BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- There will be a public hearing at Thursday's upcoming Borough Council meeting on an ordinance that would increase the annual registration fee for vacant and abandoned properties in the borough.

The Borough Council's rare Thursday night meeting, coming just 10 days after its most recent meeting, is so that the calendar can be clear for Christmas week. Normally, the next meeting would have been next Monday.

The fee for an initial registration for each vacant and abandoned property would be $500. The fee for the first annual renewal would be raised from $750 to $1,000. Subsequent renewals would be $2,000, up from the present charge of $1,000 for subsequent renewals.