Municipality of the Borough of Chester

Municipality of the Borough of Chester Located in Southwest Morris County, the Borough enjoys a flourishing down town commercial area along with single family homes in the 1.5 square miles.
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06/11/2020

Chester Pool Opening

The Chester Pool is in the final stages of being prepped and inspected, and we hope to open on or about June 22nd. We are currently awaiting clarification from the Governor’s Office on some key issues in the directive issued late Tuesday, primarily how to determine the number of people that would be allowed at the pool facility and grounds at any given time. This could delay opening somewhat. In this meantime, here is how we are proceeding.

Pre-registration for membership will close on June 16th, and we will begin accepting payment to complete the registration process on June 17th. You do not have to have been pre-registered to apply for membership. Membership application must be made online or dropped off at the municipal building. No applications will be accepted at the pool.
Due to COVID-19, there will be some changes in pool protocol. All of these can be found in the Pool Rules, but here are some of the highlights.

1. Members will have to make a reservation for the days they wish to come to the pool. This can be done up to two weeks in advance. You can use Community Pass to make these reservations. The reason for this is twofold: we don’t anticipate issues with capacity but we need to track it anyway, and this will enable us to generate an attendance check-off sheet so we won’t have to use the scanner. Please do not make a reservation unless you are reasonably sure you are coming. Frequent no-shows may be subject to membership suspension.

2. Guest passes will not be available for several weeks until we are sure we have all the kinks worked out for the new protocols.

3. Social distancing will have to be observed. We have plenty of space, and we will arrange the chairs at some distance from each other to take advantage of it, but not everyone will be able to sit close to the pool.

4. Masks will be recommended but NOT required. Foot coverings WILL be required within restrooms and shower areas.

5. It is very important that all pool rules be observed. Please be aware that you may be subject to possible suspension and/ or revocation without reimbursement of membership fees if you do not follow the directives of pool staff when asked.

06/11/2020

Jersey Central Power & Light will be conducting our Annual Vegetation Management Aerial Patrol. Vegetation Management Aerial inspections are scheduled during the April through September time frame on an annual basis and cover all transmission facilities system-wide. Patrols consist of a Forestry Specialist that accompanies the pilot to identify effectiveness of prior year’s herbicide application and identification of any conditions warranting further inspection from the ground and or corrective action.

Please be advised that Haverfield will be the helicopter company assisting in the inspections on all JCP&L Transmission Lines, beginning June 15th through June 20th, weather permitting.

The pilot will be in communication with any local airports, when in their airspace. The helicopter will be flying at a speed of about 35-40 mph above or alongside the lines and may circle around for a closer inspection.

The helicopter is a Black MD500 helicopter with red tail number N500LK.

NJDEP Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability
06/08/2020

NJDEP Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability

Save money and avoid extra trips to the supermarket by reducing food waste at home!! 🍏🍊🥑🍅🍌🥦

This not only makes sense for consumers, but also for the environment. It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of our country's food supply ends up as food waste. This wastefulness has a negative impact on the environment due to the enormous use of natural resources expended in getting food from seed to table. Large amounts of greenhouse gas are emitted in the farming, transporting, manufacturing and disposing of food that is wasted. Waste composition studies have found that between 20 to 25 percent of disposed trash is food waste!

Learn how to reduce food waste at home at www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/Food%20Waste%20Resources%20Webpage.pdf. Wasting food is a terrible waste! #TooGoodToWaste

NJDEP Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability
06/08/2020

NJDEP Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability

With online purchasing more popular than ever, remember to recycle all of those corrugated cardboard boxes used to ship your orders! ♻️📦♻️

Old corrugated cardboard boxes are used to make new boxes. By recycling, you are providing industry with important raw materials and helping the environment at the same time!! 🌎

Learn more about recycling by visiting your municipality's recycling website, the Recycle Coach information system and recycle.nj.gov.

06/02/2020
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July 7th Primary Election Vote by Mail FAQ

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05/28/2020

The Chester Area Pool pre-registration is now open. Please note that for 2020 Pool Memberships you will be registering to a waitlist as we do not know yet if the Governor will allow municipal pools to open. If we receive clearance from the Governor to open you will be removed from the waitlist and receive notification via email. You will then have the ability to pay for your membership through Community Pass. Please make sure all of your contact information is correct when you complete the pre-registration.

