Government

October 16, 2018

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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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Since 2004, New Jersey has “diverted” about $2 billion in fees charged to phone users that were earmarked for improvements to the state’s 911 call centers, putting a burden on property taxpayers and potentially putting lives at risk. That was the message last week from Rep.

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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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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The intersection of East Main Street and Grove Street where a fatal accident occurred early Tuesday morning in front of the Somerset Hotel here should be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian mall, according to Councilman Dennis Sullivan. Christine McConnachie, a ...

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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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