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December 2014


   Preparation for Winter    Storm Events
The Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining safe conditions for the public during winter 
In anticipation of a snow or icing event, the Department will
pre-treat several areas of the Township with salt brine.  This operation may be conducted one to two days before an event.  Our drivers are trained and experienced in plow operations and will make every effort to avoid damage to areas adjoining he roadways, however, the township will not be responsible for damage to items obstructing the right of way.

Fair Housing

 If you or someone you know is interested in Pequannock Township's Affordable Housing Program, please contact Fair Housing at 973-835-5700, Ext. 198.  Our list is not closed and currently we are accepting Interested Person Questionnaires from households who meet the affordable housing income caps for one, two, or three bedroom low and moderate income.  You may request a form via email, regular mail or by calling Fair Housing.


The following units are available (at this time):


3 Bedroom MOD unit available at The Glens - $162,144

2 Bedroom MOD unit available at The Glens - $153,827

1 Bedroom MOD unit available at The Glens - $120,616


Volunteers Needed


As we go into 2015, there are several seats open on various Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Committees in town.  If you are interested in participating in any of these, please reach out to  the Township Clerk's Office at  973-835-5700, Ext. 120.  Volunteer applications are available in the Clerk's Office or on our Website.  Some openings for the coming year are on the following:  Economic Development Commission, Open Space Advisory Commission, Environmental Commission, Flood Control Advisory Committee, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, and Fair Housing Committee.
A Message from Our Fire Safety Bureau
  Winter Safety Tips:




It is black or brown in appearance, usually crusty, like tar.  It is highly combustible and builds up in the chimney. It can catch fire causing it to spread to your home. Use only seasoned wood, not sappy wood and clean chimney frequently.


Christmas Trees:


Keep the tree watered.  Position the tree away from direct heat such as radiators, heat vents and fireplaces. If needles begin to fall, remove the tree from the house.




Check for frayed or loose sockets/bulbs

Use only UL approved lights and cords

Do not overload electric circuits


Holiday Cooking-Avoid Kitchen Fires:


Holiday fires can turn a joyous occasion into tragedy

Follow the guidelines below to avoid a fire this holiday season:

Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three (3) feet away from heat sources while cooking.  When cooking do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns. Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents.  Move away from the stove, anything that could catch on fire, such as towels, pot holders and curtains.   After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking material are extinguished.

Establish a safe zone around the stove while cooking, keep children and pets at least three (3) feet away.  Never leave food cooking unattended.


                           Snow/Inclement Weather:


Keep exterior dryer vents clear of snow.

Do not pile snow against the house.

While running your vehicle, be sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow. Blocked exhaust pipes could cause carbon monoxide poisoning to the occupants of the vehicle.


To help us help you in an emergency, please make a three (3) foot clearance around the fire hydrants.


The Fire Safety 
Staff wishes you a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday!

                 Parks & Recreation News
Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 13th  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Greenview Park
Bring your own stick to roast S'mores over our Bonfire, Hot Cocoa, Trackless Train & More!!
Santa will arrive aboard a Fire Truck
Fee:  $5.00
     Letters to Santa 
 Starting November, the Parks & Recreation Department will start collecting Letters to Santa.  Children can write their letters to Santa and send them to c/o Santa's Helpers, 530 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, New Jersey  07444.
Santa's Helpers need all letters to be mailed in by December 18th so that they must have enough time to respond.



 For More Information Visit Our Website

Pequannock Police Department



The police department will be conducting numerous Driving While Intoxicated supplemental patrols throughout the holiday season. It is the goal of the police department to provide safe roadways while our families travel throughout the township during the holiday season. Please drive safe and sober.


The police department would like to remind residents that parking vehicles in the street is prohibited when streets are snow and ice covered. Vehicles are now permitted to park on the township streets overnight throughout the winter months. We would also like to remind residents that it is their responsibility to make sure sidewalks are cleared of any snow or ice within 24 hours of the end of any snow accumulation. With the cooperation of our residents we can make sure our children have safe passage when they walk to and from school.


A Message from the Pequannock Twp. Traffic Bureau


In November the Police department implemented 4 portable speed signs to be placed on various roadways on a bi-annual basis throughout the Township. These signs can serve as a gentle reminder of your speed as you navigate through Pequannock Township. It is our hope that the motoring public will respect the speed limits, fellow motorists as well as pedestrians in order to have a safe and happy holiday season.

The Police Department will also be participating in several Aggressive Driving Task Forces during the holiday season. We will be enforcing all motor vehicle violations with special attention to speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes and driving while intoxicated. Parents, please speak to your newly licensed young adults about the dangers of erratic driving and the ramifications of their actions. Remember driving is a privilege and a right


 OEM News
 The Office of Emergency Management is announcing a new and improved reverse 9-1-1 system.  This updated system will allow residents to receive emergency notifications on their home telephone, cell phone, text, and work telephones.  Residents will create their own individual account to update and manage information.  Any telephone numbers registered with the previous system have been carried over to the newer system.  However, all residents are urged to register with the new system to ensure all contact information is accurate.


Please click here for registration address 


We have been fortunate in the past two years to be free of any weather emergencies.  Hopefully, this trend will continue.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!


Bobbi Jo Murphy

OEM Coordinator 

 Mayor Melissa Florance-Lynch, the Township Council, and

the Staff of Pequannock Township Wish Everyone a Happy & Safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!