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8/09 - Township Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM

8/10 - Book Club - 7:00 PM

8/11 - Municipal Court - 1:30 PM

8/14 - Recycling Center - open from 9 AM to noon - center closes when dumpsters are full **You must unload your own recyclables - no assistance will be provided**


Boonton Township Trivia

Each week we will include a fun fact or historic tidbit about our great hometown

1956 Rockaway Valley Mens' Club

pictured are several of the teams from the Rockaway Valley Boys Club Little League

at Johanson Memorial Fields

photos courtesy of Roy Huchel

If you have any old photos or newspaper articles about Boonton Township that you would like to share please let us know




Payments received after the extension date will be charged interest from August 1, 2021


Highlights from the fifth week of 2021 Recreation Summer Camp


Sgt Tom runs the annual bike rodeo at summer camp

Our summer campers were treated to the bike rodeo then Firefighter Don brought tanker 316 for a wetdown

Thanks to our Police and Fire Departments for always supporting our kids



Thanks to all who supported the this program - it has certainly enhanced the RVA Flight Path

clockwise from marker 0.0

1) Wyca Family; 2) IMO Renato Febbi Sr; 3) Romanowicz Family; 4) IMO Adam Krasnomowitz;

5) Arndt Family; 6) Glander Family; 7) IMO John & Edna Johanson; 8) IMO Eric Johanson; 9) Rivera Family;

10) BT PBA Local #392; 11) IMO Lillian DeMarco; 12) IMO Frank & Barbara Spender; 13) Cabana Families; 14) Forte Families; 15) IMO James Cacciabeve


Boonton Township Committee introduces ordinances to address the State cannabis laws

The Mayor and Township Committee have introduced several ordinances as to the licensing and regulations pertaining to local cannabis operations in response to recently adopted State legislation known as the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act,” N.J.S.A. 24:6I-31 et seq. (the “Law”), which legalized the sale and recreational use of cannabis by persons age 21 and older.

Why is the Township taking this action at this time?

Under the Law, the State requires municipalities to take official action to adopt ordinances related to certain cannabis business activities by August 21, 2021, or otherwise forfeit the right to zone for and restrict these types of business activities at the local level for five years.

What happens if the Township does not take any action and adopt this ordinance?

While the voters of the State of New Jersey legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the Law requires local governments to act with respect to the various licensing of business, such as cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and distribution. If a municipality fails to do so, the retail sale of cannabis would be automatically allowed as a permitted conditional use in all commercial/retail zones; and the business operations of all cultivation, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution of cannabis will be deemed permitted in all industrial zones within the Township.

Summary of the proposed Township Ordinances

In response to the Law, on June 7, 2021, the Mayor and Township Committee introduced three ordinances which in coordination, prohibit the licensing/operation of cannabis retailers and the licensing and business locations of delivery services throughout the Township. In addition, the Township Committee introduced an ordinance banning licenses and business operations for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution in all locations throughout the Township, except for one concurrent license of each class-type that the State Law has carved-out solely for pre-existing licensed medical alternative treatment centers. If applied for and approved, operations related to the concurrent licensees will only be permitted at the one pre-existing medical cannabis licensed location in operation at 130 Old Denville Road.

Finally, the Township Committee introduced an ordinance which precludes the public delivery and consumption of cannabis at any indoor or outdoor public place or establishment throughout the Township. This includes in any public park, public building, and on any public roadways and businesses open to the public throughout the Township. While recreational consumption is permitted by law, these local ordinances maintain that the delivery, sale and consumption of cannabis is only allowed at private residences.

Complete copies of the ordinances are available at: https://ecode360.com/documents/pub/BO1072/Legislation/?subCategory=(Uncategorized)&year=2021

The following are some frequently asked questions and responses regarding the Township’s proposed ordinances:

QUESTION: Do these ordinances mean that no business can sell cannabis throughout the Township to consumers?

ANSWER: Yes. Businesses are prohibited from selling cannabis items to consumers from storefronts or other business locations in the Township. However, the State Law does not allow municipalities to restrict or prohibit online/telephone sales and delivery services to private residences. Retail sale to consumers is also precluded at the pre-existing licensed medical alternative treatment center site.

QUESTION: Can a business make a land use application for the development of a retail or wholesale business to sell cannabis within the Township?

ANSWER: Such applications cannot legally be approved since this ordinance specifically bans such activity and licensing within the Township.

QUESTION: What is the reasoning in support of permitting a cannabis operation license at the Old Denville Road site?

ANSWER: The site is already legally permitted to conduct a medical cannabis operation in accordance with State licensing laws and is already authorized under the State Law to hold a concurrent cannabis license for cultivation, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution. The operation, as it presently exists, includes medical cannabis cultivation and processing (i.e. manufacturing) for medical use. Permitting the ability of the licensed medical cannabis growing and processing facility to cultivate and process recreational cannabis does not change the existing operations at the facility or the extent of such operations. It does, however, provide for the legal right of the Township to collect user and transfer taxes on the sale of such cannabis of up to 2% at each class type (ie. 2% on gross sales for cultivation, 2% on gross sales for manufacturing, 1% on gross sales for wholesale).

QUESTION: How much revenue would this change in cultivating for recreational use provide to the Township?

ANSWER: Current law does not provide that medical cannabis can be taxed by the Township locally. However, recreational cannabis may be taxed up to 2% of the gross revenues at each class type. Based on some of the preliminary calculations applied to the existing operation at 130 Old Denville Road, it is anticipated that it would result in over $1 million/year to the Township, which would equate to approximately 15% of the Township’s existing budget.

QUESTION: What happens if the Township prohibits recreational licenses to the 130 Old Denville Road site?

