News & Announcements for Sunday October 22, 2017

Today

Due to distribution difficulties with the 3rd Quarter Sewer Bills, the Township is extending the due date for payment until November 20, 2017.  What that means is interest will not be charged until payments made after November 20, 2017. Any payments made after November 20, 2017, interest will revert back to October 30, 2017

From The Office Of The Sewer Collector:
 
It has come to my attention that the residents have not received their third quarter sewer bills that were mailed on 9/29 with a due date of 10/30.  I am currently in communication with the post office to find out the reason for non delivery.  I will follow-up before Friday 10/19 with what I have found out. You may email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to receive the amount that you were billed originally if you would like.  The office has received many phone calls and with trying to keep up with returning them emails are the quickest way to have your questions answered.
 
Thank you for your patience and I will keep you informed.  The office will begin with a new style of Sewer Billing Notices next quarter that will no longer be post cards.  I hope this will provide an improvement in the delivery on the bills.  We will be resolving the 3Q bills asap. 

 

Water Leak Tips 


2017 Leaf Schedule


2015 Homestead Rebate Information

The packet's cover residents will be receiving indicates that the instructions and worksheet are for 2015. The criteria for receiving benefits are based in part on taxes paid and income earned in that year. The State limits eligibility to homeowners with $75,000 or less in New Jersey gross income in 2015, and to senior/disabled homeowners with New Jersey gross income of $150,000 or less in that same year. 

Homeowners who sold their homes after October 1, 2015, or who may sell their homes, should pay careful attention to the instructions regarding property sales.

Most homeowners will receive their benefit as a credit on a local Property Tax bill sometime in 2017. Homeowners who indicate that they no longer own a property or those whose principal residence was a unit in a co-op or continuing care retirement community will receive benefits by check or direct deposit.

Information on the Homestead Benefit, including the eligibility requirements, is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml

The online filing application is on the Division of Taxation website http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/index.shtml.The online and automated telephone (1-877-658-2972) filing systems will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the filing period.


Notice of Fairness Hearing

Lopatcong Township’s Settlement Agreement with Fair Share Housing Center 

Lopatcong Township’s Consent Order with Larken Associates 


Free Rabies Clinic Info and NJ Dog License Info 


Deduct Water Meter Information from the Sewer Collector 


Halloween Trick or Treat Information


Message from Council President Pryor: The governing body of Lopatcong would like to thank the Recreation Committee for organizing one of the best Community Days ever.  The event featured food; exhibits by local businesses, first responders and community groups; non-stop live music; and a variety of free rides and attractions for the kids.  The day was capped by a spectacular fireworks display funded entirely by donations. 

We would like to extend the Township's appreciation to all those who contributed their time and effort to this event including Chair Lori Ciesla; Recreation Committee members Matt Herzer, Eric Johnson, Kelly La Ford, Sarah Lutz and Robin Wodzisz; and the many volunteers from our community groups.  We'd also like to thank the Township employees both in the office and in the field that helped support Community Day. And, a very special thanks to the following sponsors whose financial support helped make the day a success: Maser Consulting, Lopatcong Athletic Association, Budd Insurance Agency, ADS Environmental, Shop Rite of Greenwich, Nisivoccia LLP, Fox Brothers Alarm Systems and Debbie Weiss, State Farm Agent. 


 Information on Bears in NJ: Know the Bear Facts - Black Bears in NJ http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm 


Residents- This is a friendly reminder 3Qtr. Taxes are due. If taxes for 3q are not paid on time the interest will be calculated based on August 1st due date. Question can be emailed to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Public Health Alert - Increase seen in Mushroom Poisonings


Have you signed up for our email lists yet? A few years ago, to improve communication in the township, we created several email lists to which you can subscribe. Click on the links below to sign up for 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 Tax/Sewer Collector This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the Tax and Sewer lists, and Deputy Clerk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the Dog Licenses and Community Events lists. 


Township of Lopatcong Tax Sale Info:

Wed. 12/06/17
10:00AM
Rachel Mosher CTC
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Office Hours: M,W,Th & F  8:30am-4pm  Tues. 12:30-8pm
Mailings will be sent week of 11/6/17 & 11/13/17
Notice of the Tax Sale will be published in the Star Gazette week of 11/20/17 &11/27/17
Pre Registration Bidder Sheets must be done in advance.  Bidder Packets will be available at
Please email the Tax Collector for Tax Sale List
PAYMENTS MADE IN CASH, MONEY ORDER OR CERTIFIED FUNDS ONLY

Herbicide Notice 2017 


GET YOUR ANSWERS FAST BY CHECKING OUT THE NEW UPDATED NJ TAX RELIEF PORTAL.

New Jersey Tax Correspondence Manager to ask questions about your Homestead or Tax Freeze info right to the State to respond.

Click to see the schedules for the 2017 season's Pool Dances, Aqua Zumba, Movies at the Pool, and Music at the Park.  For more information on our events, please see our Pool page or Recreation Committee page. 


Pool and Pavilion Rates have now been posted online for your convenience!  Please see our Pool page or Park page for more information. 


Appellate Division Decision on A-5124-13T3/A-3132-14T3


We are looking for volunteers for the Economic Development Advisory Committee.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested. 


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


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


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.  


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: 

Hazardous Waste Collection October 1, 2017

 

FOR LOPATCONG RESIDENTS ONLY:

Lopatcong's Shredding Event will be on September 9, 2017 at Lopatcong Park from .9am - 12noon

Township Clean Up Day will be on October 7, 2017 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