Monday, April 1, 2013
Council looks to pass along $16.556 million spending plan.
The April 3 meeting of Hopatcong’s Mayor and Council is an important one, as residents will have the opportunity to tell the governing body its thoughts on the 2013 municipal budget. The meeting, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., will have a public hearing on the proposed budget, and the council will subsequently vote on the spending plan. That plan, as proposed by the council in March, calls for a $16.556 million overall budget, with a tax levy of $12.4 million. If approved as is, an average Hopatcong resident with a home assessed at $214,600 can expect an increase of $38 to their annual property tax bill. State aid for the spending plan came in the same as last year at $953,270. The agenda also shows the introduction of an ordinance that …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Hopatcong announces governing body won't meet until April 3.
Hopatcong announced its Mayor and Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 has been canceled. A public hearing on the municipality's budget is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 at the municipal building, according to town clerk Cathy Gleason. Patch previously reported the meeting would take place at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Major events top Hopatcong's business week.
The Hopatcong Mayor and Council is scheduled to meet this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in its first gathering after presenting the annual budget. That budget, if approved, is set to raise taxes by about $38 for the average homeowner in the borough. Also at that meeting, an ordinance was introduced appropriating $80,000 for the purchase and installation of police equipment. The meeting is open to the public at the municipal building and residents are encouraged to attend. Hopatcong residents may also be interested in the sentencing of Guiseppe Tedesco, the convicted killer who murdered Hopatcong resident Alyssa Ruggieri in March of 2010. Tedesco was found guilty on Jan. 10 in Sussex County Superior Court and faces a maximum sentence of life-plus-…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Hopatcong man said he had to find out about trash pick-up himself, even though it's not his responsibility.
Dear Editor, This past Friday – March 8, 2013 – was our neighborhood’s regularly scheduled day for garbage collection, but as you are aware, there was a snow storm that disrupted service. Even though the storm ended shortly after noon, there was no collection, nor was there any on Saturday, and apparently we won’t get any today (Monday) either. I think everyone expected no collection on Friday, but with no notification either via the web site or the Borough’s emergency notification system, no one knew what to do, so garbage has remained at the curb all weekend and remains there this morning. The web site says to get emergency notification, we have to sign up for it, and that if we have any questions or concerns regarding garbage collection…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Tentative spending plans and according tax rates set for county approval during first week of March.
March, as the cliché goes, is supposed to come in like a lion. In Hopatcong this week, the roar of budgets will be heard loud and clear. Both the Hopatcong Mayor and Council, as well as the Board of Education will meet this week, introducing budgets for their upcoming respective fiscal years. On Wednesday, the Mayor and Council will introduce its budget at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, with a final reading scheduled for the borough’s April 3 meeting. At the same meeting, the borough’s agenda notes an ordinance will be introduced to allow $80,000 to be used for the purchase and installation of police equipment. For the Hopatcong Schools Board of Education, a special meeting will be held this week to finalize a proposed budget for the…
Monday, February 18, 2013
Governing body looks to approve two new municipal employees.
The Hopatcong Mayor and Council is set to meet for its regular gathering on Wednesday, and there are a few items on the agenda of note. A motion is currently in order to adopt an ordinance appropriating $35,000 from the municipal open space recreation trust for the purpose of recreational improvements. The council is also looking to approve two resolutions that would each allow for the hiring of a full-time Hopatcong Department of Public Works staff member, according to the agenda. One of those positions is for Christy Rehe, who will be a full-time staff member and part of the administration. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Governing body to introduce $35,000 recreation improvement ordinance.
At its regular meeting of Mayor and Council, Hopatcong has a busy night and full agenda scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6. According to the town, Mayor Sylvia Petillo will honor the Community Emergency Response Team for outstanding service and dedication to the borough. Also on the agenda is public recognition for Alex “Butch” Mendyk for his 35 years of service to the Hopatcong Borough Ambulance Squad. Your Tax Dollars The Mayor and Council plans to make two moves concerning public money, according to its agenda. First, the governing body will introduce an ordinance that would appropriate $35,000 from municipal open space recreation trust for the purpose of recreational improvements. Second, the group is scheduled to adopt an ordinance that …