Openings on Chester Borough Commissions

Chester Borough has openings on the following committees / commissions. Open to Chester Borough residents only.

Shade Tree Commission
Board of Health
Library
Water Resources and Sewer
Environmental/Open Space

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please contact Mayor Hoven at jhovenchesterborough.org

There are also openings on the Recreation Commission. If you are interested, please contact Recreation@ChesterBorough.org

DEP safety tips on burning wood

DEP OFFERS TIPS ON REDUCING POLLUTANTS AND SAFETY THREATS FROM BURNING OF WOOD DURING COLDER MONTHS

TRENTON – With colder weather and the holidays approaching, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin reminds residents to practice safety and take steps to reduce the impact burning of wood has on air quality in their homes and neighborhoods.

“Burning of wood – whether in fireplaces, wood stoves, or outdoor wood boilers – can help reduce energy costs and add a cozy ambience to any home as the weather turns colder,” said Commissioner Martin. “But wood burning also emits small particles and other air pollutants that can be significantly reduced with some common-sense practices, better protecting your health as well as your neighbors’ health and creating the climate for a safer and more enjoyable season.” For some people, even short-term exposure to wood smoke can aggravate lung or heart conditions. Children, teen-agers, older adults and people with lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, or heart conditions are most susceptible to the effects of wood smoke.

The DEP recommends following these guidelines for burning wood at home:

  • Allow wood to season before burning it. Seasoning means allowing the wood to sit outdoors for at least six months. Seasoning allows moisture to evaporate from the wood, making it burn more efficiently Seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain and sounds hollow when smacked against another piece of wood.
  • Use a wood moisture meter to test the moisture content of wood. Wood burns most efficiently when its moisture content is below 20 percent.
  • Stack wood neatly off the ground with the top covered to protect the wood from rain and snow. Store wood that is to be used in the house a safe distance from fireplaces or stoves.
  • Start fires with newspaper and dry kindling and keep them burning hot.
  • Regularly remove ashes to ensure proper airflow.
  • Never burn garbage, cardboard, plastics, wrapping materials, painted materials or pressure-treated wood in your stove or fireplace.
  • Keep anything flammable – including drapes, furniture, newspapers and books – far away from any wood-burning appliance. Keep an accessible and recently inspected fire extinguisher.
  • Have chimneys cleaned annually by a certified chimney-sweep. Nearly seven percent of homes fires are caused by the buildup of creosote in the chimney. These fires can spread extremely rapidly, and are often signaled by flames leaping from the chimney or a low rumbling sound reminiscent of a freight train or airplane.
  • Consider using an indoor air HEPA filter in the same room as a stove or fireplace. These filters can reduce indoor particle pollution by as much as 60 percent.
  • State regulations and some municipal ordinances prohibit the emission of visible smoke from outdoor wood boilers. Wood boilers heat a fluid that is circulated in homes and buildings for heating purposes. Under state regulations, these boilers may only emit visible smoke for three minutes every half-hour to allow for start-up.

If you plan on burning wood as a major way to heat your home this winter, the DEP recommends upgrading to a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified wood stove or fireplace insert. The newer equipment will reduce air pollution and is much more energy efficient.

For more information on wood burning in New Jersey, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/baqp/woodburning.html

For more on the EPA’s Burnwise program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/

Annual Tax Reassessment

Please be advised that the Borough’s Annual Tax Reassessment is currently taking place.  This will effect approximately 25% of the Borough’s properties. Over the next few weeks an inspector may be visiting to inspect your property.    These individuals will be able to provide valid identification.  Thank you.

Passing of DPW Superintendent Brian Olson

It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of the Borough Department of Public Works Superintendent Brian Olson.  Words cannot express the loss that the Borough staff is experiencing.

Obituary

Brian S. Olson, age 45, of Washington, New Jersey, died unexpectedly on Monday, October 17, 2016 at home in Washington.  Brian was born September 29, 1971 in Valley Stream, NY, moving to Mansfield, NJ in 1976. Brian graduated from Warren Hills High School in 1990. Brian led a full life volunteering as a fireman and ultimately became Chief of the Tri-County Firehouse in Mansfield, NJ.  He was the Superintendent of Public Works in Chester, NJ.

A celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Tri-County Fire Department, 1720 Route 57, Mansfield Township, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  Fallen Firefighters Widow Fund, P.O. Box 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or to Susan Olson, c/o Cochran Funeral Home in memory of Brian.

The full obituary from Cochran Funeral Home is posted here.

Expired: JCP&L Tropical Storm Hermine Preparedness Update

Note: The information on this page represents historical information. As such, it may no longer be relevant or accurate.

Please read this information from JCPL: Tropical Storm Hermine UpdateJersey Central Power Light (JCPL) is closely monitoring the developing weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Hermine. JCPL is prepared to activate its storm response plan and Incident Command System structure. (more…)

Morris County Veterans’ Services available

Sabrina Baarda, the new Social Worker in the Veterans Services Office serving Morris County, will be working with Ken Brenzel, the Veterans Services Officer, on connecting Morris County Veterans and their families with the resources and services they need and are entitled to.  If you know a resident in your community who may benefit from these services, please encourage them reach out to their office.

 

Contact info:

Sabrina Baarda, BSW

Veterans Services Office

Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance

340 W. Hanover Ave.

Morris Township, NJ 07960

(973) 285-6866

(973) 285-6456 fax