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As a result of the storm, the deadline for making quarterly property tax payments has been extended to Friday, November 16th at 4:00pm.

(Current Pertinent Information - Originally Posted Wednesday, 11/14)

  • Construction Code Permits:  On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 the Montville Township Committee adopted a resolution waiving the construction code permit fees for damage that occurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  This waiver will be in place from October 30, 2012 to January 31, 2013 and is limited to repairs related to damage from the storm.  Residents who experienced damage that will require construction code permits to correct should speak with the Construction Department at the Montville Township municipal building.

  • Hurricane Sandy: Brush/Tree Collection: As a result of Hurricane Sandy, brush/tree collection and disposal is unusually challenging.  The Township will assist residents in disposing of material that is not complaint with the normal brush/tree collection requirements.

    Normal Brush/Tree Collection Procedures
    Vegetative waste is collected through the Township’s curbside collection program on your first garbage collection day of the week; i.e. Section One (1) on Mondays and Section two (2) on Tuesdays.  Following is how brush must be prepared for collection through the curbside program:

    Brush can be bundled for collection with the maximum bundle size being two (2) feet in diameter, four (4) feet in length and weighing no more than fifty (50) pounds.  Brush must be prepared so that each bundle can be handled by one person and branches must not exceed four (4) inches in diameter.

    Brush/Tree Collection That Exceeds the Normal Collection Procedures

    If you have brush or trees that are larger than what is included in the instructions outlined above, we ask that you reduce the size of the trees or brush to the greatest extent you are able to accomplish.  The goal should be to have material that one or two individuals, at most, can lift.  Once your brush/tree parts are reduced in size they should be placed at the curb and you can contact the Department of Public Works at 973-331-3324 to schedule collection.

    There are many residents who are working to remove large trees from their homes so we ask that you are patient as we work to assist everyone in need.

FOR PREVIOUS HURRICANE SANDY POSTINGS: PLEASE CLICK "READ MORE" BELOW.

 

(Saturday, 11/10)

  • Halloween: Montville Township will hold our "Scare, Share & Care" event this afternoon from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the High School parking lot. This will be our opportunity to provide treats to our children and donations to those in need. Full details are available at http://www.montvillenj.org/docs/rec/ScareShareCare2012.pdf.

(Friday, 11/9)

  • The Montville Township Committee will hold a Special Public Meeting this Saturday, Nov 10th, from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Road, to discuss Hurricane response.

  • JCP&L has made the Township aware that there are currently twenty-three (23) line crews working within Montville Township.  They have a current goal of restoring approximately 600 customers on seven (7) circuits.  Although there have been areas with power restorations today, exact restoration dates and times for all of these costumers is not available.

  • Anyone who is interested in filing a complaint with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) can do so via the customer assistance page of NJ BPU's Website: NJ BPU Website: Customer Assistance

  • United States Postal Service Mail: The Township has received a number of calls regarding mail delivery.  The Montville, Towaco, and Pine Brook post offices are open for business; although the Montville post office has experienced problems with its telephone.  Additionally, we have been made aware that there may be issues with the regional USPS mail delivery centers, which may be the cause of the unusually light first class mail.  Anyone looking for detailed information should contact their respective post office.

(Thursday, 11/8)

  • The Montville Township Committee will hold a Special Public Meeting this Saturday, Nov 10th, from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Road, to discuss Hurricane response.

  • The list of streets with power outages that was received from JCP&L and published yesterday was far from accurate and complete. Our Emergency Management Office was aware of that and has twice, since the list was received, forwarded a list of additional streets without full power to JCP&L's Outage office. Additionally, we ask you again to phone JCP&L at (888) 544-4877 or visit their website at www.firstenergycorp.com to report your outage. Do NOT call the Police Department to report outages or ask questions about power restoration! The frequent calls they have been receiving are diminishing their ability to respond to emergency situations.

(Wednesday, 11/7)

(Tuesday, 11/6)

  • The Township has published a flyer with information about events related to Hurricane Sandy, as well as contact phone numbers and website links, also related to the hurricane.

  • Montville Township Public Schools will be open tomorrow. Details are available at their website (www.montville.net).  St. Pius School will also open tomorrow.

  • Shelter Changes: In preparation for schools opening tomorrow, the sleeping shelter, which has been operating at the High School, will be moved to the Senior House this evening. All shelter operations at the High School will halt as of 11:00pm today. Warming facilities with Wi-Fi / Internet access are available at the Library, 90 Horseneck Road next to the High School, between the hours of 9:00am and 9:00pm and at the Youth Center, 130 Changebridge Road, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00pm. Showers are available at the High School between the hours of 5:00am to 6:45am and 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Please check back here for changes to the schedules for facility and shower access.

