Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Award adds to township's earlier certification by Sustainable New Jersey.
Township Committeewoman Gloria McCauley and Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera attended the Jan. 29 Sustainable Jersey awards ceremony, where Hillsborough was among the New Jersey municipalities recognized for meeting the state's guidelines for sustainability. Hillsborough Township achieved the Sustainable Jersey Bronze recertification, based on a tally of points earned through various projects aimed at making the township more sustainable. At Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, Committeewoman McCauley, who serves as the committee's liaison to the Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Committee, highlighted projects the township undertook, including the Community Clean-Up Day, Central Jersey Best Sustainable Conference held at Duke Farms…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
School board meets Monday night, Township Committee meets Tuesday.
When the Hillsborough Board of Education meets Monday night, board members will discuss calendars—the school calendar and the budget calendar. During his report to the board, Superintendent Jorden Schiff also will update the board on possible changes to general elections before reviewing the schedule for the upcoming budget process (which is somewhat altered after the board's decision to move the school election to November). Schiff also will discuss the need to possibly change the school calendar, after Woodfern School was forced to close for a day after a wind storm knocked out electricity to the school. The week in Hillsborough continues with Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, which will feature an update on the repairs to the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Corps of residents trained to assist police would be disbanded if ordinance approved.
A corps of trained residents who help bolster police during emergencies, as well as provide assistance with traffic duties, may be eliminated under an ordinance introduced at Tuesday's Township Commitee meeting. The move comes after township officials reviewed the costs and benefits of keeping the special police. "Due to the training requirements...and the number of times they are used, it isn't really cost efficient to have a special police program," Mayor Frank DelCore said. If approved after a public hearing Feb. 12, the special police would be disbanded. Mayor DelCore noted the township recognized a number of special police officers for their service in the fall.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Tuesday's meeting could be year's briefest.
Any residents looking for an opportunity to share a rant at the Township Commitee meetings may have a good chance at stretching their time at Tuesday's meeting: with only a few items on the agenda, committee members might be open to longer speeches. The meeting follows the reorganization meeting held Jan. 3, so it's easy to see why there might not be a lot of accumulated business. Normally, the committee addresses budgetary matters, tax overpayments and often, recognizes residents. Tuesday's meeting includes a resolution appointing a part-time employee, another to provide a method for handling construction code fines, and a third to confirm last week's Resolution Run, as well as the introduction of an ordinance to repeal provisions for …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Township Committee approves purchases at final meeting of the year.
The Township Committee played Santa Claus for some township departments, approving three resolutions accepting purchase contracts for township vehicles at its Tuesday meeting, the final one for the year. The vehicles replace older vehicles in use, and in the case of three police vehicle scheduled to be replaced this year, the vehicles are re-assigned to use as unmarked vehicles for police. The resolutions include a $113,281.25 contract with Warnock Fleet Sales and Leasing for two Ford Police Interceptors, at $73,842.50, and one Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle, at $39,438.75. The Department of Public Work will receive a new tandem hook lift truck from Cambria Auto, which submitted the low bid. The cost of the vehicle will not exceed…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Agreement sets restructures pay increases for newer officers.
Terms for the new contract between Hillsborough Township and Hillsborough PBA Local #205 sets an average increase in pay at 1.25 percent per year over the three years of the contract—but does not include any increases for 2012. According to a summary of differences between the new contract agreement and the contract which expired Dec. 31, 2011, provided by Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera, the agreement also sets limits to termination leave pay-outs and changes allowances for clothing, shoes and other items. PBA President Ted Lewis could not be reached for comment on the terms, but Ferrera said the agreement came about because "everyone wanted to get it done." "I thought it was a very good dialogue," he said. The contract will also…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Committee introduces zoning change which could reduce impediments to restaurants on south Route 206.
An ordinance unanimously introduced at the Township Committee meeting Tuesday will open up several areas on Route 206 south of Raider Boulevard to restaurant development. Restaurants had been a conditional use permitted in the Gateway and Light Industrial districts, but if the ordinance is approved, freestanding restaurants located in multi-use buildings will become permitted uses in the zones. Township Attorney Albert Cruz said the change is being made to bring "consistency and clarity" to the zoning ordinance for the zones. According to the township code, the Gateway B District is intended "to save existing residential structures, allow new structures and uses that have a residential look and are compatible with adjoining residential …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Candidates Michael Goldberg and James Farley say they want to bring a bipartisan view to the board.
Michael Goldberg, the head of the Democratic committee and a candidate for Hillsborough Township Committee, says he is determined to bring a change to the committee and bring a better way of life to Hillsborough residents. “One of my goals is to provide a better way for people living in Hillsborough,” Goldberg said. “We are individuals, but we are also a community. We need to plan together, work together, and make sure we are taking advantage of every opportunity to make Hillsborough better for everyone.” A look at the campaigns of Republican candidates Carl Suraci and Greg Burchette can be found here. A look at the campaign of Independent candidate Judd Mandell can be found here. Goldberg believes that Hillsborough is at a crossroads on …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
County and township officials commemorate addition, of which Hillsborough may contribute $500K to total.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Somerset County and Hillsborough Township officials commemorated the addition of 343 acres to the Sourland Mountain Preserve on Tuesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The purchase of the tract is one the township may be contributing $500,000 toward. A release from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders said the county, in partnership with the township and the nonprofit New Jersey Conservation Foundation, will permanently preserve the land as open space. The foundation has secured an option agreement to purchase the property from Bryce Thompson and has requested significant assistance from the county and township to preserve it. The Somerset County Freeholders on Sept. 25 approved paying $5,229,000, about $15,000 an acre, to acquire…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Hillsborough may be contributing $500K to county's purchase of tract that will receive ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Officials from Somerset County and Hillsborough Township will be holding a ribbon cutting on Tuesday to commemorate the addition of 343 acres to the Sourland Mountain Preserve. The ceremony will be held at noon at the Hillsborough Golf & Country Club, which is located directly across from the property. A release from the county said the event will be held at the location due to accessibility issues with the tract itself. According to information released by county officials, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation has secured an option agreement to purchase the property from landowner Bryce Thompson and will transfer the agreement to the county. Hillsborough may be contributing $500,000 toward the purchase of the tract located in the …