Borough of

Rocky Hill

News Flash

Special Borough Council & Planning Board Meetings re Schafer Litigation ...Updated 11/30


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.


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)


Final Rocky Hill 2021 Leaf Pickup: week of Dec. 13th. -piles with debris may not be picked up

Rocky Hill Borough has scheduled final Fall curbside leaf pickup.

The 1st pickup was the week of November 8th and the second was the week of November 22nd. A third leaf pickup is scheduled for the week of December 13th.

Leaves should be curbside ready for pickup on Monday of the appropriate weeks. The exact day(s) of pickup will be determined by weather and contractor availability.

No branches, sticks, or other debris should be included in leaf piles. Debris clogs the leaf vacuum. Piles containing debris may not be picked up, requiring the property owner to dispose of the pile.

Sidewalk work:

Residents can contact Borough's sidewalk contractor for work on apron or within driveway space

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 is expected to be completed the week of Nov. 8th.

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 - 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 is expected to use 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 after evaluation of the completed Rt 518 cutting work and reallocation of potential unspent bond or budget funds.

Aggravated Sexual Assault Suspect Sought - Oct. 1st Middlesex Cty. Press release below

The October 1st Press Release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office about the sexual attack in Plainsboro, with a composite sketch, can be accessed by clicking here.

Authorities have not provided details of the exact location nor the type of weapon used because the investigation is ongoing. It appears that the approximate area was on trails in South Brunswick and Plainsboro that are adjacent to (lead to) the D & R canal.

The recent incident in Plainsboro is a reminder to take the following precautions when out in desolate areas such as the Canal towpath:


Always be cognizant of you surroundings and persons around

Preferably walk in pairs or groups

let people know your route of travel if venturing out alone

Have a cell phone handy

Ida: FEMA, Flooding, Grant & Debris removal & Home Cleanup Hotline Information -Updated 9/9/21

The Borough of Rocky Hill has now switched from rescue mode to recovery mode. The County of Somerset will be picking up debris for the homes flooded by the river (more details below). The Borough is working on a plan to collect other debris from flooded basements, etc. Please be patient with us as many towns are in need of dumpsters and removal.

Please email the Clerk Rebecca Newman at clerk@rockyhill-nj.gov or call the office at 609-924-7445 if you have non-Millstone River flood debris that you need to dispose of. Please include your address and an approximate quantity of debris, for example 10 contractor bags of debris, 5 wheel barrow loads, a pick up truck load etc. Anyway you can quantify would be very helpful. We will respond to you as soon as we are able to get a plan in place.

Thank you.


Somerset County website listing of IDA Recovery Disaster Resources are available by clicking here.


Home Cleanup Hotline information via Assemblyman Zwicker

Residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844/965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that can assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold. The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17.


Somerset County Millstone River flooding debris only pickup:

In Rocky Hill this pickup is exclusively for Millstone River related flooding and does not include any flooding debris from properties not adjacent to the river.

For curbside pickup of debris, the debris must be separated into separate piles. This is a contract requirement and must be adhered to for pick up. The pamphlet available by clicking here outlines the procedures. The timing of the debris pickup is TBD.



Disaster Declaration and FEMA Information

Individuals in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties can apply with FEMA the following ways:

For your reference, I have attached fact sheets on the Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Office of External Affairs, Congressional Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500.

NJ Federal Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs

FEMA Individual Assistance Program Fact Sheet

FEMA Public Assistance Fact Sheet

FEMA Disaster Assistance Sequence of Delivery Fact Sheet


NJ DEP Tropic Storm Ida Emergency Newsletter listing numerous sources of pertinent information.



Business & Nonprofit grants for Mortgage & Rent Ida related relief

On Sept. 3rd Governor Phil Murphy announced relief for small businesses impacted by Ida. Please note the following below.


Support for New Jersey businesses and nonprofits is on the way. A $10 million grant program is being developed that will provide short-term, immediate rent and mortgage reimbursement.


The proposed program will provide grants of $1,000 to $5,000 dollars. As proposed, grants will be provided in the form of reimbursement of a business’s August rent or mortgage payment.


The program is for New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with up to 50 employees. The program will apply to organizations that suffered physical damage as a result of weather caused by Tropical Storm Ida and any additional flooding immediately thereafter on September 1st and 2nd, 2021. Landlords and home-based businesses are not eligible.


To be eligible, a business or nonprofit must:


Provide certification of an unmet need due to damage and/or business interruption.

Provide documentation of physical damage to the applicant’s physical commercial location.

Present a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Submit recent wage reporting form (WR30), if applicable.

Be registered to do business in the State of New Jersey.

Be in good standing with the Department of Taxation.

Comply with any additional requirements that are announced when the program is finalized.

The parameters of the program announced today are preliminary and are subject to change. The proposed program will be presented to The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board for consideration of approval at a special meeting on Wednesday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m. If approved, the NJEDA expects to announce full details and the application timeline for the grant program following that meeting.


For more information, please visit: https://business.nj.gov/covid/ida


Pilot Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program - NJ State Assistance

The pilot Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is a support measure to help businesses and nonprofits impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program will provide grants from $1,000 up to $5,000 to New Jersey-based businesses and nonprofits that have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) as reported on their last WR-30 form (Q2 2021) with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) and have a physical commercial location in New Jersey that suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program is currently funded with $10,500,000 and may increase to $15 million. One-third of the initial request and one-third of the subsequent request (if necessary) will be reserved for entities in a census tract that was eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone, but can be released back into the general program if demand from businesses and nonprofits in these areas has been met. Furthermore, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses and nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Henri, but can be released back into the general program pool if demand from these entities has been met.
The pilot program may be expanded if additional funds become available.
For more information on the program please see: https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/


Low-interest business disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

The pilot Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is a support measure to help businesses and nonprofits impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program will provide grants from $1,000 up to $5,000 to New Jersey-based businesses and nonprofits that have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) as reported on their last WR-30 form (Q2 2021) with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) and have a physical commercial location in New Jersey that suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program is currently funded with $10,500,000 and may increase to $15 million. One-third of the initial request and one-third of the subsequent request (if necessary) will be reserved for entities in a census tract that was eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone, but can be released back into the general program if demand from businesses and nonprofits in these areas has been met. Furthermore, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses and nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Henri, but can be released back into the general program pool if demand from these entities has been met.
The pilot program may be expanded if additional funds become available.
For more information on the program please see: https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/


Links to other information complied and prepared by the Health Department

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

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