Hopatcong Council Meeting [5/6/2020]: Parade Canceled – Reopening Plans – People's Needs are Increasing

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The virtual webinar of the Hopatcong Council Meeting that occurred on May 6, 2020, focused on multiple topics as events that continue to be canceled, and plans on a limited reopening of Borough Hall.

During the meeting, the Mayor indicated he would like start the process of reopening Borough Hall with safeguards in place. Borough Administrator Ron Tappan discussed the work already underway, including plans and equipment like protective barriers. The plan is expected to be done by 05/08/2020 and the Mayor indicated the plan will first go to the council for review before being publicly communicated.

Additionally, the Council passed the 2020 Budget with No Municipal Tax Increase while increasing funding for Capital Funding and other major areas of improvement.

Please see the separate article on this subject

Council Meeting Highlights: Watch Zoom Webinar

Public Hearing: Application for the 2020 USDA Section 533 Housing Preservation Grant [Passed]

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program provides funds to sponsoring organizations to establish grants or low-interest loan programs for homeowners to repair or rehabilitate individual housing, rental properties, or co-ops owned and/or occupied by very low- and low-income rural persons.

There was no public comment

Committee Reports:

  • The Community Center is seeing an increase in families in need, main issue seems to be the delay in unemployment checks
  • The donated freezer has arrived and is being used for things like Hamburgers and Chicken Nuggets that have a long shelf life
  • Hopatcong Deli & Market has been donating full meals to the Community Center
  • The Hopatcong Memorial Day Parade has been canceled
  • Summer Recreation is on hold
  • The Fall for our Town event may be canceled
  • The Tree Giveaway is postponed
  • Plots are still available at the Community Garden
  • Please check on your Neighbors
  • Pack 88 decorated Police, Fire and EMS locations as a thank you

Administrator’s Report:

  • DPW has been working extremely hard, and have started the brush pick-ups. Steve Millian dod outstanding work and the creation of protective barriers for the Borough Hall
  • Looking to get the Recycling Center back up and running in June

Public Comment:

There was no public comment

Resolutions:

  • 2020-80, Authorizing the Tax Collector to process third quarter estimated tax bills due August 1, 2020 [Passed]
  • 2020-81, Budget to be read by title [Passed]

New Business:

  • The Mayor would like to open Borough Hall with a solid plan, limits and strict control using protective barriers for everyone’s health. The Borough Administrator will be developing the plan with the employees.
    • The Borough Administrator Ron Tappan indicated that meetings, plans and equipment like protective barriers are underway. The plan is expected to be done by 05/08/2020 and will first go to the council for review before being publicly communicated.
  • The Mayor has been in contact with the County on Nutrition program and hopes to provide a limited opening the lunch program for the seniors within the next two months.

Adoption of 2020 Budget

Please see the separate article on this subject

Mayor’s Comments:

The Mayor personally thanked resident and business owner in Hopatcong, Jim Moore of Total Source Services for the donation of the freezer to the community center. “I think it’s great… I appreciate his generosity and thoughts… It just goes to show what I say about our town, it’s full of kind and loving people.”

The bush pick-up is going well and thanks to the DPW for their hard work

The Solar Project has started, and will bring additional revenue to the Borough

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