Vol. 89 - 2020
April 23, 2020
Opposition To Governor’s Decision
 To Close County Parks Grows
Freeholder John E. Lanza, the Board’s liaison for Parks, reported at the April 21 st Hunterdon County Freeholder meeting, that opposition to Governor Phil Murphy’s directive to close county parks continues to grow, as this week a Passaic County Freeholder has called for the Governor to reconsider his decision.

Lanza, a Republican, stated, “This should not be considered a partisan issue. I was encouraged to learn that Democratic Freeholder T.J. Best of Passaic County has also called for the park closing policy to change. The Freeholder said, and I agree, ‘we need parks open as opposed to forcing people to stand on tight corners.’ I can appreciate the concern of the officials in the state’s heavily populated urban areas.”

Hunterdon Gains
$1.8 million
In State Bridge Grants
Hunterdon County has been notified that over $1.8 million in bridge infrastructure grants has been approved for three Hunterdon County projects, through the state’s Local Bridges Fund, Freeholder Zach Rich reported at the April 21 st Freeholder Board meeting.

Rich, the Board’s liaison for the Department of Engineering and Public Works, stated, “In the midst of all the negative reports we are seeing in the media about the economy, I have a positive report on state grants the County’s Engineering team has secured for future bridge construction projects in the county. These are construction projects that we know will have an affirmative effect on the economy.”

Freeholders Encourage U.S. Leaders To Address County and
Local Covid-19 Costs Next
Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren has called on top U.S. officials to support legislation providing financial assistance for government entities representing populations of less than 500,000, both county and local governments, groups that have not been included for aid in previous stimulus acts.

Van Doren forwarded letters to President Donald Trump, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on behalf of his Freeholder colleagues and Hunterdon County’s municipal officials.

The Freeholder Board Director wrote, ‘County and local governments throughout the nation, regardless of population size, have been forced to expend considerable sums for the costs associated with emergency and health response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Additionally, our governments have experienced a subsequent loss of revenues resulting from the shutdown of local economies.’

And Information
According to the CDC, the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a viral respiratory illness that has the potential to cause a severe illness
and pneumonia. It is contagious and spreads easily from person to person.

As Hunterdon County's Department of Health continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19), websites and resources are available.

You can also get Health Department updates
from their Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you have any questions, please call the 24-hour Hotline, 1-800-222-1222.

To register for testing at the Hunterdon/Somerset Test Site, click here
Are you experiencing food insecurity?

For a list of all Food Pantries in Hunterdon County, and other resources,
click here to find help.

Hunterdon Freeholders' Budget Freezes Tax Rate At 2018 Level - Van Doren: 'Key Part of County's Economic Recovery'

The Hunterdon county tax rate will be frozen at the 2018 level again this year, even with additional COVID-19 emergency response costs, under the 2020 budget introduced by the Hunterdon County Freeholders, at the April 21 st Board meeting that was held by teleconference.
i nformation & updates
Bridge and Road Closures and Detours

In response to COVID-19, most College offices are serving students, staff, and faculty remotely.

The Planetarium and Observatory will be closed temporarily.

We look forward to continuing to be your field trip destination and astronomy experts in New Jersey. Please join our Facebook group for astronomy and planetarium news.

For information and guidance about Coronavirus as it relates to RVCC, click here .

Keep looking up at those lovely skies!
Your friends at RVCC Planetarium
Shaun C. Van Doren
Susan J. Soloway
Deputy Director

J. Matthew Holt
John E. Lanza
Zach Rich

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