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Town Council Anticipates Sussex Improvements, Prepares to Pass 'Puppy Mill' Ordinance

Christopher Renda

Saturday, August 2, 2014 • 11:09pm

RANDOLPH, NJ- At the town council meeting of Thursday, July 31, mayor Jim Loveys began by leading the room in a moment of silence, in memory of the two Randolph teenagers lost in a tragic motor vehicle accident last week.

At the top of the meeting agenda was a proclamation celebrating the career of Kate Rubenstein, who is retiring after more than sixteen years working with the police department as a citizen’s advocate with the New Jersey Battered Women’s Services’ Crisis Response Team. 

Police Chief Stokoe turned out along with members of the police force to wish her well.

“Kate is a remarkable woman.  Not only has she volunteered countless hours aiding victims of domestic violence, she’s also aided the entire police department,” Stokoe said.  “When we have domestic violence incidents there’s so much required from the police department, as well as from the Crisis Response Team, and Kate was somebody that came in and brought a calmness to the situation.”

Prompted by manager Mountain, council agreed to meet early for the September 18 meeting in order to have more time to talk over issues related to the planned improvements along Sussex Tpk.

As part of the manager’s report, Mountain specified that the upcoming improvements to the Sussex thoroughfare, and resultant development opportunities that will come from it, require extra focus from the council.

“With the sewer improvements that are coming in Mount Freedom as well as the County’s improvement of Sussex Tpk. there are a number of development opportunities that are going to be in play,” Mountain said.  “It’s been awhile since council has really sat down with staff, looked at that area from a planning perspective, and reviewed the issues and the things we may want to revisit in advance of all those projects being completed and development starting to happen.”

Also, council has reviewed a draft ordinance aimed at curbing the sale of dogs and cats originating from so-called “puppy mills,” which will come to a vote September 4.

While some instances of wording, and of possible unintended consequences, were discussed at this week’s meeting, council members voiced no dissent to the idea of passing a similar ordinance.

Council member Roman Hirniak maintained that the measure, of which he is the most outspoken proponent, is what is called for in the situation. “This ordinance is appropriate; by no stretch is it radical…This is right for Randolph,” Hirniak said.

Other upcoming Randolph Township events of note include the following:

The VFW Picnic at Brundage Park Pavilion will be on Saturday, August 23, from noon-4p.m.

Morris County 9/11 Memorial and Candlelight Vigil Ceremony will take place Sunday, September 7, at 7 p.m. on West Hanover Ave.

The newly refurnished Kiwanis Park will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The Randolph VFW’s 9/11 Memorial will take place at the VFW on Carrell Road on Thursday, September 11, at 11 a.m

The Randolph Public Library will hold a “Grand Reopening & Dedication” on Saturday, September 22, 10a.m.-2p.m.  There will also be a ribbon cutting at 11a.m. followed by an old-fashioned Sundae Social from noon-1p.m.

Randolph Engine Company #5 (Shongum) will hold a Casino Night on Saturday, September 27, 7:30-10:30 PM.

This year’s Country Fair will take place Saturday, October 11, at Town Hall. 10a.m-5p.m.

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