Borough of

Rocky Hill

News Flash

Special Borough Council Meeting Monday, 6/27/2022, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

To update citizens regarding the library situation and to obtain public comments.

If you were unable to attend this meeting and would like to leave a comment, you may send them to: clerk@rockyhill-nj.gov


Library Task Force report: LTF report

Library agreement between Rocky Hill, Montgomery, Mary Jacobs Foundation and the Somerset County Library System: MJL agreement

Mary Jacobs Foundation press release: MJF press release


Links to other library information:

https://sclsnj.org/mj-5-23-2022/

https://sclsnj.org/turning-the-page/

http://maryjacobs.org/

http://maryjacobs.org/mission-and-vision/


Google Meet joining info:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/fpy-iiju-ffg

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 978-593-4021‬ PIN: ‪792 295 538‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/fpy-iiju-ffg?pin=7598832550581


The Borough of Rocky Hill recognizes LGBTQ+ pride this month.


The Borough of Rocky Hill commemorates Juneteenth.


The Borough of Rocky Hill expresses sympathy and prayers for the community of the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.


The Planning Board will have a hearing on an amendment to the Master Plan at the June 14, 2022 meeting at 7 PM. Added 6/6/2022

Attached here is the Housing Element and Fair Share Plan:

Special Borough Council Meeting 6/6/2022-canceled

The topic will be the Mary Jacobs Library. Added 6/1/2022


Board Volunteers Needed

There is an open seat on the Board of Health as well as the Planning Board. Please contact the borough if you are interested and if you have any questions about serving as a volunteer for the borough on these boards. Added 5/12/2022


2022 Rocky Hill Borough Budget

Added 5/26/2022

Bulk Trash and Brush & Limb Pickup

Scheduled for the week of May16, 2022. Updated 5/16/2022

Bulk Pickup: Scheduled for Wednesday, May 18. Please have items to curb by 6 AM. No hazardous waste, TVs or other electronics, or appliances. Latex paint is okay but must be dried out.

Brush and Limb pickup: Branches must be 4 inches or less in diameter. Brush and branches less than 2 inches need to be tied in bundles and should be less than 4 feet in length.

Please keep bulk items and brush & branches in separate piles.

Memorial Day Commemoration Event

Planned for Monday May 30, 10AM at Panicaro Park. Note the earlier start time of 10 AM. Added 5/12/2022


Rocky Hill Earth Day Clean Up and River Clean Up

Thanks to all those who attended and helped out on our Earth Day activities. The weather was perfect and we collected over two dozen bags of litter and plies of debris. Special thanks to Jenn Walsh, Susan Bristol, the Watershed Institute, D & R Canal, Sharri Steen, and all those residents who pitched in to help. Updated 5/12/2022

Please join us on April 30, 2022 and volunteer to help remove trash, litter, and debris from local rivers and streams at our 1st Annual Stream Cleanup and long standing Rocky Hill Earth day clean up event.


We will initially gather on April 30th at 10AM at Rocky Hill Borough Hall and then disperse to clean up: the Pebble Beach area (RH owned Millstone River frontage near the 518 bridge), D&R canal towpath (section of the path heading towards Montgomery from 518) and municipal areas within Rocky Hill (green acres/Borough Hall, Panicaro Park, etc).

If you join us after 10AM - please come directly to the area where you would like to participate in the clean-up.

This clean up event will be a great way to get outside, improve the scenic beauty of our region and positively impact our wildlife habitat.

Rain or shine event. Please bring your own gloves and (reusable!) water bottle. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are suggested for woodier areas.

This is an in-person program. Masks and social distancing are optional. A parent or legal guardian is required to attend with all children. Any questions please contact jwalsh@rockyhill-nj.gov

Gather afterwards, 2-4 PM, at Borough Hall to celebrate our clean-up accomplishments with entertainment (bounce house, mechanical bull & other fun activities).


Special Council Meeting

Please be advised the Borough Council of the Borough of Rocky Hill will hold a special meeting virtually at 6:00 PM on May 2nd, 2022. The purpose of this meeting will be to have a round table discussion between the clerk and the council regarding procedure and host a Q & A session from the council members. The meeting can be accessed by the link below Added 4/29/2022

Google Meet joining info:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/qvr-xamh-sxa

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 803-567-3886‬ PIN: ‪380 007 954‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/qvr-xamh-sxa?pin=6488436492473

Celebration of the Past, Present and Future of Mary Jacobs Library

April 28, 2022 between 10:30am - 7:30pm Added 4/25/2022

There will be an historical video to watch.

The heartwarming stories of MJL will be told by many people in our community who have worked and visited MJL over these years.

