NEW MEMBER FEATURE! Welcome Dr T Vet Care! Dr. Turk provides quality, compassionate, veterinary care to animals in Blairstown, NJ and the surrounding areas of Warren, Morris and Sussex Counties. She is excited to provide exceptional medical care for animals such as dogs, cats, and small mammals and will also happily see some farm animals such goats and sheep.
MEMBER FEATURE! Brandt Box & Paper Co., Inc. operates as a paper packaging company which manufactures corrugated cartons, pads, liners, and partitions. The family-owned company was founded in 1952 and is based in Columbia, New Jersey.
MEMBER FEATURE! The Blairstown Enhancement Committee (BEC) is a group of volunteers committed to making the Blairstown area an even better place to live, visit and do business. In collaboration with its residents, business owners, township, schools and other stakeholders, the committee's goal is to create a thriving economy, while preserving the character and charm of the area.
MEMBER FEATURE! Blairstown Car Wash. Located at 3 Bridge St, Blairstown, NJ 07825. Call (908) 362-9950 for information.
MEMBER FEATURE! Blair Academy is a dynamic, coeducational boarding school where students pursue a superior college preparatory education empowered by strong faculty-student relationships.
MEMBER FEATURE! Ash Plumbing & Heating Company is a licensed, family owned and operated heating, cooling, and plumbing company serving all of northern Warren County, parts of Sussex County and the surrounding areas. For over 30 years, we have established a strong reputation as a reliable and professional contractor. We can handle all of your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs. We also have a fully stocked retail plumbing and heating supply store located in Blairstown, New Jersey which caters to homeowners and contractors.
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The Greater Blairstown Business Association
Unity in Business & Community
Agenda for 3/20/2019 GBBA General Meeting
Today’s Message: “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.”
Networking from 6:30 to 6:45 pm
15 people in attendance.
Opening Remarks at 6:45 pm:
Formal Business at approximately 7:00 pm:
Tonight’s Speaker at approximately 7:30 pm
New attorney as of 2018 (savings of $18,000).
Tax collection rate of 98% currently.
New well for township near the firehouse.
5800-5900 people (aging population)
754 max at BES down to 459
Area 30.9 sq miles with 58 miles of township roadways
Town employs 8 full time police. 6 public works people, 3 general staff...all full time. Other employees part time.
Vacant or abandoned homes in our town now must register and pay fees...collected over $100,000 as of the end of January 2019.
Ridge and valley to buy some unused land owned by the town for $56,000
Foreclosed on 7 properties that the township was paying taxes on….will be offered to contiguous property owners and then sold at auction if not sold.
Raised fees on clothing bins and zoning permits
The oil spill on Walnut Valley (fire house) to be remediated….at a tremendous cost. New company can save $200,000-400,000 from initial estimate
Blairstown has preserved over 1200 acres at a cost of about 1 million dollars in the past years since the open space tax was created
Debt service...1.4 million in debt. Largest expenditure being the municipal building
State aide (which yards creek money now counts as) is due to go down after having been flat for a number of years.
Reserves have constantly been depleted more every year, so measures have to be taken to correct that.
Expenses have been reduced by relying on volunteers more for things like emergency management. Crossing guards expense ($14,000) passed to the school (still being negotiated), ems contribution eliminated, payments to fire officers (stipends) have been eliminated.
Road improvements (very important to residents), capital improvements, fire equipment, OEM items...all needed expenditures
5.5 cent proposed municipal tax with 3.5 cents towards road improvement (raising about 248k per year for roads)The other 2 cents would go to the general appropriation. This is $137.5 for a home assessed at 250K for the year. Only 11.45 per month. Its $165 more a year for a 300K home. Not set in stone as its still being discussed.
For reference: The upper part of Mohican Rd from Cobblewood to Gaisler was about $380k with another $240k plus for the lower section to be done.
Town surplus is down to about $800k and constantly shrinking. Previously the township maintained a surplus of $2 million plus.
A municipal tax will allow us access to grant money otherwise unavailable to us without a municipal tax.
Still to be voted on.
Another idea is to bond for several roads to get them done all at once then pay back with new tax money as it comes in.
Public Participation at approximately 7:45 pm:
Fred Cook brought school budget info…..NWHS is losing state funds and in trouble.
Closing Remarks at approximately 8:00 pm:
NEW MEMBER FEATURE! The Beehive Workshop can make custom laser-cut pieces, from little ornaments to big gorgeous signs . . . and lots of fun stuff in between.