Hello Frenchtown.

Borough Council meets Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall.

On the agenda is recognition and appreciation of long-time Frenchtown Fire Chief Jerry Hoffman, who is retiring and moving from town. Also being recognized is Dominikija Prostak, leader of the Frenchtown Green Team, who was just named Sustainable Jersey’s Environmental Hero for July. (Read more here: https://www.sustainablejersey.com/) Finally, in a long-standing tradition, I’ll read the names of the eighth grade graduates of Frenchtown Elementary School and Frenchtown graduates in the Del Val Regional High School Class of 2014.

Council will hear presentations from the Police Department and the borough auditor and will also hear a presentation by a developer who intends to create a residential complex across from the school between Lower 8th Street and Old Frenchtown Field. With respect to that project, Council will likely move to hire a professional planner to ascertain whether the property meets state standards to be considered an “area in need of redevelopment.” This is done at no cost to the taxpayers, for while the borough employs the planner, the work is paid for by the developer.

There will be two public hearings — one on a change in the borough salary and wage ordinance and the other on the $10,000 purchase of a new diesel powered mower to replace the old one that became unrepairable last month.

I will seek approval from Council to appoint new members of the Frenchtown Environmental Commission and one new member of the borough Planning Board.

Council will discuss a request from the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association to close certain downtown streets during the Bastille Day celebration set for Saturday, July 12 and during Riverfest, at the end of the summer.

See below for a chance to learn about invasive plant species while helping to clear them from the Frenchtown Preserve on July 12.

Hope to see you at the July 2 meeting and around town. Enjoy the 4th of July at home in Frenchtown!