Folks can also tell SCLS's Brian Auger how much the MJL means to the community and ask him to help us retain our branch going forward.

Tree Saplings are Available

Celebrating Earth Day, we have Shellbark Hickory, Paw-paw and Cornelian Cherry tree saplings. Email jwalsh@rockyhill-nj.gov if you're interested & we can coordinate pick-up. Added 4/25/2022

Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Weekend

SUNDAY POSTPONED

due to weather until April 10, 2022


FUN

MUSIC

FOOD


Featuring Local Live Band

OWEN LAKE & The Tragic Loves


Letter sent to homeowners with latest MJL developments.

Saturday 04/02 10am-12 noon

Drop in at the MJML to THANK our LIBRARIANS,meet our RH Library Task force members and borrow materials before the building closes for renovations.

Sunday 04/10 2pm-4pm

Community Celebration w/food/fun/fellowship

Outside behind the Amy Garrett House.

Hosted by RH Community Group/Sponsored by RH Library Task Force.


In continuing the RH tradition of hospitality, events are open

to our friends and neighbors. We appreciate your support

as we plan for the future Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill!

Info: sbristol@rockyhill-nj.gov or 609-924-4088



Somerset County Preservation Plan

The Final public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, March 30th at 4:45 p.m. Updated 3/23/2022

The public may participate in this meeting by using the following link:

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95794628119.

Meeting ID: 95794628119

Conference Call-in Number: 1-929-205-6099

Access Code: 95794628119#


Somerset County notes that this will be the first Preservation Plan of its kind, combining all 3 Preservation elements, in the history of the U.S.


Somerset County clearly outlines a 30-day period for public input to the Preservation Plan -- any and all formal comments should be submitted ahead of the final proposed Plan, making it to the Planning Board for their approval on Tuesday, May 17th, as county officials in the Office of Planning, Policy & Economic Development have explained this timeframe.


Comments can be provided in writing to Walter C. Lane, PP, AICP, Director of the Office of Planning, Policy and Economic Development at P.O. Box 3000, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, New Jersey 08876 or via email at PreservationPlan@co.somerset.nj.us.


Link to Somerset County Draft Preservation Plan Documents

Somerset County Covid Statistics

Covid case information and vacination rates are now available below in the Covid-19 Update section. Added 3/21/2022


Rocky Hill Poetry Path

April is National Poetry Month...

Celebrate our LOCAL POETS! Updated 3/8/22

SUBMIT your poems to hpbii@aol.com

by March 30 to be considered for the path

WALK the Path in Green Acres behind

Borough Hall throughout month of APRIL

READ your work at the Mary Jacobs Library

Poetry Slam at MJML 04/12/22 from 6pm-7pm

Register for the event here:

https://sclsnj.libnet.info/event/6032663



In celebration of our local poets, our environment & our trails!

The Rocky Hill POETRY PROJECT/ EARTH DAY: April 22, 2022

Prospective Candidates for the November Elections:

Procedures to file to run for local office.

The election season is upon us. Partisan candidates looking to run for election of a municipal office must file a petition with Rebecca Newman, the Borough Clerk, no later than 4:00 PM on April 4th, 2022. The Borough Office will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Monday April 4th, 2022 to accept petitions. If a candidate is looking to turn a petition in prior to that date and time, please email the Clerk at Clerk@rockyhill-nj.gov and she will set up an appointment to accept it.

Non-partisan candidates looking to run for election of a municipal office must file a petition with the Somerset County Clerk, Steven Peter no later than 4:00 PM on June 7th, 2022.

Petitions, number of required signatures and additional information can be found on the Somerset County website via the link below.

Somerset County Clerk link.


Municpal Alliance presents "Race To Be Human" documentary

Race to be Human.pdf

Water System PFOS updates:

New PFOS limit non-compliance letter mailed week of 2/14.

Nov. 30, 2021 NJDEP PFAS in Drinking Water Summit Presentation Slides available ...Updated 12/9

A new NJDEP Tier II letter was sent out dated Feb 15.

Click here to access the required notice that was also mailed to all Rocky Hill Borough water utility accounts on week of February 14, 2022.

Additional information is available at the Water - Sewer - Environment Committee webpage.

Ongoing COVID-19 testing and other information

Several sites involved in planning ongoing COVID testing are listed on the Borough's COVID -19 webpage.

The Borough contracts with the Montgomery Township Health Department, and their site also has ongoing COVID updates and information about testing sites.


Walk-up testing clinic update from our contracted Mont. Health Dept.: -updated 1/10/22


The Montgomery Health Department has moved their testing site to the J&J Campus located at 199 Grandview Rd, Skillman, NJ and should be there for the next few weeks: Mon - Fri from 8am - 3pm. Further information and pre-registration instructions are available at the site below.


