Hopatcong Council Meeting – Hudson Sewer Project Updates – Public Comment & More!

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The following provides the full video coverage and highlights of the Borough of Hopatcong Council Meeting that was held on February 5, 2019.

2020 BCM 02 05 2020 Movie CoverThe meeting was highlighted by positive news on possible water lines for Hudson Ave and the expansion of services at the Wellness Center. We suggest that beyond any highlighted area mentioned in the article below, any interested reader should watch the attached video for the full details.

Committee Reports:

The council members provided updates on their respective areas, with the following highlights.

  • The Community Center received a grant that will allow the Center of Prevention and Recovery to come in weekly to provide consulting services. More information on the start date and how to sign-up will be given at the next council meeting.
  • The Environmental Commission has selected Jule Girman as the chairman once again in 2020
  • Hopatcong will receive 6,500 trees for distribution in April
  • The Environmental Commission will hold “Fall for our Town” again in September of 2020
  • The Beautification Committee is looking into adding some planters on the sidewalks and joining the Shade Tree Federation.

Hudson Sewer Project:

  • The results of the residents' vote on the Hudson Sewer Project should be known by the end of this weekend. If approved by the resents, the project will move forward.
  • There is now a potential that a second grant will allow Water lines to be run at the same time as the Sewer lines.

Administrator’s Report:

  • The Borough is making good progress with the DEP approving the second bidder of the River Styx project. Once this is complete the pending project can move forward.

Public Comment:

  • The Lake Hopatcong Commission addressed the Council regarding the status of the first and second wave of filings for grants from the DEP to help with the Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) in Lake Hopatcong.

    Q: Why does the Hopatcong Shelter need another shed?

A: Another shed is needed to store Traps, Food, and other items. The Borough receives quite a few donations from the residents.

Q: What is the status of the 501(c) that is seeking donations for the shed?

A: The 501(c) is not part of the Borough of Hopatcong

Q: Status of the sale of Hudson Maxim School?

A: While this is primarily handled by the BOE, the Borough has asked for a market Study on the property.

Q: Why is the sewer connection fee for Block 40217 Lot 26 being waved

A: It was at the recommendation of the Tax Collector; additional information was not known at the time.

Q: Will the combined Farmers/Flea Market have a borough employee run the operation

A: Yes, a borough employee will collect the fees, and the Mayor is normally present at the Markets

Q: Resident had a concern regarding a flyer that he wanted to be posted in the Community Center, and that he had not received a reply, and felt he was blocked from their Facebook Page.

A: No one is blocked from the Community Center… After the answer a discussion occurred about the technical reasons on Facebook that could block the communications, and if both sides had the same communications.

Editors Note: Both sides didn’t seem like the matter was fully concluded as the resident was seated, the Council member indicated that flyers can be submitted to the Community Center and that no one is blocked from the Community Center. The resident asking the question felt he was cut short in the meeting, without a final answer to the rest of the Facebook-related questions.

Ordinances:

  • Ordinance 01-2020, Commercial sewer billing amendment [Passed]

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX MODIFYING SECTION 186-9F OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG

  • Ordinance 3-2020, Fees for Hopatcong Market [Passed]

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX, SUPPLEMENTING SECTION 108-1” FEES” OF THE REVISED GENERAL CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG

  • Ordinance 02-2020, No parking on Edsall Rd. [Passed]

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 231-16 ENTITLED “PARKING” TO ADD A NO PARKING ZONE ON A PORTION OF EDSALL ROAD

Resolutions:

  • R2020-23, PBA Contract [Tabled]
  • R2020-37, Refund of tax overpayment Block 30401 Lot 7 [Passed]
  • R2020-38, Recreation fees: Summer camp [Passed]
  • R2020-39, Hiring of Recreation seasonal help [Passed]
  • R2020-40, Declaring support for second amendment rights [Passed]
  • R2020-41, Waiver of sewer connection fee for Block 40217 Lot 26 [Tabled]
    After Councilmember Johnson asked the question on why the fee would be waved, Borough Attorney Ursin advised that the statue may not allow for the waiver of fees, which caused the above resolution to be tabled.
  • R2020-42, Tax overpayment refund Block 10713 Lot 6 [Passed]
  • R2020-43, Increase in change fund for Tax/Utility Office [Passed]

Old Business:

  • Approval of an employee unemployment settlement [Passed]

New Business:

  • Appointment of Susan Klemm to the Recreation Commission as Alt. #2 with a term running through 12/31/2020 [Passed]

Mayor Comments:

The Mayor commented on the grant to the Community Center, and the fact that we can bring the expertise into the Borough to help the residents. This is just the start of the expansion of services available at the Community Center.

The results of the vote on the Hudson Sewer project is due this weekend, and as stated, if the residents vote to move forward, the project will continue. Otherwise, the council will abandon the project.

Finally, the grant request to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), has been filed and he continues to work very hard towards positive solutions that will benefit Lake Hopatcong and the recommended pilot project in Crescent Cove.

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