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The Township Council is the legislative body of Hamilton Township.Hamilton's Mayor-Council form of government calls for the at-large election of five Township Council members, who at its annual organization meeting, elects a president and vice-president to serve for a one-year term each.The Council represents the public and develops and adopts policies, addresses public issues, formulate township policy through motion, resolutions and ordinances which reflect the needs of the public, and maintains a working knowledge of intergovernmental issues and how they will affect Hamilton Township.Members serve a 4 year term. Vote for two (2).

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    Richard Balgowan
    (Rep)

  • Vincent Capodanno
    (Rep)

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    Pasquale "Pat" Papero, Jr.
    (Dem)

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    Nancy Phillips
    (Dem)

What actions can be taken to ensure safe housing for seniors?

How can the sewer payment impasse between Hamilton and Robbinsville be resolved?

Where do you stand on the building of Project Freedom housing across the street from the Hamilton Library?

What are your budget priorities for the township?

I believe we can ensure safe housing for seniors by implementing/improving building inspections of senior housing facilities and holding landlords and owners liable for any violations.
Robbinsville has not paid their fair share, for utilizing Hamilton Township’s sanitary sewer system, for many years. They owe Hamilton Township about 2.8 million dollars. I’m hopeful that we can resolve the issue by sitting down with the Robbinsville administration to work out a satisfactory plan for them to pay off this debt. I think Hamilton is open to negotiating alternative methods for Robbinsville to pay off their debt. Including a payment plan and offering certain services, etc.to the township. If negotiating fails, Hamilton Township has no recourse but to use litigation to recoup the money that is rightfully theirs.
I think Project Freedom is an outstanding program that is needed to facilitate development of affordable housing for people (and their families) who are disabled. Project Freedom provides people with disability the opportunity to live independently in their communities. I think that the location, across from the Hamilton Library, could be an excellent location for a Project Freedom development. It is in close proximity to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, the YMCA, stores and banks, etc. An assessment of the property, across from the Library, would be required to make sure that the land is suitable (e.g., are there wetlands?) for this type of development.
Hamilton Township, under Mayor Yaede’s leadership, has imiproved township operations resulting in a decrease in the town's overall debt and the lowering of property taxes. More can, and should be done, to continue that trend. I believe we should consider implementing more programs to reduce spending. A couple of examples, that would require evaluation, are to capture the methane produced at the township’s wastewater treatment plant, and use that methane to produce electricity to operate the plant, consider a program to install non-vegetative surfaces under guard/guide rails. This would eliminate the manual labor needed to weedwack under the guard/guid rail during mowing. Consider implementing a "Reverse Bidding" System.
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Federal Community Block Grant Program funds should be continued to be used to upgrade the homes of low and moderate income seniors to insure that their houses are at least minimally safe, decent and sanitary. I would better promote the town’s Housing Rehabilitation Program and petition the Federal Government for additional money . Also, continued inspection of apartment units would help the situation.
Once all of the information, records and statistics regarding the matter from both parties is available then I would say that the settlement of this matter should become evident to reasonable people. Robbinsville should then pay their negotiated share of the cost for Hamilton’s sewer service to their town. If that does not occur then other remedies should be pursued.
I believe that the land you reference is that owned by Hamilton. That large parcel was purchased many years ago to accommodate a town center. To date, the site remains vacant. I believe that over time, much of the land has been declared wetland and therefore not developable. A portion of the available property could be put to good use for development by Project Freedom for barrier free housing for individuals with disabilities. That location is in close proximity to the library, police, shopping, transportation, etc. Project Freedom’s Kuser Road site has been a great success in providing affordable accessible living. The remaining land might be developed for offices, retail, etc. to provide ratables and job opportunities.
The safety of the public at the most reasonable cost possible is paramount. This includes but isn’t limited to police and fire protection, health issues and safe road systems
We owe it to Hamilton seniors to ensure that they live in a safe, thriving community. Our seniors must have an open line of communication with Council as on outlet to hear whatever concerns they might have and improvements that can be made. Public outreach is critical to make certain that they know what resources are available to them. I support the Council’s action to reinstate permit fee waivers for seniors, so that they can afford to maintain and make improvements to their homes. Cultivating Hamilton as a town where seniors can continue to live in their homes affordably and safely is of utmost importance, and if elected, I will explore additional ways to do that.

Open communication between Hamilton and Robbinsville must immediately be established to resolve this issue. Rather than resorting to back and forth public statements, we must maintain a constant dialogue so that these agreements can be properly negotiated. If that currently existed, it is possible that we would not be in this current situation and suing our neighboring town. It is our responsibility to do everything we can to lessen the taxpayer burden on Hamilton residents, and that means working as quickly as possible to ensure that Robbinsville pays its fair share to the sewer department by whatever means necessary.
I support Project Freedom's mission to support individuals with disabilities by developing affordable housing for them to live independently.As a mom of a child with special medical needs, I believe we must advocate for and empower those with special needs so they can live productive lives and contribute to their community.I support Freedom Village at Hamilton because it will provide low-cost housing for disabled in our community and assist Hamilton in fulfilling its legal affordable housing obligations.Morton Tract is designated as Special Housing Zone III; at least part of it must be low and moderate income housing. It will enable Hamilton to collect revenue from the affordable housing fund while addressing a need for disabled residents.
I am excited to work with Jeff Martin as Mayor on the municipal budget and lower the township’s debt. First, through the fire consolidation we will be able to save taxpayers money and through property redevelopment we can increase ratables. By ending “creative budget practices” that have masked poor governmental practices, we will also be able to reign in the abuse of spending that we see in the current administration. I will work to restore good fiscal management in the township along with transparency to taxpayers so they can feel confident that their tax money is being spent responsibly.