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Freeholder Meeting Dec. 22

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Morris County Freeholders’ next public meeting will be Monday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room on the 5th floor of the Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown.

Parking for the 7:30 p.m. meeting is available in the garage beneath the Administration Building. The garage is entered from Schuyler Place, at the end of the block, on the right.

The freeholders' Dec. 22 work session will open at 3:30 p.m. with an executive session.  The work session will reopen to the public at 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the open portion of the work session, but there is no public comment.

Morris Flood Mitigation Program Wins a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Morris County government has been honored with a 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in the Land Conservation category for the county’s innovative flood mitigation program.

Morris County was one of several government, environmental, academic, business, civic and citizen leaders from across New Jersey recognized Dec. 8 by the Christie Administration for their commitment to protect and enhance the state's environment.

The Morris County Freeholders approved the ambitious flood buyout program in 2012 in response to intense flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

“It was the first program at the county level in New Jersey dedicated to acquiring flood-prone homes and land,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo.

The flood mitigation program is part of the county’s open space initiative and is meant to assist municipalities in the acquisition of those residential properties.

“The county offers grants to towns to buy properties to move residents out of harm's way and reclaim flood plain acreage to capture and store floodwater,” Mastrangelo said.

Deputy Freeholder Director David Scapicchio said by helping towns to permanently remove flood-affected dwellings, they are providing the most cost effective and lasting mitigation for these flood-weary communities.

“It also helps buffer adjacent homes and businesses from floods, lowers municipal costs for services such as emergency response and debris removal, and allows homeowners to escape the expensive and destructive cycle of repetitive flooding,” said Scapicchio, a freeholder liaison to the program.

Freeholder John Cesaro said the flood mitigation program works with willing homeowners only, with all grants going directly to the municipality, which in turn purchases and deed-restricts the land as public open space in perpetuity.

“The county has closed on 46 properties, with another 73 applications in eight municipalities in process,” Cesaro, a freeholder liaison to the program, said.

Jennifer McCulloch, coordinator of the program, said many demolitions and post-preservation park plans have been completed.

McCulloch said the program has encumbered $17.3 million for acquisitions. She also noted Morris County communities have received more than $29 million in matching federal and state grants.

Additional information about the county’s flood mitigation program is available online, or by calling the Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works at 973-829-8120.

Morris MUA Warns Against Placing Syringes, Needles in With Recyclables and Trash

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority is urging county residents not to place items such as syringes, needles, lancets and auto-injectors in with recyclables.

ReCommunity Recycling, operator of the county’s recycling market in Mine Hill, has informed the MCMUA that during the last year there has been a dramatic increase in injuries to facility employees caused by those items known as Sharps being mixed in with recyclables.

According to Christine Vidal, MCMUA recycling specialist, many users of Sharps place them in plastic bottles for disposal, and some users then incorrectly place the filled plastic bottles in the recycling bin or in the garbage can rather than disposing of them properly.

“Once a bottle that is filled with used Sharps goes into a recycling truck and is compacted, the bottle usually breaks open, spilling and mixing its contents with other recyclable material,” Vidal said. “The employees at the recycling center sort recyclables by hand, thus exposing themselves to the risk of puncture wounds, cuts and blood borne diseases from those Sharps.”

To help prevent injuries to employees in all areas of the recycling and garbage industries, the MCMUA wants county residents to know there are several programs for the safe disposal of Sharps in Morris County. Drop off locations include:

      St. Clare's Hospital, Dover (973-989-3073) and Denville (973-625-6026) campuses where syringes may be dropped off at the front desk, but they must be in a sealed, hardened container.

      Morristown Medical Center (973-971-4177), where containers for syringes can be picked up or dropped off at the outpatient desk on the right after going into the main entrance. The syringes must be empty and syringe containers cannot be more than 3/4 full. The hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturdays 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

     Chilton Memorial Hospital / Access Center in Pompton Plains (973-831-5191) where empty syringe containers can be picked up and full ones can be dropped off. All syringes must be in containers. The hours Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

An option for safe syringe disposal by mail may be obtained by contacting Waste Management, which has a “Sharps Disposal by Mail” program. Participants are provided with an approved disposal container and can mail full containers for disposal using the U.S. Postal Service. Interested parties can call Waste Management for prices and details at 877-WASTE-MD.

Any program should be contacted prior to use for specifics, such as packaging requirements, costs and limitations.

For more information on proper Sharps disposal, individuals can contact their municipal health department, or they can visit the U.S. Federal Drug Administration website at or visit

The MCMUA provides curbside single stream recycling in Boonton, Boonton Township, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Denville, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill, Morris Plains, Netcong, Rockaway Borough, and Wharton.For information about single stream recycling or household hazardous waste disposal, visit


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