Hello Frenchtown.

Here’s news about the Wednesday, May 7 Borough Council meeting (7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall) and some other things going on around town this week.

At the meeting, Council will set salaries for borough employees and introduce the 2014 budget. (A public hearing and vote on the budget is next month, at the June 4 meeting.) Council will hear reports from various heads of departments and committees, including the Green Team, the Library Board, the Tax Assessor, the Zoning Officer/Code Enforcement Officer and the Fire Department.

We’ll also hear from Frenchtown Board of Education President Kate Nugent about the school board’s efforts to hire a new principal/CSA and a new board secretary/business administrator. And Thomas Dodd, of Animal Control Solutions, will give Council an overview of the animal control services his company provides. (The borough has to replace its animal control officer after Hunterdon Humane recently lost its credentials.) Council will further discuss the issue and could appoint a new Animal Control Officer at the meeting.

Other business on the agenda includes consideration of 1) proclamations raising awareness of a rare progressive bone disorder and the annual Relay for Life, 2) approval for the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association to hold for the second year a Sunday Farmers Market (June 1 – October 26), 3) accepting a new member of the Frenchtown Volunteer Fire Department (yeah!), and 4) the filming of a movie in Frenchtown on May 13.

The meeting will end with an Executive Session (private discussion) on the contract with Lambertville for construction official permitting and inspection services. The existing contract expires at the end of June.

On other things:

Frenchtown Poetry Open Mic is Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Yoga Loka, above the Frenchtown Launderette on Bridge Street. Everyone is invited to come read a poem or two — their own work or a favorite written by someone else — or to just come and listen. In addition to the better known poets in our community, we’re hoping to lure young poets, particularly elementary, high school and college students. Of course, it’s free and open to all. Join us.

Thanks to all who turned out on Sunday to watch the Frenchtown Frenzy slaughter the Milford Mayhem (12-9?) in the first-in-a-long-time interborough ball game (call it the Bikepath Series? — even though the bikepath never reaches Milford.) The event raised about 500 items and 500 pounds of food for the two towns’ food pantries. (Thanks everyone!) An announcer called the game with humor and Sandy’s Bridge Street (Milford) Grille served up hot dogs and snacks. I’ll present Borough Council with the impressive trophy (a screaming yellow/green softball) at tomorrow night’s meeting.

On Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. we’ll play the companion Frenchtown-Milford “family” softball game, open to all players, regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or even skill level! Please bring your favorite bat and glove (if you’ve got ‘em) – and a T-Ball stand if you have one of those. The game will be played on the ball field in the northeast corner of Old Frenchtown Field, across from the elementary school. Please be respectful of our neighbors on 12th Street – don’t speed and don’t park illegally. (There’s plenty of parking in the lot at the opposite corner of the field. It’s a bit of a hike, but think of it as a warm up.) Hope to see you there.

See you around town,