Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Applicants must allow two to three weeks for delivery
Families planning to travel abroad this summer have access to expedited passport services, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of State. “While we urge U.S. citizens to apply as early as possible for their passport needs, the Department offers convenient options for those who need their travel documents sooner than our standard four to six week processing time,” the new release said. There are more than 8,000 facilities across the country accepting expedited passport applications. First time passports, passport renewals, additional visa pages and data corrections all qualify for expedited service. Applicants must pay an additional $60 expedite fee and allow two to three weeks for delivery. Monmouth County Locations: …
The Planning Board authorized completeness waivers for the application, in order to efficiently move the application through.
The Holmdel Planning Board approved application completeness waivers for Somerset Developers regarding the Alacatel-Lucent project, bringing it one step closer to an official public hearing. A completeness waiver, granted at the May 14 meeting, does not absolve the developer of providing the necessary information, it just allowed the Planning Board to schedule a hearing regarding the application in temporary absence of the materials. Some information will be mandatory as a condition of approval, such as environmental constraint maps, sewer capacity and traffic information. The waiver still allowed the Planning Board at a later date to ask for any information it feels is pertinent to the application. Somerset Developers said it will comply …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Oklahoma urges out-of-state residents not to mail or truck in supplies, but would appreciate charitable contributions
Oklahoma and FEMA officials are asking those who want to help tornado victims to make charitable contributions, but not to mail or truck in any supplies. Even as Oklahoma officials are emphasizing how much they appreciate that folks from out-of-state want to roll truckloads of supplies into the tornado-ravaged area of the state, they have to politely decline because it would divert attention from handling the ongoing crisis and possibly create a mountain of items no one will want. "Please don't send used clothes or supplies and, no, we can't have trucks coming in," said Ann Dee Lee, a volunteer helping the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management's public relations department field media calls. On Tuesday, plans were brewing among Jersey …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The state urges customers to consult the database before buying a car
The State Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) and Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) are urging all customers to consult their database of flood and salvage-titled vehicles before purchasing a car. That database now provides information on 31,000 such vehicles, the State MVC announced on Wednesday. It isn't illegal to sell vehicles with flood or salvaged titles. However, there are specific requirements that ensure potential purchasers are aware of the status of such vehicles, according to the MVC. “Damage sustained by vehicles must be disclosed to prospective buyers,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “We will hold car dealers accountable for violating our Consumer Fraud Act if they fail to make such disclosures.” The database was …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The board is meeting Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
The Holmdel Planning Board is scheduled to discuss several township properties, including Alcatel-Lucent at Crawfords Corner Road. According to the agenda, Somerset Developers is requesting to consolidate existing lots to two new lots, as well as approval to retrofit the existing building into a mixed use facility. In January, conceptual maps for Holmdel's Alcatel-Lucent property were sent back to the developer after the township's committee asked for more detailed plans. Also on tonight's Planning Board agenda is an expansion os St. Benedict's School and an extension of approval for a subdivision between Roberts Road and Route 520.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Holmdel Township Committee and township administrators said had it not been for Sandy expenses and tax appeals, Holmdel's tax rate wouldn't have increased.
Anyone who wants to vote in the upcoming June primary election must register to vote by May 14, officials said.
The deadline is fast approaching for those wishing to vote in the June 4 primary. Registration must be completed by May 14. Residents may register at the Monmouth County Voter Registration Office, 300 Halls Mills Rd., Freehold Township, until 9 p.m. May 14. You also may register with the municipal clerk at Holmdel Town Hall or Hazlet Town Hall during regular business hours. To register, residents must bring a driver’s license or have the last four digits of your social security number handy, according to a release. All U.S. citizens at least 18 years old by Primary day who are not jailed, on probation or parole are eligible to vote. The New Jersey Voter Registration form is available from the County Clerk’s page of the Monmouth County …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Residents are invited to learn more about the Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan at a public information session to be held on Wednesday, May 22 from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Rave Movie Theater located at 2821 Rt. 35 in Hazlet.
Holmdel will switch to Stantec consulting services.
Holmdel Township will look past Birdsall for its sewer management services, after top officials in the company were recently indicted in a pay-to-play scandal. Birdsall has been under investigation for skirting the state's pay-to-play laws by allegedly reimbursing its employees for their personal, unreportable political contributions. Holmdel will switch contracts to Scantec, a "consulting service in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects," according to its website. Mayor Patrick Impreveduto said Stantec has agreed to match Birdsall prices, and the township will not be spending any …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The tax rate for 2013 will be 66 cents per $100 of a home's assessed valuation.
The Hazlet Township Committee approved a $20.2 million municipal budget after Tuesday with a 4-1 vote, according to Chief Financial Officer Tom O'Hara The $20,213,458.86 budget holds the tax levy at $13,650,000 for the second year in a row. Under the two percent cap, the township could have increased the amount to be raised by taxes to $14,767,024. Although the tax levy remained the same, the revaluation of the township decreased the overall value of the property within the town, O'Hara explained. The assessed value of an average home in Hazlet dropped from $301,490 to $259,977. The decrease in assessed property value resulted in an increase in the tax rate. In 2012, the tax rate was 0.578 per $100 of a home's assessed value. Tax payers …