Morris Plains Borough Weekly Update
Friday, November 20, 2020

Upcoming Municipal Meetings

Meeting notices and agendas will be published at www.morrisplainsboro.org
11/23 Board of Adjustment Meeting
11/26-27 Borough Offices Closed
11/27 Trash Collection Friday instead of Thursday this week

Other Key Dates This Week - read further for more info
Scavenger Hunt has started! 
11/21 Community Turkey Drive
11/22 Last day of Fresh Fruit Sale Fundraiser
11/24 Arbor Terrace Virtual Workshop: Dealing with Holiday Stress 2020
11/26 Last Day to Enter Minding Your Mind Raffle
Happy Thanksgiving! 
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Final Call to Display Scarecrows!
Scavenger Hunt is On! Click on fliers to enlarge.
Submit by 12/9 for prize drawing!
Critical Blood Shortage
The increasing COVID-19 pandemic numbers are resulting in serious blood shortages in area hospitals. Because so many corporations, schools, churches and other organizations are in shutdown mode, they can't hold blood drives. Subsequently there are severe shortages throughout the region.

If you are eligible to donate blood, please read the notice below and make an appointment for Saturday, November 28th, between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Morris Plains Community Center.  
Get support and enter by Thanksgiving to win!
The Morris Plains Municipal Alliance is encouraging residents to access this wonderful list of resources that can be viewed on your own. We hope this will help yourself and your families weather Covid19 impacts or any storm.

Through Thanksgiving, we invite you to utilize these resources, confidentially tell us about it, and be entered into a drawing for a gift card to a Morris Plains restaurant.

Take a look and then enter the drawing!
Arbor Terrace Hosts Virtual Workshops

Join Diane Lang, Therapist, Educator and Life Coach for the remaining two virtual workshops. Please attend one or all the workshops. 
 
Tuesday, November 24th 2:30 pm Dealing with Holiday Stress 2020
The 2020 holiday season will require us to adapt our family traditions to keep everyone safe. These changes in our normal holiday activities may add a level of stress, grief, and anxiety to our days. Learn how to beat the holiday blues and create a plan to help manage stress including relaxation techniques.
 
Tuesday, December 1st   2:30 pm Building Resiliency for Today and Tomorrow
The current crisis is unique in its uncertainty. We are not sure what the future will look like and when the pandemic will end. This creates fear and brings additional challenges to coping with everyday tasks. These are touch times, but they offer an opportunity for growth and to build resiliency. Join us to learn ways to build a resiliency plan in a time of uncertainty. 
 
RSVP to Mary Beth Kane 973-718-3636 or marybeth.kane@arborcompany.com.
A link to the workshops will be sent to you for each of the events.
Morris County At-Home COVID Testing
 
Morris County will launch at-home and mobile COVID-19 testing programs for Morris County residents and workers within the next week, as the number of new cases in the county continues to increase in correlation with a spike in the virus statewide.

The Morris County COVID-19 Recovery Task Force was formed to develop strategies to assist businesses and communities overcome pandemic impacts. The purpose of the expanded testing is to:

  • Identify Asymptomatic Individuals
  • Increase Test Availability for Symptomatic Individuals
  • Detect Clusters or Outbreaks
  • Provide Trending Data for Proactive Measures

The testing will involve going to the Morris County website and accessing a portal but the county still is in the process of developing the portal. Once the portal is active, announcements will be made and further information will be shared with the public. 
We will update you accordingly.

Jason C. Karr
Mayor
Coyote Sightings in Morris Plains

Residents have reported an increase in coyote sightings in Morris Plains neighborhoods. As a result, the Borough of Morris Plains reached out to the NJ Fish and Game and the USDA Wildlife Services – NJ Division for guidance on how to protect residents from wild animals.

First off, if you or your family are in immediate danger and/or are being attacked by any wild animal, you are urged to call 911 for an immediate dispatch of police assistance. If you have a concern or want to report a coyote sighting, please call the Morris Plains Police Department at 973-538-2284.

Coyotes are in all 21 counties in NJ. The USDA Wildlife Services has not reported an increase in coyote activity, but they have documented an increase in coyote reporting’s since many people are home more and out in their neighborhoods due to Covid.

The USDA Wildlife Services cannot remove wild animals just because they are roaming in neighborhoods. They will only activate their services if a coyote or other wild animal attacks a resident.
Residents can hire a trapper to come in to remove the coyotes, but there is no guarantee that this will eliminate coyotes in neighborhoods.
To help ward of coyotes, the USDA Wildlife Services recommend the following tips:
  • Remove any food items including food left out for out for cats, bird feeders, uncovered garbage as these are often found when coyote come close to homes.
  • Cutback any overgrown hedges and remove any leaf piles or brush that may serve as burrow for small animals that coyote prey on like rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks.
  • Coyotes are fearful of loud noises, so using an airhorn or banging pots and pans will scare them away. Spraying them with a hose or putting on your lawn sprinkler will deter them as well.

The USDA Wildlife Services has been made aware of the coyote problem in Morris Plains and has set up a dedicated line so our residents can reach out through this direct phone number, (908-735-4513) for any additional questions or information.
Garbage Pick Up Notice
Due to Coronavirus, many services continue to operate under a State of
Emergency. We have been contacted by our garbage hauler who has indicated
we may experience service interruptions. This means that over the next few
months, our garbage company may experience staffing shortages which may
impact our scheduled pickups. 

We encourage residents to put their garbage out the night before, as pick-up may begin by 2:00 am. If your garbage is not picked up early in the morning, it may be picked up by the end of the day.
 
We will alert residents if there are any significant changes to our pickup
schedule. We ask for your patience as we navigate through this challenging time. 

Stay Safe
Jason C. Karr
Mayor
Morris Plains January Rabies Clinic Cancelled 

The Morris Plains Free Rabies Clinic that is held each January has been cancelled this year due to Covid concerns. If your pet is due for its rabies vaccination, you can take it to another town within Morris County to receive a free rabies vaccination and get the paperwork that is necessary for renewing your pet’s registration. 
Please visit Morris County – Office of Health Management’s web site for dates/times/locations of additional free Rabies clinics in Morris County:  https://health.morriscountynj.gov/public/rabies/
 



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Emergency Kits Offered to Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

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Municipal Court Update

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.   
 
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