HARVEYS LAKE — Council on Tuesday night finalized the resolution to hire Creditek to handle the borough’s delinquent garbage collection bills.
Councilwoman Michell’e Boice said that in the past, “letters have been sent out, and payment plans have been offered to delinquent payers.”
Now that Creditek has taken over the collections, there will be a 30 percent penalty added to the bill. Boice added that in order to avoid this penalty, she suggests those who are delinquent immediately come into the office to pay their bill.
Fred Lubnow, of Princeton Hydro, said the state Department of Environmenal Protection is reviewing the FWI application, and that a decision should be made by the end of this week. If approved, the five floating wetland islands will be installed by the end of July. Lubnow said each of the islands will absorb 10 pounds of phosphates, which will prevent 100 pounds of algae growth.
Algae are harmful to the aquatic plant life of the lake. It is hoped that all permits will be in order before the end of the summer, so that the islands can be placed in the lake.
In other matters:
• Council accepted the Homeworkz subdivision’s request to use the name Water View Lane for the main road at the entrance into the development.
• Council also gave approval to use MuniciPAY credit card processing company as an option for residents to pay for documents such as zoning permits, burning permits and police reports. MuniciPAY’s services will come at no cost to the borough. Residents who choose to pay by credit card will be charged a fee for the service.
• Some residents complained they have neighbors with overgrown weeds and grass on their properties. Residents are required to observe the borough’s ordinance that grass and weeds be no taller than 12 inches. Among other problems, unkempt lawns can host mosquitoes, rodents, and snakes, as well as being unsightly, officials said.
• Megan Sgarlat-Pynnn of the Harveys Lake Environmental Committee expressed her gratitude to the borough for its help in posting of the “do not feed the ducks” signs, which have been placed at various locations around the lake. There are various reasons why the public should not feed the ducks, such as water pollution and causing possible harm to the ducks. As well, there are fines associated with disobeying the signs.
The next meeting will be on July 16 at 7:30 p.m.