Vol. 97 - 2020
August 19, 2020
Hunterdon Freeholders Oppose Governor’s Restrictive
November Vote Plan

Support Vote By Mail But Say Voters Deserve A Choice
Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board approved a resolution Tuesday that calls on Governor Phil Murphy to reverse the decision to prevent in person voting on voting machines in the November election, and to instead allow voters a choice between mail ballots and in person voting at the polls, noting that Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that in-person voting is permissible with the proper protocols in place.

Freeholder Board Sue Soloway stated at the meeting, “I find it ironic that today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment in the U.S. Constitution of right to vote for women, while at the same time the Governor throws up road blocks for those who wish to cast their ballots in person on election day.”

Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi, the Constitutional Officer responsible for election administration in the county, reported to the Freeholders that under the Governor’s executive order all voters will receive ballots for the November election in the mail. Those ballots can be completed and returned to the Board of Elections in a variety of ways.  

Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program Available To Property Owners
The Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program (SLEG), administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA), has been implemented to provide emergency grant funding for small property owners to benefit both landlord and tenant during the public health emergency, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan J. Soloway reported at the August 18th Freeholder Meeting.

Freeholder Soloway, the Board’s Human Services Department liaison, said, “This program is being funded by the CARES Act that was signed into law by President Donald Trump in March. It is in response to layoffs and business closings caused by the state economic shutdown order by the Governor. Many renters are unable to pay their rent and they have received federal and state relief from being evicted, but this can cause hardship for landlords.”

Hunterdon Freeholder Board Supports Senate Bill Requiring Utilities To Reimburse Residents During Prolonged Power Outages
Hunterdon County’s Freeholders passed, at the August 18th meeting, a Resolution supporting Senator Kip Bateman’s bill S- 2836 that requires an electric power utility to reimburse residential customers for the cost of food and prescription medicine spoiled or compromised due to a prolonged power outage, Freeholder John E. Lanza reported at the August 18th meeting.

Freeholder Lanza said, “I have heard from a number of residents with regard to the lost food and medicines when their power was out for a prolonged period of time during the recent tropical storm.

Senator Bateman and I discussed the issue and he proposed legislation last Thursday, which would require utilities to reimburse residential customers for the cost of losses."

COVID-19 Testing
in Hunterdon County

Walmart is offering COVID-19 testing
152 NJ-31 N, Flemington

CVS is offering COVID-19 testing
798 Route 202, Flemington

Hunterdon County-HMG COVID-19 Testing
Tuesday, August 25th, 1-5 pm
HMG requires a provider prescription and an appointment,
call 908-237-4230 or email: HMGDOTTesting@hhsnj.org
Hunterdon County Sheriff Warns Of
COVID-19 Scams:
False Test Results And Fake Cure Claims
On The Rise
Hunterdon County Sheriff Frederick W. Brown recently began hearing complaints from citizens that they are receiving calls from persons and organizations claiming to be from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) with COVID-19 test results.
information & updates
Bridge and Road Closures and Detours

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When: Thursday, August 27th
at 7:00 PM

Where: Via Zoom web chat

How: Access the meetup here http://hack.relaxnet.com
Please note rescheduled concert August 27th
The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Constitutional Officers
Shaun C Van Doren
Susan J Soloway
Deputy Director

Matt Holt
John E Lanza
Zach T Rich

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