  • Halloween: Montville Township will hold our "Scare, Share & Care" event from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, November 10th in the High School parking lot. This will be our opportunity to provide treats to our children and donations to those in need. Full details are available at http://www.montvillenj.org/docs/rec/ScareShareCare2012.pdf.

  • Voting is taking place as scheduled today, Tuesday, November 6th. The polls are open from 6:00am to 8:00pm. All polling places in Montville Township have power and will be open. Information about polling locations and voting districts is available on the Voting District Information page.

  • For those who are still using generators in their homes, please remember that gasoline and diesel fuel are hazardous materials. Besides being highly flammable, the fumes that come from these fuels while they are being transported and stored are extremely hazardous to your health. Please review these recommendations for safe handling of flammable liquids.

  • The Police Department and Office of Emergency Management are making frequent use of the Nixle Connect service to broadcast alert messages to interested citizens.  Nixle Connect is a free service that allows public safety agencies to send warnings, alerts and informational messages via text message, e-mail, mobile app or your web browser.  You can sign up by texting your zip code to 888777 or by accessing Nixle's website at www.nixle.com.  Additional details are available in Nixle's "Why Nixle for Citizens" borchure.

(Monday, 11/5)

(Sunday, 11/4)

  • Montville Township Public Schools and St. Pius X School will be closed on Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th due to the hazardous conditions caused by fallen trees and downed power lines in many areas of the township. Information will be available on Tuesday afternoon regarding Wednesday's school schedule. If conditions permit, the schools will be open on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th, days they had been scheduled to be closed for the now-cancelled Teachers' Convention.

  • Activities for youth: M.E.D.L.C. will be opened at Valley View School on Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm for all elementary-aged children currently enrolled in the program.  The Youth Center will be open on Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00pm for middle and high school aged children.

  • Trick-or-Treating Postponed: Despite reports from some sources that Halloween is to be celebrated tomorrow (Monday), the conditions in Montville Township are still dangerous enough, with downed power lines and fallen trees, that Trick-or-Treating has been further postponed. Plans are being finalized and we will provide further information as soon as it is available. We recommend that you do NOT permit your children to go out until conditions are safe.

  • In order to ensure that JCP&L is aware of all outages in the township, it is recommended that you contact them at their Power Center - call (888) 544-4877 or via the Internet.  Even if you have reported your outage previously, you can do it again to make sure that they have your home on file.

  • Garbage pickup will continue this week according to your normal schedule. The only exception will be that vegetative waste (branches, leaves or grass clippings) will not be collected this week. Pickup of vegetative waste is expected to resume according normal schedule next Monday, November 12th.  Please read the Materials Mandated to be Recycled in the Township of Montville page prior to placing any items at the curb for instructions on the appropriate way to prepare the materials for collection.

  • If you have experienced damage to your property as a result of Hurricane Sandy, you can apply for Disaster Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There are three ways to submit your application:

(Saturday, 11/3)

We received the following information today from JCP&L regarding the status of their efforts to restore electrical service to the residents and businesses in Montville Township:

Total Customers Served: 9118
Currently without service: 3417
Percentage of customers without service: 37%
Estimated Customers to be restored on:  
    Saturday, Nov 3 0
    Sunday, Nov 4 342
    Monday, Nov 5 718

We are thankful for donations by citizens and local restaurants businesses of food for those affected by the storm. If you would like to make such a donation, please coordinate delivery by calling the Emergency Operations Center at (973) 257-4110 or (973) 257-4300.

(Friday, 11/2)

Power Restoration: According to a press release from JCP&L, electrical service has been restored to 40% of their customers who were affected by Hurricane Sandy  Although we have seen some power restoration throughout some areas of Montville Township, estimates from JCP&L are indicating that the majority of service restoration will be completed by November 7, 2012 with customers in the hardest hit areas the following week.  Estimated restoration dates for specific streets are not yet available but we are hoping for this information soon.  Do not call the police about electrical outages.  They cannot do anything to restore your power and do not have any information about when JCP&L will be be working in your neighborhood.  Do not call 9-1-1 except in case of real emergency.  Other calls can tie up the phone lines and possibly delay response to life-threatening situation.

Residents should be mindful that JCP&L is responsible for electric service up to the point where your service begins on your home.  If your electrical service has been affected, you need to have the damage repaired by a licensed electrician.  This must be taken care of before power can be restored at your home.

Shelter: The comfort centers that have been open are being consolidated to Montville Township High School, 100 Horseneck Road.  Beginning at 3:00 PM today, residents will have access to men's and women's shower facilities, heat, electricity, and overnight accommodations, if needed.  If you anticipate spending the night at the shelter, please bring a sleeping bag, pillows, and any other items of comfort - cots will be available.

