(VIDEO) Clinton clears public-private partnership for historic preservation | Hunterdon Review News

CLINTON – City council voted in favor of a public-private partnership between the City of Clinton Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Red Mill Museum Village at the city council meeting on Wednesday, August 25.

This partnership, which will be known as the Town of Clinton Historic Facades Improvement Grants Program, will provide grants to help historic district landowners improve their building facades.

By creating this program and helping Landowners in the Historic District improve their building facades, the program hopes to preserve the town’s historic buildings for generations to come, benefiting Clinton’s character and charm as well as its local economy. Applications will be examined by a joint committee of the Historical Commission and the Moulin Rouge. It will be made up of three members of the Historical Commission and two of the Moulin Rouge.

Applications will soon be available for landowners in the historic district.

HPC members and Red Mill manager Paul Muir also discussed the need for an ordinance setting out the rules for demolition of historic properties. The ordinance would set out the rules for the demolition of historic buildings.

“The Historic Preservation Commission spoke of a sort of common sense approach to protecting and preserving our historic district,” said City Councilor Ross Traphagen. “Because of the historic charm of Clinton, especially in the downtown area, if all of these historic buildings were torn down and disappeared, it would fundamentally change the city.”

The objective of the demolition order would be to define the rules for demolition of historic properties in the historic district.

“Our goal is to preserve and conserve the historic flavor of our city. We’re not trying to tell you what color you can paint your shutters, ”said Rosemarie Platt, Center Street resident, Weichert Realtor and HPC member. “The historic district is what makes this city unique.

Roger Mellick, Center Street resident and HPC member said, “We cannot legislate what people can and cannot do. “

“It would apply to a house from the 1800s, not a house from the 1950s or 1960s,” Muir said. “These houses are not historic like a house from the 1800s.”

The order is expected to be presented at the meeting on Wednesday, September 8.

Joseph Pietraszewski and Andrew Lerner both join the force as patrollers at an annual salary of $ 57,960.89 each.

Non-profit alcohol license

The council introduced an ordinance allowing nonprofit clubs, lodges, and fraternal, civic and charitable organizations to be club licensed. There will be two licenses available at a cost of $ 188. There will also be two full retail distribution licenses available for $ 2,500.

The ordinance was adopted unanimously.

The second reading, public hearing and adoption vote will take place on Wednesday, September 8.

The council adopted an ordinance, after a second reading and a public hearing, prohibiting the consumption of cannabis in the public domain. Currently, tobacco use is prohibited in the public domain and the ordinance has been updated to include cannabis as the use of medical marijuana is legal.

The ordinance was adopted unanimously.

The council also passed an ordinance authorizing the police department to enforce traffic rules on the former A&P redevelopment area on the former Highway 22, now known as Old 22 Urban Renewal.

According to the ordinance, “All traffic and parking regulations applicable under the laws of the State of New Jersey are to be enforced by the Clinton City Police Department on private or semi-public roads and areas. parking within the boundaries of (Old 22 Urban Renewal).

All signs, poles or other necessary materials used for traffic and parking control must be installed and maintained exclusively by (Old 22 Urban Renewal).

The ordinance was adopted unanimously.

The council voted to purchase a Ford F250 pickup truck in the amount of $ 49,264.75 and a Ford F350 pickup truck in the amount of $ 44,509.75 from the Morris County Co-op Program.

The council also voted to hire Vincent Cerca as a worker for the Department of Public Works at the rate of $ 19.12 per hour.

The council also voted to sign a stormwater maintenance and installation agreement with Old 22 Urban Renewal Associates, for the redevelopment of the old A&P property.

The council passed a resolution requesting funding in the amount of $ 26,494 for the body worn camera grant program.

The board adopted a resolution recognizing that the annual audit report for the year 2020 had been completed.

The council passed a resolution adopting in its entirety the non-legally binding International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism.

The board will ensure that the IHRA’s working definition of anti-Semitism is made available as an educational resource for the police department and other municipal agencies tasked with addressing anti-Semitism and other forms of anti-Semitism. discrimination.

Whitney Wetherill was appointed to the shade tree commission and Gil Swenson was appointed to the recreation committee.

The Goosetown Neighborhood Block Party is scheduled to take place on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday September 25-26.

The annual Run O ‘the Mill 5K now hosted by the Hunterdon Lions Youth Track Club is now scheduled to resume on March 12, 2022.

The next City Council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8 at the City Building at 43 Leigh Street.

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