Morris Plains Borough Weekly Update Friday,
September 25, 2020

Upcoming Municipal Meetings
Meeting notices and agendas will be published at www.morrisplainsboro.org
Board of Adjustments Meeting 9/28
Council Meeting 10/1 *please note time change 5 pm
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** Brush pick up next week - week of Sept 28th**
For safer, cleaner streets, brush should be placed out no earlier than 48 hours before scheduled pick-up date.

Please ensure that any brush put curbside adheres to the following guidelines:
  • No branches or limbs more than 3 inches in diameter
  • Small limbs and twigs should be tied in 1 foot round bundles no longer than 6 feet.
  • No branches or limbs should be longer than 6 feet nor greater than 3 inches in diameter (chipper limit)
  • Vines and picker bushes must be tied in bundles
  • Stumps must be free of dirt and debris.
  • No leaves or grass clippings are allowed with BRUSH pick-up
  • No lumber, Metal, Building Materials or Foreign Debris 
TONIGHT!
Cub Scout Pack #233 Bingo Night

Boys K-5 are invited to attend Friday, Sept 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at the Community Park Pavillion.

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Teen Center 7th Grade Event 9/25
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The full calendar, registration links and waivers can be found on our website at Morris Plains Teen Center

Farmer's Market
9 am - 1 pm through Oct 10th
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Time to stock up on your favorites - three more weeks of the Farmers Market. Last day is October 10th!  

Shoppers required to wear masks and practice social distancing. There will be no samples or any tasting. No pets, please.
"Chill Out" with your Family!
Saturday, Sept 26, 1-2pm
@Community Park in Morris Plains 


Come and enjoy a FREE Kona Ice with your family

Senior Citizens, Families, Individuals…all are invited!

Masks and social distancing required

Sponsored by the Morris Plains Municipal Alliance Committee

The MPMAC works to make our communities stronger and safer places by funding and sponsoring programs that benefit families, build self-esteem, provide volunteer opportunities, discourage the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, and support our schools.
Souper Soccer Saturday
to benefit Interfaith Food Pantry next Saturday 10/3
DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

Simons Field, Morris Plains (at the basketball court) 8:30 - 2:30

Central Park Fields, Morris Plains (Between Fields 2 and 3 ) 9 - 11:30

Cornine Field, Morristown (off Sussex Avenue) (near the Tennis Court) 8:30 - 3

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ANNUAL DEER CULL PROGRAM 9/12- 2/20

Mayor Jason Karr and Chief of Police Michael Koroski would like residents to be aware that the Borough’s annual deer cull began last Saturday, September 12th, and will continue through February 20, 2021. The purpose of the program is to manage the deer population on park, recreation and open space areas within the Borough without excessive conflict with park users or neighboring properties. Prior to the commencement of the cull each year, a safety meeting is held with the limited number of participants to verify their hunting credentials and review the strict rules of the program. Hunters are also reminded that some of the zones approved for hunting remain open to the public. Hunting zones throughout the Borough have orange warning signs posted at the boundary lines of each area.
           The objective of the deer culling program is to reduce the population of white-tailed deer for the purpose of restoring and improving forest health by reducing deer overbrowsing of the forest understory and ornamental plantings within the community, reducing health risks related to Lyme disease transmitted from deer to humans, and to reduce motorist collisions with deer, in an organized program and manner consistent with state regulations.
Wellness Day Cancelled
Free Flu Shot Available in October to those who Qualify
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellness Day has been canceled for this year. Free Flu Vaccines will still be available for Morris Plains residents age 50 and over OR under age 50 with a pre-existing condition (and with a doctor's note) at "Fast ER", 130 Speedwell Ave., Morris Twp. (862-242-8053) during the month of October. Must show proof of Morris Plains residency.
Recreation Updates
The Annual Community Bonfire & Halloween Parade will be discussed at the September 24th Recreation Commission Meeting .
Information will follow on the Borough Website. Click on the flyer for full details on other events and cancellations.
THE STRIDES FOR EDUCATION 5K IS BACK, OCT. 23-25!
And this time, it's virtual. It's the same healthy community event to support our schools that you know and love--but now you can run or walk wherever you like. All participants are entered into a raffle for prizes. Send us your selfies as you do your course!


