Morristown recycling center subject of virtual Green Acres hearing, prior to council meeting, Feb. 23

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For decades, Morristown’s Lake Road recycling center has been designated for use as open space under the state’s Green Acres program.

The property never been used as open space, and town officials want to remove that designation, so recycling operations may continue unfettered.

The state has scheduled a virtual hearing on the matter for 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2021, ahead of the virtual town council meeting at 7:30 pm. Details are below.

From the state Department of Environmental Protection:

PUBLIC HEARING

The Town of Morristown has contacted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, proposing an amendment to its Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI).

The purpose of the amendment is to remove from the ROSI the property identified as Block 2901, Lot 1 on the official tax map of the Town of Morristown and located at 90 Lake Road.

It is the Town’s claim that this property has never been held for park purposes but rather for solid waste then recycling purposes. Regardless of Green Acres’ decision on this matter, the County’s Patriot’s Path easement will continue to run adjacent to Lake Road.

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:36-25.3(h)2v, a hearing to obtain public comment on this request will be held virtually on Feb. 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

The meeting can be accessed by joining:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85348769320?pwd=NnhRa1hXajRpQncwWVJJREQrdVVqZz09
Passcode: 677417
or Dial by Phone: 1 646 558 8656, Meeting ID 853 4876 9320, Access Code 677417.

All information submitted by the Town of Morristown to the Green Acres Program in support of this requested ROSI amendment is available for public inspection at the Town of Morristown Municipal Offices, 200 South St., Morristown, New Jersey 07960 and online at https://townofmorristown.org/.

Written comments on the ROSI amendment request may be directed via Regular Mail to the Town of Morristown Municipal Clerk at 200 South St., Morristown, New Jersey 07960, or via email to townclerk@townofmorristown.org. Please send a copy of any comments submitted on this request to Nancy Lawrence, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program via email to Nancy.Lawrence@dep.nj.gov.

Public comment on this ROSI amendment request will be accepted during the public hearing or until March 9, 2021. On or after March 9, 2021, the Department of Environmental Protection may take formal action to approve the proposed ROSI amendment request.

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