Health

Mission

The Board of Health contracts for Shared Services for Public Health Services with the County of Morris, Department of Law & Public Safety, Office of Health Management.   The Health Department administers the health regulations in Harding Township, including septic and well regulations, health clinics, health inspections, communicable disease local response and tracking, and animal management (control and licensing).       

Health Department Services

As part of the Shared Services Agreement with Morris County, Carlos Perez, Jr., Director of Morris County Health Management, serves as Harding Township's Health Officer and Jacqueline Bourdony serves as REHS (Registered Environmental Health Specialist).  Our pages are designed to provide you with information about our programs and services, as well as important dates and health related links. 

STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE IN THE WINTER:

Although winter comes every year, many of us are not ready for its arrival.  Make sure you are prepared and ready for the winter season with these safe tips:

  • Winterize your home by installing weather strips/insulation.
  • Check you heating systems.  Make sure your heating system is working properly.    
  • Prepare your car.  Check and replace tires with all weather tires if needed and prepare a winter emergency kit including; blankets, flashlight, first aid kit, and booster cables.
  • Be prepared for weather-related emergencies such as power outages.  Make sure to have non-perishable food and be aware of current and forecasted weather conditions.
  • Take precautions when outdoors.  Wear appropriate clothing and sprinkle sand or salt on icy patches.
  • Avoid traveling during winter weather advisories.

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/index.html.

A HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO SEPTIC SYSTEMS - Click here.  

HARDING TOWNSHIP'S NEW SEPTIC ORDINANCE (Chapter 422, Article III) - Click here.

WELLS - Private Well Water Testing - Click here.  

ANIMAL CONTROL:

Animal Control:  Harding Township's animal control service is through "Animal Control Solutions, LLC".  For animal control issues, residents should contact the Harding Township Police at 973/455-0500 ext: 0.  An officer will respond and take action or make appropriate notifications to the Health Department and/or Animal Control Solutions.

RABIES CLINIC:

Harding Township Health Department along with Morris Township Health Department will sponsor a Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the New Vernon Volunteer Fire Department located at 22 Village Road, Harding Township from 10 am to 12 noon.   Please make sure your pet is either on a leash or in a carrier.     

Dog Licenses:  License issuing begins in January of every year and all dogs must be licensed by January 31st.  If you have a new puppy, licensing for new puppies begins at 7 months of age.    Click here for a copy of the 2018 dog license application.

In order to receive a license, the dog or dogs rabies immunity must be good through October 31, 2018.  Please contact Lisa Sharp @ 973/267-8000 ext. 1968 for an appointment for your dog or dogs 2018 dog license or application.  For a list of free rabies vaccination clinics click here: (http://www.morriscountynj.gov/health/public/rabies.asp)            

Dog License Official: Lisa Sharp;    

Abandoned Wildlife:  For information on what to do with abandoned wildlife, click here

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:

Prescription Drug Disposal: To properly dispose of unused or expired medicines:

  • Mark out personal information on the prescription bottles
  • Mix liquid medicine with substances like coffee grinds, cat litter or soil
  • Dilute pills with water and add to coffee grinds, cat litter or soil
  • Place bottles in an opaque container (coffee can, yogurt container, etc)
  • Mix the container in the trash.
  • Do NOT flush down the drain
  • Do NOT share medicines with others
  • Do NOT recycle containers or medicines

Drug Take-Back Program:  Drug disposal boxes have been set-up in the lobby of several local police departments and are available 24 hours a day, everyday.  All prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication samples, veterinary medications and narcotics are accepted.  NOT ACCEPTABLE:  Needles, IV bags, personal care products, hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, thermometers, and other mercury products.  Drug drop boxes are located at the Madison Police Department at 62 Kings Road, Madison.

SAFETY TIPS:  

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS BULLETIN - Click here.

Healthy Heart - Stress Less for a Healthy Heart - Click here.

Lyme Disease - Lyme disease is a bacterial disease primarily transmitted by the White Tail Deer tick.  Raccoons, opossums, dogs, rabbits, horses, cattle, and birds can all harbor the disease.  Mosquitoes and biting flies may even transmit it.  You can contact Lyme Disease most easily between April and November. 

The first stage of Lyme Disease is characterized by a circular rash.  Flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, fever, chills, a headache, and joint and muscle pain accompany the rash.  During the second stage, victims may develop severe headaches, encephallitis (inflamation of the brain), facial paralysis, or mengingitis.  It can also cause cardiac difficulties such as dizziness, shortness of breath, and irregular heartbeat.  The third stage involves the onset of arthritis.  The best defense against Lyme Diseas is to prevent transmission.

Poison Ivy - For information on poison ivy, click here.


 

Contact Information

Jacqueline Bourdony - REHS  Tuesday/Thursday - 9:00 am-3:30 pm  Phone: (973)267-8000 ext. 1924 

George Byrnes - REHS

Phone: (973) 267-8000 ext. 1977

Lisa Sharp
Health Department Secretary

Phone: (973) 267-8000 ext. 1968

Jennifer Lawlor
Public Health Nurse

Phone: (973) 267-8000 ext. 1974 2nd/4th Thursday of every month

                      

HEALTH Fax: (973) 829-7025