Garbage Collection: Garbage collection scheduled for today (Section 2) was begun; however, the garbage trucks experienced challenges getting around the Township.  If you normally receive garbage collection on Friday but your garbage was not collected today, please pull your cans in from the street and place them out again for collection tomorrow, Saturday, November 3, 2012.  The Township's contractor and the Township are making every effort to collect garbage.

The Montville Township Health Department has canceled the SMAC health clinic scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012.

(Thursday, 11/1)

Public Showers - Showers for both men and women will be available at Montville Township High School, today, from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  The men's and women's locker rooms are located to the right when entering the High School from the front doors.

Comfort Shelters remain open as described below on the Tuesday, 10/31 update.

There has been some restoration of power in sporadic areas within Montville Township; however, residents should remain prepared for long term outages.  We do not have any specific information, at this time, regarding total restoration.

(Wednesday, 10/31)

Garbage collection will take place as scheduled; Section I - Thursday, November 1, 2012 and Section II - Friday, November 2, 2012.

Due to the severe wide-spread damage caused by Hurricane Sandy throughout New Jersey, JCP&L has been attempting to complete their overall evaluation of their utility infrastructure. Montville Township's electrical substations have been significantly damaged.  Currently, JCP&L is working to bring these substations back online.  Additionally, the Township has also experienced wide spread electrical infrastructure damage to transformers, power lines, and utility poles. The damage to the regions electrical delivery infrastructure is severe and may be out for some time.  Resident should be prepared for long term power outages, potentially 7 to 10 days or longer.

As the temperature begins to drop, residents should be mindful regarding the use of generators (ensure the exhaust is away from windows and generators are placed outdoors).  Additionally, do not heat your home with your gas stove and make sure that fire detectors have batteries that have been recently changed.

(Tuesday, 10/31)

Although the weather is expected to continue clearing tomorrow and more streets throughout town are being cleared, there are still many trees, poles and live electrical wires in roadways and yards throughout the township.  You are urged to stay off the roads to allow emergency services and utility personnel to continue to do their jobs in a safe environment. Remember also that due to the widespread power outages, most stores, gas stations and other destinations are still closed.  If you must drive, please do so with extreme caution as most traffic lights are still not working.  Be safe!

The Montville Police Department will be opening comfort stations at the local firehouses for your convenience.  The buildings are equipped with generators and are capable of providing charging for electronic equipment.  The stations are located at:

  • Montville Fire Department Station 1 at 106 Route 202 at Taylortown Road, Montville from Approximately 10:00 AM, closing at 10:00 PM.
  • Towaco Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 at 27 Whitehall Road, Towaco from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Pine Brook Fire Department - Limited overnight accommodations are available for dire-need residents at Station 1 at 47 Old Bloomfiled Avenue, Pine Brook

A pet-friendly comfort station will be available at Cedar Hill School, 46 Pine Brook Road, Towaco.  Residents can stay and charge their devices as well as relax with their pets.  All of these stations will be available today, October 30th, after 2:00pm.

The shelter at the High School has been closed.

All Montville Township schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30th.

(Monday, 10/29)

A local State of Emergency has been declared for Montville Township.  Access to roads throughout the Township is restricted to emergency services personnel. Significant portions of the township are without electrical service and many streets are blocked by fallen trees, utility poles and wires.  Please stay safe in your homes.  Do not call 9-1-1 except in case of real emergency.  Other calls can tie up the phone lines and possibly delay response to life-threatening situation.  Do not call the police about electrical outages.  They cannot do anything to restore your power and do not have any information about when JCP&L will be be working in your neighborhood.  

A temporary emergency shelter with limited sleeping facilities has been opened at the High School.  Access to the shelter will be limited to those whose homes are not habitable due to physical damage related to the storm.

Montville Township opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 8:00 pm, Monday, October 29th.  It is staffed by representatives of all of our emergency services.  Please continue to call 9-1-1 to report any emergency.  EOC personnel are available to coordinate response to storm-related situations throughout the township and answer non-emergency, storm-related questions.  Please direct your calls to the appropriate personnel at the following numbers:

Organization Phone No Functions
Emergency Management Coordinator (973) 257-4110 General storm-related questions
Montville Fire Department (973) 257-4300 Pump-outs, non-emergency fire-related questions
Pine Brook Fire Department (973) 257-4300 Pump-outs, non-emergency fire-related questions
Towaco Fire Department (973) 257-4300 Pump-outs, non-emergency fire-related questions
Montville Twp. First Aid Squad (973) 257-4300 Non-emergency medical questions
Montville Twp. Police Department (973) 257-4300 Non-life-threatening situations

In the event of a power outage
please call the Jersey Central Power & Light Outage Reporting Line
(888) 544-4877.

Do not call 9-1-1, the Police Department or the EOC for power outages.  The people there cannot do anything to resolve power outages and your call could delay their response to true emergencies.

