Township Drop Box
At Hazlet’s Town Hall, workers have reported to the office throughout the pandemic. At the beginning, with infection rates rising, workers split their schedules working in the office and also at home to reduce capacity. Town Hall is now open to the public once again, and precautions are firmly in place. Plexiglass guards have been hung over counters, the floor is marked to indicate where to stand in line to create physical distance and face masks are required.
Throughout the health crisis, the township has asked residents to submit payments and letters via the Night Drop drop box. It is built into the wall of Town Hall and located near the flagpoles. Citizens have been encouraged to use the drop box whenever they can to reduce social contact and keep everyone healthy. Many have, and Town Hall employees are thankful to residents for their adjustment to the "new normal."
Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club Re-Opens
July 12, 2020
Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club re-opened this weekend under the operation of Camp Coconuts. A small township staff operated the check-in. All members have to allow temperature checks and wear masks when unable to socially distance. Everything is going smoothly!
Township Playgrounds Re-Open
July 2, 2020
All eight township playgrounds are open for fun again. This morning the public works department dismantled the orange protective fencing previously installed in light of coronavirus concerns. Going forward, the DPW will be implementing an early morning sanitation routine at the parks, 7 days a week.
Library Offers Pick-Up, Drop-off Services
July 1, 2020
Though Monmouth County libraries remain closed, you can now pick up and drop off materials at our local Hazlet Library branch on Middle Road.
Recent Health Care Grads Joining Pandemic Response, Thanks to Hazlet’s Appeal
May 12, 2020
Thousands of recent graduates of health care programs can join the fight against COVID-19 while waiting to take licensing exams, following recent action by the state government.
The emergency graduate licensure program was inspired by sent to Gov. Murphy and state legislators by the Hazlet Township Committee in April, pointing out that local nursing students had been sidelined for months due to cancelation of their scheduled license exams during the pandemic. At Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, 50 newly minted nurses were waiting to get to work.
“The lack of this exam has sidelined this potential resource, just when nurses are needed most,” wrote Hazlet Township Committeeman James McKay, who is also a volunteer on the Hazlet First Aid squad.
The emergency graduate licensure program is open to individuals applying for licensure within six months of graduating from these programs: accredited registered professional nursing (RN); practical nursing (LPN); physician assistant; pharmacy education and training located in New Jersey; and accredited respiratory care therapy education and training located in any state.
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs said it would begin accepting applications for the emergency graduate licensure program starting May 5.
“On behalf of the Hazlet Township Committee and its citizens, we are grateful for the swift response,” said McKay. “This action will add fresh and well-trained health care professionals to the fight in which we are deeply engaged.”
Individuals will not be eligible for the emergency graduate licensure program if they have failed the relevant licensing examination and will be dropped from the program if they fail the exam after receiving an emergency graduate license, officials said.
With the exception of respiratory care therapists, graduates licensed through the program will be eligible to work only under supervision in an acute care facility licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health. Respiratory care specialists will also be authorized to work under supervision in field hospitals, the state said.
The program will end automatically at the conclusion of the COVID-19 state of emergency and public health emergency, or earlier.
The Division has waived application fees for the emergency temporary license. Graduates can apply for a temporary emergency graduate license online on the Division’s website.
The Hazlet Township Committee thanked Congressman Frank Pallone, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso for their efforts to bring the issue to the Governor’s attention. The township sent a thank you letter to the Governor on May 12, and repeated a separate plea to help first responder volunteers handle financial difficulties that arise if they get quarantined or ill from COVID-19.
May 7, 2020
The Hazlet Township governing body and Land Use Board are conducting their meetings via the Zoom web conference tool. The public can connect by computer, tablet, smartphone or landline. Information on how to connect is always posted on the Township Calendar and Agenda Center prior to the meeting.
Township to Roll Out CivicReady
April 20, 2020
Hazlet Township has invested in a new mass alert system to replace Nixle and Code Red. The new system, called CivicReady, is integrated with our new website. It will be used by municipal departments to keep citizens informed in the manner they choose. Read more about CivicReady and be sure to sign up for alerts,
Township Parks Remain Open
Updated April 9
In recognition of how important our township parks can be to our residents at this stressful time, the township would like to keep them open for passive enjoyment. Prohibited are gatherings and group sports, and the use of playground equipment, basketball courts and the skate park due to the possibility of community spread of coronavirus. As long as everyone adheres to the governor’s social distancing executive order, we will keep the parks open.
Closure of Hazlet Township Public Buildings
Updated April 2
Due to the ongoing and rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have closed the following buildings to the public until April 30. Township employees continue to work, adhering to social distancing guidelines and some on alternate schedules.
- Town Hall
- James J. Cullen Center
- Police Department Headquarters
- Township playground equipment. Township parks remain open for passive enjoyment.
Notice on Township Playgrounds
As of March 19, Hazlet Township parks are only open for passive enjoyment. Social distancing practices must be observed by keeping 6 feet away from others.
No group gatherings are allowed, no use of basketball courts, skatepark or playground equipment which may include surfaces that can be infected with COVID-19.
Monmouth County has also closed all County parks and parks facilities, playgrounds and golf courses.
How can I interact with the Township Online?
Despite closures of our public buildings, residents may remotely utilize a number of public services:
- Make Property and Sewer Bill Payments
- Register for Recreation Programs
- Request for Certified Copies of Vital Records
- View Agendas and Minutes for Various Boards and Committees
- Utilize Recycle Coach to Answer Common Recycling Questions
- Construction Permits, Housing Certificates of Occupancy and Landlord Registration
In addition to these services, there are forms on the various Departments pages that can be downloaded.
Municipal Programs & Activities Impacted by COVID-19
- The Township Committee will continue to hold meetings; agendas will be posted in the Agenda Center.
- All programs that take place in township facilities are canceled until April 30 or further notice.
- All Recreation programs are postponed indefinitely.
- The Hazlet Public Library, a branch of the Monmouth County Library System, is closed until April 30, or until further notice.
- All Municipal Court sessions are postponed through April 26. Court office is closed to the public, but Hazlet/Matawan court staff is available to provide assistance by mail and telephone.
- Information on school closings can be found on the Hazlet Township Schools website.
- Information on county parks and facilities closing can be found on the Monmouth County website.
Police Department Protocols
The Hazlet Township Police Department has instituted the following measures in response to COVID-19. They also make community announcements on their Facebook page and emergency notifications on Nixle.
- The police building is closed to the public. Police department staff will still be working but will satisfy requests by phone, fax and e-mail. Please do not come into the police lobby.
- If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
- Residents of Hazlet Township can now fill out non-emergent online reports online without coming to police headquarters through a new online form. The non-emergent reports that can be completed online are litter, vandalism, and graffiti; vehicle damage or damaged property; lost property; theft under $200; vehicle burglary; harassment; fraud or Identity theft; phone or internet scam; traffic issue.
The police note that this system is for a crime that already happened. If you witness a crime in progress or your have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 to get immediately police response.
Accident reports can be found at Crashdocs.org.