News & Announcements for Wednesday March 29, 2017

Today

Updates from the Tax/Sewer Collector:

1st Quarter Sewer Bills were mailed out on 3/24/17 and will be due on 4/10/17.

The Tax Collectors Office will  start processing and mailing 2nd quarter 2017 adjusted tax bills for recipients of 2014 Homestead Benefit Credits.
 
With the release of the homestead benefit adjusted tax bills, the Tax Collector would like to  remind you that homestead credits that have been applied to properties for the second (May 2017) quarter are not to be transferred or otherwise altered due to change in homeownership.

It has been determined that the Homestead Benefit Credit information can be treated as public information, once adjusted tax bills are produced.  This means that normal business rules and public records policies apply.  If you are planning on selling your home please inform your attorney the status of your homestead rebate.


Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday April 8 at 10am, with a rain date of Saturday April 15 at 10am.  Please see the flyer for more information.

 


 

The Rent Levling Board meeting for tonight, March 16, 2017 has been cancelled. The next meeting is July 20, 2017. 


The Mayor's Wellness Walk Wednesday, March 15th has been cancelled. Walks for Wednesday, March 22nd & March 29th will be back at the Lopatcong Municipal Park meeting at the parking lot near the Veterans Rally Point at 9:00 am. 


Please see the Transportation News for information about NJ Transit busing available for Phillipsburg High School students in Lopatcong.


 

NOTICE

The Planning Board of the Township of Lopatcong, County of Warren and State of New Jersey will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017 and Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building located at 232 S. Third Street, Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  The proposed agenda will be to discuss the ROM District/Highlands.  Action may or may not be taken. 

                                                                                                Margaret B. Dilts

                                                                                                Secretary

 


Please come out and support the Lopatcong PTA's Comedy Night on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:30pm.  See flyer for more information.


 

The Celebration of the Pool's 50th Anniversary will be held on Saturday May 27, 2017.  We are looking for volunteers to help, so please contact Recreation Committee Chair Lori Ciesla at 908-827-1060 if interested. 


It's 2017 and the Township is looking for volunteers for the following Boards:

Rent Leveling Board

Shade Tree Commission

Zoning Board

Environmental Commission

 

If you have any questions or need further information on these positions, please contact Mayor McKay at 908-859-3355, Ext. 225


Please be advised that the Sewer Smoke Tests are still occuring.  You should be notified by the company prior to the test taking place.  If you have any questions, please call town hall at 908-859-3355. 


 

If you haven't seen it already, please check out our newly revamped Senior Citizen Info Tab on our front page for updated news for our Seniors.  Information about Medicare Enrollment, the Flu Vaccine Program and our new Sewer Discount Program has been recently added.  


Clink link for: 2014 HOMESTEAD BENEFIT INFORMATION 

If you are awarded this benefit, it will be credited on a future tax quarter 


Court Dismisses Mayor’s Lawsuit: 

 

The Court has granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing the claims made by Mayor McKay in his March 2016 lawsuit against Council members Pryor, Belcaro and McCabe (collectively "Council Defendants").  In simple terms, a party is entitled to summary judgment when the Court finds there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and the moving party (in this case, the Council Defendants) is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.

 

The 60-page decision may be viewed by clicking on the link below:

 

Court decision on WRN-L-000039-16

 


News from the Tax Collector: 

Effective Immediately residents should mail or drop off current tax and/or sewer payments at the following bank.
 
Township of Lopatcong
C/O Provident Bank
190 Roseberry Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Payments will be accepted during normal banking hours of the Branch

Veterans Rally Point Information:

Pavers can now be ordered indefinitely: The Veterans' Committee has completed their Rally Point project for Lopatcong Park.  This project includes a open pavilion and large concrete pad for concerts, performances and community functions.  In addition, they have created a brick walkway in the vicinity of the Veterans' Memorial.  Please help the committee raise funds for these endeavors by purchasing an engraved brick for the pathway.  See the flyer for more information. 

Thank you in advance for your support!   


Make sure to CALL BEFORE YOU DIG! Before starting a project, please call NJ ONE CALL, 1-800-272-1000 or 811. See their website for more information.


There is an Unserviceable Flag box in the lobby at the Municipal building if you would like to drop off your unservicable flag.


Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) always monitors conditions associated with seasonal storms and is prepared to respond should outages occur.  


Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on 
www.firstenergycorp.com.  In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department.  Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.  Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.  


To improve communication in the township, we have created several email lists to which you can subscribe.  We have created the following lists:

Tax Collector's Department 

Sewer Collector's Department

Dog Licenses

Community Events

We will use these lists to send you any relevant information on the selected topic.  Sign up now! We look forward to keeping in touch.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


If you have a pool that has been approved through our building department, you may be eligible for the Swimming Pool Credit:

http://www.lopatcongtwp.com/docs/swimmingpoolcredit.pdf

 


If you are a veteran or a surviving spouse/civil union or domestic partner of a veteran or serviceperson, you may be eligible for a Veteran's Property Tax Deduction. Please see the state's Veteran Form to apply. 


The Warren County Department of Public Safety provides the public with a way to receive Emergency notifications via home or work telephone, cell phone, or cell phone SMS text messages. Emergency messages may include evacuation and sheltering information, missing persons notifications, mosquito treatment announcements and other serious emergencies or dangerous conditions. This system will NOT be used for non-emergency purposes such as campaign messages or recreational event announcements.  To sign up, please visit their page and register your desired numbers.

http://www.wcpublicsafety.com/rapidnotify

Nixle is also used by the State of NJ for various alerts.  

https://local.nixle.com/register/


If you are in need of a Landlord Registration Statement, it has been added to our website, on the menu on the left.   


Social Media Policy 


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Calendar

 

 

 

Senior Citizen Info

 

Sewer Discount Program

The Township Council has enacted a Sewer Discount Program for qualifiying Seniors and disabled residents.  Please see the flyer to check if you qualify.  

 

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                                 Warren County
                          Senior Nutrition Program     
           
                         Call your local site for reservations
      
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                              North Warren

497 Route 94
Columbia, NJ  
908-496-4001

Hackettstown

Senior Center
293 Main St.
Hackettstown, NJ
908-850-5438

Faith Discovery Church

33 Brass Castle Rd.
Washington, NJ
908-689-0650 

Phillipsburg 

Phillipsburg Senior Center - Satellite Site - contact the center for Activity Center

310 Firth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ
908-859-2423

  

2016 FARMER MARKET VOUCHERS

 

2016 Farmers Vouchers Flyer  

 

FLEX COMMUNITY FITNESS CLASS

 

2016 Flex Flyer 

 

Warren County Division of Aging and Disability Services 

 

2016 WCDADS Pamphlet

 

Most Recent Copies of the "Warren Senior Voice"

 

Senior Voice - March 2016 Issue

Senior Voice - Summer 2016 Issue

 

USEFUL LINKS:

[1]  Warren County Department of Human Services:

            http://www.co.warren.nj.us/Humanservices/nutrition.html

[2]  Warren County Division of Aging and Disability Services:

            http://www.co.warren.nj.us/Humanservices/dosshome.html

            Located at:

            Division of Aging and Disability Services
Wayne Dumont, Jr. Admin. Bldg.
165 County Route 519 South
Belvidere, NJ 07823-1949

Director, Scott A. Burd
Toll Free: 1 (877) 222-3737
Phone: (908) 475-6591
Fax: (908) 475-6588
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

            Hours: Mon. - Fri.
8:30 A.M. ~ 5:00 P.M.

[3]  Local Resources - Information and Assistance:

            http://www.co.warren.nj.us/Humanservices/local_resources.html

[4] State of New Jersey Aging and Disability Resource Connection

            https://www.adrcnj.org/

 

 

 

Recycling Information

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FOR WARREN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY: 

Paper Shredding Event on September 24, 2016                       

Hazardous Waste Collection September 25, 2016

 

FOR LOPATCONG RESIDENTS ONLY:

Lopatcong's Shredding Event will be on September 10, 2016 at Lopatcong Park from .9am - 12noon

Township Clean Up Day will be on October 1, 2016 from 7am -12noon

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Pollution Control Financing Authority of Warren County (PCFAC):

500 Mt. Pisgah Avenue
Oxford, New Jersey 07863
Office Phone: 908-453-2174, Office Fax:  908-453-4241

Website:   http://www.pcfawc.com/recycling-center.html

Warren County Recycling:

Warren County Recycling Coordinator,
Victor Camporine:
908-475-6532

Website:  http://www.co.warren.nj.us/Recycling/index.html