10-16: Groundbreaking for New Municipal Center; “A Proud Heritage” History Talk Tues.; Flu Shots Appts.; Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-14-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


Montgomery Township Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Municipal Center & Library

After decades of Township growth and increasing demand for services, Montgomery Township officially broke ground Thursday, October 15th on its long-awaited new municipal center. Montgomery Township municipal government will soon better meet the needs of its community through a modern, efficient, ADA accessible public space.

A breezy, blue sky greeted shovel and hard hat when the ceremony was held yesterday morning at the 45- acre project site, located at the northwest corner of Route 206 and Orchard Road. Both Montgomery Township and Somerset County officials, who assisted in project financing, were eager to push forward and begin construction, which should take 18-24 months.

VIEW PHOTOS OF THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

Speaking on behalf of the Montgomery Twp. Committee, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer stated, “Thank you to all the elected leaders (past and present), professionals, and community members who are gathered here as we break ground on a new municipal center for Montgomery Township, the first such endeavor in decades.”

Somerset County Freehold Director Shanel Robinson, Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, and Township Administrator Donato Nieman joined the mayor in making celebratory remarks.

The municipal center is designed for use by residents, business owners, employees, and visitors, which will include those patronizing a Somerset County Library System branch on the first floor.

The municipal center will provide the community with a meeting place in close proximity to the public schools. There will be safer and easier access to the public offices. The first floor will include a public library and public meeting rooms, which will face Orchard Road. The municipal administrative offices and additional meeting spaces will be located on the second floor. (View Artist Renderings of Municipal Complex.)

“Today’s Montgomery Municipal Center groundbreaking ceremony is proof that even with the unprecedented constraints imposed by the COVID pandemic, Somerset County is committed to moving forward and improving services for our constituents,” said Somerset County Freehold Director Shanel Robinson. “We are proud to have been able to work with Mayor Jaffer and her administration throughout the project and look forward to standing here on the day it is completed.”

The Somerset County Library System branch will include small study rooms, a conference room, a children’s section, a lounge area for parents and casual readers, and lockers outside for after-hours pick-up of books via a code sent to mobile phone or device.

“This project shows how well local and county government can work together, providing state of the art municipal offices and innovative library services that will benefit the community for decades,” said Freeholder Melonie Marano, who serves as a liaison to both the Somerset County Improvement Authority (SCIA) and Somerset County Library System.  “This is truly a joint effort, with Somerset County Improvement authority financing helping build a municipal complex for Montgomery businesses and families that will house a library for residents here and in surrounding communities to enjoy.”

The landscaping of the new complex will provide green spaces and out-of-doors meeting places and include a rain garden.  Preserved open space will maintain the view from Rt. 206.

In closing remarks, Twp. Administrator Donato Nieman summed up the new municipal complex’s significance as follows:

“The purposes are two-fold: This will provide residents/businesses with a much-needed public gathering place in town. Plus, well-designed facilities are absolutely essential to efficient municipal operations, so that we can fully serve the needs of the Montgomery community now and in the future,” he concluded.

Despite the need for masks and pre-cautions during covid-19, many Montgomery Township and Somerset County officials joined in celebrating this eagerly awaited event.  Those on hand for the milestone included Somerset County Administrator Mike Amorosa, Asst. County Administrator Colleen Mahr, County Library Administrator Brian Auger, Montgomery Twp. Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, and Twp. Committee Members: Catherine Gural, Devra Keenan, and Kent Huang. Police Director James Gill, Township Asst. Administrator / CFO Michael Pitts, and Township Attorney Kevin Van Hise were joined by township employees. A number of former Montgomery mayors and deputy mayors were in attendance, including Louise Wilson, Donald Matthew, Ed Trzaska, Rich Smith, Peter Treichler, Ted Maciag, and Brad Fay.



TUESDAY ON ZOOM – “A Proud Heritage: The African American History of the Sourland Region”

We are honored to have a very special presentation entitled “A Proud Heritage: The African American History of the Sourland Region” by speakers Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, two of the founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

Learn about the African American presence in this region dating back to colonial times which has been left out of our local history.

Buck and Mills also co-authored a book, *If These Stones Could Talk.* The book aims to provide a clearer understanding of the African American experience and their accomplishments in Hopewell Valley and surrounding area.

Register for the Zoom webinar at: bit.ly/ProudHeritage

Organized by Montgomery Mosaic / One Montgomery

 


 

On-line Sign-up for Health Dept. Flu Shots Now Open

New Clinics added!

The following clinics have just been added by appointment only:

  • Saturday, October 17, 9AM to 12 Noon age 10 and up,Drive through Clinic at Montgomery Municipal Building
  • Wednesday, October 21. 9AM to 11AM  Age 65+ (High Dose) only, Otto Kaufman Community Center
  • Tuesday, October 27, 3PM to 5PM, ages 4 and up—Walk-up Clinic at Toll Gate School, 275 S. Main Street in Pennington Borough

Appointments can be made on our website:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu/

Individuals without internet access can call 908-359-8211 x2227 for appointments.  More info at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu-vaccination-clinics/

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 10-14-20.

As of 9 are today, 10-16

Montgomery cases:  189
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

28       <20
27       20-29
17       30-39
30       40-49
42       50-59
25       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

195 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 180 presumed recovered

–     8 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/