Monthly Archives for September 2021

Hybrid Council Meeting

Posted: September 30, 2021

The township council’s next meeting on Thursday, October 14, 2021 will be hybrid. The public can access the meeting via Zoom webinar or come to the meeting in person at the municipal building.

Guidelines for attending the meeting in person:

  • Maximum of twenty-five (25) public participants allowed in the municipal building. No one will be allowed to stand in the lobby/hallway.
  • Six-foot distance is mandatory (family members can move their chairs together).
  • Masks are mandatory and can ONLY be dropped if speaking for public comment.

If viewing the meeting virtually via Zoom:

Join the Zoom webinar by going here. The meeting ID is 823 2062 1397. You may also call in by dialing 1-929-205-6099. The public may also address the council by e-mail. If you will be e-mailing questions/comments for the council, please do so by 4:00 p.m. on the scheduled meeting date at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

5K Turkey Trot

Posted: September 29, 2021

The Vernon Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is back! Are you ready?

Come join the fun at Vernon’s Annual 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, November 25, 2021 (rain or shine).

Dust off your finest feathers and join the Vernon Township Board of Recreation for a breath of fresh autumn air Thanksgiving morning to hobble before you gobble. It’s easy as pumpkin pie! Run or walk…on your own, with the family or create a team with some friends—this is a fun tradition to kickoff this day of giving and benefit such a worthy cause.

The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Holy Counselor Lutheran Church at 68 Sandhill Road in Vernon. Check-in and bib pick-up will start at 7:00 a.m.

The fee is $25.00 for early registration and $30.00 for race day registration. Flocks of four or more are $20 each participant. Children under 10 are free. Register by November 15, 2021 and receive a free t-shirt.

Race proceeds will benefit the Harvest House. Be sure to bring a non-perishable item to donate.

Race registration
Download route map 

For more information, contact the recreation department at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.

General Election 2021

Posted: September 23, 2021

Earlier this year, a law was passed permitting in-person early voting in New Jersey. Here are the answers to five common questions about in-person early voting:

WHAT IS IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING?

This new option enables all registered voters to cast their ballot in person, using a voting machine, during a nine-day period prior to Election Day. You can now choose to vote, in person, when it’s most convenient for your schedule.

WHERE CAN I ACCESS IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING?

  • No matter where you live in the county, you can vote your specific ballot at any of your county’s designated in-person early voting locations.
  • The 3 vote centers in Sussex County and their polling hours are posted here.

WHEN CAN I ACCESS IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING?

  • In-person early voting locations will be open Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31, 2021.
  • Hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. No appointment necessary.

WHAT IF I ALWAYS VOTE BY MAIL, BUT NOW WANT TO VOTE EARLY, IN PERSON, INSTEAD?

  • Check whether or not you are an active vote-by-mail voter at Vote.NJ.Gov, under “Am I Registered?”
  • If you are registered to vote by mail in the 2021 General Election, you must opt out, in order to cast a ballot in person on a machine at an early voting location.
  • To opt out, contact your county clerk at 973.579.0900, ext. 1507, by August 31, 2021.

CAN I STILL CHOOSE FROM OTHER VOTING OPTIONS?

Yes. You may select, instead, to Apply for a vote-by-mail ballot and return it one of the following ways…

  • Mail: It must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. November 2 and be received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before November 8.
  • Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place it in one of your county’s secure ballot drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. Drop box locations can be found at Vote.NJ.Gov.
  • Board of Elections Office: Deliver it in person to your county’s Board of Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. County election officials’ contact information can be found at Vote.NJ.Gov.

Or, vote in person at your polling place, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 2, 2021.

Accommodations will be made for voters with disabilities.

NOTE: Vote-by-mail ballots CANNOT be returned to your polling place for this election.

