Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Township's $27,377,707 spending plan includes a 1.6 percent increase.
The average property tax bill will rise by $19 in the $27,377,707 municipal budget for 2013 approved Tuesday night. The budget represents a 1.6 percent tax levy increase, below the state-mandated 2 percent levy cap. The budget will change the municipal tax rate a half of a cent per $100 of property valuation, from 30.9 cents to 31.4 cents for individual property owners. The average homeowner will see a $19 increase, from $1,139 to $1,158 on the average home assessed value of $368,700. "Hillsborough Township operates a 54-square mile municipality with just under 14 percent of the total tax bill,” Mayor Frank DelCore said during the budget adoption. He added it's also worth noting the township maintains 14 parks and recreation fields, over …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
From Cub Scouts to Senior Citizens Club B, grants provide help for local groups.
Each year, the Hillsborough Credit Card Advisory Committee doles out grants to local nonprofits, giving out the proceeds the township received though the Affinity credit card program. Now in its 12th year, the program raises money though residents' use of a Hillsborough VISA credit card, issued by Affinity Federal Credit Union. The township receives a percentage of the total of charges made on the cards each year, then distributes the money through the grants. Advisory Committee Chairwoman Antoinette Natale presented this year's grant recipients at Monday's Township Committee meeting, with the groups expressing their appreciation for the funds totaling $8,729.20. Recipients this year included the Hillsborough Rocket and Rockettes, …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Hillsborough High teacher Roberta Henry has 'talent for inspiring a love of learning'
Hillsborough High School teacher Roberta Henry, named the school district’s Teacher of the Year, was honored on Tuesday by the Township Committee. Henry, a township resident, has taught family and consumer science at the high school since 1996. She has also taught a class in independent living for special education students for the past 12 years. Her childcare class is now participating in the second phase of the school district’s one-to-one pilot computer program. Henry will now be considered, with teachers of the year from other districts, to be Somerset County Teacher of the Year. If she earns the county honor, she will be eligible to be considered as New Jersey Teacher of the Year. The township proclamation recognizes Henry for her …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
But officials note changes near Montgomery border are aimed at making zoning consistent.
The Hillsborough Township Committee was prepared to approve an ordinance changing the zoning on several lots west of Route 206, near the Montomery Township border, but had to postpone approval because of changes made to the ordinance. However, two Montgomery Township residents appeared before the committee Tuesday night with questions about the move to change the zoning from AG to Highway Service, based on the recommended zoning in the township's master plan. The change was recommended because none of the lots are used for agricultural purposes, and the highway service zone could allow some development as part of the township's gateway districts—but officials noted many of the lots are not developable and agreed no one would want to …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Insurance group recognizes Hillsborough for workplace safety.
Hillsborough Township's record of safety and low worker compensation claims earned the township honors at the annual safety award and safety kickoff meeting of the Central Jersey Joint Insurance Fund. The township was recognized and presented with the top honor of Exceptional Safety Performance for a third consecutive year, receiving a plaque and a $1,200 monetary award. Department of Public Works Director Buck Sixt received the award last week, and presented it to Mayor Frank DelCore at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting. Hillsborough applied to and was accepted as a member of the JIF in 2000 by the fund's existing member towns, based on the municipality's financial stability and insurance claims history. "Hillsborough's participation …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Township accepts fine, cleanup agreement after December fire at Hercules Enterprises.
The Township Committee accepted an agreement to settle seven zoning citations issued to CoPart Auto Auction and Hercules Enterprises, on Valley Road, after a December fire destroyed about 20 vehicles illegally stored there. CoPart had been storing the vehicles at Hercules in violation of township zoning regulations. The company also operates a salvage yard on Camplain Road. After the fire, officials cited several employees of the companies, as well as the businesses. Township Adminstrator Anthony Ferrera said the settlement included $75,000 in fines, and CoPart of Connecticut must restore the site by April 30. The company is also required to investigate and mediate any environmental damage at the site, and provide a report to the township…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Police giving free gun locks.
Amid the national debate on gun control, Hillsborough residents can exercise a little more control over their own guns with free gun locks being offered by Hillsborough police. According to Township Committeewoman, and police liason for the committee, Gloria McCauley, the department will provide two free locks to any household. The locks are manufactured by Remington, and work on most handguns, rifles and shotguns, she said at Tuesday's meeting. For those more interested in reducing the number of guns in their household, Somerset County Proescutor Geoffrey Soriano announced a gun buy-back event for April 5 and April 6. The buy-back will be held at four locations in the county, including St. John's Episcopal Church in Somerville, and the …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Proclamations note entrepreneur Thomas Cahill and philanthropist Joshua Fox.
Sure, you've heard the lament: kids these days are inconsiderate...lazy...too busy playing video games to work or think about others. Next time you hear that, tell people about Hillsborough's Thomas Cahill and Joshua Fox, two examples of what's right with kids today. Thomas and Joshua were honored at the Hillsborough Township Committee meeting on Feb. 26.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
CenturyLink's assessment goes to zero, but for how long?
After local landline telephone company Century Link challenged its assessment under a 1997 law exempting local exchange telephone companies that serve less than 51 percent of a municipality's population, the township is taking steps to push back. At Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, Mayor Frank DelCore said that "last fall, Century Link provided a notice to Hillsborough that they were no longer providing coverage to at least 51 percent of the township and therefore were no longer required by statue to file the return and pay property taxes in 2013." But township officials challenged that determination, filing an appeal to the County Board of Taxation last week on the grounds sufficient evidence had not been provided to verify Century…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
State and local proclamations note his more than 40 years of service.
State and local officials paid tribute to one of Hillsborough's longest serving volunteers at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, as Fire Commissioner Ken Wetzel was honored. Wetzel, who is stepping down from the township's Board of Fire Commissioners, thanked his fellow volunteer firefighters and his wife, "for all those years she had to have me leave the house for fire calls." Joining Deputy Mayor Douglas Tomson in noting Wetzel's service were local state representatives Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman, and Assembly members Donna Simon, R-Flemington, and Jack Ciattarelli, R-Hillsborough. Tomson read the township's proclamation which noted some of Wetzel's contributions and service to the township, including: The state proclamation, …