Hamilton Town Council Approves Real Estate Purchases, Renames Street, and Tackles Speeding Concerns

The Hamilton Town Council approved ordinances regarding real estate purchases for affordable housing and the renaming of a street in honor of a fallen firefighter, addressed community safety concerns regarding speeding, and discussed the redevelopment of municipal buildings at their February 20th, 2024 meeting. The council also approved the municipal building Redevelopment plan for review by the planning board and passed regulations on cannabis and medical cannabis.

The council took a major step towards improving local infrastructure and honoring community members by passing several ordinances. Ordinance 324-6, which focuses on cannabis and medical cannabis regulations, was passed after a vote wherein one council member abstained. Ordinance 324-7, a tribute, officially changed the name of Olivia Avenue to Brian Su Way, commemorating the service and ultimate sacrifice of a local firefighter. The council further approved the purchase of real property on East State Street as per Ordinance 24-8, a move aimed at fostering the development of affordable housing. Additionally, the council repealed a handicap parking space on Park Lane through Ordinance 124-9.

Traffic safety emerged as a issue, with residents voicing concerns over speeding and illegal parking on Hillhurst and Vincent streets. These issues were not only causing property damage but also raising fears for the safety of children in the area. In response to these concerns, the council discussed a variety of responses, including increased police attention and the potential use of speed bumps despite concerns over their impact on emergency services and vehicles. Director Alison pledged to contact concerned residents and organize a site visit with the Township engineer to assess the situation and explore solutions.

The redevelopment of a 9-acre site for municipal buildings and the Board of Education was also a topic of interest. A consultant and director presented the plan to modernize facilities and implement sustainable measures, which was met with excitement from the council.

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In addition to infrastructure and safety discussions, the council approved the Hamilton Girls Softball Association’s request to conduct tag day solicitations, supporting local sports and community engagement. The consent agenda items passed included temporary budgets, additional Green Acres funding for Saan Park restoration, an online auction for the disposal of township property, approval of two caterers for Nottingham Ballroom, and road paving projects for Marshall Avenue East and Hoffman Avenue. The early pursuit of road projects was acknowledged as beneficial, and satisfaction with the competitive pricing was expressed.

The council recognized the Hamilton-based Community Development organization for seeking to become the affordable housing rehabilitation program administrator. Furthermore, the council approved the purchase of a 90-foot aerial lift vehicle from the tree escrow account.

In a demonstration of community support, the council expressed gratitude to Bag of Bones Bakery for their contribution to the K9 unit. Addressing public inquiry, the council clarified the purchase of a narcotics dog, noting that it was the township’s first K9 specifically for drug detection.

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Mayor:
Jeff Martin
City Council Officials:
Anthony Carabelli, Richard Tighe, Pasquale “Pat” Papero, Nancy Phillips, Charles F. Whalen

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