9-9: Storm Ida Road Update; Donations Accepted for Displaced Residents; If You Need Recovery Help; Removal of Storm Debris; Vaccine Clinics Friday & Saturday; Montgomery 9-11 Anniversary Events in Montgomery

ROAD REPAIRS CONTINUE FOLLOWING STORM IDA

 

A Montgomery Public Works crew repairing Hollow Road in Skillman.

Montgomery Township continued to make progress recovering from Hurricane Ida this week as municipal and county Public Works Departments worked to reopen roads, and residents pitched in making donations and volunteering.

Importantly, the Burnt Hill Road bridge between Skillman Road and the Lower Middle School was fully reopened late yesterday. Township roads still closed are Hollow Road above Camp Meeting Road, and Grandview Road between Hollow Road and Pin Oak. Both are expected to open to local traffic soon.

“Our township and county road crews have done an incredible job, working long hours, to get us back to normal as quickly as possible,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. “I am particularly pleased we were able to fully reopen Route 601 and Burnt Hill Roads to help get our kids back to school.”

Township offices are fully open, but the administration request residents attempt to resolve any routine questions or concerns first by phone (908-359-8211) or email, before visiting in-person. Montgomery’s Office of Emergency Management has established as special hotline for Ida-related questions or concerns at (908) 395-7991. Please leave a detailed message, including your name and address.


DONATIONS ACCEPTED FOR DISPLACED RESIDENTS

Montgomery Township is aware of at least 18 homes that were seriously damaged during Storm Ida, and these households currently are the focus of township attention. Five of them, so far, that have been condemned as uninhabitable.

Several families, some with school-aged children, have been displaced and are seeking temporary housing in Montgomery. If you are aware of suitable housing within the township, please contact Mayor Keenan at mayor@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

Residents wishing to donate recovery aid to residents in need are asked to donate online through the Princeton Elks Lodge 2129, who are coordinating with Montgomery Township. Alternatively, send a check to: Princeton Elks Charitable Trust 501c3, PO Box 217, Blawenburg NJ 08504, or drop off gift cards at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road or to the Princeton Elks on Route 518. Please do not bring any physical donation items.


IF YOU NEED HELP WITH STORM RECOVERY

Somerset County is now part of a declared Federal Disaster area, meaning that Federal relief monies may be available to residents through the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster process.

The township believes we are in touch with every displaced family, but if you are displaced and have not yet communicated with the town or county, FEMA and Somerset County Office of Emergency Management asks every displaced household to contact Somerset County Social Services to register/notify for housing. The phone number is Somerset County Social Service Department 908-526-8800. Additional information is available at NJ 211 or dial 2-1-1.

Broader lists of recovery resources are available on the Montgomery Township, Somerset County, and New Jersey websites.

Montgomery’s Office of Emergency Management has established a special hotline for Ida-related questions or concerns at (908) 395-7991.

In addition, Montgomery Township is collecting requests for help with a range of extraordinary challenges via a form on the township website. Use this to report problems with housing, food insecurity, transportation issues, debris removal, etc. The township will use this information to guide disaster recovery priorities, and a township employee will follow up by telephone to assist with problem solving.

Additional resources include these hotlines: NJ Mental Health 866-202-HELP, SAMSA Disaster Distress Hotline: 800-985-5990.


UPDATE ON REMOVAL OF STORM DEBRIS

UPDATE:  EXTENDED HOURS NOW INCLUDE MON., SEPT. 13 to SAT., SEPT. 18, 8 AM to 2 PM

The Container Facility at 12 Harlingen Road in Belle Mead will be open all week through Saturday 8am to 2pm.  Hours for next week will be posted soon. The usual fees/coupons will be waived for residents discarding storm-related debris.

If you use a borrowed or hired truck, you’ll need to accompany the driver with proof of residency or provide a signed letter attesting to Montgomery as the source of refuse. Residents are advised to remove wet material immediately and take special care to prevent mold build up.

The township is exploring the possibility of offering limited curbside pickups through a FEMA approved hauler. Meantime, the Container Facility is residents’ best option for storm debris. While Somerset County may do some pick-up along Millstone River Road, these requests will go through the Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management and will be limited to damage due to Millstone River flooding.


VACCINE CLINICS FRIDAY & SATURDAY

The Montgomery Township Health Department is offering a vaccination clinic every Friday afternoon from 2-4 pm at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The program is especially designed to help residents facing new vaccination requirements from employers, such as hospitals and state, county, and municipal governments.  The one-shot Johnson & Johnson provides the quickest avenue to COVID-19 protection. The township will accept all walk-ins, but also provides appointments for your convenience on the health department website.

Montgomery is also offering the Moderna vaccine on Saturday September 11 from 8:30 to 10am at the Municipal Building at 2261 Rt 206 in Belle Mead.


MONTGOMERY TO HONOR 9-11 ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY

The 9-11 Memorial at MTVFD #2 in Skillman

Montgomery Township and community partners have announced three public events on Saturday, September 11, 2021, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States.

“The spirit of service is alive and well in Montgomery Township,” said Mayor Devra Keenan. “I hope many of our residents will join with me in thanking the first responders who protect us today, while remembering those who gave their lives on that horrible day twenty years ago.”

The three events are as follows:

  • 9-11 Remembrance Service. The day’s events will begin at 10 AM with a 9-11 Remembrance Service organized by the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Department #2 in Skillman. The event will be at the 9-11 memorial at 529 Route 518 in Skillman. The commemoration will consist of a brief ceremony and speeches honoring our fallen New York City Firefighters, Police Officers, and First Responders, and all the lives lost and forever changed by the events that occurred 20 years ago.
  • 9-11 Serving the Community. The Montgomery Open Space Committee has organized a 9-11 Serving the Community event consisting of tree planting and environmental stewardship at Hobler Park in Skillman from 11am to 3pm. The Park is located across from the Cherry Valley Country Club at 1645 Great Road (Route 601). Residents are invited to sign up in advance and select a one-hour service time to spread out volunteers for COVID safety. To pre-register email Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski at LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via phone at (908) 533-9302.
  • 9-11 Wreath Laying. The last event of the day will be a solemn wreath-laying by Mayor Devra Keenan and her colleagues on the Montgomery Township Committee at the 9-11 Memorial at Montgomery Veteran’s Park on Harlingen Road. The event will be at 4:00 pm, and members of the public are welcomed to attend.