05/22/2020
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The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, following the guidance of the state, is advising families of residents with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and those under cautionary quarantine to take extra precautions when disposing of household trash.
According to state Department of Environmental Protection recommendations, trash from these households should be double bagged using regular trash bags, properly closed, and tightly tied to avoid leakage. Bags should be placed in rigid trash disposal containers while outdoors prior to pickup to avoid human or animal contact with the refuse. These measures are designed for the safety of residents and disposal crews.
Institutions, such as health care facilities and hospitals, should also be guided by the NJDEP’s COVID-19 waste management rules.
Red medical waste bags or biohazard bags generated by institutions and/or county residents must not be disposed of in curbside trash cans that are collected by municipal waste haulers. Only licensed medical waste contractors are allowed to collect and dispose of filled red medical waste bags.
The MCMUA’s garbage transfer station inspectors have seen an uptick in the number of red medical waste bags coming in through regular trash disposal. When these bags show up at the transfer stations, the facilities must be shut down to guarantee the safety of employees and to ensure that regulated medical waste is not being improperly disposed.
In addition, county residents are asked to refrain from traveling to the county's two garbage transfer stations located in Mt. Olive and Parsippany during the COVID-19 crisis. Because of social distancing requirements, it is difficult for the scale masters to safely interact with residents. Unless it is essential that the household trash be disposed of immediately, residents should utilize curbside pickup by their waste hauler or wait until towns are again making bulky waste collections.
For information about proper disposal of medical waste, household garbage, or details about municipal recycling, go to www.MCMUA.com for details.

Memorial Day is one of the most solemn traditions of the United States of America. On this day we remember and honor tho...
05/21/2020

Memorial Day is one of the most solemn traditions of the United States of America. On this day we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year, because of restrictions on gatherings due to the COVID-19 emergencies, municipalities will not be holding their customary ceremonies, but we as citizens still should have our own moment of quiet reflection.
We may do that by remembering Larry Maysey, whose bravery and sacrifice is symbolized by the Larry Maysey Memorial, located on Main Street in Chester. The dedication of this memorial took place on May 30th, 2005 – Memorial Day – and brought to us the story of the man that inspired its creation. Larry Maysey, a Chester Township native, enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduating from high school in 1965, and worked hard to become a member of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, an elite rescue unit. In 1967, he and his unit were shipped to Vietnam.
Maysey had only been deployed for about three weeks, when he and a helicopter crew flew to Laos on a mission to rescue five members of a Special Forces road-watch reconnaissance team along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. During that mission, Maysey’s “Jolly Green Giant” Combat Rescue Helicopter, known as Jolly Green 26, came under heavy enemy ground fire.
A first helicopter had already attempted what was a very risky rescue, and had to leave a few men behind because of the enemy ground fire. Maysey’s chopper went in for a second try at picking up the still remaining soldiers. Maysey jumped out of his chopper, exposing himself to a hail of fire, and stabilized two of the wounded survivors. He then helped them get on board Jolly Green Giant 26– but the chopper was struck by enemy gunfire, crashed, and went up in flames. Maysey and four other rescue team members were killed. Later that day the bodies from the crash site of Jolly Green Giant 26 were identified and prepared for evacuation, but bad weather and enemy action prevented their recovery. After two days of attempts, the strike force reluctantly had to abandon the crash site. The remains were left behind and were never able to be found again. Maysey was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Air force Cross, National Defense, and Republic of Vietnam Service. He was only 21 years old when he was killed.
When Larry Maysey never returned home, his friends and family were determined that his heroism should never be forgotten. His high school classmates formed a committee to spearhead the building of a memorial to Maysey and all of Chester’s veterans. With an outpouring of support from the entire community, sufficient funding was put in place to make this dream a reality. On Memorial Day, May 30th 2005, the Chester community gathered to remember and honor one of their own who was a national hero.
It is our great tradition of paying homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for America that keeps us ever aware of the great cost of freedom and the people who have borne it. Please continue it in your own remembrances this Memorial Day.

05/20/2020

The Borough of Chester is planning on opening the Chester Area Pool this Summer. We are waiting on direction from the Governor on when exactly we will be permitted to open, and what social distancing protocols we will be required to follow. However, we do plan to open registration on Thursday, May 28th.

05/16/2020

CLARIFICATION ON CURBSIDE PICKUP!!!

The guidelines from the Governor’s office does give the caveat “if arriving by car.” After consulting with the Chief of Police, patrons may pick up their purchase at the door of the store if they prefer. This is especially beneficial for stores with a sole proprietor. However, the purchase still needs to be prepaid. No customers are allowed inside the store.

As a reminder, in the case of the malls, NO PARKING OR STOPPING IN THE FIRE LANES FOR PICKUP!

05/15/2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CURBSIDE PICKUP!

Please read the guidelines below.

