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Hopatcong Council Meeting [6/17/2020]: 4th Fireworks – Community Center Reopens – Hopatcong Marketplace a Go – & More

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The Borough of Hopatcong held its Council Meeting on June 17, 2020, through Zoom technology. The following provides key highlights from the meeting and the ability to watch a recording of the entire meeting.

Important Community Developments:

The following are could be considered the more important community deveopments for residents:

  • BCM 06 17 2020 In1 Pack 88The Hopatcong Community and Wellness Center will be opening on Monday and will be providing both food pickup and information services (see below for limits).

  • Pack 88 has an ongoing Flag Service Fundraiser ($15 for 12 Flags), they received permission to place flags on any Borough Property (Police and Fire, etc.) as requested by residents.

  • Solar Field half-way complete as part of the $4 Million Investment that this company is making in Hopatcong.

  • Hopatcong Marketplace set to open June 27, 2020, under new leadership. This has grown within our town to become a great weekend event.

  • Fireworks set for July 2, 2020 – Hopatcong contributes the standard annual $1,500 to ensure this event continues for local residents.

Council Meeting Highlights: Watch the Video

Committee Reports:

  • BCM 06 17 2020 In1 VideoThe Hopatcong Community and Wellness Center will be opening on Monday and will be providing both food pickup and information services. Temperature checks will be done at the door, and everyone must wear masks.
  • The Hopatcong Marketplace will open on Saturday, June 27, 2020
  • The Hopatcong Hero’s banner program is going well, a reminder to order Veteran Flag now for installation in July
  • Residents are encouraged to attend the Land Use Meeting
  • Recreation will have two movies at Veterans Field July 17 and August 7, additionally, an August Egg Hunt (with new rules) is being planned for August 1, 2020
  • Sussex County Paper Shredding is starting back up, free mulch is still available
  • Local Businesses are reminded that Sussex County has a reopening map that they should be on
  • Great example of Hopatcong Pulling Together - Team of local Volunteers helped a resident that has hit hard times, clean up the side year.
  • Councilmembers also stated; “Congratulations to the Graduation Class of 2020; Thanks to all First Responders; Remember to support local businesses.”

Public Comment:

  • Resident working with Pack 88, asked permission to place flags on public property (Police, Fire Station) as part of their flag services ($15 for 12 Flags)
    • Answer: Motion was passed allow Pack 88 to place flags on public property
  • Resident asked if short term rentals in Hopatcong will be reduced from the current 30-day minimum.
    • Answer: The 30-day minimum length is a requirement of the passed Ordinance. Once the Governor changes the Executive Order, it will be reexamined.
  • Resident asked why events are dropping off the Borough Calendar as soon as they are over.

Ordinances:

Introduction: 1. Ordinance 13-2020, 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

Introduction: 2. Ordinance 14-2020, Bond Ordinance [Passed]

BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS 2020 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, BY AND IN THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY (THE “BOROUGH); APPROPRIATING $605,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $502,155 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH TO FINANCE PART OF THE COSTS THEREOF

Introduction: 3. Ordinance 15-2020 Capital Funding [Passed]

CAPITAL ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND SEWER IMPROVEMENTS BY AND IN THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY; APPROPRIATING $1,247,155 THEREFOR ($1,097,155 FROM THE GENERAL CAPITAL FUND AND $150,000 FROM THE SEWER CAPITAL FUND) TO PAY FOR THE COST THEREOF

Final Hearing: 1. Ordinance 11-2020, Partially Vacating Lilchester Road right-of-way [Passed]

ORDINANCE PARTIALLY VACATING LILCHESTER ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY IN THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY

    • No Public Comment

Final Hearing: 2. Ordinance 12-2020, Salary [Passed]
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM RANGE OF SALARY AND COMPENSATION FOR CERTAIN TITLES OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG.

    • No Public Comment

Resolutions:

  • 2020-93, Authorization to submit the NJDOT grant application for Durban Ave. road resurfacing project 00244 (from Post Office to Winsor Ave.) [Passed]
  • 2020-94, Waiver of late fees for animal licenses through July [Passed]

New Business:

  • Council approved the annual contribution of $1,500 to the Lake Hopatcong fireworks that will be held on July 2, 2020.

Mayor’s Comments:

  • 83214314 1678950425601647 6738861749885588926 nThe new Hopatcong Marketplace will open on June 27, 2020, with the Mayor, Councilmembers Hoferkamp, and Smith, with a large volunteer organization led by owners of Queen of the Hill Farms and many others from town. This has grown within our town to become a great weekend event.

  • The Solar Project is already past half-way complete and this company has invested more than $4m in the project, which is the highest in recent memory on one company that has invested in Hopatcong in one place.

  • The Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) for Crescent Cove, the materials are ordered and will be implementing somewhere within the next two weeks. There will be multiple Media Organizations onsite to cover the different aspects of the installation. It’s nice to see our Borough to help the lake.

  • Mayor congratulated the Class of 2020 and the school administration in making sure it was special with a very tough fight with the State.

  • July 6, 2020, the Basketball courts are expected to be opened by the Governor for competitive sports, which means that all nets will be reinstalled

 

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