The Byram Township Council introduced an ordinance on July 6 allowing the New Jersey Natural Gas Company to build, maintain, and operate natural gas transmission and distribution facilities in the township. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 15.
Mayor Alexander Rubenstein said a Board of Public Utilities (BPU) hearing on June 28 will allow customers in Byram to receive service from SJI/Elizabethtown Gas. New Jersey Natural Gas is also beginning to survey to build a gas main along Route 206, towards ShopRite.
Township attorney Thomas Collins said the council was just approving the franchise area for New Jersey Natural Gas, which the company had left unfinished.
Township manager Joseph Sabatini said the BPU ordered Elizabethtown Gas to stop putting pipe in the ground in the township until BPU adopts the map.
Return to in-person meetings
The council agreed to meet in person on July 6, in response to Governor Murphy’s executive order lifting all restrictions on meetings regarding room occupancy, distancing, and masks.
Sabatini said the June 15 meeting, which will review the cannabis ordinance, will still be virtual because it has already been advertised that way.
After more discussion, the council agreed to have a hybrid meeting component. Officials will visit other towns that hold simultaneous in-person and virtual meetings to research and pursue the most effective technology.
Councilman Harvey Roseff said the township should not put up any signs about masks or vaccinations. “Just start getting back to normal,” he said.
The council agreed to let residents decide whether or not they will wear a mask.