Annual Reassessment Program

Posted: September 16, 2021

Latest Update:

Letters were mailed on June 2, 2021 to property owners of properties scheduled to be inspected this year. Inspections for the 2022 reassessment are anticipated to start in the summer of 2021. Twenty percent of properties in town will be inspected to meet the requirements set by the Division of Taxation. Residential properties in Barry Lakes, Highland Lakes, Lake Wanda and near Warwick Turnpike will be inspected this year.

As of September 14, 2021, approximately 26% of inspections have been completed.

 

There was a public Zoom Q & A presentation on March, 29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. with the municipal tax assessor. View the recording of the presentation.

 

There was a public Zoom meeting presentation on September 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. with Associated Appraisal Group and the municipal tax assessor to go over the annual reassessment program and answer any questions the public may have. View the slideshow presentation . View the recording of the presentation.

 

The Sussex County Board of Taxation and the New Jersey Division of Taxation have authorized the Township of Vernon to perform a reassessment for the 2022 tax year as part of the annual reassessment program that has been implemented within the township.

The township has contracted Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. to assist in conducting the reassessment program.

The purpose of the reassessment program is two-fold:

  • Updating assessments each year will ensure that property taxes are accurate, fair and in line with current market trends. There will no longer be steep property tax changes or “tax shifts” that result from long periods of time between revaluations.
  • Maintaining tax assessments at 100% of true market value on a year-to-year basis will help to alleviate burdensome tax appeals that are a drain to the township’s financial stability.

As a requirement of the annual reassessment program, 20% of all properties within the township need to be inspected each year. Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. representatives will carry photo identification and their names will be registered with the police department and the township assessor’s office. Please do not allow anyone to enter your home without proper identification. You will be requested to sign the field form used by the representative to acknowledge when an interior inspection is made. View inspector information 

It is important to note that while only 20% of properties are being inspected each year, all properties in town will be valued. All property owners will be notified by mail of their proposed assessed values and will have an opportunity to question/contest the values.

Any inquiries with respect to the inspection and/or valuation procedure should be directed to Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. at 908.967.6272 or the Vernon Township Tax Assessor’s Office. General information about the reassessment process can be obtained from the Associated Appraisal Group Inc. website. Regular updates on the status of the reassessment will be posted here.

2021 Vernon Paws-A-Thon

Posted: September 2, 2021

Join us Saturday, October 2, 2021 at this family friendly event to benefit the Vernon Animal Shelter.

The Paws-A-Thon will take place at Maple Grange Park beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will be a 1.2 mile loop walk with DJ. Want to walk a 5k (3.107 miles)? Walk the loop three times! Dogs welcome (but NOT required)! Must be leashed, well behaved and licensed.

  • Free doggie treats from Oh My Dog! for participating pups
  • Water and snacks provided
  • Baked goods and T-shirts for sale
  • Adopt a pet
  • Dog training presentation by dog trainer & behaviorist Norma Overlook
  • Wildlife education table by Lokai Rose
  • DJ Hi Energy Entertainment

Donations: The animal shelter accepts and welcomes donations. Consider getting sponsors for your 5k, and share your link with friends. Door prizes will be awarded. Doggie treat for pre-registered participating pups. Shelter is also in need of items for the animals such as cat and dog food (wet & dry), kitty litter, towels, blankets, sheets.

Pre-registration is required!!!

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Get Rid of Bulky Waste Items in October

Posted: September 2, 2021

The Clean Communities program will be hosting a bulky waste clean-up day on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the DPW complex located on Riggs Way in Vernon Township from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This free event is being held for Vernon Township residents only. Please bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill for verification.

Bulky items that will be accepted include the following:

  • tires (no tires accepted on rims)
  • furniture
  • mattresses
  • carpets

Residents are allowed four tires per household which must be removed from rims. No truck tires, construction debris or hazardous waste type items will be accepted.

Brush will also be accepted at this time free of charge, however, it must be separated from bulky waste items. Leaves will not be accepted. DPW employees will be available to assist residents.

For any questions or further information, please contact the Vernon Township Department of Public Works at 973.764.3021.