable Message Sign by the Police Department.
Councilwoman Joanne Veech asked for the total number of variable message signs were available in the township.
“We have only one sign like this,” Mountain said. The police department regularly moves the sign to different locations in the township.
Veech clarified in addition to this moving sign, the township also has the signs outside the municipal building and other locations. When this sign is purchased, the township will have six variable message signs.
During Council Comments, Veech reported on a recent Parks meeting reviewing the many improvements and events that occurred during August. An insurance company reviewed the Randolph Parks system for risk and liability reasons.
Randolph parks are at very low risk according to this insurance provider.
“They said this is the best parks system they’ve seen in the county,” Veech said.