Stanhope Council Members Discuss Progress of Borough Hall Renovations

Members of the Stanhope Borough council discuss their first agenda of 2013. Credits: Alley Shubert

STANHOPE BOROUGH, NJ - Council members from Stanhope Borough met together at borough hall on Jan. 22, to discuss their first agenda of 2013.

Concerned citizen Gloria Spencer was the first to approach the council during public participation, regarding her neighbors who do not curb their dogs.
“People are not cleaning up after their dogs,” Spencer said. "I see people stop and do not pick it up. I saw 10 piles the other day between the sidewalk and the curb. It is filthy.”
“I talked to the police department,” stated borough administrator, Brian McNeilly who then added, “It is accountability and enforcement.”

“Every day it accumulates,” Spencer replied.
McNeilly said, “It is a common problem. We are trying to narrow it down to a time so we can have enforcement present.”
“I live in High Point, and we set up stations and people still do it,” said councilman George Graham. “Lazy is lazy, hand out a couple tickets and they will get the point.”
Graham then explained to Spencer, “I think you need to help your neighbors and spot them. The best way to get results is to annoy him [McNeilly]  as much as possible,” he ended jokingly.
Another citizen, Patty Zdichocki, member of the Stanhope Recreation Committee approached the council as well.
This is the third year Stanhope will be partnering with Netcong and Byram school districts for a summer camp.
“You did a great job last year,” said Graham.
Zdichocki explained that if Hopatcong joins the program, a fee can be dropped for the first 100 Stanhope residents that participate in the program.
“Was there any negative feedback [last year]?” asked councilwoman Diana Kuncken.
“It received a great write up,” said Zdichocki pertaining to a local newspaper.
Netcong has already agreed to be involved with the program for a third year, which led to Kuncken to say, “Netcong already agreed which sends a good message to Stanhope.”
“Some parents last year felt it was expensive,” said councilman Bill Thornton.
“A lot of people think of this as a daycare, and not a summer camp, but compared to a day care we are very cheap,” said Zdichocki.
The program has three sessions during the summer with every Friday being an all day trip for the children.
“It is very creative,” said Graham.
“This year should be better,” stated Zdichocki, “every year gets better and better.”
Another topic of discussion arose from the administrator's report. McNeilly said the Stanhope Borough Hall and Police Department is currently in the process of being renovated since September of last year. The building is now a 24/7 operation.
Mayor Rosemarie Maio asked McNeilly about the “anticipated hours” of the project's final completion.
“About 200 more hours,” said McNeilly. “There is $80,000 in materials. Everything for this room has been purchased."
Maio then told the council the work occurring in the police department includes, “doors, trimmings, windows, chief’s office, receptionists office, walls.”
“Ninety-four hours will cover it?" asked councilman Mike Depew, who was given a “yes” from McNeilly.
“I like it, but would not want to see hardships like this again,” said Depew.
“I want to see costs and charges,” said Graham, “I believe it is important that the town knows it is mostly grants as far back as 2001.”

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