Hopatcong Council Meeting [5/20/2020]: Hometown Hero’s – Outside Restaurant Seating – Short-term Rentals - & - More

Thank you to the Beautification Committee for the flowers planted at Modick Park

Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

The Borough of Hopatcong held its Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 through Zoom technology. The following provides key highlights of the meeting and the ability to watch a recording of the meeting.

Important Community Developments:

  • Hopatcong Borough Template BCM 05 20 2020 In1                 Watch the Full MeetingThe Recycling Center will open June 3, 2020 (New Window Stickers are required!)
  • Ordinance 9-2020 for Short Term Rentals passed that now puts rules around short-term rentals to help protect the Borough while allowing short-term rentals
  • Lorraine Rossetti (CFO) was named as Deputy Administrator for ensured business continuity
  • Local eating establishments can create outside seating that meets State guidelines, existing Liquor License requirements, and during the time of the state of emergency. Eating establishments need to follow state guidelines and current site plans with the Borough. No other approvals are needed
  • The Beautification Community is launching Hopatcong Hometown Hero’s to place 48 veteran banners on the flag poles along Hopatchung Rd. for two years in the summer, more information will be available shortly

Proclamations:

  • National Public Works Week in the Borough of Hopatcong

Proclamation was read into the record for National Public Works Week in the Borough of Hopatcong from May 17 to May 23, 2020.

Council Meeting Highlights: Watch full Zoom Webinar

Committee Reports:

  • Community Center continues to provide services to residents, the newly acquired freezer is allowing for protein to be delivered as necessary
  • Paving on County Road 607 will start shortly
  • Announcement of new Tex-Mex Restaurant (Lola’s) that appeared before the Land Use Board
  • Cathy Millian is delivering meals from Sussex County to Seniors
  • Summer Recreation is still on hold as the school may not be available
  • The Miss Lotta Veterans Day Cruise has been canceled
  • Work has continued on the police fire range training facility
  • A reminder that this weekend is Memorial Day, please take time to remember the service members
  • The Police Department has received notification from the DEA that they will get $6M in forfeiture money
    • Additionally, they are looking to hire two new police officers
  • County Hazardous Waste collection on June 6, 2020, has been canceled
  • Chamber of Commerce Virtual Breakfast Meeting on May 28 will continue
  • Chamber of Commerce Expo on June 24 is still possible
  • Thank you to the Beautification Committee for the flowers planted at Modick Park
  • Thank you to Ron Tappan and others for the reopening of the Borough Hall
  • Thank you to Alex McLean and Councilperson Dawn Roberts for the work being done to support the community with food and supplies
  • Thanks to the Hero Boys Running Club that is getting ready for the Fall

Administrator’s Report:

  • River Styx project is starting as the first of the Heavy Equipment has been unloaded
  • The second phase of the Solar Project is underway
  • Borough Administrator Ron Tappan thanked Lorraine Rossetti for her assistance with the opening of the Borough, it’s the people within the building that helped make this happen
  • Issued over 300 recycling stickers, and curbside brush pick-up continues
  • Recycling center to open June 3, 2020

Public Comment:

  • Resident feels Municipality is lagging on internet broadcasting, registration, and other areas
  • Resident asked about sewer funding, State funding and who is going to manage the short-term rentals
  • Resident asked the status of the Hudson Sewer Project

Ordinances:

Introduction 1. Ordinance 10-2020, Hudson Sewer Service [Passed]

BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR SANITARY SEWER IMPROVEMENTS ON HUDSON AVENUE IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $600,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $600,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH TO FINANCE THE COST THEREOF AND DIRECTING THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT OF THE COST THEREOF UPON COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN CONDITIONS

Final Hearing (roll call vote) 1. Ordinance 9-2020, Short Term Rentals [Passed]

ORDINANCE ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 57 (AFFORDABLE HOUSING), ARTICLE II (MUNICIPAL HOUSING LIAISON); CHAPTER 152 (HOTEL AND MOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX), SECTION 5 (DEFINITIONS), CHAPTER 242 (ZONING), SECTION 5 (TERMS DEFINED) AND ARTICLE IV (GENERAL REGULATIONS) ADOPTING SHORT-TERM RENTALS; AND ADOPTING CHAPTER 189 (SHORT TERM RENTALS) IN THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG

Public Comment:

  • Resident had questions on the 120-day cap, multiple homes, option on year-long rentals, land use requirements and insurance requirements
  • Resident had questions on a definition for a permanent resident, typo in 189.2, fees, SPR vacancy timeframe and response times

Resolutions:

  • 2020-83, Authorization of a grant application to the NJDEP for the Crescent Cove Aeration project [Passed]
  • 2020-84, Danielle Rennie, Records Support Technician 1 [Passed]
  • 2020-85, Shelly Tarr Administrative Clerk [Passed]

New Business:

  • Lorraine Rossetti was named as Deputy Administrator to allow for business continuity
  • Local eating establishments that do not have outdoor dining, can create approved outside areas that meet State guidelines and existing Liquor License requirements during the time of the state of emergency. Eating establishments need to follow state guidelines and current site plans with the Borough. No other approvals are needed. [Passed]
  • The Beautification Community is launching Hopatcong Hometown Hero’s to place 48 veteran banners on the flag poles along Hopatchung Rd. for two years in the summer, more information will be available shortly [Passed]

Mayor’s Comments:

Comments powered by CComment

Upcoming Events