Planning Board Meeting Canceled
Due to inclement weather the Planning Board meeting scheduled for December 10, 2013 has been canceled. The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Wharton Community Radio Station 1620AM is finally here. The roll out of our radio station completes our initiative to improve communications during storm events and also during extended power outages. We are all well aware of what happened during Hurricane Sandy and the October snow storm. No one could have predicted the extended power outages and disruption to traditional communication methods.
We plan to utilize the radio system in non emergency times to keep the community up to date on events going on around town. It is for this reason that we have decided to call it the "Wharton Community Radio Station".
If we experience another major storm event, we will now be able to communicate with our residents through the following methods:
- Website "WWW.WHARTONNJ.COM"
- Electronic Message Board
- Fire Sirens
- Everbridge Community Notification System
- 1620 AM Wharton Community Radio Station
- Town Hall Phone System 973-361-8444 Option "7"
As you can see, we have spent the last several years enhancing our ability to communicate with the community. We have married old technology with new. The utilization fire sirens allows us to take advantage of older technology to reach out to the community in a time of need. If the sirens keep blowing everyone will know something is up. If that happens, tune to 1620 AM or wait for the announcement to come out from Everbridge. One way or another we will be able to get the message out.
In non emergency times we have been utilizing Everbridge to notify residents of water services interruption, garbage collection schedule change as a result of snow, fireworks, Canal Day, Job Fair, and much more.
I found myself reflecting on the past year as 2013 comes to a close.
As always, feel free to contact me with any concerns or comments.
Holiday Lighting Safety Reminder
Outdoor Lighting Safety
- Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.
- Take extra care using a ladder to install lights – avoid contact with overhead wires and make sure the ladder is placed on solid, level ground that isn’t slippery.
Holiday House Decorating Contest
The Borough is having a holiday house decorating contest this year. Participants should call Patty Craven at Town Hall to register 973-361-8444x2710. Houses must be decorated by Monday, December 16 and will be judged during the week following. A prize will be given to the winner.
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs Energy Assistance Program
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs would like to encourage any Morris County resident that is struggling to pay his or her home energy bills to call them. It's official, the Home Energy Assistance Program Season has started and will continue to be open until April 30th, 2014. This federally funded program helps eligible low-income households meet their home heating and cooling needs. In addition, MCOHA has other programs for moderate income households that would help with electric and natural gas. Stop by one of their offices today (located in Dover, Morristown and Butler) or call them at 973-361-7878. You can always visit their website at www.mcoha.org
Winter Clothing Drive
Wharton United Community Church- 20 Church Street Wharton is collecting winter clothing (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, sweats). There is a drop box at the Grove Street Entrance of the Church. The clothing will be distributed to families in the Wharton area throughout the winter months.
Community Notification System
Don't be left in the dark! Wharton's Community Notification System puts you in control of how and when we communicate with you during both emergency and non-emergency events. This new system went live in May of 2013.
With high winds and heavy accumulations of ice and snow, winter storms can cause power outages. To be prepared, experts suggest you should be ready to meet your family's basic needs for up to three days. Make sure you are ready with:
Reporting a Power Outage
If your power is out, please call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report an outage.
Pothole & Highway Maintenance Reporting
The State of New Jersey Department of Transportation has created an online reporting system for problems with our state highways or off ramps.