Messages From Administrator
I have very good news about the Township’s new five-year Garbage Contract with Waste Management. Beginning January 1, 2012, Waste Management will pick up recycling curbside every week on Wednesdays throughout the entire township. Your regular weekly garbage and bulk pick-up day will remain the same. Please be aware that the weekly bulk pick-up is limited to one large bulk item weekly or one 30 gallon container of bulk items. A schedule is enclosed for your convenience. The Township received a very competitive bid and does not need to increase the budget line item for garbage removal in 2012.
As you all may be aware from recent articles in the New Jersey Herald, Hampton Township can boast zero debt. The Township Committee and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure stability in the way that they provide services to the taxpayers in the most efficient and professional manner. If you ever have any concerns or questions regarding the services the Township does provide, please contact me or any member of our staff and they will be happy to assist you whenever possible. I am extremely proud of the way our employees carry out their daily responsibilities.
This past year Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and the October 30th snow storm presented many challenges to our residents, our Public Works Department, and Hampton Township Fire and Rescue. They worked around the clock to make certain that our roads were open and ready for JCP&L to access the lines for repair. Many of us were bitterly disappointed with the response time by JCP&L and the lack of communication with their customers. Our Legislators and Local Officials have discussed with JCP&L what they believe are improvements that they should make in order to better serve their customers.
Although it was a difficult time for most of us, it was wonderful to hear about how neighbors helped each other to get through the days without power and how they helped one another to clean-up the damage that was caused as a result of the storms.
One last important note:
The dog licensing fee has changed for 2012. The fee for all neutered dogs is $11.00, and $14.00 for all unneutered dogs. Dog licenses must be renewed by January 31, 2012.
I hope 2012 brings with it the hope for renewed prosperity and peace.
In a previous notice in the 2010 Newsletter I explained that the Township’s garbage contract with Waste Management expires on December 31, 2011. The Township will be accepting Proposals for a new contract on September 14, 2011. It is very important to note that there might be changes in the new contract in order to meet our obligation of not exceeding a 2% Levy Cap Tax increase as mandated by law.
The Township is hoping that we can maintain a bulk pick-up, but it might not be weekly or even monthly, depending on how much is bid in the Public Contract.
Please log on to our website at hamptontownshipnj.org for information on any schedule changes that might occur. The new garbage schedule will also be advertised in the New Jersey Herald on Sunday, January 1, 2012.