Vol. 60 - 2019
May 1, 2019
New Excessive NJDEP Restrictions
A Concern For Property Values
In County
Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board heard testimony at the April 16 th meeting that overly expansive new rules proposed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in Trenton could have a negative impact on economic and job growth, as well as property values in the County, and contracted with a former NJDEP Deputy Commissioner to help analyze the proposal.

With seeming disregard for Hunterdon County’s record of protecting clean water by preserving over 33,500 acres of farmland, as well as over 8000 acres of open space from development, the proposed excessive NJDEP rules could hamper job growth in areas locally designated for economic development.

County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk told the Board, “The proposed rules will impact economic growth in Raritan Township, Readington, Flemington, Clinton, Clinton Township, Delaware, East Amwell, and High Bridge. As a result, property values, both residential and commercial, across a wide area of the County could be negatively affected.

Retiring Clerk Of The Board Honored By Past And Present Hunterdon Officials
Hunterdon County officials past and present, friends and family members, and County employee colleagues joined together at the Freeholder Board meeting in the Historic Courthouse on April 2nd to honor and recognize retiring Clerk of the Board of Freeholders Denise Doolan for forty-two years of loyal and dedicated service to Hunterdon County.

Freeholder Matt Holt, the present Board member who has served the longest with Ms. Doolan, stated, “Denise’s institutional history and knowledge, skill and ability, have served generations of Freeholders well. She is someone we could always count on.”

Nearly One Thousand Sign Petition Calling For Reversal of Governor's Hunterdon School Aid Cuts
“If the overwhelming response to the on-line petition calling for the Legislature to reverse the Governor’s decision to cut school funding tells us anything, it is that our residents are very concerned about the lack of support for our schools,” Freeholder Deputy Director John E. Lanza reported at the April 16 th Freeholder Board meeting.

Lanza stated, “Nearly one thousand Hunterdon County residents have already signed the petition, with more joining every day. The legislature can correct this unfair education aid decision in the budget they approve by June 30.” 

Hunterdon 2019 Budget:
Tax Rate Flat Again

Hunterdon County's Board of Freeholders introduced the 2019 County budget on April 16th and for the fourth time in the last five years, the tax rate is held steady.
The budget calls for a flat County tax rate of 31.5 cents per $100 of property valuation, the same rate as in 2018.
i nformation
Hunterdon County Senior Center

The Grandparent Series is a four part lecture designed especially for seniors interested in learning about the challenges that face our youth every day.
The final lecture this Friday, May 3rd

Hunterdon County Library
May 2019
May closings:
Staff Training : Headquarters, North & South County Branches will be closed Friday morning 5/3 .
Headquarters will be open 5/3 from 1 to 5 pm; NCB & SCB will be open 5/3 from 1:30 to 5 pm.
Mothers’ Day :  Headquarters, North & South County Branches will be closed Sunday 5/12 .
Memorial Day : HQ, NCB & SCB will be be closed Sunday 5/26 and Monday 5/27 ; open Saturday 5/25.

PROJECT UPDATE: 04/26/19

Strikeout Hunger NJ

6th Annual Softball Tournament
Saturday, May 4
2 PM to 5 PM

Admission is an item for the food pantries .


County Health Department seeks volunteer actors for emergency preparedness exercise
For questions or to participate, contact Janis Clark at (908) 806-4617, or via e-mail at  jclark@co.hunterdon.nj.us .

Saturday June 8th and
Sunday June 9th

Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Click the image above for more information
Hunterdon County Freeholder
Board Meeting:

MONDAY MAY 6 @5:30PM
71 Main Street, 2nd floor
Flemington, NJ
UPDATE
Hunterdon County DPW: Road Construction on Route 523 and Hollow Road

County Route 523 construction began April 1, 2019.

FROM: Delaware Drive, Delaware Township
TO: N.J.S.H. 29 Stockton

Plan alternate route or expect delays. Construction is expected to continue until mid June. 
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Hunterdon County Culvert L-77 located on Hollow Road in Lebanon Township will be closed on or about July 1, 2019 until the end of August 2019.
Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center to Hold Free Skin Cancer Screenings May 13th and 15th.

Hunterdon County Parks
& Recreation
Read all about the County Arboretum and the Parks programs in May here.
Social Security and OIG
Launch Public Service Announcement Campaign

C ampaign launched addressing a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. Reports from around the country cite fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees.

For more information, click here and do not reveal any personal data to a stranger who calls you.
RVCC Planetarium Plans Laser Concerts, Star Shows for All Ages

Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, $16 for two shows on the same day. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805.

For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium .
Find us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information on road and bridge closures.
Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders
and Constitutional Officers

Suzanne Lagay  
Director
John E. Lanza 
Deputy Director
J. Matthew Holt
Susan Soloway 
Shaun Van Doren

Mary H. Melfi
County Clerk
Fred W. Brown
Sheriff
Susan J. Hoffman
Surrogate
Michael J. Williams
Acting Prosecutor
(not pictured)
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