RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Town Council read the wildlife feeding ban ordinance and discussed the positive progress on the Sussex Turnpike Project on Thursday.

Township Manager Stephen Mountain and Mayor Joanne Veech also discussed their meeting with representatives from the community's religious institutions. A variety of topics were covered including storm preparation, strengthening relationships through faith and developing a unified message to schools about religious diversity and tolerance. The religious leaders will form a clergy council to talk about faith and media issues.

"It really was a great meeting. Everyone walked out very positive and found it to be quite constructive," said Mountain.

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Mountain also updated everyone on the Sussex Turnpike waterline project. The township's contractor already started phase two this past week, and is scheduled for completion on or about the last week of December.

"We're actually ahead of that schedule already, which is a nice surprise," said Mountain.

Construction is being done at night. This has enabled the contractor to work with a closed road, and subsequently the work is moving along much faster than planned.

Last, the council re-introduced the ordinance on wildlife feeding. This ordinance has been extensively discussed and reviewed by the council. Health and sanitation currently prohibits the feeding of unconfined wildlife in any public park and on any property owned or operated by the town. This also suggests to prohibit feeding of unconfined wildlife on private property.

To read the ordinance thoroughly please click the following link:

http://www.randolphnj.org/government/ordinances/22_15

The ordinance will be presented for a second reading/final passage on Dec. 3, and the meeting will be open to the public.