VOL. 15 - 2017
December 15, 2017
Merry Christmas and
Happy Hanukkah !
Happy Holidays from the
Hunterdon County
Board of Chosen Freeholders
Freeholder Director Lanza
Reflects On 2017 County

Freeholder Board Director John E. Lanza provides an end of year reflection on the County’s accomplishments during 2017, including holding the line on spending and taxes, honoring veterans, recognizing the late founder of the 4-H Fair, and preserving significant acreage of open space and farmland, to name just a few.
2017: No Budget/Tax Increase For Fourth Year

“First and foremost, the Freeholder Board enacted a County budget that froze the budget and the tax rate for the fourth consecutive year, while continuing to effectively and efficiently deliver required County services. 

In fact, the County is spending less in 2017, than it was in 2006. This significant achievement is a result of the hard work and dedication of the members of the Freeholder Board and the County staff.

A key factor in continuing to hold the line on spending and taxes is our success in bringing the business like approach of sound financial controls to County finances. The independent auditors’ report for 2016 gave financial operations a clean bill of health and we expect a similar report for 2017.
County Clerk Expands
Hours Of Service For The Public
County Clerk Mary Melfi reported to the Hunterdon County Freeholders that through a re-organization of staffing the Clerk’s Office is now able to offer expanded hours of service to the public, while continuing to offer the popular Thursday evening and Saturday morning schedule for passports and notary public services.

“The Clerk’s office will now be open at 8 am and will close at 4:45 pm daily. We hope the time change gives the public more convenience in availing of our services,” Melfi said.

The County Clerk’s Office is known as the “Keeper of the Records” and is one of the oldest offices in the State of New Jersey. The County Clerk is responsible for recording all Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases of Mortgages, Financing Statements, Maps, Military Discharges, Vacation of Roads, Certificates of Incorporation, Mechanics Liens, Trade Names, Building Contracts, Hospital and Physicians Liens, as well as many other records.
Article credit: Curtis Leeds
EMSCNJ's Compton honored for
helping Texas flood victims
Members of the EMS Council of New Jersey's (EMSCNJ) 10th District recently honored one of their own who helped rescue Hurricane Harvey flood victims in Texas during the late-summer storm - all while sitting at her computer in Hunterdon County. 

Carol Compton, retired chief of the Kingwood Township First Aid & Rescue Squad, was checking her e-mail when she saw one that read: "Please, rescue needed, two people in attic, water rising." Although Compton initially thought the e-mail was a prank, she soon realized the plea for help came from Kingwood, Texas. An Internet search apparently had directed the victims to the Kingwood, New Jersey, squad's Web site. Compton contacted Hunterdon County EMS officials, who then contacted rescuers covering Kingwood, Texas. The victims later sent word that they'd been rescued.
Article credit: NJ.com/Hunterdon Democrat/Submitted by the EMS Council of NJ
Information Corner
JCP&L and Affordable Housing Alliance Hold Walk-In Events
for Low Income Home Energy Assistance and PAGE Applicants

Freeholders Meeting
Will Be Held At The Historic Court House December 19

I ncome Tax Exemption
for Veterans

Veterans please note there is a new exemption for Tax Year 2017, click here to find out how.
H unterdon County Officials Sponsor a 2017 Holiday Food Drive

T o help fight hunger in Hunterdon County, residents are encouraged to donate canned goods and boxed items. Please click here to find out what you can donate and where drop boxes are located.

NJ Cybersecurity & Communications
Integration Cell

Garden State Cyber Threat Highlights, click here for more information.

Winter programs with
Hunterdon County Parks

There is plenty to do in the winter months, click here to read more and find out how to sign up.

Lambertville Residents, December Suez Repair Update

John E. Lanza  
John W. King  
Deputy Director
J. Matthew Holt
Suzanne Lagay 
Robert G. Walton

Mary H. Melfi
County Clerk
Fred Brown
Susan J. Hoffman
Anthony P. Kearns III
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