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Roll Back Our Tax April 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Michele...here's a listing of all the Hopatcong public meetings minutes from 2009 and forward toRead Morepre sent month..... http://www.hopatcong.org/Minutes_Meetings.php ... the December 2013 meeting you are referring to now says "to be posted".... http://www.hopatcong.org/Minutes/to_be_posted.pdf ... so are all the other meetings October through December 2013 plus some in 2011 (April and October) and 2014 (March - April). Everywhere you see an * = "to be posted". Obviously, this is an attempt to hide something from the general public. Looks like it's time for some one to file another Ethics complaint. This was deliberate.
Roll Back Our Tax April 14, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Beachbum...maybe you should start another "speak out" article about the number ofRead Moreproperti es "In The $hitter".
Lake Resident April 15, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Where on the town site?
genesko April 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Forget the street sweeper then and send DPW out with brooms and shovels. If me or one of my kidsRead Moresk ids out of control on the gravel, we will be taking pictures and sending the town the bill. You can go 10 mph, and if you slam on your brakes cuz some kid or animal comes out, you will not stop like you would on a properly maintained street. And kids on bikes will definitely get hurt, especially with all the hills.
Laura April 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Here is what I was told: It takes about 5 months to sweep all the roads (120 miles worth). TheyRead Morest art with the main roads. The sweeper is down and they are waiting for parts. And they're fixing pot holes first. Well, which is it??!!! How can it take 5 months to sweep when plowing only takes hours?! What main roads did they start with!? Brooklyn Mountain hasn't been touched. Maxim is pretty bad too!
B B April 23, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Check in front of the mayors and councilmans houses.
Clay Thomas April 14, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Sell some of those "project cars and boats" and you might be able to pay your sewerRead Morebills! Nobody needs that many "parts" cars and boats! The town looks like an extended junk car/boat lot!
Frank Santagata April 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Look back at the past and you will see why we pay this rate: Federal Grants were available in theRead Morepa st. The people of Hopatcong voted sewers down several times in the past. Bad decision??? This towns people not the mayor or its boards are the enemy, We the people of Hopatcong keep shooting ourselves in the foot, them we look for someone to blame for pulling the trigger. Also the state was mandating cleaner water into the lake. We in Hopatcong voted down building a Swimming pool at the High School...We would have a Pool for a Swim Team, Diver training, Rescue work, Life guard Training, Senior exercise, and rehabilitation. It would have been used nearly 24/7 and generated money for the town if managed properly. But we voted NO!! Lets look at all the issues we have in town and stop pointing fingers!! Lets start to help the towns elected officials in doing their job, you get more flies with sugar than vinegar!!!
Frank Santagata April 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM
This town is a lot better than many other towns in our area, what we lack is business, BigRead MoreBusiness, Small Business, Manufacturing, Electronics Factories, and Mom and Pop endeavors. We should look at developing the Sparta Stanhope Road corridor into a dedicated business zone. Industry in this area would have little effect on the home's in the area and would generate needed tax dollars!! It would also have little impact on the town of Hopatcong as far as additional traffic and wear and tear on our roads.
Clay Thomas April 09, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Shut it down! It's a drug destination! Why drive to Newark or Paterson when your next fix isRead Moreright in the neighborhood? It's as easy as buying rolling papers! Just like the rats that are everywhere, we need to eradicate the drug dealers!
BeachBum April 09, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Don't worry Hopatcong, River Styx will sit as a dead zone for many many many more years - AlthoughRead Moret hat area has the most night time lighting, wasteful spending by the town cronies
jazzman April 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM
the question is why and how did it get to this point,Well its not due to any free enterprize system Read Moremore llike a currupted and controled plan with lots of money in the end to be had...so who excactly is controling the growth only time will tell....i got my ideas...Netcong had this idea also, but it was more about kicking people out then bringing people in!!!!!thus the dead zone look
Roll Back Our Tax April 11, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Can't do anything till the benzene situation is investigated and then possibly cleaned up...Read Morehttp:// www.hopatcong.org/Minutes/min120711.pdf ... that was December 2011..."Louise Bagby asked Councilman Francis about the Benzene plume that is on the River Styx. Last time she asked he told her that we were waiting to hear from the State about what to do about it. Councilman Francis stated that we will apply again this year, to the federal government, for funds to assess the situation. The first grant was denied. We have done it twice already. He stated that he does not give up easily. The State has money for cleanup but we don’t even know if we have anything that needs to be cleaned up". I guess there will be more "planning".
Roll Back Our Tax April 04, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Beachbum....in order to get a barometer on the borough's health all you need to do is look at theRead Moreri se in foreclosures.... http://hopatcong-sparta.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/foreclosures-in-hopatcong
BeachBum April 04, 2014 at 08:27 AM
And tax sales from non payment of sewer fees
rcc2 March 30, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Sorry the link does not work, but after seeing property tax increases of 50% seaview harbor filledRead Morea petition to break away from egg harbor and join a town with a lower tax rate.
Roll Back Our Tax March 30, 2014 at 09:13 AM
If you want lower taxes you need to move out of the state of NJ.
Kevin Martin March 31, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Yes like the scores of former NJ resident had learned. NJ is one of the 3 least friendly states toRead Morel ive and do business in due to high_________? Thats right, taxes.
Roll Back Our Tax March 27, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Wanda...they do what they want to in Hopatcong. They told me "the peasants have to be moreRead Moreobed ient to the queen and her court or else move". That's you're only chance for salvation.
BeachBum March 28, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Hopatcongs council and mayor only look out for themselves and their wallets - Good example is theRead Morese nseless immature parades they have yearly where they are all in their porsches and mercedes vehicles - Its the residents faults they keep voting in the same useless cronies
Clay Thomas March 12, 2014 at 06:38 PM
You must be joking, right?
Roll Back Our Tax March 12, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Ursin and Petillo "Perfect Together".
The Watcher March 12, 2014 at 09:43 PM
Attorney John Ursin (attorney forRead MoreHopatcong) http://www.njherald.com/story/24390735/2014/01/07/susse x-borough-mayor-has-deciding-vote-to-oust-attorney