Newsletter - September 2017

Mark Your Calendars
Township of Pequannock Shred Day

Saturday, November 4, 2017
                                        9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
                Pequannock Township Municipal Building, Front Parking Lot

Bring your personal and confidential paper documents and watch them be shredded for recycling.  No need to remove staples and paper clips.

Open to Pequannock Township residents only (no businesses please)

Pequannock Township Police Department

                 Back to School Safety

Children and parents are reminded to please use our newly painted crosswalks that our Township DPW employees have refurbished with high visibility paint.

We ask that you please be mindful of children and our Crossing Guards in the school zones throughout the Township.  Our Crossing Guards work very hard to ensure your child's safety to and from school, and your attention to the speed limits through school zones will be very much appreciated.

Distracted Driving Enforcement

  The Pequannock Township Police Department would like to remind everyone to put down their phones while driving.  With the start of another school year, officers will be detailed to aggressively patrol school zones.  Failing to utilize a hands free device while conversing on a cell phone and texting while driving are two of the many distracting behaviors that all of us witness on a daily basis.  In an effort to keep our school children safe, police will devote extra resources to the task of enforcing distracted driving violations, especially around our schools.  Motorists are subject to warnings and summonses as part of this initiative.  Checkpoints, unmarked vehicles and plain clothes officers will be utilized to observe violations and take enforcement action.  Please put down your phone while driving and pay exclusive attention to the road.  Lives depend on it.

The 2017 Junior Police Academy
This year's Junior Police Academy was held July 17th - 21st and accepted approximately 40 youths including 2 peer leaders. During the course of the week the kids had the opportunity to work with multiple police agencies as well as local volunteer organizations like the first aid squad and both fire companies. The goal of the program is to provide the youths of this community with a valuable experience while creating a bond with law enforcement. The kids were given the opportunity to visit the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, the Morris County Sheriff's Department specialized units (Bomb Squad, K-9, C.I.S and S.E.R.T), observe Atlantic Air One helicopter landing, watch K-9 Jemma in action and see a demonstration from the Passaic County Sheriff's Department Mounted unit. The recruits wore fatal vision goggles and used our drunk carts to see the dangers of drinking and driving. New for this year the Pequannock Police Department was proud to present the recruits with our TI Use of Force Simulator. The TI Simulator gave the recruits the chance to encounter realistic police scenarios in a safe environment. Recruits were allowed to participate in non-violent scenarios only as they experience what police deal with on a regular basis. The program instilled discipline and responsibility while presenting this information in a fun way. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony in which the recruit's families are invited to attend.

Department of Public Works
            Flushing of fire hydrants will be done during the Fall season on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and Midnight starting September 18, 2017 and will continue for approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Discoloration of the water and low pressure may occur in the area of flushing, however, this condition is temporary and the water remains safe to use.  It is suggested that residents be alerted to such discoloration of the water when laundering is done between these hours.
            Flushing removes sediment from the water distribution system and tests the operation of fire hydrants.  The cooperation and patience of residents is requested during this flushing program.

Front (l/r) Freeholder Doug Cabana, Elaine Stapp. Deputy Mayor Cathy Winterfield, Jay Wanczyk, Lou Hebert, and Coleen Saar; Back (l/r) Dave Stapp, Freeholders Deborah Smith, Hank Lyon and John Cesaro, Ray Chang, Paul Havemann, and Freeholders Christine Myers and Tom Mastrangelo
Morris County Freeholders Award Historic Marker to the Township of Pequannock for Martin Berry House

 The Morris County Freeholders have honored the Township of Pequannock with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the Township's circa 1720 Martin Berry House, an iconic township site.  For more information about the Martin Berry House visit
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Know the Bear Facts
Black Bears in New Jersey

Even through bear complaints and sightings are down significantly, New Jersey's black bears are currently searching for food in preparation for the winter, and there may be encounters with residents and nuisance complaints.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has asked us to distribute "Know the Bear Facts Pamphlet" to help residents learn more about living safely near black bears. 

Township of Pequannock