Great Swamp Watershed Association
Great Swamp Watershed Association wants to help you find out! This April they will be offering Harding Township residents a cost effective opportunity to have their household’s well water thoroughly tested using professional labs, testing for a broad range of water quality parameters. Look for more information in next month’s Thumbnail on cost and drop off location. To have your name added to the growing list of those wishing to participate in the testing program or for more information please call Kelly Martin at 973 538 3500 x 19 at the Great Swamp Watershed Association. To learn more about the Great Swamp Watershed Association please visit: http://www.GreatSwamp.org
Registrations are still being accepted for these Field Hockey programs:
New This Year: Participants can register online using a credit card!
Please visit the HTRA website (www.htra.info) for registration forms and additional information.
Registration is now open for Tball through March 29th, don’t miss the deadline!
All Harding Township Residents entering Kindergarten or first grade for the 2014-15 school year, pre-school or Kindergarten are eligible to play. Teams are co-ed. The season runs Friday evenings, April 25, 2014 - June 6, 2014. All games are on Friday nights from 6:00 pm to 7:00pm at the fields behind Harding Township School. It’s a great way to introduce your child to the sport.
There are great volunteer opportunities, since we need volunteer Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Parents, and Sponsors. Volunteer information is also on the T-ball page of the HTRA Website.
Declaration of Appointments by the Township Committee: Pending the election of officers, the meeting was called to order by Mr. Hall. He announced the appointments to the Board of Richard Clew for a three-year term (Class II) and Tim Jones for a one-year term (Alternate). Nanette DiTosto, Alf Newlin and Joe Schliefer were reappointed for one-year terms. The oath was administered to the appointees who were present.
Roll Call: Messrs. dePoortere and Newlin, and Ms. DiTosto absent.
Mr. Saulnier was unanimously elected Chairman. The meeting was turned over to Mr. Saulnier, and Ms. Olcott was unanimously elected Vice-Chairman.
The resolution (01-14) for professional services (to be provided by Messrs. Drew, Fox and Hall) was unanimously approved. Mr. Fox was sworn in; Mr. Drew was absent.
The resolution (02-14) to set the meeting dates for 2013 was unanimously approved.
Minutes: The minutes of the meetings on October 28, 2013 and November 18, 2013 were approved after some comments and revisions. The minutes of the site visit to the Lang property on December 7, 2013 were also approved.
Application PB 04-13, Applicant Wesley and Mary Margaret Lang, Block 19, Lot 7, 521 James Street, Minor Subdivision Approval. Action: Continue Public Hearing. This is a property of over 12 acres with two proposed lots that conform to size requirements. Lot 7.03 (5.44 acres) has been created as a flag lot at back of property with a drive to serve it. Lot 7 will be 7 acres. Everything conforms to zoning requirements except playhouse about 40 feet from property line. A swing set will be removed and play house will be retained. There will be an easement to allow new drive to avoid trees along property line. A 30K gallon cistern was installed at end of the flag staff, and there is a storm water management plan to deal with new drive. New house shown on plan is currently conceptual. The bridle path easement was widened to 25 feet along southern line and line in back (along perimeter), and there will be landscaping along uphill side of driveway.
Mr. Fox then reviewed his report which included several issues. The driveway needs to be realigned to reduce the grade and include spacing requirement for passing zones.
Additional space is needed at the entrance and the apron needs to be paved. With respect to the storm water management plan, the infiltration trench needs to be redesigned for storage, it should show run off will not affect neighbor’s property, trenches need to drain in 72 hours, and a maintenance manual must be developed for the owner. With respect to the bridle trail in the row of trees along the southern line, sufficient width must be provided given gravel in infiltration trench.
The Board discussed whether a resolution should be drafted. The inclination of the Board was to approve the application if all conditions were met, so Ms. Olcott moved that a resolution be prepared for review at the next meeting. This was approved and the matter was carried to the meeting on February 24, 2014.
Larry Weppler presented the budget for HOST. 160 acres have been preserved including the most recent 43 acres along James Street. There has been analysis of properties with 10+ acres and HOST believes there will be additional properties meeting criteria of:
The prospect of purchasing Lot 4.03 adjacent to the recently acquired 4.02 property was discussed. This included management of the two lots as one property with regard to mowing. It was proposed that both the Township and HOST would have one year’s notice to dissolve the maintenance agreement.
Details of the budget presented can be found on the Harding Open Space Trust website: www.HardingLandTrust.org
Township Committee Meeting – February 18, 2014
All Committee members present
Minutes were approved December and January meetings.
There was discussion of the tennis courts. Gail McKane stated the Joint Insurance Fund has strongly suggested the tennis courts be repaired or closed. There will be continued discussion of the courts.
Introduction of Ordinance TC 02-14 – CPI Ordinance was presented. This would allow the municipal budget to be increased to a maximum of 3.5%. This must be approved every year before the budget.
Public Hearing – Ordinance TC 01-14 – Revising Fee Schedule - Some fees will be adjusted downward and a few sub categories will be added and or refined such as Rules for Abandonment of Tanks.
Resolution – TC14-043 – Escrow Release
Five Technical reviews and one grading
TC 14-044 – Confirm Tax Grace Period – The tax grace period was extended until February 24, 2014 due to inclement weather and closing of the municipal building.
TC14-045 – Bill List – February
There was discussion regarding management of The Farm with regard to the management company T2 Construction and coordination of materials and supplies. Ms. McKane stated the housing units are going on five years old and there will be increased maintenance costs. This will be presented in more detail during the final budget presentation.
TC14-046 – Award Contract – Corporate Benefit Solutions (Insurance Broker)
TC14-047 – Extension of 151 Madison Avenue Bond
Continued Preliminary Budget Presentation
The 2014 Budget will be presented in final form at the next meeting. Discussion began with the increase in snow removal costs and the incredible demands made on DPW personnel throughout this challenging winter.
Health insurance costs were lowered $168,000. The specifics of the changes were not discussed but changes were recommended for the administration staff as of January 1, 2014 including continuing contributions for the fourth year. The PBA contract was not discussed but contributions from participants will be made to healthcare costs for the second year.
FEMA reimbursement continues to be discussed as 50% of 75% of expenses have been submitted. To date the Township has received $146,878. It’s unknown when or if more funds will be received.
The preliminary budget presentation can be found on the Township website www.HardingNJ.org.