Andover Township Commissions, Committees, and Boards
The existence of these various bodies is provided for in the Township’s General Code of Ordinances. The committees are supported in their work by borough employees who provide assistance with meeting space, agendas, minutes, and public information. The governing body designates a Council Liaison to each group to ensure that there is communication and coordination among the boards, commissions, and committees with respect to borough policies and initiatives. These groups are comprised of dedicated community volunteers who give of their time and effort to assist with the day-to-day administration of Andover Township. Their individual and collective contributions are invaluable to the residents and are greatly appreciated!
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Board of Health
The State of New Jersey mandates that each municipality have a Board of Health to serve its residents. There are several types of Boards which are determined by the population of the municipality and whether the municipality belongs to a central Health Department such as we do - The Sussex County Department of Health, Public Safety & Senior Services. It is the duty of the local Board of Health to maintain files of each and every permit issued by the Sussex County Health Department on behalf of the Township for a well or septic system. Keeping these files in the Municipal Building is a convenience to the residents who might need to retrieve a copy of their individual well or septic permits.
We also issue yearly food handler licenses to all the businesses in the Township that serve or handle food. The Sussex County Health Department will inspect these businesses after we notify them that they have renewed their license each year. Another area of responsibility is hosting and running the yearly free rabies clinic. These clinics are supported by the State Health Department which provides the vaccine at no cost to the Township. The Township does provide for the veterinarian to administer the shots. The Board Members participate by issuing the rabies certificates to the dog and cat owners.
The Secretary of the Board of Health is responsible for keeping the files that contain copies of all correspondence sent and received. Monthly meetings are held for the members of the Board of Health to review the correspondence received and sent and any issues that are considered related to Board of Health issues. The Secretary takes minutes and prepares a packet that is sent to each member that contains the minutes of the previous meeting along with a meeting agenda for the current meeting.
The Andover Township Board of Health meets quarterly, prior to the regular Township Committee second montly meeting, in March, June, September, and December at the Municipal Building. Meeting agenda will be posted on the day of the meeting. If it has not been posted, it will be available at the Municipal Building prior to the start of the meeting.
The Andover Township Economic Planning Committee, is composed of volunteer Andover Township residents and business owners. The committee is eager to meet with prospective businesses and help guide them through the process of locating in our town.
The Economic Planning Advisory Committee of Andover Township is dedicated to attracting, expanding and retaining diversified economic opportunities in Andover Township. To help build the current and future business income potential, by stabilizing and expanding our local tax base and enhance the quality of life for the township and its citizens.
The Andover Township Economic Development Advisory Committee meets the 3rd Friday of the month at the Andover Township Town Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
The Andover Township Environmental Commission is a citizen advisory group that makes recommendations to the Land Use Board regarding environmental issues within the Township. The Commissioners represent residents' long-term interests by acting as advocates for the environment, reviewing development applications, sponsoring public awareness programs, and evaluating the impact of potential environmental problems.
If you are interested in serving on the Environmental Commission, call 973-383-4280, ext. 245, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to ask for an application.
The mission of the Andover Township Environmental Commission is to foster, protect, preserve, and maintain the natural resources and rural character of the township by encouraging environmentally healthy and sound development, and promoting awareness of nature-friendly practices and options among municipal officials, residents, and business people.
Meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month, with the fourth Thursday as an as-needed meeting date. Meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside House and are open to the public. Agendas for the meetings will be posted on the day of the meeting. If the agenda is not online, it will be available at the meeting prior to the start of the meeting.
Christine Kretzmer Chair email@example.com; Ben Bensley Recreation Liaison; Dolores Blackburn Township Liaison; Suzanne Howell Planning Board Liaison; Carla Kostelnick, David Kolstad, Eric Olsen, Ray Wexler, Josh Osowski, Brenda Izzo.
Land Use Board
The Land Use Board has the responsibility to guide development in the Township in accordance with the NJ Municipal Land Use Law and other State and local regulations. The Board reviews and grants approvals of applications for subdivisions and site plans and hears appeals and grants variances from a strict application of the Township Zoning Ordinance in particular cases. The Board is responsible for development of the Township Master Plan and for making recommendations to the Town Committee for new ordinances or revisions of existing ordinances.
are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month (excluding June and November) at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Agendas for the meetings will be posted on ecode. If the agenda is not online, it will be available before the meeting begins.
