April 7, 2020
Volume 17
The Morning Report

The Hunterdon County Morning Report provides up to date information on the actions of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Constitutional Officers and the activities of County government, as part of Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren’s commitment to greater public communication.
Freeholders Call On Fed Officials
To Make Hunterdon County A Priority
In Next Stimulus Package

Van Doren: 'Coronavirus Does Not Respect County Borders'
Hunterdon County’s Freeholders have called on New Jersey’s U.S. Senators and Congressman Tom Malinowski to ensure that the next round of federal economic stimulus aid gives priority to small population counties like Hunterdon, which was cut out of the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, along with six other New Jersey counties, because of having populations under 500,000.

“Congress’ decision to limit stimulus funds to just localities with populations of 500,000 or more, resulting in Hunterdon County, along with six other New Jersey Counties, being shut out of funds designed to bolster local economies, was a poor decision,” Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren wrote in a letter to the federal representatives today.

Van Doren’s communication to U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Tom Malinowski stated, “The coronavirus does not respect County borders, as every individual matters and is facing this crisis, wherever they live. Funds should have been directed on a per capita basis, ensuring all areas of the state received a fair share.”

Health Department And CDC
Cloth Face Covering Recommendations
Hunterdon County Health Officer Karen DeMarco issued cloth face covering recommendations following CDC guidelines.

DeMarco noted, a cloth covering may prevent the spread of the virus to others but may not protect you from getting infected, if others around you are ill.

Blood Donations Are Needed
The Red Cross and medical providers are sending out the message that blood is desperately needed.

Freeholder John E. Lanza recently gave blood at the Hunterdon County YMCA on March 25th and said, "There has been a call from the local Red Cross and healthcare facilities for each of us to give blood, if we are able, and support the reserves which have been significantly depleted because of concerns surrounding the virus.

The risk of donating blood during this health emergency is very low and without those critical reserves, we will continue to suffer from blood shortages according to the Red Cross. I would encourage all healthy adults in Hunterdon County to donate."

All donations are set up by appointment only and are adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.

As a thank you, all donors will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card

Clinton Presbyterian Church
Date and Time:  Sat, Apr 18, 2020, 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Location:  91 Center Street 1st Floor Fellowship Hall, Clinton, NJ 08809

Hunterdon County YMCA
Date and Time:  Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Location:  144 West Woodschurch Road 1st Floor Gym, Flemington, NJ 08822
Residential Bulk Drop Off On Saturdays
In Hunterdon County Is Cancelled
Until At Least May

COVID-19 Stimulus Check Information
How Much Will Your Stimulus Check Be?

Senior Citizens and Retirees qualify for COVID-19
stimulus checks.
Important news was just announced that Social Security recipients will not have to file a tax return to receive a federal stimulus check.   The U.S. Treasury Secretary says recipients will receive payment directly to bank accounts, if the information is on file, or via check in the mail.
No resident needs to apply, it is automatic.
Important COVID-19 Information and Links
 Those with mild symptoms of the virus may not know they have it and can unwittingly spread it to others. The virus can lead to very serious complications, such as pneumonia, which can be fatal.

The FAFSA deadline renewal of State Aid for Academic Year 2020-21
moved from April 15 to June 1.

The state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th.

Veterans don’t forget you qualify for a $6000 state income tax exemption for 2019 taxes.
The Hunterdon County Board of Elections is requesting that all forms be sent through USPS for mail delivery.

The Board of Elections Office will continue to operate to answer public phone calls and process mail.

Call 908-788-1190, Monday through Friday,
9 am to 4 pm or 
Hunterdon County Community Alert
Emergency Notification

Sign up for Hunterdon County Emergency notification system.

Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Constitutional Officers
Shaun C. Van Doren ,

Susan Soloway ,
Deputy Director

Matt Holt
John E. Lanza
Zach Rich

Mary Melfi
County Clerk
Fred W. Brown
Susan J. Hoffman
Michael J. Williams
Acting Prosecutor

Boards and Commissions Schedule

The state has permitted telephonic public meetings; check the county website for updated information on how to participate.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Meetings
Held remotely per Governor's
Executive Order #107
*See the county website for information on how public may participate.
TONIGHT Tuesday, April 7th, 5:30 pm

Hunterdon County Agriculture
Development Board
*this meeting will be held remotely, instructions to call-in can be found online
Please contact Bob Hornby at Bhornby@co.hunterdon.nj.us or weekdays,
8 am - 4:30 pm at (908)788-1490 with any questions. 
Thursday, April 9th, 8 pm
Hunterdon County Government | Hunterdon County Website