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL MERCHANTS!
CURBSIDE PICKUP PROTOCOL

Curbside retail pickup will be allowed beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Please note the requirements from the Governor’s office below. It’s pretty simple. When picking up merchandise, please do not get out of your car and at no time are customers allowed in the store.

The Chester Springs Mall and the Streets of Chester Mall will have identified “Curbside Parking” areas. Picking up merchandise from the Fire Lane in front of any store is not allowed and you may be ticketed if you park there. There will be some reserved spots on Main St. identified by signage and orange cones, but you are not required to use them as some stores have parking lots or have parking available on Perry Street.

If you are window shopping on Main Street and see something you wish to purchase, call the store, pay for your merchandise, then drive your car for pick-up using the steps outlined below. A store owner may not hand the merchandise directly to you.

Please don’t forget to social distance if you are window shopping!

Here are the guidelines from the Governor’s office:

Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses: The Order also permits non-essential retail businesses to allow curbside pickup of goods, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers. Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:
• In-store operations should be limited to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup;
• Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile or other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
• Customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance. The customer should be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase;
• Designated employees should bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place goods directly in a customer’s vehicle when possible, avoiding person-to-person contact; and
• Such businesses must follow social distancing and mitigation practices outlined in previous orders, including requiring workers to wear cloth face coverings when in contact with other workers or customers and gloves when in contact with goods or customers.

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05/12/2020
NJCensus2020

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CENSUS DAY OF ACTION–Thurs May 14

NJ’s federal funding related to our COVID recovery depends on the completeness of our Census count. You can help with that.

First - Fill out Your Census. Then:

Call Those Who Count On You - See how they’re doing & ask them to fill out their #2020Census.

You’re the most trusted voice to ask them to #FillitOut

It’s easy. Everything you need is below.

http://www.bernardshealth.org/HDDocuments/HealthAlerts/2019-nCoV/CoronavirusUpdate51120.pdf
05/11/2020

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05/11/2020
NJ Department of Human Services

Join NJ Human Services on their page at NJ Department of Human Services this Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.
For a live discussion about services that could help you and your family during this public health emergency.

Providing assistance through programs and services to NJ residents in need.

05/08/2020

Scam Targeting Senior Citizens

Senior citizens across the state are being targeted through a phone scam. Victims are contacted, via phone, and informed that their grandchild was in an accident or was arrested and they are in need of bail money to be released. The caller tells the victim the sum of money needed and sends a courier to their home to pick it up or directs them to wire the money or purchase gift cards.

There have been over 70 incidents reported statewide with several occurring in Morris County. Anyone receiving a similar call is asked to contact their local Police Department immediately.

05/07/2020

Please be advised bulk collection will resume Wednesday, May 13th and metal collection will resume Thursday, May 28th.

05/07/2020
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MCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Event Cancelled

Event Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is out of an abundance of caution to protect our residents while adhering to State and Federal social distancing guidelines, that the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) has decided to CANCEL our Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event scheduled for May 16th at the Morris County Public Saftey Training Academy in Parsippany. The MCMUA has also decided to MOVE its collection event scheduled on June 13th from the County College of Morris in Randolph to the Morris County Public Saftey Training Academy in Parsippany. For those residents who planned to attend the recently canceled May event, it is recommended that they safely store any materials they anticipated on disposing at the recently canceled event until or next disposal event in June. In addition to the June event which has only changed location, the other two Household Hazardous Waste events scheduled for the Fall are still expected to remain in effect at this time. These two fall events are currently set for Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the Morris County Public Saftey Training Academy and Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Chatham High School. Please visit our website www.MCMUA.com for additional updates regarding our Household Hazardous Waste and other programs as they are announced.

“After carefully monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the MUA has determined out of abundant caution for the safety and health of our residents and employees that we will be canceling our May Household Hazardous Waste event given the number of uncertainties we are currently facing,” said MUA Executive Director Larry Gindoff. "While we have come to know how important these events such as these are to the public, we believe this decision is in everyone's best interest in order to take the necessary precautions to ensure everyone's safety. I hope you will all join me at our next disposal event in June.”

Sincerely,

Anthony Marrone, REHS
Hazardous and Vegetative Waste Specialist
Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA)
214A Center Grove Road, Randolph, New Jersey 07869
Email: [email protected] Web Site: WWW.MCMUA.com
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50 North Rd
Chester, NJ
07930

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Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(908) 879-3660

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Vendor Registration is now open for the Chester Farmer’s Market! The market will be held every Sunday from 10-3 PM starting June 16th. Please email Lauren Battaglino, [email protected] for more information.