November 2016 Newsletter



Department of Environmental Protection 

Issues a Drought Warning




On October 21, 2016 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought warning for most northern and central counties in the State. A drought watch is in effect for Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. The only counties not under a warning or watch are Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland.
Dry conditions and below normal precipitation have resulted in certain regional reservoirs being depleted, a threat to water supplies and the potential of a developing water shortages in portions of the State.
The following tips to reduce water use are recommended at this time:
*  During this time of year, it is appropriate to let your lawns go dormant.
*  Turn sprinkler systems off automatic timers.
*  Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs or let them go
*  Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk rather than a hose.
*  Wash vehicles with a bucket and do not run the hose more than necessary
        or use a commercial carwash that recycles water.
*  To save water at home, fix leady faucets and pipes.  Consider replacing
        your toilet with a low-flow version; this can save around 11,000 gallons
        per year.
*  Upgrade your showerhead to low-flow versions which an save 7,700
        gallons per year
For more detailed information on water conservation technologies and interesting facts, visit:
Members of the Pequannock Township Water Department staff are available to answer any questions you may have. Please call Mark Struble at (973) 835-5700 x 190.

Pequannock Township Fair Housing

Pequannock Township
Fair Housing Program
The Fair Housing Committee meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at
7 p.m. at Town Hall, second floor.  If you have any questions for the committee, please call to have your questions answered at 973-835-5700, ext. 198 or attend the meeting.
If you or anyone you know is in need of housing, please contact Fair Housing for an Interested Person Questionnaire.  A form can be emailed to you or mailed to you.  The purpose of the form is so that you may be placed on the current waiting list.  
Please check the for more information.  

Pequannock Township Police Department

As we usher in the month of November, we would like to take this opportunity to touch on a few items that always come to mind.  Before our children take their last bicycle ride of the year, please be a positive role model and encourage the use of helmets. The statistics with respect to head injuries sustained as a result of bicycle accidents are overwhelming. This fact alone should be sufficient for parents to require their children to wear a helmet but if it is not, New Jersey law demands it.  So please, in the interest of your child's welfare, the best way to keep him or her safe while bicycling is for you to demand that a helmet be worn. Relying on your police to enforce this parental responsibility is not practical or sufficient.
We would also like to remind all of the township's residents and visitors to remain attentive and cautious while driving.  As the clocks, "fall back," we see the peak commuting hours occur in total darkness. The lack of sunlight and the high traffic volume requires us all to slow down and be more attentive. We also know that as the month progresses, car windows and mirrors become obstructed with condensation and ice. Motorists have a statutory obligation to maintain a clear view in all directions before moving their vehicle. As the weather gets colder, drivers in New Jer sey are also required to remove all snow and ice from the exterior of their vehicle.  Please factor this extra time into your day.
  The Pequannock Police Department participated in
Detective Steven Cicchetti
the Township's Annual Shred Day at the Pequannock Township Municipal Building on
October 15th.  Officers collected old prescription medications in the departments portable drug collection can and ultimately collected 43 pounds of unwanted and expired medication. The public is reminded that the department has a permanent prescription collection bin at the police desk that can be accessed 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Officers of the police department attended the Community Opiate Awareness Program recently held at the First Reformed Church.  Representatives of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, a doctor from Chilton Medical Center and a recovering opiate user presented a compelling presentation about the increased use of opiates in suburban towns, specifically in Morris County. The goal of the presentation was to make members of the community aware of the increased use of opiates through the use of prescriptions such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Fentanyl. These types of prescription drugs can cause strong addictions to the opiates which often lead to the use of heroin. This presentation is the first of a three part series which is sponsored by Grains of Hope with its community partners. The community is reminded that the Pequannock Police Department has drug testing kits available to members of the community.  These kits are available through Det. Steven Cicchetti at the police department. He can be reached at 973-835-1700 Ext. 119.    

Pequannock Library Adult Programs
Registration is required for most programs; please call 973-835-7460 to reserve a seat.
Great Decisions
On Wednesdays, November 9 and 30 at 7:00 p.m., the Pequannock Library will host Great Decisions, America's largest discussion program on world affairs--a project of the Foreign Policy Association. Reading materials will be provided and may be picked up at the Library.
Facebook & Instagram
Are you interested in joining social media and not sure where to start.  Then join us on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. when Assistant Director, Brianne Colombo will teach you the basics of Facebook and Instagram.
Just Add Color - Coloring Program
Come to the Library to sharpen your colored pencils and join the coloring craze. Supplies are provided. We will meet on Fridays, November 18 and December 16 at 12:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this program.
Living without Sickness
In this one hour program Dr. Jonathan Dale will discuss, how our body is formed, how we lose our health, how we can regain our health, how to live with stress, and how to maximize our health potential. This informative presentation takes place on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Local author visit-Peter Cameron
Peter Cameron grew up in Pequannock and London and after a few career adventures became a writer. We are happy to call him one of our own and pleased that he is returning to Pequannock to talk about his writing and read from his newest book. Welcome Mr. Cameron to the Library on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.  
Check out the Harry Potter Quilt in the Library Meeting Room.  This beautiful quilt was made by Gemma Potts

Department of Public Works Adds New Vehicles to Fleet

Pequannock DPW's 2016 Western Star Hook-Lift Truck. This is the second hook-lift truck added to the DPW's Fleet. This vehicle has multiple purposes down at the DPW. It can be used with many attachments that we have in our garage. We have a containers used for moving an multiple types of materials, a Vac attachment that is used to clean out catch basins and assist on water main breaks, and also equipped with a salt spreader attachment for use in our winter months.
 Pequannock's New Toro WorkMan. The workman came with a sprayer attachment, rear dumping body and a groomer for baseball fields. As of the 2017 season the Pequannock Township employees will doing all the fertilization and pesticide control on the BOE and Township properties. During the year this piece of equipment will also be used to help move clay to the ball fields and use the groomer to get the fields in shape for baseball season.
                Ready to DIG? We are with our new John Deere Backhoe. With this new piece of equipment the DPW Boys are ready for the next emergency or job that they tasked to do. This backhoe will be used on water breaks, drainage jobs, moving logs, loading up trucks with various types of materials and pushing snow in the winter.          

We Would Like Your Help!
The Township of Pequannock is proud of its history of volunteerism and community service and would like you take part!
There are positions on various Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Committees which will be filled this coming January.
These committees are an important way in which our residents participate in developing policy on matters as diverse as Parks and Recreation, Economic Development, Open Space, Fair Housing, Flood Control, Historic Preservation, Senior Citizens, Planning and Zoning, the Library, Historic Preservation, and Environmental issues.
These positions need no special expertise beyond a willingness to give some of your time and desire to be involved.
If you are interested in serving on any of these boards, please fill out a Volunteer Application form which is available in the Clerks' Office or on the Township's website:
If you would like more information please reach out to one of the Township Council Members or the Township Clerks' Office at 973-835-5700 x121.
We look forward to working with you!



Township of Pequannock