I want to begin by thanking our Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent, Jason Silverthorn and crew members Joseph Adamow, David Barrick, Jeffrey Godwin and Ryan Duckworth for their efforts in removing snow from approximately 50 miles of municipal roads on the morning of February 9 beginning at 3 AM and working through until 5 PM. Including the plowing of the municipal parking lot and snow removal from the municipal walkways and stairs in order for the township committee to meet at 6:00 pm for a budget meeting followed by our regular 7:30 meeting. Thanks for a job well done!
I’m also pleased to report, according to a state police press release, New Jersey State Police detectives from Kingwood station solved 13 burglaries in East Amwell Township. These burglaries began in July of 2016, in the John Ringo section of East Amwell. In early February, the detectives conducted an investigation in cooperation with detectives from Edgewater Park Police Department (Burlington County) and Burlington Township Police Department for numerous burglaries and thefts. The suspect would brazenly burglarize houses while the homeowners were asleep, usually entering through unlocked doors.
Detectives worked together to compile evidence, which led to the suspect’s arrest on Tuesday, February 7. As a result of the investigation, the suspect was charged in connection to 13 burglaries and thefts in Hunterdon County and several burglaries and thefts in Burlington County. He was also linked to a pursuit in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, involving a stolen vehicle and a burglary/theft in Raritan Township, Hunterdon County. State Police detectives notified both Hopewell and Raritan Township detectives of the investigation, which led to additional charges. Another job well done!
An important public hearing on affordable housing in East Amwell will be held on March 2nd, at 7:00 PM in the municipal building to review the statewide court ordered process for determining municipalities’ obligations to provide for affordable housing through 2025. This special meeting of the Township Committee is intended to update residents on the current status of the process and its potential impact on East Amwell. More information will be available during the regular meeting of the Township Committee on Thursday, March 9.
The Township Committee approved phase IV construction of the Clawson House including a new rear addition which will house a ½ bath and kitchenette, as well as a handicapped accessible rear entrance. Additional foundation work in the basement needs to be done and finally the rough mechanicals need to be installed in the entire house, including two HVAC units. The committee also stated their commitment to funding for phase V encompassing the entire finishing of the inside of the structure. It is estimated that the Clawson House can be finished and used within the next 12 months. As Jim Davidson, President of the East Amwell Historical Society stated, “when finished this house will be an excellent addition to the Township with its museum, meeting rooms and a repository for all the archival material that has been stored in the Municipal Building for 30 years.”
Mark your calendars now for a celebration of Spring in East Amwell at the Greenfest scheduled for April 22nd at the East Amwell School on Wertsville Road from 9 AM to 1 PM. Local organizations, students, members of the Township Advisory Committees, and partnering non-profit groups will showcase their interests and efforts to keep our wonderful community green and its residents healthy.
Please contact me with our questions and/or suggestions:firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-466-5969. Charles Van Horn