Ramsey Borough Council Approves $43,000 for Property Reevaluation

In a recent Ramsey Borough Council meeting, the council approved a special emergency appropriation of $43,000 for the revaluation of real property within the borough. This financial decision was made to facilitate the local assessor in conducting a complete revaluation. The approval was part of two advertised public hearings, with the other concerning the municipal budget appropriation limits.

The ordinance for property reevaluation, number 03-2024, was presented during the meeting without any comments from the public. The appropriation will allow for a thorough assessment of real estate values, which is critical for equitable tax distribution and municipal planning. The council also discussed an ordinance, number 02-2024, which enables the borough to exceed budget appropriation limits and establish a cap bank. This ordinance gives the council the flexibility to adjust the budget within the cap, but like the reevaluation ordinance, it did not incite public commentary during the meeting.

The council announced an Easter egg hunt, a collaboration with the Ramsey fire department, which will feature 3,000 stuffed Easter eggs.

Another topic of interest was the development plan for the new Emergency Services complex. The project has reached the stage where architects are working on the development plan, and information regarding progress has been made available on the borough website. This complex is anticipated to enhance the capabilities and efficiency of the borough’s emergency services, benefiting public safety and responsiveness.

Updates on the deer management program were also discussed, with a team led by Dr. Chris Hos working on the initiative. Deer population control is a critical environmental and safety issue in many communities, and Ramsey is taking steps to address this concern through strategic management efforts.

Further reports covered the planning board’s activities, including approved site plan waivers and public hearings for new business additions. These actions are part of the borough’s ongoing development and maintenance of a vibrant local economy. The Board of Public Works discussed important infrastructure matters, such as the replacement of lead service lines and exploring treatment alternatives for the borough’s water system, which are essential for maintaining public health and safety.

Several community engagement efforts were mentioned, including the Ramsey journal, the upcoming pool commission meeting, and a “coffee with the council” event, all aiming to enhance communication between the council and residents. Additionally, numerous recreational and environmental initiatives were reported, including the completion of a basketball program, art night, karaoke, a compost food scrap program, Ramsey cleanup day, and a plastic toy drive.

The mayor noted the presentation of basketball awards and the ongoing repairs to the HVAC system at the local library, as well as the upcoming Ramadan celebration.

The borough administrator provided comments on resolutions, including the authorization for the sale of special emergency notes for the property reevaluation, awarding a contract for the townwide property revaluation, and approving a change order for Neta Architects related to the firehouse Rescue Squad OEM project.

The meeting concluded without any special presentations or appointments, and the consent resolutions were passed unanimously without debate.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Deirdre A. Dillon
City Council Officials:
Peter Kilman, Jane Woods, Michael Gutwetter, Judy Cusick, Sara Poppe, Glen Popolo

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