News & Announcements for Monday April 27, 2015
Dog Licenses are now overdue and summons are being issued. Please call Phyllis Coleman at 908-859-3355 x224 if you have any questions.
The United Way of Northern New Jersey is sponsoring a mentoring program for no charge in May. Please see the flyer for more information.
On June 14, 2015, at 6:30pm the Unserviceable Flag Burning Ceremony will be held at the Lopatcong Veterans Memorial, conducted by Boy Scout Troop #54, and assisted by Veterans. The public is invited.
The Sewer Appeal Panel meeting for April 15, 2015 is cancelled. The next meeting will be on July 15, 2015.
The LAA 9th Annual Golf Outing planning is in full swing! There are event packages for non-golfers as well. Please see the brochure to find out more about how you can participate or sponsor this event.
A Joint Meeting of the Lopatcong Township Council and the Pohatcong Township Council will be held in Lopatcong on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7pm to discuss Common Sense for Shared Services regarding the positions of Clerk, CFO, Tax Collector, Tax Assessor.
The Shade Tree Meeting for April 9th, 2015 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a date in May, to be announced shortly.
Community Day will be held on Saturday August 15, 2015 with a raindate of Sunday, August 16, 2015. More details to follow!
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:
Updates from the Tax/Sewer Collector:
-2012 Homestead Benefit Credits will be adjusted on your May tax bill. If you were eligible for the Homestead Benefit you will be receiving an updated May tax bill in April.
-Please see the 2014 Senior Freeze Eligibility Requirements to see if you are eligible for the Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement.
JCP&L will be performing vegetation management around their power lines during the course of 2015. Their management plan includes the use of pesticides, trimming limbs with the use of an aerial saw, and possible removal of dangerous trees. Please see their memo for more detailed information on their plans and for important safety information about the use of the aerial saw.
***SNOW EMERGENCY INFO***
During a snow storm the Department of Public Works, DPW, will clear emergency routes first. These Emergency Roads are:
Red School Lane
South 1st Street
THEN DPW will clear all emergency buildings. THEN DPW will work on main road branches throughout the township and continue until all roads have been plowed. BY Township Ordinance, Sections 191.3 and 191.4 – if there is a snow emergency, which is defined as an accumulation of four inches of snow or more, all vehicles shall be removed from the street to driveways or other suitable off-street locations. This will assist with snow removal.
If assistance is needed, dial 911 in the case of an emergency. If it is a non-emergency please call the police dispatch number 908-859-2211.
Our 2015 Calendars are now in stock! Come down to the town hall during regular business hours to purchase yours for $5. Proceeds will benefit the 2015 Community Day events.
Our Shop Lopatcong card is complete! Stop by Town Hall during business hours and pick yours up for just $5! Many thanks to our local businesses for participating in our card and giving us some great discounts. Shop Local - Shop Lopatcong!
The Township Clerk/Administrator can now be reached at 908-859-3355 x223.
The Budget and Tax Rate Comparison Worksheet for 2006-2014 that was prepared by our CFO and distributed at our last meeting is now online. If you have any questions on it, please contact our CFO at 908-859-3355 x 248.
A new Council Corner piece on the Official Financial Documentation of the Township has been posted.
If you have a pool that has been approved through our building department, you may be eligible for the Swimming Pool Credit:
If you have moved from Lopatcong or if your dog is deceased, please contact Phyllis Coleman, Animal Registrar, at 908 859-3355 x 224 so that we can delete the dog out of our database.
Effective immediately, the Zoning Officer will be holding evening hours on Tuesdays, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
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.
To further our goals of communication and transparency, we have created a New Ordinance page. As ordinances are introduced they will be posted to this page, along with the dates of their readings and adoption. Any questions, please call Council President Ciesla.
Fire Chief LaFord has asked us to remind elementary school parents and guardians to refrain from parking in the upper lot of the fire house at dismissal time. The upper lot needs to be kept clear so that the firefighters and responders can park there and so that there will be no traffic hazards when the units need to leave the fire house for a call. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
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.
Nixle is also used by the State of NJ for various alerts.
If you are in need of a Landlord Registration Statement, it has been added to our website, on the menu on the left.
In order to effectively communicate with our residents in the digital age, we have started our 'Council Corner' blog. We feel that open and honest communication is key to good government. Please check out 'Council Corner' often! If there is any topic you would like to see addressed, please let us know!
Our Newsletters and Mayoral Letters can be found on our new Newsletter and Mayoral Letters Page.
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