Tuesday, February 5, 2013
A public hearing will be held during the committee's Feb. 5 meeting.
The Hazlet Township Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. on a proposed ordinance that would, if adopted, combine the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment into one. The ordinance, introduced by the committee at their Jan. 14 meeting, would dissolve the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board would absorb their responsibilities, Township Attorney Ronald Cucchiaro explained. The new board would become officially known as the Township of Hazlet Land Use Board. According to the proposed ordinance, the board would contain a total of nine members consisting of four different classes. Class I refers to the mayor or the mayor's designee; Class II refers to a municipality official other than a …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Here's a handy primer explaining the process that tries to more fairly distribute the tax burden in a municipality.
Last year, Hazlet was ordered by the Monmouth County Board of Taxation to establish current market value as a basis for their tax assessments. Under a township-wide revaluation, homes and businesses are inspected for their comparable assessed worth in an effort to more fairly distribute the tax burden. Local government and school tax levies are comprised of tax points, which are literally every cent a resident pays in property taxes per $100 in assessed value. While some residents may see their assessments and consequently their tax bills increase under a borough-wide revaluation, the process is intended to correct inequities in the tax base that may develop over time. According to the appraisal firm, as of Jan. 1, 2013, the revaluation …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Former Committeeman Brady and former Mayor Tinker were given plaques at a recent committee meeting.
Former Hazlet Mayor David Tinker and former Committeeman James Brady were recognized for their service and dedication to the Hazlet community at the Township Committee's Jan. 14 meeting. Mayor Joseph Belasco presented both men with a plaque, reflecting on his time working side-by-side with them. "There's a history here, with the mayor and myself," Belasco said with a laugh, referring to former Mayor Tinker. "We've had a couple of battles. I won the first one, he won the second one but through those battles I think we became good friends. We were lucky to have him." Tinker was elected to the Township Committee in 2009 and is expected to continue to serve the township on the Relay For Life Committee, which he has been closely tied to in …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Township of Hazlet Committee affirmed several mayor's appointments at their Jan. 14 meeting.
Several Hazlet residents were appointed to serve as volunteers on local boards and commissions at the Township Committee's Jan. 14 meeting. The following people were appointed to the Environmental Commission: The following people were appointed to the Open Space Advisory Council: The following person was appointed to the Recreation Commission: The following person was appointed to the Planning Board: In addition to the volunteers appointed, the Township Committee also voted to appoint John Lane as Municipal Prosecutor and Michael Kahn as the Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Both are paid positions.
The ordinance would dissolve the Zoning Board and create the Land Use Board.
The Hazlet Township Committee introduced an ordinance at their Jan. 14 meeting that would, if adopted, combine the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment into one. In effect, the ordinance would dissolve the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board would absorb their responsibilities, Township Attorney Ronald Cucchiaro said. The new board would become officially known as the Township of Hazlet Land Use Board. Cucchiaro explained that there is both an economic and town planning benefit to combining the two boards. "You are now the body adopting the master plan and also making determinations about use variances, so I think you have a greater appreciation for what the intent of the master plan is when you have a joint …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The committee approved appointments to several boards, commissions and committees within the township.
The Hazlet Township Committee made several appointments at their annual reorganization meeting held Saturday, Jan. 5. The township committee established the following committees for 2013: The following appointments were made by the township committee: The following people were appointed to the Zoning Board: The following people were appointed to the Planning Board: The following people were appointed to the Recreation Commission: The following people were appointed to the Environmental Commission: The following people were appointed to the Safety Committee: The following people were appointed as liaisons to the Monmouth County Office of the Aging:
Thursday, January 10, 2013
First Assistant Fire Chief and Second Assistant Fire Chief also appointed Jan. 5.
The Hazlet Township Fire Chief, First Assistant Fire Chief and Second Assistant Fire Chief were appointed at the township's reorganization meeting Satuday, Jan. 2. The committee unanimously confirmed the appointment of Andrew Christ as Fire Chief, Joseph Schroek as First Assistant Fire Chief and Robert Cullen, Jr. as Second Assistant Fire Chief. The term for each position ends on Dec. 31, 2013.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The newly appointed mayor reflected on the way everyone worked together after Sandy, emphasizing that the best way to work to improve the township is to check partisanship at the door.
Committeeman Joseph Belasco placed his left hand on the bible and held his right hand in the air as he took the oath of office for chairman of the township committee, officially beginning his one-year term as mayor of Hazlet. After being sworn in, Belasco hugged his family members, shook hands with his fellow committee members and turned to address the packed room in the Hazlet Township Municipal Building. Belasco envisions a Hazlet where his young grandchildren will group up one day to be proud Hazlet residents. "Did you see the group that was up with me before? Did you see the children up there? They call me Pop-Pop. And I want to make Hazlet a town that in twenty-five years, God-willing I'm still here, they can say that they're a …
DiNardo and Ronchetti took the oath of office with their families by their sides.
Two new members were sworn in to the Hazlet Township Committee during the township's reorganization meeting Saturday. Democrats James DiNardo and Barbara Ronchetti took the oath of office with their families by their side, officially beginning their three-year terms on the committee. DiNardo noted after the meeting that he is looking forward to working on quality of life issues as well as growing the local business community. "We're looking to improve Route 36, revitalize it. Taxes are a main issue in this town, and there are quality of life issues, like the roads," he said. On election night, Ronchetti shared plans to cut costs and repair infrastructure. Ronchetti was happy to announce the Democrat's new plans. "We are looking to put …
Friday, January 4, 2013
New committee members will be sworn in and appointments will be made.
The Township Committee of Hazlet Township will hold their Organization Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 5 at noon. Former Recreation Director Barbara Ronchetti and former Pop Warner organizer Jim DiNardo will be sworn in as committee members. Ronchetti, with 4,340 votes, and DiNardo, with 4,529 votes, beat Republican David Tinker, with 3,960 votes and James Brady, with 3,861 during the November election. The Township Committee will also make appointments during the reorganization meeting, which is open to the public. The meeting will be held at the Hazlet Township Municipal Building, 1766 Union Avenue, Hazlet, NJ 07730.