RANDOLPH TWP. —The council presented several ordinances allocating funds received from the US bailout at the city council meeting on Tuesday, September 14.
The first ordinance introduced allocates $ 75,000 for the improvement of the storm water drainage system. The second ordinance allocates $ 500,000 to paint the township’s water tank. The third ordinance allocates $ 150,000 for the modernization and improvement of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems in township facilities.
“It’s great that we can do this with federal funding and save local taxpayers the extra expense and use the funds wisely,” said Mayor Mark Forstenhausler.
The ordinances were adopted unanimously. The second readings and public hearing, for all three, will be held on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The township also introduced an ordinance establishing a new mid-way crosswalk on Doby Road.
The ordinance was adopted unanimously. The public hearing will also take place on Thursday 23 September.
Council passed an order, at second reading and in open court, to allocate funds from the capital improvement fund to carry out an emergency repair to the Meadowbrook pump station.
The ordinance was passed unanimously, without public comment.
Community Relations Committee
The council discussed the creation of a community relations committee. The committee would be “dedicated to fostering an environment of understanding and acceptance by all individuals in order to further strengthen the Township of Randolph as a safe, welcoming and exceptional place to live, work and grow,” according to the mission statement.
“The mission of the Township of Randolph Community Relations Advisory Committee is to facilitate the following objectives: explore opportunities to improve community relations with respect to diversity and inclusion within the Township of Randolph; facilitate educational and cultural programs through networking with other entities including, but not limited to, the County College of Morris, the Township Library, the Interfaith Council and the Morris County Human Relations Commission and establish a platform for residents to continue discussing community relations. “
Among the committee’s duties, it would conduct an annual review of public records available to the police department regarding incidents and crimes of bias; review other websites of municipalities, counties, states and others to find ways to improve and promote inclusive initiatives and create a digital municipal brochure specific to the Township of Randolph with information on diversity and the inclusion of Randolph.
This would include, among other things, mental health resources, stigma reports, information for older people and people with disabilities, etc. The committee would also be responsible for ensuring that it is available and marketed to all residents. The committee would also be responsible for suggesting ways to improve the relationship between the community and the police department and to report to city council at least once a year.
“Meetings are to be held once a month, should be open to the public and determined by this committee,” according to the mission statement.
Committee members should include: a chair appointed by the board; a liaison council, without voting rights; one non-voting police liaison and eight members of the public who are residents of Randolph. Each member would have a one-year term.
City Councilor Joanne Veech suggested that two students, possibly a sophomore and a junior, also be included on the committee.
Ultimately, no decision was made and the board will continue discussions on the formation of the committee at future meetings.
Councilor Lou Nisivoccia, a liaison with the parks committee, said the committee installed holographic tape on benches and trees in the park to keep Canada geese away from benches and trees.
“It’s a simple but effective solution,” said City Manager Stephen Mountain.
Nisivoccia said the tape needed to be replaced twice because township residents thought it was rubbish and threw it away.
“We actually had to put up a sign that it wasn’t rubbish and not remove it,” Nisivoccia said.
City Councilor Veech asked if the township has a plan to tackle the growing population of spotted lantern flies, which are deadly to trees.
“The state hasn’t released anything other than reporting and suggesting that the lantern fly be killed,” Mountain said. “The impact of the lantern fly on the residents is mainly a nuisance as the lantern fly is more of a crop threat for the farmers and they spray and take care of their crops. I haven’t seen anything at the state level anywhere that speaks of a public health concern. I have looked around and most of the cities do nothing but pass on state information, ”he said.
On another topic, Mountain said road paving projects have been delayed due to supply shortages.
The Randolph Rotary Country Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, at the Municipal Building, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph. Council members will be available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to tour the municipal building and meet with community members to get to know them, and to introduce them to the council and their duty to the community.
The next council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 in the council chamber of the municipal building located at 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph.