Mayor’s Corner

Winter Storm Update

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Winter Storm Update

Dear Frenchtown:

The Borough is actively preparing for the pending snow storm that is expected to impact the area late this evening. I have been in contact with borough personnel and they are ready to respond as needed.  I anticipate that we will likely close Borough Hall tomorrow and our OEM Coordinator, Karen Hahn Harmon will likely initiate a temporary state of emergency as additional guidance on the storm becomes known.

In the interim, I have included a storm briefing with this message.

Stay tuned for additional updates.

Sincerely,

Brad

Frenchtown Street Smart Survey

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Frenchtown Street Smart Survey

Please provide your feedback on the “Street Smart” educational safety campaign that was conducted in town during the month of May. Your answers to this survey will help us evaluate the impact of this effort on making Frenchtown safer for pedestrians. It will just take a few minutes of your time. Your completed survey will serve as an entry into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to use at participating Frenchtown Business and Professional Association merchants!

COMPLETE SURVEY HERE: Frenchtown Street Smart Survey

Frenchtown Pedestrian Safety survey

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Frenchtown Pedestrian Safety survey

Hello Frenchtown!
You may know that Frenchtown has begun a pedestrian safety program.

Here’s a letter about the program from Tara Shepherd, the director of HART,
the county Transportation Management Agency, which is leading the effort
for us. There will be more information about the effort and its results
over the next few weeks.
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*Take the Frenchtown Pedestrian Safety Survey: Be Entered to Win a $100
Gift Certificate*

Frenchtown Borough and HART Commuter Information Services, a local
non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation, have
partnered to improve pedestrian safety in Frenchtown.

We’re looking for the community’s feedback on what your experience is
walking and driving in town. Please take a few minutes to complete a short
survey and be entered into a drawing for a $100 Frenchtown Gift
Certificate. *https://tinyurl.com/frenchtownsurvey
*

Hard copies of the survey are available at Borough Hall.

*Please note that all of your responses should relate to your experience* *in
Frenchtown only**. *

All responses will remain strictly confidential.

Tara Shepherd

Executive Director

HART Commuter Information Services

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Please take a moment to complete the survey. It will help us improve
pedestrian safety downtown.

Thanks,

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Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

Frenchtown Frenzy vs Milford Mayhem this Sunday!

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Frenchtown Frenzy vs Milford Mayhem this Sunday!

Hello Frenchtown!
On Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m. at the northeast corner of Old Frenchtown
Field (across from the elementary school) two mighty softball clubs will
come together for the second time to defend the honor of their sponsoring
towns.
Last year, the Frenchtown Frenzy slaughtered the Milford Mayhem (by a run
or two) in the inaugural battle. This year, the Mayhem is seeking
revenge… and the coveted yellow softball that has been on proud display
deep inside the locked bottom drawer of my desk at Borough Hall.
Which team will prevail THIS year?
Turn out to support your town! (Rumor has it that we’ll need all the
support we can get this year.) I’ll be announcing the game with some
hysterical drummer dude from Milford. Don’t worry, if I can influence the
outcome of the game from the sidelines, you know I will!
Admission is (almost) free: The game is a fundraiser for the food
pantries of the Frenchtown and Milford Presbyterian Churches, so you must
bring at least one nonperishable food item to watch. (If you want to play,
you need to bribe the coaches with more food donations.)
You don’t have to bring lunch, though. There will be food for sale,
including hot dogs, pierogies and other delights.
Attached is a flyer about the game.
Hope to see you there!
w

Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

Letter from the Frenchtown Elementary School Board of Education

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Letter from the Frenchtown Elementary School Board of Education

Hello Frenchtown,

Attached is a letter from Kate Nugent, President of the Frenchtown
Elementary School Board of Education regarding the FES 2015-16 school
budget.

A hearing on the budget is set for Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the
Elementary School library. The meeting is open to the public.

Along with Kate, I urge you to attend. As you know, funds raised to
support our elementary school and high school comprise the bulk of our
annual property tax bill. While the budget will be posted on the school
website, attending the meeting will give you the opportunity to ask
questions of the school officials who developed the budget.

I hope to see you there.

w

Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

gas explosion

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gas explosion

Hello Frenchtown.

Many of you have heard that there was a gas explosion in Frenchtown on
Friday, April 10. I have spoken to Police Chief Al Kurylka and want to
share what we know.

Mid afternoon, while working to install gas connections to the River Mills
project on Bridge Street at Lower Second Street, a line burst and an
explosion released a jet of gas. A short time later, after work had begun
again, a second explosion released another jet of gas, this time,
overcoming one of the workers who was in the dug hole at the time. The man
later revived and declined further medical assistance.

Emergency crews from the fire company, the gas company and the rescue squad
responded. The Chief, who had already been on the scene, called in another
officer who was on duty at the time.

Residents were evacuated from nearby homes as a safety precaution and were
temporarily sent to Borough Hall until the gas company representatives
deemed the situation safe for them to return.

Other than the worker, no one was injured. No property was damaged.

Chief Kurylka tells me that his officers and all emergency personnel
responded quickly and professionally. For that, as always, we are immensely
appreciative. Thank you to all.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

w

Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

Hello Frenchtown!

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Hello Frenchtown!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who celebrate the holidays!

Don’t forget the Lion’s annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 4, 10
a.m. at Old Frenchtown Field across from the elementary school. Plan to
come a little before 10. Once the whistle blows it’s all over in 10
minutes. Blink and you’ve missed it!

