July 16, 2021
Volume 75
The Morning Report

The Hunterdon County Morning Report provides up to date information on the actions
of the Hunterdon County Board of County Commissioners and Constitutional Officers
and the activities of County government.
FREE Electronic Waste Recycling Event

Saturday, August 28, 2021
9 am to 1 pm Rain or Shine
Route 12 County Complex, Flemington

Hunterdon Commissioners Endorse Law Change Protecting Property Owners From Land Seizure For Pipeline
Hunterdon County’s Board of Commissioners, at the July 6 Board meeting, endorsed federal legislation that would prevent pipeline companies from using eminent domain to take private and publicly owned land before projects are approved for all federal and state permits, and called on the state’s U.S. Senators to support the legislation sponsored by Congressman Tom Malinowski.
 
The Board’s Deputy Director, John E. Lanza, stated, “The Supreme Court decision was disappointing. And what was equally disappointing, and extremely perplexing, was the Biden Administration’s Justice Department supporting Penn East. This is the same Administration that moved with alacrity when assuming office in January to stop the far more meritorious, and less constitutionally questionable, Keystone XL pipeline.”

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Tests Remain Available From Hunterdon Health Department
While public demand for COVID vaccine and testing has decreased, Hunterdon County’s Health Department throughout the summer will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, including at-home saliva testing, Commissioner Shaun C. Van Doren reported, at the July 6 County Board meeting.
 
Van Doren, the Board’s Health Department liaison, reported, “The Department has moved from the successful administration of vaccine at the drive thru clinic to providing vaccinations through community-based clinics and by appointment at the Route 12 Complex, Assembly room in Building #1.
 
Those who wish to schedule an appointment for vaccination should call 908-788-1351.”

Hunterdon Commissioners Act To Preserve Raritan Property Zoned For Housing Subdivision
A 48 acre land parcel in Raritan Township that was zoned to permit a nineteen unit subdivision will instead be preserved as open space, under a $437,500 Green Acres grant to the Township and a preservation grant in the same amount approved by the Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners, at the July 6th Board meeting.
 
Board of Commissioners Director Susan J. Soloway stated, “The nearly 75% wooded lot will be maintained as a forest and a park, managed by the Township. This is the exact reason the county’s open space fund was created, for land to be preserved from development and kept in its natural state, where appropriate.”

Lanza On State Budget: Money For Many, But Nothing For Hunterdon School Kids
Hunterdon Commissioner John E. Lanza questioned how Governor Murphy could approve a state budget that cut aid to twenty Hunterdon County school districts by more than $3 million, while awarding hundreds of millions for favored legislators’ projects, including $10 million in additional aid to North Bergen schools.


Please check the events calendar for events and things to do this weekend and in the weeks ahead.
Summer Parks & Recreation programs
WALK for FUN: LANDSDOWN TRAIL: Monday, July 19, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, 21 West Main Street, Clinton (by Fox Lumber), adults, free!, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
TOT WALK: FROGS: Wednesday, July 21, Session A: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM OR Session B: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM, Echo Hill, ages 2 to 4 with adult, $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
CONCERT: HUNTERDON HARMONIZERS: Thursday, July 22, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Deer Path Park, all ages, free, no pre-registration required, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
FULL MOON HIKE: Friday, July 23, 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM, Hoffman Park, ages 8 through adult, $3 per person, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
FORESTRY TREE WALK: Sunday, July 25, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Arboretum, ages 11 through adult, $3 per person, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
County Clerk Mary H. Melfi
Passport Processing By Appointment Only
Extended July Hours
Thursday, July 22nd until 7 pm
Saturday, July 24th 9 am to 1 pm
July 19 1 pm to 7 pm
Flemington Elks Lodge 1928
165 Route 31 Flemington
Sponsor Code: 64565
Call 800-933-2566 for information
*covid-19 protocol is in place, contact NJ Blood Services for more information
UPDATED: NEW
Bridge and Road Closures and Detours

Hunterdon County Board of
County Commissioners and Constitutional Officers
Susan J Soloway
Director

John E Lanza
Deputy Director

Matt Holt
Shaun C Van Doren
Zach T Rich

Mary H Melfi
County Clerk
Fred W Brown
Sheriff
Susan J Hoffman
Surrogate
**Not pictured: Renee Robeson
Prosecutor
Boards and Commissions
continue to conduct some meetings remotely.

Hunterdon County
Board of County Commissioners

Tuesday, July 20 Meeting
5:30 pm

Held in the Commissioner Meeting room, 2nd floor, Administration Building
71 Main Street, Flemington


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Parks And Open Space Advisory Committee Meeting

Monday, July 26
7 pm

Route 12 County Complex, Planning Board Meeting Room, Building 1, First Floor Flemington

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