ANSWER: The existing operation can continue, and the property owner is not obligated to remit to the Township a use/transfer tax on the gross sales from the operation.

QUESTION: Will the existing cannabis site at 130 Old Denville Road sell the product to businesses or consumers within the Township?

ANSWER: No. The decisions of the Township Committee preclude the cannabis site from distributing cannabis to consumers or businesses in Boonton Township. The taxes that will be assessed are on sales to businesses outside of Boonton Township.

QUESTION: As a result of the proposed ordinances, will I be able to utilize cannabis in a public park?

ANSWER: No. The use of cannabis in a public park or at any other facility, including the facility at 130 Old Denville Road, is prohibited. This ordinance bans public consumption of cannabis throughout the Township, it also bans “cannabis consumption areas,” which would otherwise allow for consumption of cannabis items in certain semi-public locations. It is only legal in your own private residence or within the confines of private lodging locations when permitted by the landlord or private property owner.

QUESTION: There have been concerns regarding the odor emanating from the 130 Old Denville Road location. What impact will this ordinance have on such concerns?

ANSWER: The operations will not change as a result of this ordinance. However, the ordinances increase the restrictions on odor and volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) based on generally accepted legal and industry standards, including utilizing current emission technology. The Township has been in constant communication with the State of New Jersey Department of Health, the NJDEP and the Township's Health Officer and has hired a scientist to evaluate and monitor emissions at the existing site. In addition, the Township has engaged an independent air quality study to ensure the overall safety of Township residents. Whether the site is producing cannabis for recreation or medical, the same health standards and enforcement will apply. As part of the proposed ordinance, the Township has an opportunity to enhance the air quality standards with respect to the operation in the event of noncompliance.

QUESTION: Will cultivation of recreational cannabis change the existing operation at the site?

ANSWER: No. The existing canopy and structures cannot be enlarged on the property unless the property owner seeks approval from the Planning Board. That is the status of the property today and that is the status of the property whether the site is utilized for recreational or medical use.

QUESTION: What are the tax and financial implications of this ordinance?

ANSWER: Although the permitted operation will not change, the financial aspects for the Township will change. It is estimated that the site will generate for the Township of Boonton, revenue in the amount of $1.2 million per year. That represents nearly 15% of the Township's budget. This financial infusion to the Township, without expansion of an existing site, will provide for tax relief and a potential reduction in the future tax rate of the Township. In order for the Township to generate the type of revenue that this site will be required to pay from their gross sales, it would otherwise require a corporate or industrial ratable in the amount of $51 million. This additional tax revenue will come without any additional infrastructure changes to the site.


Recreation Boot Camp at RVA Fields



Sunday Morning Adult Softball - 10:00 AM- Noon at RVA Fields - All welcome.



Thursday evenings at Leonard Park Bocce Courts @ 5 PM



Tuesday, August 10 at 7:00 pm

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel


Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Meetings are held in the Conference Room at the Municipal Building


BACA Summer Concerts

Grace Lord Park in Boonton

updated concert calendar

All concerts are Wednesdays from 7-8:30PM. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced.


July 7 Morris Plains Community Band - POSTPONED to Wed. 8/18/2021

August 11 The Adlers Band (International music of Poland, Germany, Italy and the USA)

August 18 Morris Plains Community Band (Patriotic & Traditional Concert band music)



we have plenty of books for your reading pleasure

Don't forget about the Township Book Swap. Stop by the Municipal Building during business hours (8 AM - 4 PM) to select any book(s) of your choice.

We are currently at capacity so we are not accepting any new books.


Weekly Coronavirus Update

The cumulative number of cases as of the start of community transmission in Morris County of COVID-19 in early March 2020 now stands at 509 since July 30th.

For health related information visit the Morris County Public Health website at: https://health.morriscountynj.gov/coronavirus/#cases for up-to-date data and information.

Morris County Vaccine Mega site at Rockaway Townsquare Mall and the COVID testing site at County College of Morris are closed.

Go to https://www.morriscountynj.gov/Residents/Health/Coronavirus to find vaccination and testing sites in Morris County.

If you have any questions, call the County COVID Hotline at 973-829-8250.


We'd love to include your community organization in our weekly newsletter

If your community organization has information you'd like to share in our weekly newsletter please let us know.

email submissions to: dcabana@boontontownship.com

media must be in jpeg form


In search of old Boonton Township photographs

for display in the Municipal Building

we can certainly arrange to reprint your photograph if you cannot donate it to the Township


A Message From the Boonton Township Police Department


The Boonton Township Police Department is investigating an incident involving a stolen motor vehicle, which just occurred this past Wednesday evening during the overnight hours. The car was stolen overnight from a resident's driveway in Boonton Township, and has since been recovered by our officers.

We would like to again remind our residents to never leave your keys inside your vehicle, and please remember to lock your car at all times.

If anyone has any information or home surveillance footage related to this investigation, please contact the Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-402-4022.





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Visit www.btpolice.org and click on the “emergency notifications” tab on the right side of the page. Follow the instructions to be redirected to the "Alert Boonton Township" registration page. Once redirected, ensure you are on the page for Boonton Township New Jersey and follow the step by step instructions on the web page to create an account and receive emergency alerts for Boonton Township.

"Alert Boonton Township" also automatically signs you up for Smart911 which provides you and your family with a potentially life-saving resource. Smart911 is a free emergency 911 component which helps our emergency dispatchers better assist you during an emergency. This service also allows residents to create a safety profile which can include any information they would like to share with first responders during an emergency.




Township of Boonton
155 Powerville Road
Boonton Township, NJ 07005

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