Maybe next year we’ll organize a potato latke hunt, too. LOL.

w

Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

Spring comes to Borough Park and all of Frenchtown

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Spring comes to Borough Park and all of Frenchtown

Hello Frenchtown.

Happy Spring! (Finally)

As you may have heard, the new sewer plant began operating early in
February. Sometime this spring we plan to have a “grand opening”
celebration of sorts at the plant for anyone who wishes to tour the
facility. It’s quite a wonder, actually. Not only does the water it sends
into the Delaware River the cleanest of any plant on the river, but it’s
said to be “cleaner” than the river water itself.

During the course of the next few months we plan to hold a series of Town
Hall meetings on Saturdays at Borough Hall to discuss major town issues,
including the new sewer rent proposal, a proposal to provide sewer and
water lines to the Hilltop neighborhood and pave those streets, public
safety (including pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety), some “green”
initiatives and several other things.

On Saturday, March 28, however, led by members of the Environmental
Commission, the Green Team and Friends of Frenchtown Parks, we plan to head
into Borough Park (alongside the Nishisackwick Creek) for the first nature
trail maintenance day of the season. The trail, as always, sustained some
damage over the winter and we’d like to get in there to try to bring it
back to a more “user-friendly” state ahead of bird mating season. One of
the wonderful aspects of the trail is that it winds through woods and open
areas where many bird species nest in spring. Getting a jump start on trail
maintenance makes it easier for Frenchtown families to bring young children
through the area for a peek and listen to all that activity.

So join us. No signing up is necessary. Just show up anytime between 9 a.m.
and noon. (Sunday is rain, or heaven forbid SNOW day.) Bring gloves (long
pants and shirtsleeves are recommended), hand pruners, loppers, shovels,
etc… or a chain saw if you feel comfortable using it. Don’t fret if you
have no tools. There will be plenty of opportunity to simply move fallen
branches out of the way.

Lastly, the Green Team is planning the 2015 Frenchtown-wide yard sale for
the first weekend in May (Fri-Sun, May 1,2,3). So as you get into spring
cleaning mode, remember to set aside all that junk – I mean treasure – for
the big event.

Hope to see you in Borough Park on Saturday.

w
Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

March 4 Borough Council meeting

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March 4 Borough Council meeting

Hello Frenchtown,

At the March 4 Borough Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Borough Hall, Council
will hear from the Milford-Holland Rescue Squad regarding the Borough’s
2015 funding obligation to the squad and from the Frenchtown Business and
Professional Association regarding the organization’s plans for 2015.

Also on the agenda are motions to hire a temporary part time secretary for
the police department (after the departure of the full time secretary in
February), a part-time police officer (to replace another part time
officer) and a temporary, part time employee for the Department of Public
Works who has been helping out during recent snow storms (we lost a part
timer in the DPW as well.)

Council will discuss a proposal by the County Department of Health to cover
the borough’s animal control responsibilities for 2015 and a request by the
Frenchtown Elementary School Board of Education to park two construction
materials storage trailers in the parking lot of Old Frenchtown Field
during the late spring and early summer while a construction project is
under way at the school. Council will also hear a report from the Planning
Board Engineer regarding a request by a property owner on Jackson Street to
build a house on the lot.

Council will hear updates on 1) a discussion with the county to swap
responsibilities for maintenance of the County portion of Harrison Street (6
th – 12th Streets) for Milford Road, 2) a proposal to install a sanitary
sewer and other improvements, including paving, to Hilltop, Chestnut and
Maple, 3) the sewer plant, 4) the proposed sewer rent plan, 5) the food
waste recycling proposal, and 6) the hiring of a fire prevention official.

Hope to see you there.

w

Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

Fwd: FEC Statement re. PennEast Pipeline

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Fwd: FEC Statement re. PennEast Pipeline

Hello All.
As you may know, the Frenchtown Borough Council passed a resolution
recently opposing the PennEast Pipeline.
After much scrutiny into the proposed pipeline plan, the Frenchtown
Environmental Commission has drafted a comprehensive statement in
opposition to the pipeline that will be read into the record at the next
Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission hearing on the pipeline,
Thursday, Feb. 26, 6 pm at The Grand Colonial, 86 Route 173 W., Hampton, NJ
08827.
Below is a message from the Environmental Commission regarding the
statement. The statement itself is attached to the email.

w

Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Holly Low
Date: Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:56 PM
Subject: FEC Statement re. PennEast Pipeline
To: joel boriek , Adrienne Crombie < lenapemuralproject@gmail.com>, Richard Reilly ,
Tom Woodruff , J Meade , ”
musolino@embarqmail.com” , Warren Cooper < wcooper@frenchtownboro.com>

The Frenchtown Environmental Commission has written a statement to submit
to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the proposed PennEast
pipeline.

We urge Frenchtown residents to read it (link below and attached as PDF)
and learn about potential impacts to the Borough. Feel free to take info
from it, and please submit comments to FERC by the deadline – this Friday,
Feb. 27 (https://ferconline.ferc.gov/

).

Besides impacts to habitat and wildlife, and increased flooding risks,* all
Fren**chtown residents should be concerned about the threat to our drinking
water*. Residents who live on Everittstown Rd, Ridge Rd, Kingwood Ave and
the Hilltop/Ward neighborhood should be concerned about potential impacts
to their well water.

Contact the Environmental Commission with any questions at
frenchtownenvironmentalcom@gmail.com.

*Please forward this message to Frenchtown residents.*

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5AT3iokKMBuUzFxdHdydGM4VlU/view