Government

January 4, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – This year’s reorganization of Borough Council included the swearing-in of two new councilpersons, but the need for three new nameplates to accompany them on the dais. Political newcomers Betsy Driver and Michael Harris were each sworn to a three-year term on Council. But ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Hunterdon County Freeholder board held its annual reorganization meeting yesterday, swearing in a new Freeholder and a new director. Shaun Van Doren was sworn to the board, noting that perhaps “the third time is a charm,” because he’d twice run for the office before winning ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ –Rob Walton ended eight years of service as a county Freeholder last week. “I think it’s appropriate for us to end the year where we begin,” said Freeholder Director John Lanza, explaining why the Freeholders chose to meet in the old Historic Courthouse on Dec. 19 rather than ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi and her staff have demanding jobs. Melfi told the Freeholders at their meeting yesterday that while revenue so far this year is about $2.35 million, it comes at a price. This year, “we actually touched 38,626 pieces of paper,” she said, about ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Freeholder John King will not seek re-election next year. The news was revealed in a press release from Patrick Torpey, who is the chairman for the county’s Republican Party. Before becoming  Freeholder, King served on the Raritan Township Committee, and has served 11 years ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – Officials here voted overwhelmingly Monday to oppose a pair of bills intended to improve government transparency. The bills pending in the state Senate and Assembly would liberalize the state’s existing Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act. The Open Public ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - While the race for governor, state Senate and Assembly have probably attracted the most attention, voters here will choose candidates for a number of important local offices. Hunterdon will choose a new Freeholder to replace Rob Walton, who chose not to seek re-election.

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – Officials here will discuss on Monday whether to notify the state Legislature that Township Committee opposes changes to the state’s existing Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act. The changes are proposed in a pair of Senate bills with corresponding bills in the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The county Freeholders have introduced a $4.85 million spending plan that includes $3.85 million for road and safety improvements. The plan will be subject to a public hearing at the Hunterdon Freeholders’ Nov. 8 meeting. That will be held at 5:30 p.m. in their meeting room at ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – As expected, Borough Council introduced its ordinance for the Union Hotel redevelopment plan at its meeting yesterday. The action continues a timeline that includes discussion of the plan at an Oct. 30 special meeting of the borough Planning/Zoning Board. That has been set for 7 ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The county Freeholders voted a new Parks Director at their meeting Tuesday. Holland Township’s Dan Bush will be new to the job, but not new to Hunterdon. Freeholders called him a 23-year veteran of Hunterdon service that includes 13 years in Public Works’ supervisory positions.

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The county Freeholders have approved the preservation of seven county farms, totaling 494 acres, and to seek more than $3 million in farmland preservation funding from the state Agriculture Development Committee. “As I have stated at previous Freeholder meetings, the ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – Last year, officials agreed that the township’s commemorative 9-11 clock needed service. But much of the rest remains in dispute, including how they will pay for the $6,000 repair. Township Committee approved the repair at an Oct. 18, 2016 meeting. At its meeting Tuesday, the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Costs related to the borough’s water utility have come under scrutiny at the last two meetings of Borough Council. Records show that the utility includes five production wells and about 17 miles of water main that serve about 1,430 customers. Most of them are in the borough, but ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – It looks like Sallie and Barry have been banished to the children’s table. Their status has caught the attention of Borough Councilperson John Gorman, who noted at last night’s council meeting that while the public gathers in the “million dollar building” that is the restored ...

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