Government

August 16, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The “Flemington Four” claim the criminal charges filed against them in January– and which have since been dismissed – were the result of “political retribution.” The “Flemington Four” are George Eckelman, Richard Giffen, Steve Romanowski and Gary Schotland. The four were charged ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – While some may doubt the value of the current plan to redevelop the historic Union Hotel and surrounding properties, Christopher Otteau isn’t one of them. Otteau presented his analysis of the pending financial agreement – the so-called Payment in Lieu of Taxes document – between ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A potential new buyer and developer has emerged for Main Street’s landmark Union Hotel. The news follows yesterday’s Borough Council meeting which lasted into the wee hours this morning. Christopher Otteau presented his group’s analysis of the pending financial agreement – the ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The borough has posted to its website an analysis of the pending financial agreement – the so-called Payment in Lieu of Taxes document – between the borough and the redeveloper of the Union Hotel and surrounding properties. The review of the draft agreement by the Otteau Group ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – If Jersey Central Power & Light’s most recent plans are approved by state regulators, you can expect to see more aggressive tree-trimming in Hunterdon. That’s what JCP&L Area Manager Stan Prater told the Freeholders at their meeting Tuesday. TAPinto first reported on ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ –What Mayor Phil Greiner calls an “independent third party review” of the proposed financial agreement between the borough and the redeveloper of the Union Hotel is expected to be part of Borough Council’s next meeting on Aug. 13. The presentation will be by Christopher Otteau of ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The borough’s redevelopment attorney has been selected for inclusion by NJBIZ in the most recent installment of its “Leaders in Law” Vanguard Series of professional profiles. Robert Beckelman, of the Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis law firm, was chosen along with Jemi ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon Freeholders approved a revised $1.592 million capital spending plan at their regular meeting Tuesday. Most of the money – about $1.009 million – is for trucks and heavy equipment. In addition to $49,200 for a Ford F-250 Supercab 4x4, it includes $185,000 for a hook ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – Residents, and a big cat, may change the township’s already convoluted “affordable” housing plan. As with most municipalities in New Jersey, the township is in court with the Fair Share Housing Center, a consequence of the state’s Council on Affordable Housing failure to ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Jersey Central Power & Light has filed a four-year infrastructure plan with the state Board of Public Utilities aimed at enhancing the reliability and resiliency of its distribution system against severe weather and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages. The ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The property hasn’t changed hands, but Jack Cust has an agreement to purchase the Union Hotel from its owner, Steve Romanowski. That’s what Mayor Phil Greiner announced at yesterday’s Borough Council meeting, where the hotel and the politics surrounding it took center stage.

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The county Freeholders approved salaries for 65 unclassified, non-contractual employees at their most recent public meeting. The salaries are retroactive to Jan. 1 and were adopted without discussion as part of the “consent agenda.” Items on the “consent” list are considered ...

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Editor's note: This article has been updated here. FLEMINGTON, NJ – A resolution that seeks to terminate the borough’s relationship with its attorney handling the Union Hotel redevelopment project will be on Borough Council’s agenda Monday. The draft resolution, prepared by Councilperson ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ -  The resolution approved by Borough Council last night – that takes the first step towards condemning the Union Hotel – states that redeveloper Jack Cust has shown “best faith efforts to acquire properties” that are part of the Main Street redevelopment plan, but “despite such ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A divided Borough Council voted to take the next step toward invoking eminent domain and condemning the Union Hotel at its meeting last night. Councilpersons Marc Hain, John Gorman and Brooke Warden voted in favor of the action; Councilpersons Susan Peterson and Michael Harris ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – A question about opening a marijuana dispensary on Route 202-31 has prompted officials here to consider whether they want such businesses in the township. An informal inquiry was made to the township’s Planning and Zoning Department about locating such a business in the former ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Things are changing at the county’s Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use. Last month, the Hunterdon Freeholders named Barbara M. Vogel, a licensed Professional Planner and Professional Engineer, as its new director. In that role, Vogel replaces Sue ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ -  Hunterdon's Freeholders approved their 2018 budget yesterday afternoon. The $87.78 million spending plan is about $982,000 less than last year’s $88.76 million county budget. It is the fifth consecutive year that the Freeholders have cut the budget. The savings is the result ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ -  Borough Council is expected to vote on this year’s budget at its next meeting on May 29. It will be the second time this year that it’s tried to approve a budget. In an unusual event last month, Council defeated its own budget, 3 to 2. Borough Chief Financial Officer Bill Hance ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Do you think your phone plan is expensive? County government here spent $405,000 on its phones last year, but a report from last year’s technology assessment suggested there could be savings to be had. At the May 14 Hunterdon Freeholder meeting, the board awarded a contract ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ -  The red signs are popping up all over the Clover Hill section of the township. Residents are attending Township Committee meetings by the dozen. They’re part of the effort of a growing coalition that objects to an athletic complex proposed for Clover Hill Park, 115 acres of ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – At the public meeting held by the state Board of Public Utilities in Sergeantsville on Friday, the most common complaint was poor communication from Jersey Central Power & Light regarding the outages that plagued Hunterdon in March. The pair of storms left some without power ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Police will not be filing charges against the two people most recently accused of trespassing at the landmark Union Hotel here. Previously, police filed criminal trespass charges against the so-called “Flemington Four.” George Eckelman, Richard Giffen, Steve Romanowski and Gary ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  Central New Jersey Assemblymen Roy Freiman (D-16th) and Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) have introduced a bill to raise the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns in New Jersey. Under current law, handguns cannot be sold to anyone under 21 although licensed gun dealers in the state are ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Borough Chief Financial Officer Bill Hance said he’s never seen it happen before here. But at Monday’s Borough Council meeting, this year’s $5.63 million draft municipal budget was defeated by Council. The budget was a $100,164 increase from last year, Mayor Phil Greiner ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Condemnation, compromise and civility were among the topics at yesterday’s contentious meeting of Borough Council, which lasted nearly four hours last evening. Councilperson Betsy Driver, who has filed to run for mayor this year, introduced a centerpiece to the dais. It was a ...

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PHILLIPSBURG, NJ -- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) will host his 47th in-person town hall meeting on Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Phillipsburg High School. During the town hall meeting, Lance will take questions on the important issues facing Congress and the American ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A decision by a little known group called the Construction Board of Appeals Wednesday could have a big impact on the future of the “Flemington Four.” The Flemington Four were charged with criminal trespass at the Union Hotel here in January after a video they made inside of the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – State regulators have scheduled a public hearing in Hunterdon to examine Jersey Central Power & Light’s response to this winter’s storms. “I have promised that we will get to the bottom of what led to so many state residents losing power for such a long period of time,” said ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – The death of a dog at PetSmart here has led one state legislator to introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets. If Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill is passed into law, pet groomers would be required to be properly trained and licensed. Bateman  calls his proposal ...

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