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January 31, 2023

SPARTA, NJ – Three members of the township council heard from Sparta Department of Public Works Jim Zepp about his request for a new salt shed. The bond ordinance 22-17 for $2,275,000 to construct a salt shed was initially put in front of the council members on November 22, 2022.  The ordinance ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Environmental Commission will be meeting this evening at 7 p.m. The agenda was corrected to reflect the start time of 7 ot 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes review of an application from Sparta Eye Associates. The commissioners will also be continuing their ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Residents of four Sussex County towns were represented at Newton Town Hall on Tuesday morning. Newton’s Mayor Michelle Teets and Newton Police Chief Steven VanNieuwland along with Chiefs from Sparta, Andover and Hardyston joined Congressman Josh Gottheimer as he  announced $1.3 million ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two of the agenda items on the zoning board’s January 11 agenda have been postponed. The two new members, Mark Scott and Richard Rohrbacher will be sworn in at the next meeting. The application for a variance regarding 350 Sparta Avenue LLC #18-22 was postponed until ...

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SPARTA, NJ – With only a handful of people in the audience, the planning board held their reorganization meeting on Wednesday night. Eight new members signed an oath of office document prior to the meeting according to planning board attorney Tom Collins. Dean Blumetti, Jeannette Burke, Ron Day, ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – The fight is not over.  Anand Dash and Neill Clark have filed an appeal of the dismissal of their litigation against Sparta Township Planning and Zoning Boards and Diamond Chip Realty, though Sparta’s new deputy mayor position, Clark announced he was in the process of having his ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The largest discussions at the township council meeting on Tuesday were not related to items on the agenda. In the Old Business portion of the agenda Councilman Dean Blumetti recommended Jeannette Burke for the Class IV planning board position.  A Class IV and two alternate positions ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township Council will be holding their first regular meeting on Tuesday, January 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Sparta Zoning Board will be meeting on Wednesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. according to the agenda.  The zoning board will have their reorganization, selecting ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Family, friends, supporters and residents filled the council chambers on Thursday night to see Dean Blumetti, Dan Chiariello and Neill Clark be sworn in as Sparta Township Councilmembers. As the next order of business Chiariello was selected to serve as mayor for 2023 and Clark ...

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SPARTA, NJ – January 5 will be an important day in Sparta as both elected bodies hold their 2023 reorganization meetings. Sparta voters had a total of 24 local candidates to choose from in November with seven township council candidates vying for three seats and 17 for the six board of education ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Without discussion before the vote, the Sparta Planning Board unanimously approved an extension for developer Captiva Living, LLC. The pending application is for a four or five story apartment building with underground parking sited behind the Burger King on Sparta Avenue. The initial ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In their November 11 meeting the township council unanimously approved Ordinance 22-16 to amend and “adjust certain fees and escrows.” Acting township manager Neil Spidaletto said, “The [changes] were not drastic, about $10 to $15,” deferring to Sparta Township Engineer Edward Haack ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Town Hall has been closed because of the winter weather, according to acting township manager Neil Spidaletto. He also said there have been a number of accidents and cars off the road, advising people refrain from driving if possible.

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SPARTA, NJ- The township council meeting ended on a surprising note as Neil Spidaletto announced his resignation as interim Township Manager and that he is retiring as Sparta's Chief of Police, effective December 30, 2022. “My manager’s report will end little different this evening” Spidaletto ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township council has a full agenda for the meeting on Tuesday with a proclamation, three ordinance hearings and 25 resolutions. One thing that is missing is a hearing for Ordinance 22-20. Flag Ordinance The ordinance was introduced at the November 22 meeting,   approved by a ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The black bear hunting season has been extended for four days according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife.  The state regulations that reopened the bear hunt earlier this month provided for an extension if harvest goals were not met.  The ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A new salt shed will have to wait for another day. For the second time in the November 22 township council meeting, a vote that required a supermajority did not pass.  Bond ordinance 22-17 asking for $2.275 million to build a new salt shed on the agenda of the township council meeting ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Members of the Sparta VFW Post 7248 and Commander Pete Litchfield were presented with the Governor’s Award at the township council meeting last Tuesday. Sparta VFW members Gary Emmich, Bob Sieser, Jerry Murphy and Todd Liebig attended with Litchfield. “…In grateful appreciation of ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The ruling by the Superior Court of New Jersey has suspended the black bear hunt. On Wednesday, November 30 the court issued a stay on the hunt scheduled to begin on December 5, 2022, according to an announcement by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and ...

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SPARTA, NJ- In front of a packed room, Tuesday’s township council meeting started with a bit of wrangling, The squabbling was not over the warehouse or even finances, it was about minutes.  Meeting minutes. The issue was a desire to have the August 23, 2022 meeting minutes amended.  It was not ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The planning board hearing on the Diamond Chip Realty warehouse application scheduled for last Wednesday was canceled.  In an unusual move, on November 2, the township engineer Ed Haack sent a letter to Sparta Planning and Zoning Board Secretary Diana Katzenstein outlining his ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township council’s agenda for their meeting on Tuesday, November 22 was posted Monday evening.  It includes several items including a bond ordinance for $2.275 million for the construction of a salt shed.  The planning board subcommittee’s recommendation for an ordinance change ...

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PARTA, NJ – Over the course of several months at public municipal meetings Deputy Mayor Josh Hertzberg has floated the idea of converting property owned by Sparta Township into small farms. He said he is currently "waiting on a meeting from the USDA." During the new business portion of the August ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The township council members approved a resolution to authorize an “emergency appropriation” because of “unanticipated” legal expenses. According to Sparta CFO Grant Rome at the meeting, there are two legal bills totaling $16,000 for the month of September from Sparta Planning Board ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  The township council renewed their annual resolution establishing a curfew for Halloween.  Resolution 9-2 passed on October 11 said anyone under 18-years-old, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, must be home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday, October 30 and Monday October ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The community packed the council chambers to hear the results of the planning board subcommittee’s month-long efforts to review the ordinance that is credited with allowing the 880,000 square foot multimodal logistical facility application on Demarest Road. The dais was crowded as well ...

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WAYNE, NJ - Mary Chao began reporting for The Record two years ago, while the pandemic was still raging. In New Jersey, where Asian Americans are the fastest-growing population, Chao became concerned that news coverage connecting China to the coronavirus was contributing to discrimination. “Asian ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The proposed “mega-warehouse” remains a topic of discussion at the township council meetings.  At the last meeting most of the public comments were related to the 880,000 square foot multi-modal project proposed for 33 Demarest Drive. Sparta resident Shirley Miller said she is still ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township council received a Local Efficiency Achievement Program or “LEAP” grant  from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or DCA.  The funding of $306,735.89  will go to cover the costs of the improvements to the council chambers that is also used for municipal ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The warehouse litigation is moving slowly along.  Instead of filing a response to the lawsuit, Diamond Chip Realty or DCR has filed a motion to dismiss. “We are not surprised by this motion,” objector attorney Anand Dash said.  He said it is rare that the court circumvents the ...

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