HARDYSTON, NJ - Hardyston Township had its second town council meeting of the month on Tuesday May 21. While most meetings in Hardyston do not have any members of the public attending, at this meeting there were several citizens who came to witness the events of the evening's short meeting.
The meeting only had one resolution. The resolution fell under the new business category. It was simple and dealt with the zoning map and who would be engineering it. Resolution 40-13 Remington & Vernick were accepted as engineers of the zoning map. It was stated by Marianne Smith, township manager, that they had done zoning maps in the past for the township of Hardyston.
Then the mayor and council heard from a representative of Cava Winery, a local winery who was planning to have a their first annual wine and wings festival. A representative from the winery brought the application in front of the council and mayor so they could hear him out and ask him any questions that they saw fit. Jeff Blake, winemaker for Cava Winery told the council his winery's plans for the festival, which is planned for next month. There will several food vendors from all over Sussex County and southern New Jersey. They will give away a limited amount of food and wine samples and then the rest will be available for addition purchase.
“That's where the vendors come in,” Blake said.
Blake also stated that there will be about 500 people attending each day of the two day festival, set to take place on June 29 and 30. The council did not have many questions to ask.
"The only question I have is do all your food handlers have food handler's licenses?” Councilman Wayne Ross asked.
Blake stated that they did. He also talked about possibly wishing to do this again if it is successful. The council unanimously approved the application for this event.
Township Manager Marianne Smith gave her manager's report. First up on the report was the township's advanced refund. There were events in the stock market that caused the township's refund to be bigger. The final amount of refund is $177,847.
Next Smith discussed the capital improvement plan. The council will be presented with long and short term capital goals by the fire department at the June 11 workshop meeting. Also the public works portion of the report dealt with the recent paving of Wheatsworth Road and a portion of Crystal Springs Road.
The next portion of the report dealt with the CAD System Conversion. This is the system in the Dispatch Center to the Police Department.
“The old system is very cumbersome,” Smith said.
Smith also discussed the planned construction of a new emergency helipad The public works director met with JCP&L, who will be providing lighting for the helipad. Construction is planned to be completed before the end of summer.
She also discussed affordable housing. She discussed Ridgefield Commons, and the improvements being made to it. Smith ended her manager's report by discussing recreational events including Little Miss and Mister and Jr Miss and Mister Hardyston.
They then opened the meeting to the public. Only one member of the public decided to voice his opinions. He discussed how senior citizens were losing money from the loss of revenue of casinos. He stated that the county buses that provide transportation to everybody, including seniors, have businesses pay to advertise on the side of it. He said he was going to go to the county to suggest this to them.
The council then drew the meeting to a close. The next meeting will take place on June 11.
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