News & Announcements for Saturday September 5, 2015

Today

The Township currently has a job opening in the Finance Office.  See the posting and additional information below.  If you have any questions, please call the town clerk at 908-859-3355 x223.

Job Posting

Job Description


The Township currently has two job openings in the Department of Public Works.  See the posting and additional information below. If you have any questions, please call the town clerk at 908-859-3355 x223

Job Posting

Job Description 


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.


A Special Hearing for the Service Electric Cable TV Franchise renewal will be held by the Town Council of the Township of Lopatcong on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6pm. 


A Special Meeting of the Town Council of the Township of Lopatcong will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 6pm. A discussion of the Service Electric renewal and a presentation by the developer, Opus Investments LLC, are currently on the agenda.  


Message from Tax Collectors Office:  New Jersey homeowners will begin to receive their 2013 Homestead Benefit applications packets the week of August 31st.  The deadline for filing is 10/30/15. The Homestead Benefit Internet filing application on the Division of Taxation website www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/   and automated telephone system 1-877-658-2972 will be available 24/7.

 
3rd Quarter Sewer bills  are in the process of being mailed and will be due on September 16, 2015.

 

Additional Information on West Nile Virus from the WCMCC 


 ***Positive Test for West Nile Virus in Lopatcong***

Information from the Warren County Mosquito Control Commission(WCMCC):

A sample of mosquitoes, collected 7/31/15 has tested positive for West Nile virus. The sample was collected from Strykers Rd. in Lopatcong. The sample was submitted to the state laboratory on August 10 and results were received today. The sample consisted of 60 Culex species mosquitoes, which are known to amplify the virus in the bird population, since they are primarily bird biters.

The WCMCC has increased their surveillance and control efforts in the surrounding area and plan to do adult mosquito control with truck-mounted ultra-low-volume spray tonight, August 17, 2015 between 8:15 pm and 11:00 pm.

Additional mosquitoes from that area will be trapped and tested following the treatment and the WCMCC will keep us posted.

If you have any questions, please contact the WCMCC at 908-453-3585.

www.warrencountymosquito.org

 


 

Keep checking our recreation committee page for updates on Community Day, August 15, 2015. Hope to see you there!

 


 

Due to technical difficulties, Movies at the Pool has to be cancelled for tonight, August 5, 2015.  We will reschedule tonight's movie, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to Monday August 24, 2015.  Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience. 


 

The Planning Board meeting for July 22, 2015 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be on August 26, 2015.


The Recreation Committee is pleased to announce that we will be having two free Yoga in the Park classes this summer. Jennifer from Phillipsburg Yoga will be hosting two classes for us: one on  Friday July 17, 2015 and one on  Friday August 14, 2015, both from 7-8pm at the Lopatcong Pool.  Please bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothing.  Some mats will be available for use for those new to yoga.   


From JCP&L: It is Hurricane Season in the Atlantic.  Be alert and pay attention to rapidly changing weather conditions which can include severe thunderstorms with lightning, heavy rain, hail and high winds.   Be prepared by monitoring the weather and use common sense to minimize the danger to you and your family.    


The NJ Office of Emergency Management website is a valuable source of information for preparedness.  Please visit this website to learn how to create your emergency tool kit:  
http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/kit-plan.html  

 


 

The Division of Taxation has begun to mail 2014 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) checks to applicants who filed by the original deadline of June 1, 2015. Keep in mind that the deadline has been extended for 2014 applications to Oct. 15, 2015.
 
Only applicants whose 2014 income did not exceed $70,000 are eligible to receive a reimbursement payment, provided they met all the other requirements. That means residents whose income was between $70,001 and $85,553 will not receive checks for 2014. The Division will notify those applicants that they are not eligible. Those residents can establish a “base year” for future reimbursements for which they may be eligible by filing an application by the due date. This also ensures that the Division will mail them applications for 2015.
 
Homeowners who have not yet filed applications may seek our help in completing Forms PTR-1A and PTR-2A, the verification forms which document the amount of property taxes due and paid. Any questions, please contact our Tax Collector at 908-859-3355 x230.

The Sewer Appeal Panel hearing for July 15, 2015 has been cancelled. The next meeting date will be on October 21, 2015 

The Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting for August 12, 2015 has been cancelled.  The next meeting date after that is September 9, 2015. 


The Rent Leveling Board meeting for July 16, 2015 has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for September 17, 2015. 


The free Movies at the Pool program for 2015 begins the night of July 8. Movies begin at dusk, weather permitting.  Any cancellations will be posted on our Facebook page by 8pm on the movie night. 


The NJ Fire Fighter Examination application willl be available online on the Civil Service Commission website from 7/1/15 through 8/31/15.  Please see their website if you are interested. 


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


 Herbicide Spraying Notice for 2015 


The deadline for residents to file their 2014 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) applications has been extended to Oct. 15, 2015. The original deadline was June 1, 2015.  Any questions, please contact the Tax Collector at 908-859-3355 x230.


Starting on June 17,2015, the pool will be open 12-8pm everyday of the week.

Stop by and get your pool pass! Also, check out our new Early Bird and Twilight rates!

 


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.   


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:

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 .


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. 


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. 


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

 


Lopatcong Business Owners, please regularly check out our EDAC page for updates.  A new 'Helpful Links' section has been added, and there's more to come in the near future. 


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/


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