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New Recreation Summer Programs

Posted: May 21, 2018

Registration is now open for our new summer programs!  Check out the flyer for details! 

Registration is available online or in person.  Contact Jennifer Kerr, Recreation Director, with any questions.

Celebrate National Trails Day - Sat. June 2nd

Posted: May 21, 2018


Did you know that National Trails Day is being celebrated on June 2, 2018?   Trail hikes and clean-up events are being held across America to demonstrate support for this important event.  The goal of National Trails Day is to promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits that trails provide, encourage people to discover their local trails and instill excitement for the outdoors.  This year, National Trails Day coincides with the 50th anniversary of America’s Trail System!


The American Hiking Society invites you to join the nationwide efforts by improving a trail on National Trails Day.  Anyone can leave a trail better than they found it, by simply picking up trash or joining an organized trail work project.

Please join Byram Township in supporting National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2nd from 9 am to 12 noon.   The Environmental Commission and Recreation Department are co-sponsoring a trail hike and clean-up at Tamarack Park.   Participants are invited to help maintain the trail by removing barberry plants (an invasive species), picking up trash and/or hiking the 1.5 mile trail.  Feel free to volunteer for the entire morning or even for an hour or two!


Tamarack Park is Byram’s newest facility and is located on the northbound side of Route 206 right next to Panther Lake. The Park features playing fields and a great trail connecting to C.O. Johnson Park.


If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact or 973-347-2500 x138 for additional information.    For more information on National Trails Day, please view their website at


Employment Opportunity - PT Clerical Position

Posted: May 14, 2018


BYRAM TWP. CLERICAL position  - PT - minimum of 20 hrs/wk.  Must be organized, detailed-oriented and have the ability to interact with the public. Proficient in MS word and excel;  light bookkeeping and customer service skills required.  Resident preference.  Send  resume no later than May 25, 2018 to Ashleigh Frueholz, CMFO/CTC, Byram Township, 10 Mansfield Dr., Stanhope, NJ 07874 or email to




Posted: May 14, 2018

Memorial Day ceremony lead by the Byram VFW will be held at the Byram Veterans Memorial in front of the Roseville School House on Mansfield Drive on Memorial Day, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. There will be a brief ceremony honoring those veterans who have passed away. Following the ceremony, the crowd moves on to join the Byram Township Fire Department parade. The parade begins at the Byram Township Fire House and travels north on Route 206, ending at the Cranberry Lake Beach and Clubhouse.

Byram Historical Society Meeting - May 30th

Posted: May 04, 2018

New Municipal Building FAQs

Posted: May 01, 2018

Click the link below for a list of questions with answers that have been raised during the Public Information Sessions and other Public Meetings regarding the New Municipal Building Project.  

If you were unable to attend any of these meetings, you are welcome to reach out to the Township Manager or any members of the Mayor and Council for your questions or concerns.

FAQS - updated as of May 15, 2017



Byram Township New Municipal Building Project

Posted: May 01, 2018








Summary of Employees with Core Hours.  The Township has 33 Full-time and 12 Part-time employees.  The page titled, Main Building, are the list of employees that are in the municipal buidling daily.  

Click Here:  Summary of Employees


*** NEW INFORMATION - MARCH 2017 **********************************************************

At the November 1, 2016 meeting of the Mayor and Council, Resolution No. 184-2016 was approved Authorizing FKA Architects to Provide Preliminary Planning & Presentations for New Municipal Building in an amount Not to Exceed $7500.  As the result of these efforts, the various Floor Plan Options dated March 16, 2017 were developed.  Floor Plan Option 5 (14,395 sqft) is presented with a preliminary cost estimate of $8,225,431. 

Architect Scope of Work (Authorized November 1, 2016):  10/26/2016 FKA Proposal

Floor Plan Options:  March 16, 2017- Floor Plan Options

Site Plan Options:  March 16, 2017 - Site Plan Options

Summary of Spaces:  March 17, 2017 - Summary Spaces Including Option 5

Summary of Space Comparisons (Current to Option 5):  March 23, 2017 - Summary of Space Comparison

Preliminary COST ESTIMATE (Option #5) - (Presented at March 21 meeting) - Preliminary Cost Estimate Option 5



Municipal Building Program Document (Dated 8/26/15) - Based on input from Department Members:  Municipal Building Programming Document

Building Assessment Report (Dated 9/11/15) - Report of Assessment of the Existing Municipal Buildings:  Building Assessment Report

Initial Draft Master Plan (Dated 10/12/15):  October 12, 2015 - Initial DRAFT Master Plan

Revised Summary of Program Spaces (Modification #1 - Dated 11/9/15):  Summary of Program Space


Master Plan Options Presented:  March 8, 2016 - Master Plan Options

Cost Estimate Options Presented:  March 8, 2016 - Cost Estimate Options

Environmental Options Presented:  March 8, 2016 - Environmental Analysis


At the March 16, 2016 Special Meeting of Mayor and Council  - Determined the Preferred Design was Option 1.5:

