Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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 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.
Friday, May 10, 2013
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 township budget, a total of $669,416, will increase the municipal tax bill by 5.2 percent after the committee approval Tuesday night.
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. The township budget, a total increase of $669,416 from last year, will increase the municipal tax bill by 5.2 percent after the committee approval Tuesday night. But administrators said the tax appeal process continues to dig Holmdel in a hole. Tax appeals A tax appeal won by a resident includes a full refund of the difference. However, the township must pay that full amount despite every tax bill being made up of county, school and municipal rates. "The Board of Education skates and the county skates," Mayor Patrick Impreveduto said. "We get caught with it." Tax appeals cost the …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Township Committee is holding a public hearing tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Holmdel residents could see a total tax increase of $669,416, an approximately 5 percent increase for Holmdel taxpayers, in addition to county and school taxes. Township CFO Jeanette M. Larrison said an average residential home assessment of $617,061 will see an increase of $111 on their bill. The budget increase equals $669,416 for a total budget of $20,607,850 according to Larrison. Of that budget, $15,785,916 is considered under the statutory 2 percent cap. Expenses allowed over the cap include salary, benefits and emergency expenses such as those related to Hurricane Sandy. Larrison said the township spent $3 million on Sandy cleanup. Budget documents show an expected $600,000 FEMA reimbursement. The budget calls for $13,818,805 to be…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Holmdel's residential developments are providing the best ratables we could have and our tax rate should fall through 2020 and property values should increase without more Commercial development.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The group is now looking for furniture donations on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Holmdel Helps is continuing its aid for Keansburg after Hurricane Sandy, after raising over $100,000 for their neighboring town at a fundraiser. The group is now looking for donations on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Gently used furniture and household items are accepted. Holmdel Helps is requesting people drop off items at the Keansburg Department of Public Works at 40 Frezee Place, Keansburg. Mattresses and box springs cannot be accepted. For more information please contact, Georgette Nelson at (732) 946-2820 x1222.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Commercial properties share the burden with Holmdel taxpayers. We've got the top 10 taxpayers in the township.
As the township and the school district solidify the 2013 budget, taxpayers are digging their feet in to prepare for the tax bill. But fear not, Holmdel residents, you aren't alone. The top 10 highest tax bills in Holmdel belong to commercial properties, a fact that can provide, maybe, a little solace as you write the check. Numbers are based on the most recent tax information available for Holmdel, according to Data Universe. Taxpayers are the property owners of entire lots, not necessarily the individual stores or businesses. 10. Arnold Walter Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. $168,869.21 9. Holmdel Executive Center, Holmdel Road. $172,045.54 8. Holmdel Corporate Plaza, Route 35. $229,425.43 7. Lowe's, Route 35. $378,324.91 6. …
Friday, April 12, 2013
As Homdel's fire companies build a relationship together, #2 is opening itself up to the public to answer fundraising and budget questions.
At an open public meeting, in which three concerned citizens attended, Holmdel Fire Co. #2 members shed light on the importance of fundraising and the budget constraints that plague the all-volunteer house. While the company is less than 10-years-old, it has around 25 volunteer members and expects to see a spike in membership soon. The company has been at the center of a potential merge by the township with Holmdel Fire Co. #1, however Boyle said that situation has been resolved with the help of Holmdel's new Business Administrator Donna Vieiro. "We can say that much of that has gone away." As the two fire companies continue to work toward a harmonious relationship between themselves and the township, Holmdel Fire Co. #2 is looking at just…