News & Noteworthy
Free E-Waste Recycling Day at SCMUA - Saturday, March 31st
Posted: March 14, 2018
On Saturday, March 31st, Sussex County Municipal Utility Authorities (SCMUA) will hold a fee-free E-Waste Recycling Day between 7am and 2pm. SCMUA is located at 34 Route 94 in Lafayette, NJ and their phone number is 973-579-6998. Click here for SCMUA's web page.
Examples of E-Waste include computers, printers, cell phones, televisions, VCR's, DVD & CD's, fax and copiers, radios and stereos, etc. Please note there is a limit of 5 units per vehicle. They will accept higher quantities at a cost.
SCMUA will offer this program again on May 19, July 21 and October 13, 2018.
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.
NEW POLL WORKER TRAINING CLASSES
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
Byram Township Annual Rabies Clinic - 2018
Posted: January 10, 2018
BYRAM TOWNSHIP'S ANNUAL RABIES CLINIC
WHERE: BYRAM DPW GARAGE
10 Mansfield Drive
WHEN: APRIL 14, 2018 - SATURDAY
TIME: 9:00AM - 12:00 NOON
OPEN TO ALL NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS
RABIES VACCINATION MUST BE CURRENT TO OBTAIN A DOG LICENSE. 2018 DOG LICENSING AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING.
PLEASE COME EARLY, CLINIC ENDS PROMPTLY AT 12 NOON!
New Municipal Building FAQs
Posted: May 16, 2017
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.
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.
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).
Byram Township New Municipal Building Project
Posted: May 16, 2017
MAY 2017 - NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDING COST ESTIMATE
MAY 2017 - NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDING FAQs
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
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 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.
CHANGES IN FIRE PREVENTION SERVICES
Posted: December 29, 2016
CHANGES IN FIRE PREVENTION SERVICES IN BYRAM TOWNSHIP
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
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.
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
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.