For the safety of their workers, JCP&L has pulled their crews off of restoration work due to the high winds we are experiencing.  If you experience a power  outage, you should not expect the problem to be resolved until after the storm passes and the crews can resume work.

Garbage collection for Section 2, scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2012 has been canceled.  The next garbage collection for Section 2 will be Friday, November 2, 2012.

Moving vehicles: Residents of areas that were impacted by flooding during the storms associated with Hurricane Irene are invited to move any vehicles from flood prone areas to the Woodmont Elementary School parking lot on Woodmont Road.  If you choose to move a vehicle to Woodmont School, it MUST be removed prior to school resuming.

(Sunday, 10/28)

The Montville Township Public Schools will be closed on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. The M.E.D.L.C. program will also be closed on Monday.  M.E.D.L.C. may also close on Tuesday if the state of emergency continues until then.

The Township Office of Emergency Management has issued the following alert regarding traffic and parking in Pine Brook:

The impending weather conditions impose an imminent hazard to traffic and emergency response. In order to maintain transportation rights-of-way that allow emergency traffic to flow, the Montville Police will utilize predetermined detour routes around the flood-prone areas of Changebridge Road, should it become necessary. Parking on the following streets will be prohibited beginning at 9:00am on Monday October 29, 2012 until further notice:

  • Gathering Road, from Changebridge to Konner Ave.
  • Konner Ave. from Gathering Road to Woodmont Road
  • Woodmont Road, the entire length.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your cooperation.

The Police Department and Office of Emergency Management are making use of the Nixle Connect service to broadcast alert messages to interested citizens.  Nixle Connect is a free service that allows public safety agencies to send warnings, alerts and informational messages via text message, e-mail, mobile app or your web browser.  You can sign up by texting your zip code to 888777 or by accessing Nixle's website at www.nixle.com.  Additional details are available in Nixle's "Why Nixle for Citizens" borchure.

We have confirmed with Suburban Disposal, Inc., the township's solid waste collection contractor, that they intend to collect garbage and recycling this week according to their normal schedule.  If weather conditions make that impossible, there will be a notification posted here.

(Saturday, 10/27)

Governor Chris Christie has issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in New Jersey in preparation for the coming storm.

In coordination with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the operators of several  reservoirs, including the Boonton Reservoir, have been releasing water since Friday to reduce the possibility of flooding as a result of the expected heavy rains.

The Township's Department of Public Works has placed a supply of sandbags, along with a truckload of sand at the parking lot of Manchester Park (33A Buckingham Circle, Pine Brook).  Township residents in areas prone to flooding should feel free to take advantage of these supplies to help minimize the damage of potential flooding.

(Friday, 10/26)

The Township of Montville, including the Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, Fire Departments, First Aid Squad and Department of Public Works have begun to prepare for the storm.  Current forecast models indicate Sandy may make landfall on the eastern seaboard, between Delaware and Maine.   At this time, the New Jersey is in the center of the projected path.  

Hurricanes often result in extensive damage to power lines and poles and may result in power outages that can last for days.  At times, Montville Township experiences power failures during regular storms, so residents should be prepared for large scale power outages.  If your power should go out, please call the JCP&L Outage Reporting Line at (888) 544-4877.  Please do not call 9-1-1 or the Police Department for power outages as they can do nothing about outages and you may delay their ability to respond to true emergencies.

Remember, the 9-1-1 system is for emergencies only!  For general inquiries, information or to report property damage, contact the Police Department at 973-257-4300.  If you sustain property damage and need a police report, or are in need of a 'pump out' due to flooding, please refrain from contacting the Police Department and Fire Departments during the height of the storm.

Specific Areas of Concern
The primary areas of concern for Township residents involve power outages, flooding, and high winds.  Storm history indicates Sandy is producing significant amounts of rain.  Depending on the path of the storm, this may cause river and low-lying area flooding.  Common flooding areas include the Hatfield Creek region, including Sheffield, Lancaster, Manchester, Normandy, Walnut, Crescent, Parkway, Stiles, Bader, Barnett, River, and Changebridge Roads.  Additionally, Kramer, Riverside, and Bloomfield Ave. may see flooding.

Preparedness
Residents are advised to prepare for the arrival of the storm immediately.  At a minimum, essential items like water, nonperishable food, batteries, flashlights, battery operated radios and a vehicle filled with gasoline should be on hand or available.  If you have a generator or pump, make sure it is fueled and in working order.  Lastly, any lawn furniture or loose items should be secured as much as possible.  Storm updates will be posted on this site as they become available.

Additional information on preparedness can be found through the State of New Jersey's Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA):

New Jersey OEM:  Plan and Prepare

FEMA - Are You Ready - Hurricanes

FEMA - Are You Ready - Floods

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 December 2012 )
 
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