Hopatcong Council Meeting: PSS Journey Bus - Aqua Filters Cleaned - Hidden Cameras

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  • The council observed a moment of silence for Michael J. Rahill a member of the Land Use Board who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Summary of what Residents need to know:

  • The PSS Journey Bus the offers County services, food, and baby supplies will be at the Community Center on Tuesday, May 25th and June 8th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM

  • Aqua Filter Cleaning      Aqua Filter CleaningJefferson Field Dog Park will be ready by the end of June.

  • The Aqua Filter that helps protect Crescent Cove from harmful Phosphate flowing into the water, was cleaned out after over a decade of neglect by the State, thanks to The Lake Hopatcong Commission and Princeton Hydro,

  • Hidden Cameras will be installed to cover the Skate Park, Rink. Modick Park and DPW area to help prevent vandalism. With over $10,000 of damage the Borough is taking steps, and promises prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

Council Meeting Highlights: Watch the Full Video

Council Member Updates:

  • The PSS Journey Bus the offers county services, food, and baby supplies will be at the Community Center on Tuesday, May 25th, and June 8th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
  • Hope and Serenity Recovery Community Center of Sparta is seeking to partner with Hopatcong to offer pop-up support groups to local residents.
  • The Community Center is seeking donations of baby diapers (size 3 and up).
  • The Jefferson Field Dog Park will have two parking lots and be ready by the end of June.
    • A local Boy Scout will be creating Benches, Hurdles, Ramps, and a Covered Bridge for the Dog Park as he works on his Eagle Scout Award.
  • The Aqua Filter that helps protect Crescent Cove from harmful Phosphate flowing into the water, was cleaned out after over a decade of neglect by the State, thanks to The Lake Hopatcong Commission, Princeton Hydro, and Hopatcong DPW,
  • Robert Kline a veteran from WWII who is 95 years old will be attending the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29, 2021, at 11:00 AM.
  • Vandalism occurred at the Street Hockey Rink, and the Borough will be installing hidden security cameras to help catch the vandals.
  • There will be two outdoor movies coming in June.
  • Former NFL Player Lee Rousan will be providing a talk on “Who are you really.”. Saturday, June 12, 2021, starting at 2:00 in the Sussex Mall parking lot.
  • The Environmental Commission will be sponsoring a guided trail walk on June 5, 2021, at 10:00 AM. Limited to 25 people.
  • The Expo 2021 sponsored by the Sussex Chamber of Commerce will take place on June 23, 2021, at the fairgrounds.
  • Hopatcong School District has announced they will remain on half-days for the rest of the year,

Administrators Report:

  • Hidden Cameras will be installed to cover the Skate Park, Rink, and DPW area to help prevent vandalism.
  • Live court sessions will restart at the Borough Hall.

Public Comment:

  • Resident acknowledges Michael J. Rahill for his work with the CERT Team.

Ordinances

  • Introduction

1. Ordinance 14-2021, Authorization for the auction of Borough owned property [Passed]

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 130 WEST END
AVENUE, BLOCK 11009, LOT 19

2. 0rdinance 15-2021, Salary Ordinance [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

  1. Final Hearing (roll call vote)

1. Ordinance 12-2021, Authorization for the auction of Borough owned property  [Passed]

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 MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 32 TUFTS TRAIL; 12 KEITH
ROAD; 24 STATEN TRAIL; 214 KNOX WAY; 210 BROWN TRAIL

2. 0rdinance 13-2021, Amending Chapter 108, Fees for Land Use applications  [Passed]

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX AND STATE OF NEW
JERSEY AMENDING CHAPTER 108 FEES

Resolutions, (roll call vote)

  1. 2021-81, 2021 Management salaries [Passed]
  2. 2021-82, Authorization for a shared service with Stanhope for street sweeping [Passed]
  3. 2021-39, Authorization for the acceptance of a grant agreement from the Morris County Joint
    Insurance Fund for Police Accreditation [Passed]

Old Business: None

New Business

  • Appointment of Jonathan Taylor to Land Use Board as Alternate #2 through 12/31/2021
  • Councilmember Jennifer Johnson asked about a property on Lakeside Blvd. that has been condemned for 9-years. Hopatcong has an ordinance chapter 78 designed to prevent this and asks what recourse the borough has to get this cleaned up.
  • Councilmember Ryan Smith asked when the Council would move back to in-person meetings.

Mayor’s Comments:

The Mayor hit on four main topics during his presentation:

  • The COVID-19 number of new cases in Hopatcong has remained flat for the last 8 days.
  • The DEP had challenged the Borough of Hopatcong on the responsibility of cleaning the Aqua Filters, after they reviewed local records, they found that the Borough of Hopatcong does not have the responsibility. The final cleaning will be accomplished by Monday and is about 12 years overdue. This will definitely help Crescent Cove.
  • The Borough of Hopatcong has applied for a Grant for the Skate Park.
  • The Mayor gave a brief history and played a short video that showed the history of the Survivor Tree that was just planted in Fireman’s Park, next to the Borough Building.


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