Monty PCR Testing Clinic Open | Montgomery Township New Jersey (montgomerynj.gov)

Update of Schafer Litigation ...Updated 3/9/2022 with Consent Order signed by presiding judge.

In May 2018, a builder’s remedy lawsuit was brought against the Borough regarding the vacant property on Princeton Avenue, commonly known as the Schafer Tract (Block 10, Lot 19). In a builder’s remedy lawsuit, the plaintiff sues to rezone a property to allow for construction of higher density housing than what current zoning allows, provided that the development includes a set aside of affordable housing units that are designated for low and moderate income.


The Borough is in the process of concluding the settlement of this litigation. Mayor and Council, along with our Borough Professionals, have prepared a full update and background information on this matter, which will be fully disseminated to the public during the public hearing scheduled for December 13, 2021. The rationale for holding a series of special meetings is in the interest of the following:

1. Concluding the settlement discussions prior to the end of 2021, as directed and recommended by the Court.

2. Allowing time to properly inform the public on the matter, with details as follows:

a) To allow adequate time for a public hearing during the second reading of the ordinance, a special meeting was scheduled for December 13. Council wants to give the public as much time as possible to ask questions and not have the public hearing compressed into a regular business meeting. We also did not want to hold a public hearing on this topic during our regular December 20 meeting, as it is during a holiday week when the public will be busy.

b) A special meeting for introduction on November 29 was necessitated based on item (a) above.

c) A special meeting for Planning Board review is necessitated based on items (a) and (b) above.


The timeline of events is as follows:

November 29, 2021

Special Meeting of the Borough Council:

· Council passes Resolution 2021-112 authorizing a Settlement Agreement by and between the Borough of Rocky Hill and David K. Schafer.

· Council introduces Ordinance 2021-15, an affordable housing overlay zoning ordinance that complies with the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

December 2, 2021

Special Meeting of the Borough Planning Board:

· Planning Board reviews Ordinance 2021-15 for consistency with the Master Plan.

December 13, 2021

Special Meeting of the Borough Council:

· Second reading of Ordinance 2021-15, including public hearing.

Ordinance was adopted 12/13.

February 7, 2022

Borough Council approved the Settlement Agreement ending Shafer litigation.

March 8, 2022

Consent order signed by Judge Miller.


Pertinent Documents:

  1. Resolution 2021-112 authorizing execution of a settlement agreement by and between the Borough of Rocky Hill and David K. Schafer

  2. Settlement Agreement

  3. Ordinance 2021-15, an affordable housing overlay zoning ordinance

  4. Concept Plan (which is technically part of the Ordinance, but is attached here as a separate document)

  5. Consent Order of Fairness and Settlement Agreement

  6. Consent Order Regarding Borough of Rocky Hill's Fair Housing Obligation

  7. Signed by Judge Miller - Consent Order Regarding Borough of Rocky Hill's Fair Housing Obligation








Sidewalk work:

Residents can contact Borough's sidewalk contractor for work on apron or within driveway space ....Updated 12/27

Residents can schedule additional sidewalk or apron replacement work

The Borough has contracted with ADS Contractors, LLC to address the sections of the Borough's sidewalk in need of replacement. This work has been completed.

Residents can contact the contractors directly if they wish to schedule work on sidewalks within a driveway space, on aprons or other work outside the scope of the Borough's damaged sidewalk replacement project..

The contact information is:


David A. SebastiaoADS Contractors LLC908-246-3893

Sidewalk cutting - ongoing additional sidewalk work

The Borough hired Always Safe Sidewalks to cut edges of stable but uneven sidewalk on most of Route 518 in late October. This work used the reminder of the funds in the 2021 budget for sidewalk work. Cutting is much less expensive than replacing sidewalk slabs, enabling us to address more areas more quickly and for less money.

Additional sidewalk cutting may be scheduled in 2022 after evaluation of the completed Rt 518 cutting work using potential unspent bond funds or 2022 budget funds. Council discussion on this matter are ongoing.

The state has lifted the COVID emergency and many of the restrictions have been removed.

Access to vaccination has become readily available and I encourage all to get vaccinated including a booster. Although, I caution that this remains a time of uncertainty, so I recommend everyone to keep following the COVID protection practices of getting vaccinated, wearing a mask

in crowds, social distancing, and especially remember to continue the single most effective public health prevention practice of frequent handwashing.

I wish everyone a safe, healthful, and joyous holiday and winter season.

- Bob Uhrik, Mayor - December 1, 2021

Click here for important COVID-19 updates

Somerset County Covid Statistics

Somerset County Covid Vaccination Statistics