Hopewell Township Committee Talks Woosamonsa Repairs, Fields Public Comments

Hopewell Township Committee Talks Woosamonsa Repairs, Fields Public Comments

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Hopewell Township Committee, 2018

The Hopewell Township Committee discussed repairs and the reopening Woosamonsa Road, and fielded public comments at their early Halloween morning meeting.

The Committee passed a resolution accepting a bid from Hale Built, a family-owned, Flemington based construction company, for the repairs of Woosamonsa Road, which has been closed for months due to issues with an undisclosed homeowner.

The project is slated to be completed before November 15. Additionally, the Committee said it had no plans to take legal actions against the homeowner from which the delay came.

“We did our best to work with the resident, it’s just sad that he didn’t work with us,” Committee member Michael Ruger said.

The Committee additionally reappropriated the money previously allocated for emergency repairs towards new audio and video equipment for the Township.

Furthermore, the Committee heard multiple public comments, most notably about the Committee’s meetings schedule, with many meetings being subject to postponement or cancellation in recent weeks.

Community member Jon Edwards called the early Halloween meeting a “travesty,” with two Committee members absent as well as their lawyer, with other members criticizing holding the meeting on Halloween.

Mayor Kevin Kuchinski defended the meeting schedule, stating that meetings are postponed if they have “no significant business” and that the meeting was moved to Halloween due to a late bid on the Woosamonsa project.

Moving forward, the Committee will be looking into digital distribution of their newsletter to give residents better notice of meeting postponements and cancellations.

The next Hopewell Township Committee meeting is scheduled for November 13.

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