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NOTICE – The EDAC meeting scheduled for Sept 21st has been cancelled.


The Township will be offering a Fall Family Night on Saturday, September 26th from 6-8pm. We hope you will grab a bite to eat from one of our food vendors who will be on site, and listen to the sounds of “The Kootz”, who will be back to perform those classic rock, pop soul and blues tunes. The night will wrap up with a tremendous fireworks display at 8:00 pm.

The November 3, 2020 General Election will be held primarily by mail-in ballot in accordance with P.L. 2020, c. 72 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For information on vote-by-mail and the Sussex County Board of Election’s information and guidance please click here or visit www.sussexcountyclerk.org/elections

Municipal Building Open – Please be advised that the municipal building will be open daily from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm . The public will be permitted to enter the building . Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines when entering the building and wear a face covering. A drop box is available in the lobby for those that wish to use it. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Water Restriction Notice – Indian Fields Water System


1. Lawn Watering- individual residents are restricted from the use of water for the purposes of watering lawns and gardens to no more than two times per week for a maximum of 30 minutes; this restriction includes individual sprinkler systems. Odd or even address numbers will determine what days you may water your lawn. If your address ends in an odd number, you may water on odd numbered days. If your address ends in an even number, you may water on even numbered days.

2. Flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, shrubs and trees may be watered using a hose with a handheld shut-off nozzle or other low-volume watering method. But the even/ odd day schedule still applies.

Affordable Housing Unit For Sale – The Township is announcing the availability of a market to affordable unit for sale to income qualified households. The sale price is $119,368. For more information on the unit and the program guidelines:

Unit Information
Program Guidelines

In order to qualify for a unit, applicants must meet the income limits as determined by the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing based on COAH Housing Region and household size. The units are located in COAH Region 1, which includes Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex Counties. Preliminary qualified applicants will be placed in a lottery (preference will be given to those living/working in COAH Region 1). Applications must be submitted by no later than July 31, 2020.


Contact Carrine Piccolo-Kauer for more information at (973) 823-7020 x 9444 or ckaufer@hardyston.com.

Hardyston Recreation Complex Opening July 6th – The playground at the Wheatsworth Road Recreation Complex will reopen Monday, July 6th. Please maintain social distancing, wear a face covering when not 6 feet apart, practice hand hygiene and stay home if you or anyone your household are sick.

In addition, in accordance with NJ Executive Order No. 149 Hardyston Township will open all fields and facilities at the Wheatsworth Road Recreation Complex for use by organized sports groups effective July 6, 2020.  In order for sports groups to begin scheduling use of the fields located at the Hardyston Township Wheatsworth Road Recreation Complex and/or Hamburg Borough’s Gingerbread Castle Complex they shall review the guidelines and information from the CDC and the NJ Department of Health (DOH) linked below. All groups/leagues must provide the Recreation Department with a copy of their Program Preparation Plan in accordance with the NJ DOH Guidance for Sports Activities.

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children
COVID Guidance for Sports Activities
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

In addition all players, coaches and volunteers must sign and return the COVID-19 Acknowledgment Form (link form) for Hardyston Township Department of Recreation. All required plans and forms must be submitted to the Township Recreation Director, Becky Westra before they will be permitted to utilize any Township facility. Please note that all Township of Hardyston Rules & Regulations still apply. Hardyston Township retains the right to close all municipal fields or facilities if proper social distancing and guidelines are not maintained in order to protect the health and safety of Hardyston residents.


New Jersey, New York and Connecticut announce mandatory 14 day quarantine for travelers coming from several states with significant community spread of COVID-19 – As of June 25, 2020 all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This quarantine  applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. The current states subjected to the travel restrictions are – Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. For more information concerning the travel advisory click here:  https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/can-i-travel-to-new-jersey-if-im-a-resident-can-i-travel-out-of-state-are-airports-bridges-and-tunnels-open#direct-link

COVID-19 Testing – As of June 19th, the Sussex County Testing Site has closed. The Morris County Testing Site will close effective, Friday June 26th. For information on where you can obtain a COVID-19 test please use the County’s interactive map of test sites available here: http://sussex.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=bdd9a8e506624e94981eb8055f69a4a8). The state’s map of test sites is accessible at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing#test-sites.

Outdoor Dining Requirements for Existing Eating Establishments – Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 150, permitting outdoor dining starting on Monday, June 15th. In order to support local business, Hardyston Township anticipating the allowance of outdoor dining by Governor Murphy passed a resolution  relaxing the approval process to permit outdoor dining where not already previously approved.  Businesses seeking to offer outdoor dining should submit an application to the Township Zoning Officer.

Please see the requirements from the Sussex County Department of Health, NJ Department of Health and the NJ Division of Alcohol Beverage Control before submitting an application.

