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Hunting Club Bids Expected to be Approved

Township Committee's monthly work session will cover new fire department rating as well.

The Washington Township Committee is scheduled to meet for its monthly work session Wednesday night at the municipal building, and will be discussing a few hot topics, according to the event’s agenda.

Two resolutions are likely to be passed when the governing body awards bids to clubs who will use two separate parcels of land for hunting purposes.

Those parcels are on Reservoir Road and Spring Lane near Marjorie Drive, according to the agenda. These same parcels were approved for hunting in October 2010 after a contentious public hearing where residents were clearly divided on the issue.

This will be the second consecutive hunting season those areas are used by hunting clubs.

Also on the agenda for discussion is the rating given by , which spent two months analyzing Washington Township and its fire companies to see what could be improved and what was working well.

Company policy was to share the information and rating with the mayor and fire chiefs only, ISO representative Robert Cobb said during a presentation in September.

At that point, it would be up to the officials to share that information with whomever they wanted.

The item is listed in the discussion portion of the agenda for Wednesday. The meeting is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

Meeting time is 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building. 

mark October 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
IF the people of Long Valley Washington Township paid for the analization then the information should be made public, to all!
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Hey Mark - Thanks for the comment. Actually, the analyses wasn't paid by the township at all, or the fire departments for that matter. So, there has been no cost to the township here. Hope this clears things up for you!
Jon October 09, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Please hunt in my yard. Take all 30 of the regulars, plus any other ones that happen to wander through. I am sick of stepping in poop, and sick of the total decimation of the natural forest as well as any landscaping we so foolishly attempted to do.
cv October 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
There are just too many of them. I fenced half of my yard and I have to finish in the spring and I must say the cost of fencing is astronomical but it is the only way to keep the deer out. They destroy all of my landscaping even things deer arent supposed to eat.
Jon October 10, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Landscaping is one thing, but the really huge problem is that they are completely wiping out the natural forest. Anything young that grows gets eaten. What that means is that when the existing generation of trees dies out, there is going to be nothing left. Try and picture Long Valley in 50-100 years with nothing but evergreens and some shrubs left. Oh - and Japanese Stilt Grass, which is so generously assisting the deer in wiping out everything else that is supposed to be growing here. This is a serious crisis, folks, and nothing much is being done about it.
Blue Heron October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I know a responsible hunter who would be happy to help get rid of deer in your yard if you allow him access. He would be hunting with a bow, not a gun. If interested leave a reply for me here and a way to contact you.
Hookerman October 10, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I have no moral objection to hunting, but these are pretty small parcels of woods surrounded by numerous neighborhoods. What safe guards are in place to insure that some kid doesn’t get shot in the head while playing in his backyard?
RH October 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
WHAT "SAFEGUARDS"? HOW ABOUT COMMON SENSE, LIKE STAYING OUT OF NEIGHBORS' YARDS. OR, IF THERE IS HUNTING GOING ON, IT LIKELY IS HAPPENING FROM AN ELEVATED SPOT WHERE THE HUNTER CAN IDENTIFY WHAT HE IS SHOOTING AT, PLUS WOULDN'T THE LANDOWNER LET THE NEIGHBORS KNOW?? WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A DENSELY POPULATED "DEVELOPMENT" HERE!
Hookerman October 10, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Have you looked at a map of Washington Twp recently??? The whole area northwest of Flocktown and Naughright roads, leading down the mountain to Rte 46 is a densely populated area. The areas of woods off Reservoir Rd and Spring Ln are not huge parcels of land. Secondly, one cannot deploy common sense if one doesn't know about the hunt. Are the residents of that area being notified about this hung, or is it just assumed that they read the Patch and will know about it? The ‘landowner’ in question is Washington Twp, since this is public land owned by the town. So is the plan to just let these hunters onto this public property, and hope that the area residents know not to let their kids play in their backyards or wander into the woods? Is this the common sense you’re talking about???
RH October 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
a map & what is really there are two different things. We are talking about bowhunting, not buckshot, so a "huge parcel of land" is not necessary. Also, don't you think that they would post signs saying there is hunting going on?
cv October 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
@Jon you are right soon nothing will be left. Its time to hunt.
Hookerman October 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I don't know if they are going to post any signs, that's why I asked the question. And how do you know it's only bowhunting? Neither of the articles about this proposal states that.
Peace October 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Wow, pretty harsh comments on here about creatures sharing the planet with us! I am against hunting and do not agree with letting anyone in NJ shoot at anything as half of "hunters" in NJ don't even know how to use a gun or rifle. I am astonished by the lack of sympathy for any living creature all for your landscaping. Give me a break. That's Jersey for you!
Jon October 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
@Peace, I would agree with you about not shooting innocent animals IF we had never wiped out the wolves who would have otherwise kept the deer population under control. We have a horribly unbalanced situation which WE caused. What you have to understand is that by allowing the deer to wipe out the forests, we are passively killing off hundreds if not thousands of other species that would have otherwise flourished, but cannot because the deer have wiped out THEIR natural habitat. You see, it's all interconnected. And the root cause of every environmental disaster like this one is the humans who thought it would be fine to wipe out a species they didn't like, or introduce a species they thought would be fun to have around so they could shoot at it. Look at the history of New Zealand, for example. There were no native mammals (except bats). Then humans showed up, brought rabbits in order to have something to shoot. The rabbits took over the whole place. So they introduced a species to kill the rabbits. That species (I forgot what it was) wiped out all of the native flightless birds. And on and on the disaster goes, all at the hands of us genius humans.

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