Hopatcong Council Meeting: DPW Delivers in Record Storm – Hudson Maxim School Sells for $1.2M

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The following are the highlights and the full recording of the Borough of Hopatcong Council Meeting that was held on January 6, 2021, by Zoom Technology. We highly suggest that you review the recording for the full details.

The following should be considered the more important community developments for residents:

  • Our DPW is the best and I have to commend DPW Supervisor Pat Mason and his team, we have one of the best DPW’s in our region. (Mayor Michael Francis)
  • Hudson Maxim School sells for $1.2M – Additional details will be provided later regarding the buyer and intended usage.
  • A reminder that Seniors can schedule COVID vaccines and transportation by phone.
  • The Hopatcong Environmental Committee has achieved the Bronze award from the State of New Jersey.

Council Meeting Highlights: Watch the Full Video

 

Council Member Updates:

  • Councilmembers and the Mayor thanked the DPW for the enormous effort that the department took over the last record-breaking snowstorm.

Mayor Francis Stated, “Our DPW is the best and I have to commend Supervisor Pat Mason and his team, as we have one of the best teams in our region.”

  • Seniors can schedule COVID vaccines and transportation by phone. Read More
  • The Environmental Commission posted a video regarding the Christmas celebration in Modick Park. Watch Here 
  • Hopatcong Days has been postponed until September 18, 2021, to further ensure the event can move forward.
  • Councilperson Bradley Hoferkamp requested that the council look into an additional grace on the Taxes, Sewer, and Water Bills due to COVID and the Storm.
  • Bidder comes forward with a $1.2M bid for Hudson Maxim School through the auction process that was set up by the school board.
  • New Dog Park due in the spring of 2021 may gain the assistance of an Eagle Scout project

Administrators Report:

  • The Borough of Hopatcong has been approved for the CARES Grant that will reimburse the borough for many COVID costs.
  • Police are undergoing critical training using the Borough Court Room.
  • Starting next week (02/08/2021) residents can double up on garbage due to the storm.

Public Comment:

  • Resident thanked the neighborhood Snow Angels that helped local elderly people dig-out. Asked about official Facebook page and Nextel Communications.
       A: Nextel limits the amount of text within a message. The most important information is on the Borough Website.
  • Resident requested more actions from the Borough on the flooding of a property due to overflow of a catch basin.
      A: The Borough has reviewed the matter for the second time, and that this is a private property issue and not and municipal issue.

Resolutions:

  • 2021-38, Authorization for 2021 Street Hockey fees [Passed]
  • 2021-39, Authorization for the submission of a grant application for Police Accreditation [Tabled]
    • Councilmember Richard Schindelar while applauding Police Training, asked about follow-up costs in following years, and if a discount in insurance premiums would be available based upon the training.
    • Councilperson Dawn Roberts also asked about section (C) of the contract about the future fees

      The council voted to table the resolution as they await additional information.

Old Business: None

New Business:

  • Appointment of Philip Reilly to the Open Space Committee as Land Use Rep [Passed]
  • Appointment of Kate Garcia to the Fire Department [Passed]

Mayor’s Comments:

  • Our DPW is the best and I have to commend DPW Supervisor Pat Mason and his team, we have one of the best DPW’s in our region.
  • The Hopatcong Environmental Committee has achieved the Bronze award from the State of New Jersey.
  • Mayor looking to classify Borough Employees as 1A for vaccine shots based upon their importance and customer-facing responsibilities to the residents. The Mayor will continue conversations with the Governor’s office on this topic.
    • Mayor reminded residents that this is an important time in the COVID period and please follow all recommendations. This is much more serious than you can imagine.
  • Mayor is looking to continue to work on Crescent Cove for 2021 in talking to the DEP for using Bioblast this year to further help the elimination of Harmful Algae Blooms.

See Results from the 2020 Crescent Cove


 

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