March 2021: Morris Township News Update
Disclaimer: This is a personal communication from Jeff Grayzel and does not represent an official communication from our local government or any other local authority.
I hope that many of you have had the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine. Unfortunately the demand is still greater than the supply and many of us are still waiting to get one – including me! Please continue to be patient. I urge everyone to get a vaccination when their time comes.
The Morris County COVID-19 Vaccination Center just passed the milestone of delivering 100,000 Doses. Read about it here:
Our monthly Township Committee is coming up TOMORROW, March 17 starting at 7:00pm. See the details below.
Please read this entire newsletter to get fully informed and then please share it with your family and neighbors.
Upcoming Township Committee Meeting,
Wednesday, March 17
The Township Committee will hold its next Regular Meeting this Wednesday at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom Meetings as has been the practice since the start of the pandemic. The agenda can be found here: https://www.morristwp.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03172021-1169
As you can see from the agenda, we will cover the following topics (among other items) at our meeting:
- A Proclamation recognizing Developmental Disabilities Month
- A continuation of our tradition recognizing a member of the public for their accomplishment or volunteer work (tune in to see who it is!)
- Opportunity for public commentary and questioning on any matter relating to Morris Township
- Introduction of the 2021 Municipal Budget
- Introduction of an ordinance setting our swimming pool fees for the upcoming season.
- Bid reports on two important projects for 2021
- Commentary by Township Committee
To participate in the meeting, click on the following link:
If you are more familiar with Zoom, you can access our meeting via the “Zoom Meeting” app or webpage: https://us02web.zoom.us/join
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Alternatively, you can dial in with a traditional phone call:
Phone: (929)-205-6099 or (301)-715-8592
When prompted, type in the following numbers:
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Morris Township Regular Meeting - February 17, 2021
The Township Committee held its second Regular Meeting of 2021 on February 17. The agenda for this meeting can be found here:
As a reminder, video recording of each of our Township Committee meetings can be found on Morris Township’s YouTube page:
We started off this meeting by honoring Black History Month. Committeewoman Cathy Wilson penned a wonderful tribute to the occasion, which I urge everyone to read.
At each of our monthly meetings we honor people from our community for the good work they do either as volunteers or in other ways that they help the community. In combination with Black History Month we honored those that have been instrumental in creating and perpetuating the Martin Luther King Observance Committee, which hosts the annual MLK Memorial Breakfast and provides scholarships. Established in 1970, this organization recently held their 51st annual MLK celebration. At our February meeting we honored the members of this organization that reside in Morris Township.
At the February 17 meeting there were THREE ordinances for final consideration. Read the full text of these ordinances here:
- Ordinance 01-21 relates to a proposed development at the office park located at 340 Mount Kemble Avenue. See below for more information on a Special Meeting to be held for this proposal.
There were FOUR new ordinances for introduction at this meeting. Read the full text of these ordinances here:
The meeting then continued with the Township Committee voting on 16 RESOLUTIONS. The full text of each resolution can be found here:
The meeting continued with reports from our Standing Committees (varying combinations of two members from the Township Committee are assigned to various operating functions within the municipality to provide oversight), followed by individual commentary by each member of the Township Committee. The meeting concluded with “public inquiry” from our residents. You can listen to all this commentary by clicking on the video link below.
VIDEO recordings of Township Committee meetings are available on the township’s website! You can find the link on the municipal website’s “agenda center” (click on the camera icon) OR you can go directly to the YouTube channel:
340 Mount Kemble Avenue Redevelopment Proposal
At the January 20 meeting the 340 Mt. Kemble Redevelopment Plan Ordinance was introduced. A copy of the Redevelopment Plan and an “FAQ’s” (Frequently Asked Questions) are available on the municipal website:
The site is one of three adjacent office parks making up the entire office complex located at 340, 350 and 412 Mount Kemble Avenue. The proposal is to add a 225-room business-style hotel on the site. Existing parking spaces at the adjacent office building will be removed to accommodate the new hotel building, and there will be very little disturbance of lands that are not already impervious surfaces (i.e. asphalt).
A Special Township Committee meeting devoted to this project had been scheduled for March 9, but a technical difficulty caused us to reschedule this meeting. The new meeting date will be announced tomorrow at the Township Committee meeting.
There will be a formal presentation by the Township’s municipal planner at this upcoming meeting. The public will then be able to ask questions about this project before any formal action is taken.
Morris Twp Environmental Commission Initiatives
Read the EC’s Newsletter!
Check out the EC's latest newsletter, which includes:
- Meet the Environmental Commission
- NEW Bamboo Ordinance
- Recycle ONLY #1,2,&5 Plastics
- Learn about Community Energy Aggregation
- Local & Statewide Plastic Bag Ban
Zoom Lecture about Composting, March 22nd
Composting at its simplest is a mix of dried leaves and food waste. It creates natural fertilizer and reduces municipal solid waste by as much as 22 percent, according to a study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To help residents tackle climate action in their backyards, the Environmental Commissions of the Chathams, Madison and Morris Township are hosting an online talk titled “Composting Simplified: Black Gold for your Garden,” with Cheri Wilczek, a Rutgers Master Gardener. The online talk will be held on March 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting https://compostingmastergardener.eventbrite.com.
Wilczek refers to compost as “black gold” because it is one of the best soil amendments in a gardener’s tool box. It is rich in micronutrients and easy to add to the trees, shrubs, plants and vegetables in your yard. In her talk, Wilczek will cover the basics of starting and building a compost bin. She’ll explain what materials to add (vegetable and fruit scraps, tea bags, cardboard), what to avoid (meat, bones, dairy), how to deal with wildlife and troubleshoot the process. Finally, she’ll discuss how to use compost in your yard as a soil amendment.
Federal $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
Means Funds for Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains
The American Rescue Plan will send more than $10 billion to the state and local governments within New Jersey. The $1.9 trillion COVID relief package contains $360 billion in state and local aid to help keep essential workers on the job, assist struggling families and small businesses, and make critical investments in infrastructure.
The state government will receive approximately $6.434 billion plus another $189 million to expand broadband internet across the state. An additional $1.823 billion will be split among the 21 county governments and $1.741 billion divided among all 565 cities and municipalities. Morris County towns will split $48.6 million in municipal funds.
Here's how the American Rescue Plan will distribute that money:
- Read the Municipal Messenger Monthly Newsletter
The March update can be found here:
- Spring Recreation Brochure
The Morris Township Recreation Department just released its 2021 Spring programming brochure. Registration for the following Spring programs are currently available on Community Pass. You can find the brochure here:
- T-Ball Registration Has Begun
Boys and girls between the ages of 5-7 are eligible to play. Children must be 5 years of age by August 31, 2021. Emphasis is placed on instruction, recreation, and sportsmanship. Register here:
- Sign Up for Morris Township’s “Municipal Messenger”
In order to keep updated with news and information related to Morris Township, I encourage everyone to sign up for “Municipal Messenger” email notifications by clicking here:
The Municipal Messenger is an invaluable tool to receive important information from the municipality.
Upcoming Township Committee Meetings…
The next Regular Meeting of the Township Committee is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00pm.
Looking ahead, next month’s regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 21.
I will continue to communicate with the public by e-newsletter on a periodic basis. However, if you ever have a question or an issue you would like to discuss, feel free to contact me by e-mail. I will respond to e-mails sent to Jeff@JeffGrayzel.com.
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