Learn more about signing up or becoming a sponsor at www.educationfoundationmp.com. Click on flyer to enlarge.


Senior Citizens and Disabled Residents Transportation Assistance Program Informational Public Hearing Oct 13th

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Election Information

Instructions on How to Vote by Mail
Morris County Drop Box Locations

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Additional information can be found on both the Morris County Clerk’s website and the County Board of Elections Website

Other Items Of Interest Around The Borough

Please Do Not Put Any Leaves At Curbside before Mid-October

Residents are reminded not to put piles of leaves curbside. Leaf pickup does not begin until October 19th. If you have a landscaper please advise them as well. Thank you.
PSE&G Meter Inspection Info

As New Jersey continues to carefully reopen, PSE&G has begun to resume inspecting meters in the very near future, work that was paused over the last several months in response to the spread of COVID-19. We are inspecting natural gas meters in your community, ensuring the continued safety and reliability of your gas service. We conduct these safety inspections to check for surface corrosion, leaks and other conditions that might require repair.
 
Here are three key pieces of information about the meter inspection:
  • The inspection, which is separate from a meter reading, is free and will take about 10 minutes.

  • There is no need to make an appointment at this time.  

  • Unless the meter requires immediate repair, there will be no interruption to service.
 
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of maintaining the safety of our customers and our employees, PSE&G employees and PSE&G contractors will follow safety protocols guided by the CDC and NJ State Department of Health, as well as all directives from the Governor’s Office and county/municipal governments.
 
Here’s what your residents need to know about the upcoming meter inspections related to COVID:
  • Prior to entering the building, PSE&G’s technician will ask the individual providing access a series of pandemic-related safety questions that will help guide PSE&G’s protocol.

  • PSE&G technicians will be wearing personal protective equipment and will practice social distancing.

  • The PSE&G technician will ask that anyone in the building maintain a safe distance from the technicians and allow him/her through the nearest entryway in proximity to the meter(s).
 
Someone over the age of 18 will need to give our technician access if you have an inside meter. The technician will need to perform a visual inspection of the meter.
 
Meters that are located outside will also be inspected. Although technicians will be on the property, customers do not need to be home for outside meter inspections.
 
PSE&G reminds customers to always ask for identification when a utility worker comes to the door. Employees carry a PSE&G photo identification badge, wear PSE&G logo apparel and drive PSE&G cars or trucks. If residents are concerned in any way, please call PSE&G’s customer service line at 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify the identity of our employee.
 
We appreciate your help in ensuring that PSE&G can continue to provide you with safe and reliable natural gas service – now and in the future.

The August 2020 edition of the Plains Talk newsletter is now available on the Boro website.In this edition, we highlight the 20th Anniversary of the release of the very first edition of Plains Talk. The contents of that edition are also available below for those who'd like to take a stroll 'down Memory Lane'.



Plains Talk can also be accessed by clicking on the "Plains Talk Newsletter" in the "Organizations and Activities section of this website.
Coronavirus Information and Listings of Coronavirus Related resources Are Available On The Town Website.
For Coronavirus related information and resources available to all Morris Plains residents, please visit the town website at www.morrisplainsboro.org
Visit www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to complete your 2020 US Census and help Morris Plains get our share of federal funding.
 
Census workers will begin knocking on the doors of households that do not respond by August 11.
Municipal Court Update - 9/11/20

In an effort to maintain public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the municipal court will continue to host remote virtual court sessions.  Please contact us to schedule a proceeding and/or provide updated personal information.   
 
If you are disputing a traffic ticket and do not wish to appear in court, many cases are now eligible for review through the Online Municipal Case Resolution System at njmcdirect.com. You may select the option for case dispute and enter your ticket information.  Eligible traffic tickets will be reviewed by the prosecutor and you will be notified with their recommendation. 
 
Our office is here to serve you during the hours of 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.   While the building is closed for public entry, you may call the court to schedule an appointment at 973-538-4019. We are committed to delivering exceptional customer service in "The Community of Caring" and strive to provide a satisfying court experience for all.   
 
Morris Plains Webmaster Melissa Gibson can be reached at morrisplainsweb@gmail.com