2020 Borough Budget Introduced

posted Jul 16, 2020, 11:26 AM by web master   [ updated Jul 27, 2020, 6:00 AM ]

Borough Council introduced its 2020 budget at a special meeting held on July 6, 2020.  A public hearing, along with a vote to adopt the budget, is scheduled for the August 17, 2020 regular Council meeting.  Please click here to view the introduced budget.  Comments and feedback can be provided during the public hearing on August 17th; please click here for instructions on how to attend the virtual meeting.

Mary Jacobs Library Agreement Approved

posted Jul 16, 2020, 11:20 AM by web master   [ updated Jul 16, 2020, 11:20 AM ]

The Borough Council is happy to report that an agreement to extend library services in Rocky Hill has been approved.  Please click here to view the joint press release.  In addition, click here to read a Montgomery News article that provides a brief summary of the agreement.

Borough Council Meeting - July 20, 2020

posted Apr 22, 2020, 5:51 AM by web master   [ updated Jul 13, 2020, 8:30 AM ]

The Rocky Hill Borough Council will meet on Monday July 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Please click here to view the draft agenda.  A virtual platform will be used.  Please click here for details on how to participate remotely.

2020 U.S. Census Information

posted Apr 22, 2020, 5:49 AM by web master   [ updated Apr 22, 2020, 5:56 AM ]

Remember to complete your census response, using the information mailed to your residence in mid-March.  New Jersey is stressing the importance of participating in the census, and the Borough urges you to do so as well.  Federal funding for social programs, transportation, public safety, and health insurance are directly tied to the census, as is New Jersey’s representation in congress.  In New Jersey, everyone counts!
Click the link below for a map showing state-by-state response rates:

Assistance and support available from the Rocky Hill Community Group

posted Apr 10, 2020, 6:17 PM by web master   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 6:17 PM ]

During this challenging time, the Rocky Hill Community Group would like residents to know that they are available for support. If you find yourself in need, please contact the Community Group.  Due to the generosity of our community, the Community Group can provide assistance and help in many ways.  Click here to view a letter with more information.

Library News - Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation press release

posted Apr 9, 2020, 6:55 PM by web master   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 6:18 PM ]

The MJLMF published the following press release on April 6, 2020.  Please click here to view the full document.


Contact: Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation
 Phone: 609 924 7073 x 107
 Email: foundation@maryjacobslibrary.org 

Statement from the Trustees of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation 

Rocky Hill, NJ: April 6, 2020 - The Board of Trustees at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation hopes that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during these trying times. 

Continuing the practice of keeping supporters and friends updated on developments relating to the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, the Trustees provide the following updates. 

For nearly 50 years, through the efforts of the Foundation, the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library has served the needs of the residents of the Borough of Rocky Hill and the Township of Montgomery. 

The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library is unique among all libraries in the Somerset County Library system in that it does not rely upon municipal real estate taxes to fund the cost of the library building. Instead, the MJMLF funded the initial construction of the building, and for most of its existence, the MJMLF has paid the costs of operating the building as well. 

In the early 2010s, it became financially unsustainable for MJMLF to be the sole source of funding for the operating costs of the building. Even with annual fundraising, for several years the Foundation had to dip into its endowment to cover the deficit. This also meant that required capital improvements needed to be funded through further reduction of the Foundation's endowment. 

Between 2014 and 2016, the MJMLF negotiated an agreement with the Somerset County Library Commission (SCLC) to have it begin to take over the operating costs of the building. Starting in 2016, MJMLF made contributions toward these expenses, and by 2020 the SCLC would fully take over all of the operating overhead of the building. Thereafter, the MJMLF could fund capital improvements needed through its fundraising efforts. 

The MJMLF believed that once the 2016 agreement had been negotiated and signed, the Foundation had secured the long term viability of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library to serve the needs of the residents of Rocky Hill and Montgomery. 

Unfortunately, approximately 2 years later, the SCLC and the Township of Montgomery announced, without prior warning to the MJMLF, that Montgomery would build its own new library building and that library services would be provided therein by the SCLC. After many conversations and proposed negotiations attempted by the Foundation, the SCLC made clear that once Montgomery had its own library building, it would no longer provide money to operate the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, even with a reduction in services. 

In the ensuing months, the Board conducted many meetings in the hopes that some community services could remain within the Library building. Many roadblocks occurred, and the decision was made to sell the building, as the Foundation could not sustainably support its operation and capital costs. 

Even when it became apparent that the Montgomery building would not be ready in a time frame that coincided with the closing of the MJML, the Somerset County Library Commission still did not offer to negotiate with the Foundation in order to retain the library in its current location. 

