RANDOLPH , NJ- Last week, the Randolph Township Council held a meeting to discuss the Veterans Community Park situation, in addition to approval of a Soil Movement permit for the new Wawa that will be constructed.

Randolph Township Manager Steve Mountain confirmed that the primary contractor that was working on the Veterans Community Park, has gone into default. Bidding for the project will be taking place shortly, and the goal is for a proposed tender agreement to be presented at the first Township Council meeting in October.

Mountain also added that it is in the works for a contractor to come in immediately and work on some time-sensitive items, such as weed-barrier replacement and power-raking.

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In addition, the paving project is currently underway across Randolph Township. Including, but not limited to roads such as Park Avenue, Lawrence Road (between Center Grove Road and Edinburgh Drive) and Mac Spar Drive will be resurfaced.

Following the Manger’s update, the council continued on to discuss the application for a Soil Movement permit. The permit was submitted by Randolph 10 Developers, LLC and will be the first step in the construction of the new Wawa Food Market and Fueling Station that is to be built at the current location where Nagel’s Candy Barn formerly stood.

Initially, the Soil Movement permit noted that the removal of soil on the property was to be completed within a three-month time period. This has since been amended to a ten-month time period.

It is important to note that the completion of the Wawa Food Market and Fueling Station will also include various road enhancements, namely the exit lanes from Route 10 westbound, leading to Millbrook Avenue.

Finally, there was a discussion about the political sign-related regulations in Randolph Township. Political signs are to be removed within fifteen days of a given election, and it appears that there are signs present along roads and properties far longer than fifteen days. Signs are permitted for a time-period of no longer than sixty days.

Darren Carney mentioned, “We just pull them down—the problem is there’s so much sign-stealing that goes on. We don’t know who is putting them back up.” Carney added that it is tough to enforce whom the individual is that is in violation of the ordinance.

Councilman Mark Forstenhausler posed the concern that “the way the ordinance is written, is that they [political signs] can be up for a period of sixty days, and must be taken down no more than fifteen days after the election,” and added, “the sixty days has no specific starting or ending point; you could put up a political sign right now for sixty days, it doesn’t say sixty days before the election.”

An added wrinkle is that the period of sixty days, does it include the fifteen days after the election? This effectively would mean that the political sign can be posted forty-five days before the election, and fifteen days after the election.

In addition, the next question is “What constitutes a political sign?” or “What differentiates a political sign from a campaign sign?”

Those items in question need to be clarified to prevent potential conflicts within the community, as well as keeping Randolph Township roads and properties compliant with the ordinance.

The meeting concluded with some council updates, mainly coming from Councilwoman Veech.

Councilwoman Joanne Veech mentioned that there are going to be signs added to the trails in Randolph Township. Veech added that it may be wise to mark which paths are paved/unpaved, or which paths have steep grades. This would make it easier for people to choose which paths they want to be on and not be surprised by their surroundings.