March 16, 2016 - 1.5 Cost Estimate with Soft Cost Breakdown

March 16, 2016 - 1.5 Site Plan

Additional Documents:

Bulding Roof Assessment - January 2013

Building Mechanical Systems Evaluation - October 2014

Project Timeline:

  • March 2015 – Publicly advertised Request for Proposals for Architectural Services
  • May 27, 2015 – Special Public Meeting to conduct interviews with prospective Architectural firms.
  • July 7, 2015 – Appointed FKA Architects – Resolution 100-2015.
  • October 20, 2015 – Special Presentation by Tom Kosten of FKA Architects Municipal Building Assessment.
  • November 16, 2015 – Public Discussion – Municipal Complex Programming Report.
  • December 15, 2015 – Authorized FKA Architects for Lakeland Bank Assessment – Resolution 190-2015.
  • February 2, 2016 – Authorized Harold Pellow & Associates – Environmental Assessment – Resolution 41-2016.
  • March 16, 2016 – Special Public Workshop – Review Environmental Analysis, Cost Analysis and Building Options.
  • April 5, 2016 – Authorized Harold Pellow & Associates – Preconstruction meeting with NJDEP – Resolution 64-2016.
  • June 6, 2016 – Public Discussion – Capital Projects Committee – Municipal Facility.
  • June 21, 2016 – Special Public Presentation of Municipal Complex Master Plan.
  • July 5, 2016 – Introduction of Bond Ordinance (#24-2016).
  • July 19, 2016 – Public Hearing and Adoption of Bond Ordinance (#24-2016).
  • August 8, 2016 - a Petition to Repeal Township Ordinance #24-2016 was filed with the office of the Township Municipal Clerk.
  • August 10, 2016 - Township Clerk certified petition and determined that it is sufficient.
  • August 16, 2016 – Public Hearing and Adoption of Ordinance 25-2016 - Initiative Ordinance of the Mayor and Council Repealing Ordinance # 24-2016.
  • November 1, 2016 – Authorized FKA Architects to provide preliminary planning and presentations for new building.


2004 - LAN Associates Report - This report presents a summary of cost estimates developed by LAN Associates for three distinct options related to the Municipal Building and Consolidated School additions and renovations.

Free Household Hazardous Waste Day at SCMUA - Saturday, June 2

Posted: April 30, 2018

Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority announces a FREE event on Saturday, June 2nd from 7am to 2pm.   Township residents are welcome to bring certain household hazardous wastes to their facility for free disposal.   SCMUA is located at 34 Route 94 in Lafayette, NJ and their phone number is 973-579-6998.   For additional information, see their website, SCMUA.  


Household Hazardous Waste items includee the following:   lead and oil based paints, stains, thinners, pool chemicals, mercury, lubricants, chlorine, driveway sealer, fluorescent bulbs, household batteries and more.   Limits - 100 lbs. dry, 10 gallon liquid waste and 25 fluorescent bulbs per vehicle.  Scale charges will apply for larger quantities.

2018 Township Wide Garage Sale

Posted: April 13, 2018


garage sale garage


Save the date for our Town Wide Garage Sale Sat June 2 and Sun June 3, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

Register with the Recreation Department to have your address added to the garage sale list!  The list will be available Friday, June 1 after 2:00 pm.

To register email Jennifer Kerr ( with your name, phone number, and address.




2018 Kids Triathlon

Posted: April 13, 2018

Click here for information on the 2018 Kids Triathlon or to obtain informatin on registration.

NJ BPU Clean Energy Program

Posted: April 02, 2018

Click here for details.

New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities

Posted: March 28, 2018

Utilities’ Storm Response 

The New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities has scheduled the first of five public hearings as part of Board of Public Utilities (BPU) staff’s investigation into the response of the state’s four electric companies to the most recent storms. 

The first hearing will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 4-7 the Byram Intermediate School located at 12 Mansfield Drive, in Byram Township, Sussex County. 

These hearings are open to the public and this is an opportunity for the residents affected by the recent power outages to attend a hearing and provide comment.

Written comments may also be submitted via email to or in writing to Aida Camacho-Welch, Secretary of the Board, Board of Public Utilities, 44 South Clinton, Avenue, 3rd Floor, Suite 314, Post Office Box 350, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625-0350.

Those filing written comments should reference “March 2018 Winter Storm Events comments Docket Number EO18030255” in the subject field for emails and in the heading of any written correspondence. Comments will be accepted until May 31, 2018 pertaining to these hearings. 

Click:  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Click:  NJBPU President Announces First Two Public Hearings to Investigate Utilities’ Storm Response

Click:  Public Hearing in Byram regarding March Storms on April 5

Poll Workers Needed

Posted: March 05, 2018

Board of Elections is looking for poll workers.  Attached is our current list of available new poll worker training classes.  Interested people can call 973-579-0950 x 1591 with questions. 







Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 5:00pm                  First United Methodist Church

                                                                        111 Ryerson Avenue



Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:00am               Hardyston Municipal Building

                                                                        149 Wheatsworth Road



Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:00pm               Sandyston Municipal Building

                                                                        133 Route 645



Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00am                First Presbyterian Church

                                                                        32 Main Street





June J. Dobson Scholarship Fund:  $1000.00 award for 2018

Posted: January 23, 2018

Click here for applicaiton.


New Municipal Building Cost Estimate

Posted: May 16, 2017

The Township secured the services of MJA Construction Services to prepare a Schematic Budget Construction Cost Estimate based on the schematic floor plans and estimated site development costs.

This estimate is a total project cost that includes all of the following:


  • Construction Cost Detail
  • Contingencies for Design and Construction
  • Escalation Cost Factor
  • Contractor Overhead and Profit
  • Bonding and Insurance Costs
  • Architecture and Engineering Design Fees
  • Furniture, Fixture and Equipment
  • Environmental Testing, Permits and Insurance
  • Legal Costs


The $7,327,260 estimate presented by MJA Construction Services is an estimate based on the 14,395 square foot floor plan prepared by FKA Architects.

'Click Here' for Detailed Cost Estimate

General Information regarding MJA Construction Services


The Township is funding the project by bonding. Initially, the bond ordinance will give the Township the opportunity to pay interest only during construction.  Once the project is completed the final cost of the project will be covered by a permanent bond issue for a term of 20 years.

It is too early to provide the specific impact of the additional taxes to an individual taxpayer to support the bond. However, the Mayor and Council are committed to making a recommendation to fund this project using the most cost efficient methods possible. Every member of the Mayor and Council is fully sensitive to the tax impact of the project, and are taxpayers themselves. If the proposed estimate of $7.4 million was fully funded with a 20 year bond, it would be an increase of about $137 per year to the average taxpayer (a total of $2,740 over that 20 year period).

'Click Here' for an Estimate by Property


Posted: December 29, 2016




Effective January 1, 2017 the Township of Sparta and the Township of Byram entered into a Shared Services Agreement for the services of smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm and portable fire extinguisher compliance inspections.  As part of this arrangement, Sparta will also be handling life and non-life hazard inspections for commercial establishments in accordance with the Uniform Fire Safety Act, P.L. 1983, C. 383.


All fees related to the inspections of and permits issued for properties in Byram Township will be paid directly to the Township of Sparta.  Fees are outlined in Sparta's Ordinance 16-1.8 and 16-1.9.  To schedule an inspection, please call Sparta Fire Prevention at 973-729-4227.


As done in the past, smoke detector inspections will be conducted one day per week.   If there are no open permits in the Construction Office, the certificate will be issued on site at the time of inspection.   If open permits exist, contact Byram Construction office at 973-347-2500 x123 to close out the permits.



NEW!!!  Sign up for Email Notifications.

Posted: November 07, 2013

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Sussex County Community Alert Programs

Posted: October 01, 2013

Community Alerts



Sussex County's Division of Emergency Management has the ability to notify all Sussex County residents in the event of an emergency through its Swift911 system. When activated by officials, this automated system calls homes and businesses in the affected area and delivers a recorded message to notify the public about the emergency and what actions they may need to take. The system will be used for the following types of events:

  • missing person alerts
  • emergency evacuations
  • local security and crime alerts
  • weather emergencies
  • hazardous materials events

All landline telephones serviced by Verizon, Embarq and Warwick Valley Telephone (WVT) are already in the system, however, cell phone and some VOIP phone numbers are not. If you would like to provide additional methods of contact, update your information or remove yourself entirely, please utilize the link below. In the event of an emergency, if you have opted to provide additional methods of contact, you will receive multiple notifications.

Visit the secure enrollment page to register or update your information 

Register Ready

Register Ready

The state of New Jersey offers a confidential statewide registry for people with disabilities who may need help in the event of a disaster or other emergency. The information is shared with Sussex County's Division of Emergency Management to help emergency responders locate and safely evacuate people who may find it difficult to help themselves in the event of a major disaster.

Providing information before a disaster allows for better planning and managing of resources during an emergency. Rest assured, your information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.

Anyone in Sussex County who may find it difficult to self-evacuate because of a physical or cognitive limitation, language barrier or lack of transportation-particularly if family, friends, or caregivers are unavailable to help during a crisis-is encouraged to register with New Jersey's special needs registry.


How to register

Individuals with special needs, as well as their families and/or caregivers, can register online at the state's web site . In order to complete their online form, you must have JavaScript enabled and you will have to temporarily disable any pop-up blockers you may have working in tandem with your browser application.

Don't want the hassle? You can also register by downloading and completing the paper registration form. This form may be filled out on your computer, saved to your hard drive and then submitted to the Sussex County Division of Emergency Management. Complete instructions are included on the first page of the form.

Download the Register Ready form 


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