SCDOH guidance memo

DOH guidance
ABC guidance

Governor Murphy lifts the stay at home order effective immediately – As of June 9th the number of people allowed at indoor gatherings will be increased to 25% of a building’s capacity or 50 people total whichever is lower (excluding indoor dining and theaters). Indoor gatherings will still require the use of face coverings and social distancing measures, according to the Governor’s orders. The number of people permitted at outdoor gatherings will be raised to 100 people. The increased number of people allows for indoor religious services and explicitly allows outdoor gatherings of more than 100 persons for First Amendment-protected outdoor activities, such as political protests or outdoor religious services. In addition, the Murphy administration anticipates increasing limits on outdoor gathering to the following – 250 people on June 22 and 500 people on July 3. This will allow for graduations to take place across the state on July 6, as previously reported. The new EO also authorizes the opening of pools on June 22nd and all other outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses that were previously closed – with the exceptions of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades. Additional details on the Governor’s Executive Orders can be found here.

Sussex County and the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Announce Interactive Business Map – Sussex County residents and business owners now have the ability to access a business status interactive mapping system, which will be available on the County of Sussex’s website, as well as linked on the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and Sussex County Economic Development Partnership websites. A tool developed by the County, in partnership with the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership, the online map is available for every business within the county to list its information and reopening status. The interactive map also offers residents the opportunity to support local businesses. The map can be found here.

Governor Murphy Announces New Jersey to Enter Stage Two of Restart and Recovery on June 15th – Outdoor Dining and Indoor, Non-Essential Retail Allowed as of June 15th and Hair Salons and Barber Shops May Reopen on June 22nd. Guided by strict protocols from the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as input from the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and complementary Advisory Councils, Stage Two will include outdoor dining for restaurants and indoor, non-essential retail as of June 15th. Beginning on June 22nd, barber shops and salons will be able to reopen. In the period to follow, New Jersey will work toward the gradual opening of personal care, gyms, and health clubs, at reduced capacities as the stage progresses. All of these activities will be allowed pursuant to strict health and safety guidelines that will be issued in the coming days. Residents are urged to continue their vigilance in keeping themselves and their communities safe by social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, and limiting gatherings.
Full details on the next stage of recovery.

Municipal Operations in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak –The Township Municipal Building remains closed for public access; however visitors may come to the building and access the reception window and drop boxes. A CDC recommended face covering must be worn when entering the vestibule and social distancing guidelines must be maintained when waiting for service. Please click on the following link – Hardyston Municipal Operations & Closure for additional information and preventive measures.

Municipal Court Operations – During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have cancelled their in person court sessions. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. It is advised that you contact the court to set up a video court proceeding and provide your telephone and email address.

Franklin Borough Certificate of Occupancy Compliance Inspections – Inspections in order to receive a Certificate of Occupancy Compliance for resales and rentals in Franklin Borough have resumed.

Certificate of Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm & Portable Fire Extinguisher (CSACMA & PFEC) – Inspections in order to receive a CSACMA & PFEC Certificate for resales and rentals are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. In lieu of an inspection the Fire Official will accept a certification from the buyer and seller. The modified application form and instructions can be found here. Please note signatures from real estate agents will not be accepted. The affadavit must be signed by the buyer and seller or their respective attorney.

Residential Pool Requirements – Please read the following important information regarding the installation of residential swimming pools (including the temporary small sold at retailers throughout our area). We understand that as summer approaches and households are looking for ways to enjoy the summer and provide recreational opportunities during the current public health emergency and “stay at home” order they may be considering the installation of a pool; however please note that all state and local zoning and construction regulations still apply.

As a guideline for residential pools that require permits, please see the following:

  1. Zoning permits are required for seasonal as well as permanently installed pools.
  2. Any pool capable of holding 24″ of water requires a permit under the UCC (Uniform Construction Code)
  3. Any pool with less than 48″ high sidewalls require some other type of compliant barrier; fence, self-closing, latching gates and ladders etc.
  4. Electrical requirements for temporary and permanent pools must be strictly adhered to. Permit required

The applicable codes are found at https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/document/1536, which include the International Swimming Pool Code and International Residential Code.

For any further information or guidance please call Hardyston Construction Dept. (973) 823-7020 x9001 

Daily COVID-19 Updates

For information concerning number of cases by municipality within Sussex County visit: www.sussex.nj.us/covid19

Governor Murphy Unveils Multi-Stage Approach to Execute a Responsible & Strategic Restart to New Jersey’s Economy – Governor Murphy’s plan includes a 4 stage plan to reopen businesses and activities throughout the state. The State is currently in Phase 1 and while the goal is to move through each phase quickly and judiciously with the public health of the community and all New Jerseyans in mind, it is important for everyone to continue to keep themselves and others safe by wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, and limiting gatherings. For a summary of Governor Murphy’s multi-stage approach click here.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, CurbsidePickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars – As part of New Jersey’s Road Back, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 142 , permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision will take effect immediately. The reopening are subject to social distancing guidelines and other restrictions as provided in the Executive Order.

