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Township Committee February 2017


Township Committee Meeting Highlights: January 9, 2017

All Committee persons were in attendance.

On January 9, 2017, the Harding Township Committee (TC) held its first meeting

with new chairperson (aka mayor), Chris Yates. Nic Platt remains on the

committee after his re-election in November. Deputy Mayor is Ms. DiTosto.

There were no new ordinances introduced.

The main business was the awarding of contracts to various professionals –

lawyers, insurance brokers, engineers, planners, etc. Billing under all contracts

remained the same except for three: engineer, Gary Hall, increased $5/hour to

$195; tax appeal attorney, Fred Semrau, increased $3/hour to $143; auditor,

Suplee Clooney, increase 2% to $27,450.

Walking Path To Be Created. The TC formally accepted a grant that will partially

fund a walking path in the Bayne Park/Town Hall area. The exact route of the

nearly one mile long, gravel covered path is still being determined. The grant

was for $42,500 while the total cost of the project is estimated at about $50,000.

Erratum: Last month we wrote that a tree ordinance was defeated by a vote of 3

to 2. In fact the ordinance passed by 3 to 2, with a modification proposed by a


Township Taxes to Rise Approximately 1.8%. The TC had a work meeting before

regular meeting. The preliminary budget, which will be presented at the

February regular meeting, was discussed. As it currently stands, the budget calls

for a 1.8% tax increase and a sharp increase in capital spending driven by more

work on Kirby Hall (front porch, adding shutters), improvements to DPW building,

and replacing equipment at our low income housing project, etc.

Remember this is just the municipal budget and related tax impact. Your

municipal taxes account for about a quarter of your property tax bill. Three

other uses (School, County and Open Space) make up the rest. Open Space tax

has not been determined; thought the Open Space Committee has recommended

an increase to the maximum of 5 cents from current 4 cents. And we have no

word yet on what the Harding School Board or Morris County Freeholders are


Wildlife Committee

The Wildlife Management Committee is a subcommittee of the Environmental Commission. It is chartered to deal with issues of nuisance wildlife, such as Deer, Geese, and Bears, through advocacy, education, and communication to township residents.


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Judge Robert F. Schaul
Court Administrator Barbara Schwab
Deputy Court Administrator Elizabeth Bansfield-Mossa
Prosecutor Peter Fico
Public Defender Edward D’Alessandro, Jr.

Court Office Hours:
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Court Hours
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2nd and 4th Fridays at 11:00am

The Municipal Court operates with the support of tax dollars and a percentage of accessed fines.

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