The following provides the highlights and full video coverage of the Borough of Hopatcong Council Meeting that was held on January 15, 2020.
The highlights from the meeting include the Council members' updates, public feedback, and the Mayor providing full-transparency to the upcoming Grant request to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for the pilot project for Crescent Cove. (Watch the Video)
Transparency on NJDEP Submission: HAB Prevention Pilot Project for Crescent Cove in 2020
The Mayor provided a complete overview to both the Residents and the Council on the pending grant request with the NJDEP that must be filed within the next two weeks. The Grant is seeking $253,000 in funds from the NJDEP, which requires 1/3 of the funds matched by the Borough as either in-kind assistance (Labor or Materials support, etc.) or cash, which could mean $83,000 of cost to the Borough in the worst-case scenario.
- Councilmember Schindelar commented on “who owns the lake?”, he supports that Hopatcong is moving forward aggressively, but may have a problem if it is a cash match, rather than in-kind assistance. This area is critical to our town as it falls within the redevelopment area, so let’s call the NJDEP buff and file for the grant.
- Councilmember Jennifer Johnson similarly supports the idea, but wonders why it’s on Hopatcong to act, where is the necessary support from the State?
- Councilmember Ryan Smith brought up that Crescent Cove is beyond just the homeowners in the area.
- Councilmember John Young is hesitant on spending taxpayer money on the lake but understands the importance of the project for Crescent Cove.
- Ron Tappan and John Ursin pointed out to the Council that this measure would come back for further approval to the Council.
The Council members supported the Mayor in filing for the Grant with the opportunity to revisit the matter in the future.
Council Member Updates:
- The community center started the year off strong with a Vaping Class, as a result, the Hopatcong Community and Wellness center will now have materials to help people quit Vaping.
- The Educational Hot Topics like Narcan Training are expected to continue throughout the year.
- The very popular Pop-Up Produce Market will start again this Spring.
- The funny vehicle driving around town wasn’t from Google Maps, but rather a vehicle from Street Scan that was using radar, infrared scanning and pictures to understand what needs to be done to the roads in the future.
- The Recreation Department held its reorganization meeting on January 14, 2020
- The fees for Summer Camp will be going up mostly due to the minimum wage going up.
- The Skate Park remains closed until panels can be repaired, hopefully with concrete which will minimize downtime for future repairs
- Provided multiple upcoming events for Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Solid Waste disposal dates for 2020
Q: What is the status of the River Styx Street Scaping Project.
A: The Borough has been awaiting over six-months for the DEP to switch the Contracts as the bidder that won the bid no longer does business in New Jersey. Otherwise, the Borough has full plans and is ready to go.
Q: A Non-Profit called Rescue Hearts is seeking donations for a new shed for the Animal Shelter, but the Non-Profit is in the name of a Municipal Employee, which is causing confusion.
A: Rescue Hearts is not a municipal entity, the donations are not for the municipality, and the matter will be looked into.
Actions are taken on the following Ordinances & Resolutions:
- Ordinance 2020-01, Commercial sewer billing amendment AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX MODIFYING SECTION 186-9F OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG (Tabled)
- John Ursin requested a delay until the next meeting for a wording change to ensure that commercial proprieties with multiple building understand that each building on a commercial property will be billed.
- Councilperson Jennifer Johnson asked if the ordinance could be amended to clearly define how you are going to bill businesses, not on commercial water will be billed.
- Ordinance 2020-02, No parking on Edsall Rd. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 231-16 ENTITLED “PARKING” TO ADD A NO PARKING ZONE ON A PORTION OF EDSALL ROAD (Passed)
- R2020-23, PBA contract (Tabled)
- R2020-29, Approval of Borough Holidays (Passed)
- R2020-30, Outside Lien Redemptions Block 11008 Lot 8 and Block 40108 Lot 4 (Passed)
- R2020-31, Outside Lien Redemption Block 40203 Lot 14 (Passed)
- R2020-32, Change order Denville Line Painting for Durban/Flora road paving (Passed)
- R2020-33, Change order J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, for Durban/Flora road paving (Passed)
- R2020-34, Change order Tilcon New York, for Durban /Flora road paving (Passed)
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