Hopatcong Council Meeting: New Popup Recovery Center – Road Paving - Grants for Outdoor Recreation Equipment & Parks

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Summary of what Residents need to know:

  • Hopatcong Popup Recovery Center: New Partnership with Hope and Serenity Recover Center in Sparta brings Recovery Coaches and Licensed Clinical Social Workers to the Hopatcong Community Center every Wednesday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

  • Grants to Update Outdoor Equipment & Parks: The Borough is applying for several Grants (worth over $500k) to fix the Skate Park with state-of-the-art equipment, Hockey Rink pavement, and the Bocci Courts at the Senior Center.

  • Hopatcong Road Paving to Begin Soon: The Bids for Paving have been received, which were very competitive, the Council will approve the bid during the next meeting (June 16th), afterward, the selected roads will start to be paved.

Council Meeting Highlights: Watch the Full Video

Council Member Updates:

  • Hopatcong Popup Recovery Center In1Several Councilmembers praised the Memorial Day Ceremony that was held on May 29, 2021. With over 200 people braving the rain to participate. Special thanks were given to the Veterans and Families in attendance, Hopatcong HS Marching Band, Mr. Zimmerman, Cathy Millian, Windy Sutton, Recreation Department, DPW, and others.
  • Partnership with Hope and Serenity Recover Center in Sparta is now complete, with newly scheduled sessions at the Hopatcong Community Center every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • A reminder that the PSS Journey Bus be at the Hopatcong Community Center on Tuesday, June 8th.
  • The Wellness Yoga will also be back at the Community Center on June 8th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Additionally, the Caregivers Support Group continues on June 15th.
  • The Environmental Commission will be at the Hopatcong Marketplace on July 31st and August 1st. The commission.
  • The Beautification Committee has done so recent plantings in Modick Park and Borough Hall.
  • Councilmember Ryan Smith congratulated Brad HofferKamp on his Hometown Heroes Banner project.
  • This weekend is the opening day for the Hopatcong Marketplace.
  • Councilmember Jennifer Johnson talked about the Scout Pack 88 Crossover event, with special thanks to the Hopatcong Police Department.

Administrators Report:

  • Grant has been submitted for Witten Park for the survey work and engineering designs for Witten Park and three streambank projects and rain garden.
  • The Bids for Paving have been received, which were very competitive, the Council will approve the bid during the next meeting (June 16th), afterward, the selected roads will start to be paved.
  • The Borough is applying for several grants (up to $530,000) to fix the Skate Park with state-of-the-art equipment, Hockey Rink pavement, and the Bocci Courts at the Senior Center.

Borough Property Auctions:

  • Five properties owned by the Borough were put up for sale to neighboring property owners, with the following results:
    • 32 Tufts Trail – Sold for $3,225
    • 12 Keith Road – Sold for $3,600
    • 24 Staten Trail – Sold for $3,701
    • 214 Knox Way – No Bidders for $3,500
    • 210 Brown Trail – Sold for $7,250

Public Comment:

  • Resident mentioned that they are fulfilling a Civic Program requirement by attending a Council Meeting, and he applauded the well-run meeting with great transparency.
  • Resident asked about River Styx bright streetlights, periods when residents can use loud yard equipment, and the status of the pond circulator.
  • Resident questioned the Hudson Maxum School parking lot being under old business.
  • Mr. Arthur DiBenedetto Superintendent of Hopatcong School District came into the public session late and asked for the Council support for the easement at Hudson Maxim school parking lot to help close the deal with the new buyer.

See the full video for the answers to the questions.

Ordinances

  1. Introduction
  2. Ordinance 16-2021, Dog Park Rules [Passed] – Final Hearing on June 16th

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 163 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG CONCERNING THE JEFFERSON DOG PARK.

  1. Final Hearing (roll call vote)
    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.

Auction will be June 16, 2021

  1. 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.

Resolutions, (roll call vote) [All Resolutions Passed]

  1. 2021-84, Authorization for a Tax overpayment refund and 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption
  2. 2021-85, Authorizing a grant application to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for
    the renovation of the Skate Park
  3. 2021-86, Amendment of budget to include award for NJBPU Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle grant
  4. 2021-87, Amendment of budget to include award for Municipal Alliance grant
  5. 2021-88, Amendment of budget to include award for Click or Ticket grant
  6. 2021-89, Amendment of budget to include award for Safe & Secure Communities grant
  7. 2021-90, Amendment of budget to include award for Distracted Driving grant
  8. 2021-91, Amendment of budget to include award for Rural Development Housing grant
  9. 2021-92, Amendment of budget to include award for It Pays to Plug In EV Charging grant

Old Business:

  • Discussion regarding the parking lot easement with the Board of Education. {Passed]

The council passed providing the buyer the same easement rights as the Hudson Maxim School if the buyer can meet all of the criteria required. If the school is a successor use and the buyer meets all of the approvals the Borough of Hopatcong will allow daytime parking through the easement.

New Business:

  • Public Hearing for the NJDEP Green Acres Land Acquisition and Park Development Program grant application for the renovation of the bocce court at the Senior Center. [Passed]

The Council recognized that this is an additional grant which allows the borough to gain xx in possible grants.Public Hearing on grants for Green Acres Land Acquisition for changes to the Skate Park, Hockey Rink, and the Bocci Court.

Resident asked about the details of each of the projects.

Resident asked about future security measures that will be put in to prevent future damage.

Mayor’s Comments:

The mayor hit on six main topics during his presentation:

  • The equipment we are recommending through the grants is top-notch as the kids deserve that is the most durable and effective while keeping safety and everything else in mind.
  • The mayor expressed his appreciation that people are getting vaccinated and that our numbers are falling. He is also trying to get the final word from Trenton as to opening public meetings. Until the entire public can attend, the meetings will be on Zoom.
  • Memorial Day was very touching for the mayor as he looked out over the crowd to see over 200 people standing in the rain, our people showed the true spirit of Hopatcong to hone those who did not make it home.
  • Do not forget the Hopatcong Marketplace will start this weekend. The team behind this is doing a great job and has many new things to offer this year.
  • New treatment for HABs is being presented to the NJDEP for Crescent Cove, our new DEP Commissioner seems to be very receptive to new ideas. This cove was once the worst, and we are looking to make it the best.
  • The residents along Hudson Ave. are starting to hook up to the new Sewers some are having challenging going through the rock, and we are willing to work with them on that.

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