It has always been the Board's goal to keep some form of community library or meeting space within Rocky Hill. That goal has always been in mind as the Board looked for alternative ways to keep the library as is and as it looked for alternative locations nearby once selling the building seemed necessary. The community of Rocky Hill Borough, as well as Montgomery, needs a space where people can gather, where services can be accessed, where access to reference materials and internet can be found, where questions can be answered, where kids can do projects and connect with tutors, where groups can meet, where programs can be hosted, where community members can connect with community members. The Foundation feels this urgent need and wants to help meet it. 

Recently, the Board of the MJMLF initiated another round of negotiations with the Somerset County Library Commission to retain the library in the Borough for a period of time. The Foundation also wants the SCLC to maintain some, though perhaps reduced, library services in the current building after the library moves to Montgomery, and it wants the SCLC to continue the maintenance agreement and to better fulfill its end of the agreement by responding to needs more quickly or at all. In exchange for those things, some of which had already been promised, MJMLF has agreed to forego its initial request for more than nominal rent for the use of the building and will accept an amended extension of the 2016 agreement in which the SCLC pays for the costs of operating and maintaining the building for the next two and one-half years, with an extension of certain library services after that of 18 months or longer. 

Negotiations are ongoing and moving quickly, and both sides are eager to reach an agreement. 

As a result, the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation will begin, once again, to fundraise. If the library is to remain in its current location, the Foundation will need to be able to afford capital costs, supplemental items that the maintenance agreement does not cover or cover quickly enough, and for programs, like Summer Sounds, to continue. 

Once the novel coronavirus threat has been abated, people will need help and the community more than ever. We are thrilled at the prospect of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library remaining open and active for the coming few years, at least.


Cary Dawson, President
Michelle Jacob, Vice President
Tom Ix Treasurer
Crissy Blanos, Secretary
Michael DeCicco, Trustee
Brenda Fallon, Trustee
Phil Kartsonis, Trustee
Wendy Rayner, Trustee
Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation 

Library news - SCLS press release

posted Apr 8, 2020, 7:07 PM by web master   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 6:18 PM ]

The Somerset County Library System published the following press release on April 6, 2020.  To view the press release on the Library's webpage, click here.


Contact: Carolann DeMatos, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

908.458.8405; pressroom@sclibnj.org

County Freeholder, Townships, Library Commission, and Library Foundation Renew Partnership to Achieve Shared Goal of Providing Premier Library Services in Montgomery and Rocky Hill

(Somerset County, NJ: April 6, 2020) Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, the townships of Rocky Hill and Montgomery, the Library Commission, and the Mary Jacobs Library Foundation are pleased to announce a renewed partnership which will allow all parties to achieve their shared goal - providing premier library services for the residents of Montgomery and Rocky Hill.

"From the start of this process in January, all parties shared a common goal of providing premier library services to the residents of Montgomery and Rocky Hill,” said Freeholder and Library Liaison Melonie Marano. “I am delighted that through collaboration, lots of conversations between each stakeholder group and the mutual love of libraries, we collectively achieved this objective. Thanks to all the volunteer members of the subcommittees that worked tirelessly on these efforts; we appreciate all you do for our county."

The number one priority and ultimate mission of the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) is to provide superior library services for the residents of Somerset County in order to enrich lives, expand knowledge, and strengthen communities.

"The Library Commission is grateful for the Mary Jacobs Foundation’s willingness to assist the Commission in providing noteworthy library service to the shared communities of Rocky Hill and Montgomery. The Commission and County commend the altruism and applaud the unrelenting commitment of the Foundation to sustain the laudable mission statement ascribed to this foundation. SCLSNJ looks forward to a renewed spirit of partnership," said SCLSNJ Commission Chair Anthony Suriano.

Although there are still many discussions to be had over the coming months, this is a positive step towards a mutually beneficial outcome.

"We are pleased to be able to continue offering library services to the residents of Rocky Hill and Montgomery and deeply appreciate the cooperative efforts that have made this possible,” said SCLSNJ County Library Administrator Brian K. Auger.

To learn more or to explore the Library System’s digital services, visit SCLSNJ.org.

About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org.


Second Quarter Water & Sewer Bill

posted Apr 5, 2020, 6:55 PM by web master   [ updated Apr 5, 2020, 6:56 PM ]

Your second quarter water and sewer bill represents estimated usage for the January 1 to March 31 period.  Meter readings were not possible this quarter due to the COVID-19 precautions; actual readings will likely be taken for the third quarter.

Sewer System - Please be mindful

posted Mar 30, 2020, 7:49 PM by web master   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 7:49 PM ]

During this public health emergency, residents may be making use of more disinfecting wipes and paper towels.  Please remember - DO NOT dispose of wipes and paper towels by flushing them down the toilet.  These items do not break down and may cause backups in private and public sewer lines.  Please throw these items away in the trash can.  Thanks and stay healthy!

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