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Full Coverage: Borough of Hopatcong Council Meeting – March 4, 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 March 4, 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.

BCM 03 04 2020 MovieThe start of the meeting focused on the Proclamation for the local scouts who have achieved the highest rank of Arrow of Light Award. (See Hopatcong Council Meeting – Tribute to Scouts - Arrow of Light Awards).

Committee Reports

  • The Community Center has started the weekly Recovery Coach sessions. These sessions are held on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM, starting March 4th. The Community Center will continue to file grant requests to expand services in the future, without a cost to the tax-payer.
  • Councilmember Bradley Hoferkamp thanked the Finance Committee. Administrator Ron Tappan and Chief Financial Officer Lorraine Rossetti for their work on the PBA Contract.
  • The Environmental Commission is exploring bringing back the Creative Arts Council
  • The Free Tree Giveaway will be May 2, 2020
  • Councilmember Jennifer Johnson detailed her visit with the Superintendent of Schools

Administrator’s Report

  • Due to the mild winter, the Borough has excess road treatment material
  • Due to the temperature range fluctuating across the freezing mark, the Borough is seeing an increase in water pipes breaking.

Public Comment

Resident indicated that the neighbor’s outdoor spotlight continues to be an issue, she will pursue a nuisance complaint and thanked the Mayor and Councilmember Jennifer Johnson for their continued assistance

Resident asked if the comments from the last meeting were directed at him, as he only tries to bring positive changes for the betterment of the community. He thanked the council for their assistance with the sale of Hudson Maxim school, and asked if the Road Condition report was complete? (not yet was the response).

Resident questioned several of the past bills that were paid

Resident and candidate for the council spoke out regarding the statement read by Councilman Bradley Hoferkamp two weeks ago (See Resident and Council Candidate – Speaks out during Hopatcong Council Meeting)

Ordinances

  • Ordinance 05-2020, Replacing section 242-63 - [Passed]

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX REPLACING SECTION 242-63 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG REGARDING RESTORATION OF STRUCTURES

  • Ordinance 06-2020, Vacating a portion of Squaw Trail - [Passed]

ORDINANCE PARTIALLY VACATING A PORTION OF SQUAW TRAIL RIGHT¬OF-WAY IN THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

  • Ordinance 04-2020 – Final Hearing - [Passed]

Ordinance 04-2020, Auction of property, portion of Block 50303 Lot 4 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)

Resolutions

  • R2020-53, Outside Lien Redemption Block 11014 Lot 15 - [Passed]
  • R2020-54, Outside Lien Redemptions Block 10108 Lot 33 & Block 11013 Lot 36 - [Passed]
  • R2020-55, Authorizing a contract with Lerch, Vinci & Higgins for the annual landfill audit - [Passed]
  • R2020-56, Tax overpayment refund and 100% disabled veteran exemption Block 31007 Lot 6 - [Passed]
  • R2020-57, Tax overpayment refund Block 30401 Lot 7 - [Passed]
  • R2020-58, Extending the grace period for 2020 1st quarter water billing - [Passed]

Old Business

  • The PBA contract has been agreed to by both sides and is ready to go without another resolution

Mayor’s Comments

  • The Mayor attributed the Hopatcong Police Department for the reason the Borough achieved being ranked as the 11th safest city in New Jersey, (See Borough of Hopatcong – Rated 11th Safest City in New Jersey / 30th in the Nation)
     
  • The New Jersey DEP has not responded to the grant request for the pilot project on Crescent Cove. The deadline for the response was February 28, 2020.
     
  • On March 3, 2020, the Mayor participated in a call with the Governor's office regarding the Coronavirus. The State is addressing the issue and the Borough’s website will be updated next week with important links.
     
  • The Mayor provided a summary of the roadwork that was accomplished in 2019, which resulted in 4,570 tons of blacktop being used. The efforts will continue again this year with the use of a special vehicle that rates the road on a scale of 1 – 10, so a scientific means of which roads get repaved.

 

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