January 22, 2016
Do you normally Keep your Dog outside? The town urges all owners of
dogs that are normally kept outside to consider bringing them into a
sheltered structure in the winter, particularly with cold temperature
and heavy snow in the forecast. While there are no laws that mandate
that dogs cannot be kept outside - there are laws that mandate minimum
conditions that need to be provided for. Dogs that are kept outside
must have shelter available to them to escape elements. Dogs must also
have a constant source of available, fresh potable water. They must
also be fed appropriately - in the winter this means some extra food to
meet their nourishment needs. Failure to meet these minimal standards
is a violation of animal cruelty laws and violators will be fully
January 27, 2016
Our current contractor – Future Sanitation – is in default of the current contract and their services will end this Friday. The Township has gone out to bid for a new contractor, however, State regulations require a sixty (60) day period before bids can be received. Bids will be received in early March and the Township intends to award a new contract effective April 1st.
In the interim, the Township has retained the services of Suburban Disposal, a large statewide company, to provide waste and recyclable collection services starting Monday, February 1st. They have already been in town to learn the routes and we expect the transition to be a smooth one. There will be no change in the current garbage collection schedule.
If you have any problems please contact us at [email protected]
We thank you for your patience during this interim and transition period.
January 28, 2016
The Township would like to remind all residents who own dogs and cats, that the Health Department is issuing 2016 pet licenses. All dogs and cats 7 months of age and older must be licensed. Licenses issued in 2015 expire on January 31, 2016. The township extends a one month grace period before a surcharge is added.
In order to acquire a license the pet owner must present proof that the pet has a rabies vaccination valid at least until November 1, 2016. Proof of neutering or spaying entitles the pet owner to a small discount on the license fee. Through February, neutered/spayed pets are $12.00 and non-neutered/non-spayed pets are $15.00. Beginning on March 1st the fee increases by $5.00. For owners of 3 or more dogs or cats there are discounted fees – please contact the Health Department for more information. Owners can license their pets in person at the Health Department or via US mail. A form to help owners license their pets is available on the Township website – www.mtnj.org – in the Residents tab found in the top green row of tab options.
For more information please contact the Health Department at 732-446-8345 or [email protected]
February 01, 2016
Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Contest Open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Manalapan Township
Manalapan NJ - High school juniors and seniors who live in Manalapan are invited to submit essays about their local government for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship in the 2016 Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.
The scholarship is offered through a joint venture between local mayors and the New Jersey League of Municipalities. The contest is open to any high school junior or senior who lives in Manalapan. Each student must write an approximately 500-word essay on the theme, "What My Municipal Government Does Best.” The essay should be based on the student’s perceptions and experiences with the Manalapan local government. The essay should consider the public contributions of the mayor and governing body. “The theme is chosen by the state League of Municipalities, said Mayor Mary Ann Musich, and it is a wonderful opportunity for our local High School Students.”
All essays must be received by March 11, 2016. Manalapan will select one essay to forward to the League of Municipalities in Trenton as a semi-finalist. The League of Municipalities will then choose fifteen finalists and 3 scholarships winners. Winning essays will be featured in the New Jersey Municipalities magazine.
Applications are available on the Township website at www.mtnj.org and at the Mayor’s office, located at 120 Freehold Road, Manalapan NJ.
February 09, 2016
Following major emergency events, first responders who provide fire, medical and community safety services will have to prioritize the use of their response resources. Individual preparedness, as well as the ability to safely and effectively assist others, allows members of the community to care for themselves until more help arrives. The federal government began promoting the nationwide use of organized Medical Reserve Corps (MRCs) and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) - in 1992 as two means to connect the professional response community with the people they serve.
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical (emergency first aid) operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, persons trained in CERT can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT trained persons also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The Manalapan MRC-CERT is offering its annual 20-hour CERT training program starting on Tuesday February 9, 2016 in Manalapan Town Hall starting at 7:00 pm. Enrollment and materials are free of charge and open to individuals 16 years of age or older. Youth aged 16 and 17 years old may participate with a signed permission slip and waiver from their parents. Upon completion of the course, participants will be invited to join the Manalapan MRC-CERT team, although doing so is not a requirement.
Persons interested in the training should contact the Manalapan Health Department at 732-446-8345 or [email protected] by February 5, 2016.
The Manalapan MRC-CERT team currently consists of over 300 volunteer members. The Manalapan team combines the missions of both federal Medical Reserve Corps and the Community Emergency Response Team models. Thus the MRC-CERT team is attractive to persons with or without medical background. The team meets frequently through the year for refresher training and drills, and alsp supports municipal sponsored events, including Manalapan Day and National Night Out. The team has been activated to help staff shelters, ice distribution and cell phone charging stations and 24 hour information lines during storms such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy and has assisted in searches for missing persons and large scale vaccination clinics. More information about this training and the Manalapan MRC-CERT team please contact the Health Department.