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After a summer break from official membership meetings, the Hopatcong Woman’s Club will be reconvening on Wednesday, September 19th at the Lake House Restaurant for its first meeting of season.

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The annual goal of the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive is to collect 20,000 new and unwrapped toys for distribution to children and teens.​

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The storm on social media started with a post on a Hopatcong Residents Facebook page, where the author admitted that her son ran over three cats, and she was so proud of him.

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HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3-5 grades.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation is accepting online registrations for the 11th Fall season of the Challenger Soccer Program for special needs children.

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The Jefferson Township Community Chorus, sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Committee, will begin its fall/winter rehearsal schedule on Tuesday, September 11 from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Jefferson Township High School Chorus Room, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge under the direction of James Wynne. 

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Bridge Marina Team Member Lawrence Hsieh (right) is the winner of the 2018 Bridge Marina Staff Scholarship award in recognition of his outstanding performance and commitment to customer service. 

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The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites residents from all 30 Morris County towns to join in observing the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

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The physical education staff from Roxbury Township Public Schools took part in a professional development opportunity given by Greg Zohovetz, Junior Golf and Player Development Director for the PGA on September 5th.

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During the week of August 28, 45 new eager educators attended Roxbury’s New Staff Orientation at Roxbury High School. 

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New Menu Launches September 24th featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients and more local beers on tap

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Hanover, Roxbury, Netcong and Washington Township (Long Valley) celebrate with family fun

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Mount Arlington knows how to throw a party, and this year’s Halloween Bash will be no exception in the long line of great events that they hold annually.

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Morris County has moved to a new emergency alert system called AlertMorris. In our town, it will be called AlertMtArlington.

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All girls ages 7-16, with residency or who attend school within Mount Arlington and Roxbury are welcome to play both regular season, tournaments, and All stars!

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Mt. Arlington Board of Recreation Commission Presents the Free Movie called "A WRINKLE IN TIME"

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Only weeks away from the Lake Hopatcong Foundation LAKE LOOP “CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE”, Sunday, October 7, 2018!  And we want to challenge YOU to come on out with your co-workers and/or staff for a day of team building on the lake!  

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Last week the Hopatcong Lake Regional News reported that an unnamed donor was willing to meet Lake Loop donations at a $1-to-$1 value for the first $5,000 dollars.

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The Hopatcong Hawks are paddling in the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Lake Loop and seek your assistance in reaching 25 team members and raising $3,000 to support the community.

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By Lake Hopatcong Foundation Jess Murphy - This year, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection will be moving forward with its five-year, 60-inch drawdown procedure to allow access to waterfront structures for inspection and maintenance.

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The following Fishing Report for Lake Hopatcong is provided by Dows Boat Rental & Bait.

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The Knee Deep Club will hold its annual Lake Hopatcong Catfish Contest the weekend of August 11 and 12, 2018.

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Knee Deep Club Dominick Sarinelli Memorial Hybrid Striper contest

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Fishing continued to escalate on Lake Hopatcong over the last week with several nice catches.

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River Styx Eminent Domain: What is it? And what does it mean to you?

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River Styx Series Part 2: The Hopatcong Borough Council is moving towards a long-term plan to revitalize the River Styx area to increase property values, Contractor Investments and to become eligible for Federal & State grants. In this second article we will investigate further, what is Eminent domain and what does it mean to the people effected in this area?

What is Eminent domain?

Eminent domain is a tool in local government’s property acquisition toolkit to acquire property from its owner, while providing reimbursement at a fair market value.

The use of eminent domain in New Jersey is governed by the Eminent Domain Act, N.J.S.A. 20:3-1 et seq., which spells out in detail the procedures that must be followed to carry out a taking under the law:

  • The Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A.40A-12A-8(c) authorizes the taking of property in redevelopment areas for the purpose of carrying out plans for the physical, social and economic development of the community
  • The Fair Housing Act, N.J.S.A.52:27D-325, authorizes the taking of property for the construction or rehabilitation of low and moderate income housing or conversion to low and moderate income housing; and
  • The Urban Redevelopment Act, N.J.S.A.55:19-56(c)(2) authorizes the taking of individual properties for clearance, development, redevelopment or repair of abandoned properties.

Note: In the state of New Jersey, the eminent domain process can only be stopped if the proposed taking does not meet the requirements for public purpose (see below).

Public Purpose: The justification which the government must establish in its powers of eminent domain to acquire private property. Examples of endeavors which satisfy the public purpose include roads, parks, schools, other public buildings, or any other endeavor where the purpose of the project serves a public good or need.

So what does this mean?

The United States Constitution, as well as New Jersey law, requires that all takings of property under eminent domain be at fair market value. While that principle is straightforward, the question of what constitutes fair market value in any particular situation is far more complicated.

The procedures required by the act is described step-by-step as follows:

Step 1: The appraiser must determine the full cost, including not only construction and site remediation, where necessary, but all relevant soft costs such as fees, permits, architectural or engineering costs, legal expenses and marketing expenses either (a) to rehabilitate the property or (b) to demolish the property and construct a new building on the site, under existing planning and zoning regulations (N.J.S.A. 55:19-102[a]).

Step 2: The appraiser must then determine what the realistic market value will be for the property after new construction or rehabilitation, as the case may be, taking into account the market conditions particular to the neighborhood or subarea of the municipality in which the property is located (N.J.S.A.55:19-102[b]).

The relevant market conditions for purposes of the appraisal are those of the immediate neighborhood or sub-area, not the city or region. This is particularly important, because in many urban areas, real estate values can change dramatically from one part of the city to the next, sometimes within a matter of a few blocks. If, under Step 1, the appraiser has analyzed both the new construction and rehabilitation options, the appraiser should determine the realistic market value at this point under both alternatives, since there may be some variation between the two values.

Step 3: The appraiser must compare the costs determined in Step 1 with the post rehabilitation and/or post-construction market value determined in Step 2. If the appraiser finds that the cost exceeds the value, the law provides that “there shall be a rebuttable presumption in all proceedings under this subsection that the fair market value of the abandoned property is zero, and that no compensation is due the owner.” If, on the other hand, the appraiser finds that the market value exceeds the cost, the appraiser can look at other factors, such as comparable sales or income ratios, as long as the combined cost of the “as is” value and the cost to reuse the property do not exceed the subsequent market value.

Bottom Line: If you are in the River Styx area, and the Borough enacts this provision, you are entitled to fair market value for your home. Which is protected by Federal and State law! Also, as related in the first article, the Mayor and Town Council are not looking to enact this provision, rather just seek the alternative methods first to increase the property values, Contractor Investments and to become eligible for Federal & State grants.

 

The team at Hopatcong Lake Regional News hopes that this helps to inform you on what’s happening, and gets you involved on the matters that are important to you!

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