9-7: Six New COVID Cases; Storm Ida Update for Montgomery; If You Need Recovery Help; Removal of Storm Debris; Get Vaccinated for Work; 9-11 Anniversary Events in Montgomery; Sign Up for Fall Recreation ProgramsPosted on September 7, 2021
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
There have been six (6) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 9-3-21. The Montgomery Township Health Department strongly encourages residents to get vaccinated, particularly with the start of school upon us.
DISASTER DECLARATION TO BRING AID FOLLOWING STORM IDA
Route 601 is reopened near Montgomery High School.
Montgomery Township’s recovery from Hurricane Ida accelerated over the weekend, as our municipal and county Public Works Departments worked to reopen roads, and residents pitched in making donations and volunteering.
Most notably, Route 601 was fully reopened as the bridge over Rock Brook was sufficiently repaired to allow safe passage of vehicles. Township roads still closed are Hollow Road above Camp Meeting Road, Burnt Hill Road between Skillman Road and the Montgomery Lower Middle School, Dutchtown Zion Road, and Grandview Road between Hollow Road and Pin Oak.
Township officials are working to help find housing for individuals and families displaced by flood damage from about a dozen homes. Over 60 automobiles were towed after being abandoned on flooded roads.
Somerset County is now part of a declared Federal Disaster area, meaning that Federal relief monies will be available to towns and residents through the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster process.
“The historic flooding of Storm Ida was devastating for many members of our community, several of whom lost their homes at least temporarily,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. Over the Labor Day Weekend, our Department of Public Works did an amazing job restoring our roads, while Somerset County repaired our bridges. We owe them, and our first responders, a great deal of thanks, and to residents who have been helping neighbors recover.”
Township offices are fully open, but the administration request residents attempt to resolve any questions or concerns first by phone (908-359-8211) or email, before visiting in-person.
IF YOU NEED HELP WITH STORM RECOVERY
For residents with problems bigger than they can address themselves, Montgomery Township is collecting requests for help via a form on the township website. Use this to report extraordinary challenges related to housing, food insecurity, transportation issues, debris removal, etc. The township will use this information to guide disaster recovery priorities, and a township employee will follow up by telephone to assist with problem solving.
Residents wishing to donate recovery aid are asked to donate online through the Princeton Elks Lodge 2129 or by check to: Princeton Elks Charitable Trust 501c3, PO Box 217, Blawenburg NJ 08504 (mark ‘Ida Relief’). The Elks are working with Montgomery Township to get aid to families in need. Alternatively, bring gift cards to the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road or to the Princeton Elks on Route 518. Please do not bring any physical items.
UPDATE ON REMOVAL OF STORM DEBRIS
The Container Facility at 12 Harlingen Road in Belle Mead will be open all week, Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 2pm. The usual fees/coupons will be waived for residents discarding storm-related debris.
If you use a borrowed or hired truck, you’ll need to accompany the driver with proof of residency or provide a signed letter attesting to Montgomery as the source of refuse. Residents are advised to remove wet material immediately and take special care to prevent mold build up.
Somerset County has announced they will be providing curbside storm debris pick-up on County Route 533 because of its proximity to the Millstone River. Details and timing will be forthcoming. More in The Montgomery News at: https://www.themontynews.org/single-post/somerset-county-plans-for-flood-debris-pickup-biden-to-visit-manville-damages-still-being-assessed
GET VACCINATED TO MEET EMPLOYER MANDATES
The Montgomery Township Health Department is offering a vaccination clinic every Friday afternoon from 2-4pm at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The program is especially designed to help residents facing new vaccination requirements from employers, such as hospitals and state, county, and municipal governments. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson provides the quickest avenue to COVID-19 protection. The township will accept all walk-ins, but also provides appointments for your convenience on the health department website.
Montgomery is also offering the Moderna vaccine on Saturday September 11 from 8:30 to 10am at the Municipal Building at 2261 Rt 206 in Belle Mead.
MONTGOMERY TO HONOR 9-11 ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY
The 9-11 Memorial at MTVFD #2 in Skillman
Montgomery Township and community partners have announced three public events on Saturday, September 11, 2021, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States.
“The spirit of service is alive and well in Montgomery Township,” said Mayor Devra Keenan. “I hope many of our residents will join with me in thanking the first responders who protect us today, while remembering those who gave their lives on that horrible day twenty years ago.”
The three events are as follows:
- 9-11 Remembrance Service. The day’s events will begin at 10 AM with a 9-11 Remembrance Service organized by the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Department #2 in Skillman. The event will be at the 9-11 memorial at 529 Route 518 in Skillman. The commemoration will consist of a brief ceremony and speeches honoring our fallen New York City Firefighters, Police Officers, and First Responders, and all the lives lost and forever changed by the events that occurred 20 years ago.
- 9-11 Serving the Community. The Montgomery Open Space Committee has organized a 9-11 Serving the Community event consisting of tree planting and environmental stewardship at Hobler Park in Skillman from 11am to 3pm. The Park is located across from the Cherry Valley Country Club at 1645 Great Road (Route 601). Residents are invited to sign up in advance and select a one-hour service time to spread out volunteers for COVID safety. To pre-register email Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski at LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via phone at (908) 533-9302.
- 9-11 Wreath Laying. The last event of the day will be a solemn wreath-laying by Mayor Devra Keenan and her colleagues on the Montgomery Township Committee at the 9-11 Memorial at Montgomery Veteran’s Park on Harlingen Road. The event will be at 4:00 pm, and members of the public are welcomed to attend.
FALL RECREATION SIGN-UP STARTED TODAY
Registration for the Fall Recreation programs started this morning. The program newsletter is available online , offering after school programs, virtual seminars, athletics, senior programs, and much more.
In-person programs require that masks be worn for COVID-19 safety.