The following is the full coverage of the Hopatcong Borough Council Meeting that occurred on December 18, 2019. The primary topics were the Auctioning of two homes, Committee Updates, Farmers Market and that this was Councilman Frank Padula's last meeting. Watch the full video here.
Council says a fond goodbye to Councilman Frank Padula:
During the council meeting each council member took the opportunity to thank Councilman Frank Padula for his service, who was praised for his 5+ years on the council, and 20 years of service on the Board of Education.
Councilman Frank Padula also took the time to say it was an absolute pleasure to serve with everyone on the council and thanked the experts behind the scenes in helping him do his job.
Auction of Property:
Two partial lots no longer needed by the Borough of Hopatcong were auctioned off during the meeting. Each lot was sold for the asking price and sold to neighbors that are required to merge the lot with their existing property.
- 243 Squaw Trail sold for $2,250
- 101 Dartmouth Trail sold for $1,375
- The Giving Tree has been very successful and each kid that signed up will be getting several gifts. The generosity of the people of Hopatcong was overwhelming.
- The Municipal Alliance movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” is still on for Friday Night as the High School is expected to have the electrical problems corrected.
All three of the following resolutions passed with unanimous votes.
- R2019-193: Authorizing participation in a Sussex County Contract Award for Ice Control Materials
- R2019-194: Appointing William Hirschfeld to the Lake Hopatcong Commission
Mayor Michael Francis provided a detailed background of Mr. Hirschfeld’s qualifications for the position.
- R2019-195: Refund of Fire Inspection Fee for Block 10501 Lot 4
James Puccio, the Owner of Queen of the Hill Farm provided the council with a 25 page presentation on the future of Hopatcong Farmers Market, and how it could rise to a new level. He also took the opportunity to dispel the rumor that Queen of the Hill Farm would not be attending the market in 2020.
Robin P. Ortiz-Calandriello, a regular vendor at the Hopatcong Farmers Market, spoke to the council regarding the difference between a Farmers Market and a Flea Market. Stating that it will be more difficult for Farmers Market vendors to sell their quality items for their full value.
Jennifer Johnson (new council member starting in 2020) asked about JCP&L coming back out to trim trees and could she get the information about the Hudson Sewer meeting beforehand.
Mayor Michael Francis covered the current status of his two projects for Lake Hopatcong, which are currently being reviewed by the NJ DEP who has asked for a Request for Proposal (Watch the video update from the last lake commission meeting for more details).
The Mayor concluded with wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy new year.
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