FLEMINGTON, NJ - In a brief meeting Tuesday, Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver updated the borough council on the latest COVID-19 information.

To date, there have been nine cases of coronavirus in town, with no deaths reported.

In alignment with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order closing state and county parks “because too many people have failed to observe social-distancing guidelines,” Driver announced that Tuccamirgan Park will be closed. The mayor said that closing the entire park is the only way to control activity on the fields.

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“It was a really busy weekend,” said Driver referring to the many calls that were received reporting people gathering and children using the playground at the apartments.

In response, the borough is planning to put out a bilingual notice restating all of the directives and suggestions that are currently in place. When it is printed, a copy will be placed in every mailbox in the borough.

Finally, the mayor explained that the bulk item trash pick-up has been temporarily halted and the mulch delivery program has been suspended through the end of the year.

Usually in the spring, borough employees will deliver up to two yards of mulch to any resident that requests it. The mulch comes from DPW yard material pickups made through the year that are then composted.  

Driver said that while they have the mulch, they don’t have the manpower this year to distribute it.

The next borough council meeting will be held virtually on GoToMeeting April 13 at 7 p.m. There is a link to the meeting website on the Historic Flemington homepage, or the meeting can be heard via phone by dialing 1-646-749-3122 and inputting the access code 770-317-893.

Members of the public will be able to give comments during relevant portions of the meeting, or public comment can be submitted prior to the council meeting by emailing it to PublicComment@historicflemington.com. It is requested that comments be limited to 450 words or less.

Driver noted that currently they are planning to introduce the budget at this meeting, but she added, “That could change.”