CLINTON TWP TO VOTE TONIGHT ON WHETHER TO SPEND YOUR OPEN SPACE FUNDS ON BUILDING LOW INCOME HOUSING THERE IS A PUBLIC HEARING IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT LOW INCOME HOUSING BEING ACROSS FROM YOUR CHILDRENS HIGH SCHOOL

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TONIGHT THE CLINTON TWP MAYOR AND COUNCIL ARE VOTING ON  PUBLIC COMMENT 1090-16 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING § 4-71 OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE AND OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON, IN HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, MODIFY THE COMPOSITION OF THE OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE, ITS MEMBERS TERMS & APPOINTMENT OF ITS OFFICERS, TO CLARIFY ITS ADVISORY FUNCTIONS, AND TO ADDRESS PROVISIONS REGARDING THE SALE OF PROPERTY

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IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE RIGHT AT THE START THAT THE HUNTERDON COUNTY NEWS EMAILED EVERY MEMBER OF COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR YESTERDAY MORNING BEFORE RUNNING THIS ISSUE ASKING FOR ON THE RECORD COMMENTS AND DID NOT RECEIVE A REPLY FROM ANY OF THEM AS THEY MUST HAVE CONSIDERED IT NOT IMPORTANT ASA A PUBLIC ISSUE

THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN SUGGESTED TO THE HUNTERDON COUNTY NEWS BUT AGAIN WITH NO RESPONSE FROM YOUR LOCAL POLITICAINS WE CANNOT CONFIRM – HOWEVER SEEING AS HOW THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL IS SEEMINGLY PULLING A FAST ONE ON THE POPULATION AND MOVING TOWARD PUTTING LOW INCOME HOUSING NEXT TO YOUR CHILDRENS HIGH SCHOOL WE THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT TO POINT THIS OUT SO YOU MIGHT ATTEND THE MEETING THIS EVENING AND VOICE YOUR OPINION. WE ALSO THINK IT IMPROPER THAT SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE HAS BEEN BURIED IN THE SLOWEST WEEK OF THE SUMMER WHEN A GREAT MANY OF THE PEOPLE ARE ON VACATION BUT THAT IS APARRENTLY THE TACT OF THIS GROUP

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Clinton twp has a lawsuit in Front of Thomas Miller in Somerville, who is the assigned Affordable Housing Judge for Hunterdon County.   Cl Twp hired a company called Econsult as an expert.  That firm was recently highly criticized by the Affordable Housing Judge in Middlesex County in connection with South Brunswick and may be putting CL Twp in jeopardy of an unfavorable ruling

 

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That Township in Middlesex was criticized for proposing municipally sponsored 100% affordable developments to satisfy the municipality’s Fair Share.  Clinton Township is doing the same right now.   Smart thinking??

 

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The Ordinance proposed for final adoption by Clinton Township tonight  (8-10-16) would, in part, grant to the Township Council the power to use lands in the Township that were purchased with local Open Space  tax receipts from the dedicated Open Space Tax imposed on local taxpayers “for other public purposes”, including  affordable housing .

 

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Mayor and Council used Open Space Tax money to buy the Marookian Farm (162+/- acres at Rt. 31 and Regional Road)

 

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Mayor and Council are now proposing that site to allow a builder to build a 100% affordable housing development on that land.

 

 

 

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The question that presents itself is   –  if the imposition of the tax had to be approved by the citizens of Clinton Township in a local referendum, can the Council by Ordinance change the use of those funds for something that is quite contrary to Open Space?

 

TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON MAYOR AND COUNCIL August 10, 2016 7:00 p.m. (The following matters were known at agenda deadline. Other matters may arise thereafter that need timely consideration or reaction.) REVISED 8/4/2016 12:29 PM CALL TO ORDER: Flag Salute: Open Public Meetings Act Statement ROLL CALL: APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Executive Session April 13, 2016 Executive Session May 25, 2016 BOARD OF HEALTH APPLICATIONS:  163 Cokesbury Road – Block 9 Lot 16  14 Hillside Drive – Block 79 Lot 4  26 Valley Crest Road – Block 30 Lot 7 CONSENT:  Overpayment of real estate taxes – Block 79.02 Lot 8.0611  Release of Escrows PUBLIC COMMENT: OLD BUSINES:  School Election discussion  Traffic Study – Blossom Hill Road discussion  North/Voorhees High School District Bond Issue NEW BUSINESS:  Proposed Ordinance Amendments from Clarke Caton Hintz TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON MAYOR AND COUNCIL August 10, 2016 7:00 p.m. (The following matters were known at agenda deadline. Other matters may arise thereafter that need timely consideration or reaction.) REVISED 8/4/2016 12:29 PM REPORTS:  Directors/Liaisons ACTION: ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES/PUBLIC HEARING 1089-16 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING §4-52 DIVISION OF POLICE OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON IN HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY TO MODIFY PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE PROMOTIONAL PROCESS FOR THE POSITIONS OF SERGEANT, LIEUTENANT AND CAPTAIN AND CLARIFYTERMINOLOGY IN §4-52 PUBLIC COMMENT 1090-16 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING § 4-71 OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE AND OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON, IN HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, MODIFY THE COMPOSITION OF THE OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE, ITS MEMBERS TERMS & APPOINTMENT OF ITS OFFICERS, TO CLARIFY ITS ADVISORY FUNCTIONS, AND TO ADDRESS PROVISIONS REGARDING THE SALE OF PROPERTY PUBLIC COMMENT INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE: 1091-16 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING §4-52 DIVISION OF POLICE OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON IN HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY TO ESTABLISH PROVISIONS REGARDING OFF-DUTY EMPLOYMENT OF POLICE OFFICERS TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON MAYOR AND COUNCIL August 10, 2016 7:00 p.m. (The following matters were known at agenda deadline. Other matters may arise thereafter that need timely consideration or reaction.) REVISED 8/4/2016 12:29 PM RESOLUTIONS:  Approving electrical upgrade contract for Fire House #2  Granting stipends to Summer Rec. counselors VOUCHERS: PUBLIC COMMENT: ADJOURNMENT:

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