Full Coverage: Borough of Hopatcong Council Meeting – February 19, 2020

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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 19, 2019. 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:

  • Councilman Bradley Hoferkamp read a statement regarding Verbal and Social Media abuse that is covered in the following article.
  • Summer Recreation Program will be cut off at the first 200 participants due to size constraints, with June 25, 2020, set as the registration deadline.
  • Annette Swanson was recognized for her 15+ years on the Recreation Commission
  • Still seeking Coaches and Participants for Girls on the Run
  • Hopatcong Seniors will have a new Game Night, and they are working on High School Students that will work with Seniors on Technology issues.
  • Working on bringing back “Hidden in Plain Sight” which teaches parents how to find hidden drugs.
  • Chamber of Commerce has multiple upcoming events
  • Hopatcong School District is rolling out multiple positive changes

Administrator’s Report:

  • Creating a policy and procedure on conducting background checks on all volunteers that work on behalf of the Borough of Hopatcong

Public Comment:

  • Resident commented that nothing was done at the time she complained about the person mentioned in Councilman Bradley Hoferkamp statement. And do the residents on Hudson Ave. know about the grants available to help cover sewer costs if they are eligible.

  • Resident applauded the council for bringing this subject up during the meeting and encouraged residents to stop into the Community Wellness Center to see the positive things that are going on.

  • Resident wondered if the council was aware of the birds being shot over a public state highway near Hudson Farms. Question was posed regarding the 2nd amendment resolution that was passed during the last meeting. And the use of Salt vs. Grit usage during the winter.

Ordinances:

  • Introduction: Ordinance 04-2020, Auction of property, portion of Block 50303 Lot 4 [Passed]

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY OWNED BY THE BOROUGH AND NOT REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS A PORTION OF BLOCK 50303 LOT 4, (Papoose Trail)

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

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

  • Final Hearing: 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

Note: The fees will be $10.00 per space, one month is $30.00 and a full season is $75.00. Registration will start as soon as possible.

Resolutions:

  • R2020-23, Approval of the PBA contract [Tabled until Public meeting next week]
  • R2020-47, Outside Lien Redemption Block 41005 Lot 1 [Passed]
  • R2020-48, Hiring of Daniel P. Agantino as Public Defender [Passed]
  • R2020-49, Authorizing a contract with Sussex County As certified Recycling Professional [Passed]
  • R2020-50, Outside Lien Redemption Block 31012 Lot 13 f. R2020-51, Refund for Tax overpayment Block 10908 Lot 7 [Passed]

Old Business: Hudson Ave. Sewer Extension Project

Mayor Michael Francis commented on the residents voting in favor (15 to 9) for the Hudson Ave. Sewers, and the possible water lines that will be done at the same time, allowing the Borough to have a fully completed circuit to supply northern residents water in case the water line on the River Styx bridge fails.

The work will start hopefully early this summer and be completed this year depending on the amount of red tape involved.

Mayor Comments:

The health of Lake Hopatcong is still a focal point:

  • Expecting to hear back from the DEP by the end of February about the proposed actions to be taken on Crescent Cove on Lake Hopatcong to minimize the HABs.

  • Still pursuing discussions with DEP on the use of Grass Eating Carp vs. the use of Weed Harvesting, which has a heavy carbon footprint.

  • Requested DEP to stop issuing Herbicide permits on the lake, as many of them could be adding more phosphate to the lake.

  • Requested the DEP to inform him of their plan for Lake Hopatcong

 

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