Government

December 12, 2018

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Borough Council’s last scheduled meeting of 2018 was a microcosm of the process and controversy surrounding Jack Cust’s redevelopment plans for the Union Hotel and surrounding properties. But the elephant in the room was the results of the November election, which will put ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Looking to strike a balance between innovation, transparency, consumer protection and business bottom lines, a bill prohibiting the use of an online “bot” to communicate or interact for the purpose of misleading during a purchase, or to influence an election, has cleared the Assembly ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The county Planning Board approved a new Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan after voting Dec. 6. The plan was first scheduled for a public hearing and vote on Oct. 18. But county staffers made substantial changes to the plan after a probe by TAPinto revealed it contained ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney will discuss his proposals to fix New Jersey’s economy at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 30 at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. here. The program, sponsored by the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee, will be ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Changes to the way Hunterdon spends its open space tax have been proposed and will be the subject of a Dec. 18 public hearing. The county’s open space tax is assessed – at the discretion of the Freeholders - at up to 3 cents per $100 of a property’s assessed value, in ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The county Freeholders have approved a four year lease and maintenance agreement for golf carts to be used at the county-owned Heron Glen golf course. The agreement with E-Z- Go, a division of Textron, was approved at the board’s Nov. 20 meeting. It will begin in March and ...

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RARITAN TWP., N.J. – The county has drafted a revised Strategic Parks and Open Space Plan, and questions and comments on the plan can be submitted online or by calling 908-788-1490. The deadline for comments and questions has been extended to Dec. 5. A public hearing on the revised plan will be ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Jack Cust’s plan to redevelop the Union Hotel and surrounding properties took a big step forward yesterday when the Planning Board granted final approval for his Flemington’s Center Urban Renewal, LLC’s Courthouse Square application. Board member Edna Pedrick was absent. Brian ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – As Election Day nears, the race for Borough Council is heating up. Incumbent Republican Councilpersons Marc Hain and Brooke Warden are opposed by Democratic newcomers Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick. But the two sides are not divided by party differences nearly as ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The borough Planning Board continued its review of the Union Hotel redevelopment plan at a special meeting last week. The plan, by Jack Cust’s Flemington Center Urban Renewal LLC, includes the landmark hotel and surrounding properties. The hearing included confusing ...

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RARITAN TWP., N.J. – The county Planning Board held a public hearing on Thursday to take comments on its draft county parks and open space plan. “The plan did incorrectly state that the Planning Board and Freeholder board had held public hearings for comment,” said county open space coordinator ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – A public hearing on the county’s draft parks and open space plan is set for Thursday, but it’s not clear that anyone in the county has actually read the 400-page report. The plan cost Hunterdon taxpayers more than $130,000. Freeholder Director Matt Holt has said that it “will ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Planning Board’s public hearings into the Union Hotel redevelopment plan continue, with the next session scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the old Historic Courthouse on Main Street. The plan by Jack Cust’s Flemington Center Urban Renewal, LLC includes a 100-room hotel; 222 ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – There were cheers. And jeers. But at last night’s meeting of Borough Council, the outcome of the vote to approve a financial agreement with the redeveloper of the Union Hotel and surrounding properties was not a surprise. Council voted along its well-established ideological ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. -  A new lawsuit filed this week targets Jack Cust’s plan to redevelop the Union Hotel and surrounding properties, and seeks to have it and the Borough’s ordinance that adopted it declared invalid. At the same time, the plan is under review by the Planning Board and a public ...

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RARITAN TWP., N.J. – Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting was notable for a few reasons, not the least of which was the appointment of a new police chief. It was also notable because Township Committeeman Craig O’Brien was gaveled to silence and threatened with police action for remarks he made ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The borough’s Planning Board began its formal review of the plan to redevelop the Union Hotel and surrounding properties last evening. The plan by Jack Cust’s Flemington Urban Renewal, LLC includes a 100-room hotel; 222 rental apartments that include 14 “affordable” units; ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Changes are coming to the county’s park system, and Hunterdon officials say they are seeking public input on a new draft county parks and open space plan. But the 400-plus page plan – posted to the county website – contains factual error, fuzzy maps, incomplete sentences, ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – It wasn’t a Borough Council meeting last night. But three members of the Council – Betsy Driver, Michael Harris and Susan Peterson – decided to schedule a meeting anyway. It followed Mayor Phil Greiner casting the deciding vote to cancel the regular Council meeting that would ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Wednesday’s special meeting of Borough Council was unusual for several reasons. It was an unscheduled meeting, which is not common in  the borough, although it did meet the state-required 48-hour advance notice for such a meeting. The “sole purpose” of the meeting was to ...

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DELAWARE TWP., N.J. - Tom Malinowski, the Democrat who hopes in November to defeat Rep. Leonard Lance to represent  New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, met with Hunterdon property owners affected by the construction of the PennEast pipeline this week. He also toured sites that he said are ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – A divided Borough Council voted to move forward with a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) plan for the Union Hotel redevelopment project at its meeting Tuesday. The officials also accepted the project’s draft site plan and concept plan. That means redeveloper Jack Cust and ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. - Everybody needs an editor. That's an oft-repeated maxim from those who write for a living. Sooner or later, every writer learns that while it may be easy to detect an error in someone else's work, it's a much greater challenge to find your own mistakes. Some writers take ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Calling a Superior Court judge’s opinion “disappointing,” the Friends of Historic Flemington have announced it will appeal the decision he issued last week.   As first reported by TAPinto Flemington, Judge Michael O’Neill rejected a lawsuit filed by the Friends, who describe ...

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EAST AMWELL, N.J. - Rebecca Merriken of Lebanon Township and Ryan Mallea of Readington are this year’s Hunterdon 4-H Ambassadors. Their selection was announced at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, held Aug. 22-26 at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds here. The Hunterdon County 4-H ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred W. Brown will be in Washington next week to meet with White House officials on illegal immigration matters, and to urge Congress to act on pending legislation to increase border security. Brown will join about 50 other sheriffs from across the ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Judge Michael O’Neill issued a ruling this afternoon in favor of Flemington Borough, its Council and Planning Board. The opinion was in response to a suit that challenged Council’s decision to expand the Union Hotel’s redevelopment area. The properties in the expanded area are ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The borough was one of the first municipalities in Hunterdon to have a sewer system, Mayor Phil Greiner told Borough Council yesterday. And, some of its parts  are original. That’s part of the reason Council last night approved borrowing $150,000 for improvements to the ...

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. - If there's one document that may define Hunterdon's future landscape - both literally and figuratively - it's the CEDS. CEDS is an acronym for Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, the county's blueprint for growth. Drafted at the direction in 2013 of county ...

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FLEMINGTON,N.J. – A Superior Court judge here heard arguments yesterday in a suit filed against the borough by Friends of Historic Flemington. Judge Michael O’Neill told the attorneys to expect an opinion from him early next week. The suit was filed in May, 2017 by attorney M. James Maley, ...

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