Six (6) Class IV Members: Four Year Terms. Four Alternates: Two Year Terms. Citizens’ Advisory: Two Year Term
Class I Member – Mayor or Designee: Michael Lensak exp. 12-31-20;
Class II Member – Township Official Environmental Commission Representative: Eric Olsen exp. 12-31-20;
Class III Member – Member of the Township Committee: Janis McGovern exp. 12-31-20;
Class IV Members: Kenneth Roberts, Paul Messerschmidt exp. 12-31-21; Richard Skewes, John O'Connell exp. 12-31-22; Suzanne Howell, Cece Pattison exp. 12-31-23.
Alternate #1 : Mildred Di Iorio exp. 12-31-2021; Alternate #2: Steve Krepeos exp. 12-31-2020; Alternate #3: Joseph Tolerico exp. 12-31-2021; Alternate #4: (Vacancy) exp. 12-31-20.
The Land Use Department Office Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8 to 11 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Administrator: Stephanie Pizzulo. | 973-383-4280 ext 245 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Recreation Committee has a volunteer chairperson who is in charge of planning and overseeing the activities that take place year around for the residents of the Township. Some of these activities are the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Senior Luncheon, Children’s Holiday Parties, dances for teens, overseeing the registration of the summer recreation program sponsored by the YMCA, annual contests including Miss Andover Township as well as the Little Miss and Mister Andover Township contests. The Volunteer Chairperson maintains correspondence sent and received as well as scheduling monthly meetings where the members help plan the activities that the Committee sponsors. The volunteers take minutes of each meeting.
are held on the 2nd Tuesday of month at 7:30 p.m. Locations vary: Municipal Building, Hillside House, Hillside Hall
Toni Lu Martin, 973-383-4280 x224.
Hillside Park Hall and House are available for rental. For rental information and use of facilities at Hillside Park, House, and Hall, please contact Toni-Lu on extension 224. The Site Manager is available to show the building to prospective renters (scheduled through the Clerk’s office). A calendar of rental dates is prepared through the Clerk’s office as well as scheduling of the various athletic fields located at the Park office as well as scheduling of the various athletic fields located at the Park. Click here to go to The Barn page.
Hillside Park: Lake Iliff Road to Goodale Road – 500 acres (ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, basketball courts and skating rink with lights, playground, picnic area and 2 recreation banquet halls).
Kittatinny Valley State Park: Limecrest Road 2,250 acres Andover-Aeroflex Airport, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on dirt roads and old logging trails, fishing and hunting, boating (no gasoline motors). website
Recreation / Sports Leagues
The youth athletic programs in Andover Township are sponsored by private, individual organizations such as the Andover Soccer Club, Andover Girls' Softball, Lackawanna Little League and Andover Basketball. Children from Andover who would like to participate in a football program may join the Newton Braves organization, which also offers cheerleading. The wrestling program is a combination of Andover, Green and Newton children. There is also an Andover-Green Lacrosse program for boys and girls. The Township offers its facilities at Hillside Park and Goodale Road in support of these programs. We also assist these programs when possible with securing additional field space through the private sector. See links page for information on contacting specific organization
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Sustainable Jersey is a statewide certification program for municipalities that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Andover Township has joined this initiative and formed a Green Team comprised of volunteer community members. Based on the team’s efforts and a long history of environmental best practices by our township’s administrators, employees, resident,s and volunteers, Andover Township has recently earned a Bronze level certification through Sustainable Jersey. We are looking for more members to help us continue our township-wide initiatives that help create a more environmentally sustainable community for all of our residents to enjoy. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. at Hillside House. The November meeting will be held on the 20th and there will not be a meeting in December. If interested, please contact Eric Olsen at email@example.com
Bringing people, businesses and the community together to develop policies and practices to create a sustainable Andover Township for all to enjoy
Businesses or individuals who would like to support/sponsor Sustainable Andover events and/or initiatives please contact David Kolstad at (908) 472-0648 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in serving on the Sustainable Andover committee, contact Eric Olsen at (908) 447-5488 or email@example.com
Andover Township is governed by a Mayor and Committee who are chosen through partisan elections held in annually November. The Mayor and the four Committee members handle legislative functions. A full-time Administrator assists the Mayor and Council and coordinates the operations of government departments.
Meetings are scheduled for the first and third Thursday of the month. Meetings begin at 7:30 and are held at the Municipal Building. The public is encouraged to attend. Executive session, if necessary, will be held at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.
Agendas for the meetings should be posted the day of the meeting. If unavailable online, there will be printed agendas available in the Municipal Building prior to the start of the meeting.
Michael Lensak, Mayor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellsworth Bensley, Deputy Mayor: email@example.com
Janis McGovern, Committeewoman: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Carafello, Committeeman: email@example.com
Thomas Walsh, Committeeman: firstname.lastname@example.org