Monthly Archives for December 2016

Vernon is a Sustainable Jersey Certified Community

Posted: December 28, 2016

Sustainable Jersey Certified Community

Vernon Township is a Sustainable Jersey certified community—one of only five in Sussex County and one of only 205 in the state.

Vernon achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the bronze level, demonstrating that the township has made a commitment to sustainability and succeeded in implementing the first significant steps.

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Vernon had to complete a balance of the rigorous program’s sustainability actions. In addition, Vernon created a green team and did two priority actions by completing a fleet inventory and prescription drug safety and disposal service and twelve additional standard actions.

Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization which assists local governments in pursuing sustainability initiatives that will build a better tomorrow. Its voluntary certification program is free for municipalities that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.

To get involved with Vernon Township’s green team and sustainability initiatives, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address). To participate in Sustainable Jersey free workshops and events held across the state, visit their website.

CERT Recruitment

Posted: December 27, 2016

CERT logo

Join the Vernon Township Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and become better prepared to respond to emergency situations right here in your own community.

CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

CERT members receive basic level training free of charge, including materials and equipment, in the following areas:

  • basic first aid
  • family disaster preparedness
  • disaster fire suppression
  • medical operations
  • CERT operations
  • disaster mental health
  • basic emergency management
  • disaster simulation

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Interested in joining? Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must reside or work in Vernon Township. Those who are accepted will receive approximately 30 hours of training over a period of several weeks.

Download the CERT Application 

For more information, contact 973.764.4055, ext. 2240.

Dog License Renewals Due Soon

Posted: December 27, 2016

The Vernon Township Animal Control Officer would like to remind residents that all dogs must be licensed by 7 months of age and have a current metal registration tag securely fastened to a collar or harness.

Licenses are good for one year and must be renewed by January 31 of each year. License renewal applications are not mailed to homes. For your convenience, we have made the application form available for download from our Dog Licenses page where you will also find fee information and rabies vaccination requirements.

Have questions or need more information? Contact Vernon Township Animal Control at 973.764.7751.

DEP Issues a Drought Warning

Posted: December 6, 2016

In late October, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin signed an administrative order designating a drought warning for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.

The goal of the drought warning is to preserve and balance available water supplies in an effort to avert more serious water shortages in the future. The warning also elevates the need for residents and businesses in impacted counties to reduce their water use.

“The situation in our reservoir systems that serve some of the most densely populated regions of New Jersey is becoming more critical, with some systems dropping to half their capacity or less,” Commissioner Martin said. “Without knowing how much precipitation we are going to get over the fall and winter to replenish our water sources, it is vital that every resident and business step up efforts to voluntarily reduce water use in the hopes of averting a water emergency and mandatory restrictions.”

The DEP offers the following tips to reduce water use:

  • At this time of year, it is appropriate to let your lawns go dormant.
  • Turn sprinkler systems off automatic timers.
  • Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs, or let them go dormant.
  • Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk rather than a hose.
  • Wash vehicles with a bucket and do not run the hose more than necessary, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • To save water at home, fix leaky faucets and pipes. Consider replacing your toilet with a low-flow version—this can save around 11,000 gallons per year.
  • Upgrade your showerhead to low-flow versions, which can save some 7,700 gallons per year.
  • Upgrade your faucets or install faucet aerators—this can save some 16,000 gallons per year.

For more information, visit the DEP’s drought information website.