Parks & Recreation – Governor Executive Order 133 has reopened all New Jersey State Parks effective Saturday, May 2nd for passive recreation activities subject to social distancing guidelines and other restrictions as follows:
a. Employees and visitors should wear cloth face coverings while in the State Park or Forest in all settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age;

b. Available parking must be limited at all State Parks and Forests at 50% of the maximum capacity at one time, and visitors shall be prohibited from parking in undesignated areas, including in roadways and other undesignated areas;

c. No picnicking shall be allowed, including on picnic blankets in signed picnic areas, and no picnic blankets, chairs, coolers, and other such personal property shall be carried into any State Parks and Forests;

Please remember while we have kept the Wheatsworth Road Recreation Complex open during the COVID-19 pandemic the playground and exercise stations are closed and the fields may not be used for organized sports activities with anyone outside of your immediate household. Please carry out all trash and adhere to all social distancing guidelines and recommendations for wearing masks when in public.


The following websites and phone numbers will provide useful information

1. To get information on COVID-19
Call: 2-1-1
Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
Text: your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

2. Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/

3. Sussex County Information – www.sussex.nj.us/covid19

4. Atlantic Health Nurse Screening Hotline number: 1-862-260-3199. It is
available seven days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00pm. A highly trained
Atlantic Health medical professional will answer the call, consult with
the patient, and provide direction to obtain needed resources. (This
hotline cannot provide referrals for COVID-19 testing)

5. For an update of cases by county, the New Jersey Dept. of Health
(NJDOH) has set up ad ashboard with information:


6. www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Frequently Asked Questions

Essential Shopping

Should I wear gloves while grocery shopping?

Latex gloves are not recommended to wear when grocery shopping. Handwashing is recommended. Wash your hands before leaving your home, after leaving the store, and again when you get home. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Do you have any other safe grocery shopping tips?

  • Avoid Crowds
  • Make a list and shop quickly
  • Shop alone, don’t bring the family
  • Wear a face covering
  • Sanitize carts and hands, before and after shopping
  • Give the cashier some space or use the self-check out
  • Choose no-touch payment when you can
  • If you are anxious about grocery shopping, select the pick-up option at your grocery store instead of going inside and doing the shopping yourself

Exercising Outdoors

Do I need to wear a face covering while exercising outdoors?

The CDC recommends wearing a face covering in public settings where it is harder to stay away from people. If you are exercising in an area where you know you will be crossing paths with a lot of other people, you should wear a face covering. But you should also try to avoid those settings. It is recommended to find less crowded areas and avoid peak hours when others are out exercising.

Any tips about how to wear a face covering when exercising outdoors?

Wearing a face covering makes it harder to breathe when you are exercising. Don’t be afraid to slow down and take breaks. Don’t push yourself too hard. Select a face covering that is comfortable, stays in place, and covers your mouth and nose. Figure out what type of face covering works best for you when you are outdoors exercising.

Grief Support

Are there any coronavirus grief and loss support groups?
Yes, the Atlantic Health System is hosting a Coronavirus Grief and Loss support group. To register call 862-260-3199 (option 3) for an invitation. The support group is web-based and is led by Atlantic Health behavioral health clinicians and social workers

See suspicious online content?
Report it to your local authorities or to the NJ Homeland Security Counterterrorism Watch Desk at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or tips@njohsp.gov

FACE COVERING INFORMATION – The CDC and the Governor’s Executive Order are recommending/requiring that people wear a face covering when in a public setting including the grocery store and other retail establishments. The CDC has provided useful guidance on making homemade cloth face coverings.

VOLUNTEERING TO HELP DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY – Many people wonder how they can help during the COVID-19 emergency even if they are not a health care or medical professional. There are many ways you can help. Find out more by visiting – https://covid19.nj.gov/help and scrolling down to “How you can Help” and locate the button on the left side to “Volunteer in your Community”.

Business Resources

During the COVID-19 emergency there are number of available resources to help including the following:

State Programs – The NJ Economic Development Authority has introduced package of initiatives that include a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), funding for entrepreneurs, and a variety of resources providing technical support and marketplace information. 

To see what program you might qualify for the program use the eligibility wizard at: https://assistance.business.nj.gov/.

Federal Programs – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act – is a package of programs and initiatives designed to assist business. Programs include the Payroll Protection Program, Small Business Debt Relief Program, and counseling and contracting services. Click on the CARES Act Guidelines for more information.

New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs & Hiring Portal –https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

As the resources and information constantly evolves visit http://www.sussexcountychamber.org/about/covid-19_novel_coronavirus_information/index.php for updated information.

Individual Resources

Please click here for a list of important resources and updates regarding mental health, NORWESCAP food distribution, State Income tax filing, unemployment, job resources, and residential mortgage relief.

Disaster Response Crisis Counselors available for Sussex County residents who may be experiencing emotional or mental difficulties related to COVID-19. A Disaster Response Crisis Counselor can be reached by contacting the Division of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 973-579-9488 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Further details can be found here.

Sussex County COVID-19 Hotline Now OPEN – Call (973) 579-9488 to speak with a Sussex County Division of Health (SCDOH) staff member or Sussex County Medical Reserve Corp volunteer. The Hotline’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other Information

Hardyston Township is asking residents to consider becoming a member of the Economic Development Advisory Commission. The commission assists in attracting new business and industry as well as retaining established businesses. Please see our page on this website for more information. If you would like to become a member please send a letter of interest to Patty Egan at the Municipal Building, 149 Wheatsworth Road, Hardyston, NJ 07419.

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