City News

RATS? NOW WHAT CAN I DO?
We have once again received reports of concerns of rats in neighborhoods. The Atlantic County Division of Public Health / Environmental Health Unit recommends eliminating unintentional food sources such as bird feeders, dog and or cat food, trash cans without tight fitting lids. Rats will remain in an area with readily available food. Use the link provided for more information.
Click here for a helpful brochure from the Atlantic County Division of Public Health

SNAP ASSISTANCE DURING CORONA VIRUS
Do you receive SNAP Benefits?

Many SNAP households will receive additional benefits in March and April to help them buy more
food during this public health crisis. Extra March benefits available as of Sunday, March 29.
Click Here for Full Details

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MURPHY
Governor Murphy Announces Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections for New Jerseyans Facing Economic Hardship as a Result of COVID-19

03/28/2020

TRENTON – Acting on a commitment to provide financial relief to New Jersey homeowners, Governor Phil Murphy today announced that financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19.
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Spring 2020 NJ American Water Flushing Schedule
As you may know, New Jersey American Water will begin flushing the fire hydrants in Northfield beginning Sunday March 29, 2020. Please see attached a postcard that was mailed to all residents in Northfield. Also please find attached a map showing the areas and the estimated timeframes of the flushing.
2020 Flushing Schedule and Map

COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
In an effort to continue to provide our residents with accurate information from trusted sources, the following documents are available from the New Jersey Department of Health, and hyper links to each can be found using the attachment provided here.

1. Guidance on the Contact of a Close or Casual Contact of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19

2. NJ Residents with a Positive COVID-19 Test: Instructions & Next Steps

3. NJ Residents who Tested Negative for COVID-19: Instructions & Next Steps

Please also be aware of the following resources:

Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7a-11p)

Call (Clinical Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND HYPER LINKS
Use this link to visit the state's dedicated COVID-19 website

VITAL STATISTICS CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19
The City of Northfield municipal offices are currently closed to the public as a precautionary measure in response to the Covid-19 virus. New Jersey state statute requires that all applications for Marriage shall be made in person. Accordingly, until further notice, Marriage applications will not be accepted or issued. We will accept Marriage applications once the City of Northfield municipal offices resume normal operation.

Certified Copies of vital records can be obtained by mail order or from the State of New Jersey Vital Statistics Office. Call the City of Northfield Registrar as (609)641-2832, ext. 127 for mail order instructions or visit the state website at NJ.gov/health/vital.

PUBLIC HEARING ON MUNICIPAL BUDGET
The City's 2020 municipal budget was introduced at a regularly scheduled public meeting on March 10, 2020 and is slated for a public hearing and final adoption at a regularly scheduled public meeting on April 14, 2020 - at 7pm in City Hall Council Chambers, 1600 Shore Road. The official public notice has been attached here; it originally ran in the Press of Atlantic City on March 14, 2020. The proposed municipal budget has a zero-cents tax rate increase.

This notice and a complete copy of the City's introduced budget can be found on the City's municipal website, on the City Council page; anyone wishing to have a hard-copy of the budget provided to them may contact the municipal clerk's office at 609-641-2832 ext 123. The municipal building is staffed and we are happy to make the document available to you.

Anyone wishing to comment on the municipal budget, but who does not wish to attend the public hearing may do so by emailing mcanesi@cityofnorthfield.org , up until the time of the public hearing. Any comments made will be read aloud, into the official record, during the public hearing on the budget.

For members of City Council, the City's professionals, as well as any members of the public who may wish to attend in-person, social distancing measures will remain in place to ensure that attendees maintain a 6’ distance from one another. As we did with our City Council meeting on March 24th, we are planning on live-streaming the April 14th meeting for those who do not wish to attend. This will allow members of the public to view the meeting, listen to all discussion, and to comment during the designated public comment portions of the meeting, without appearing in-person at the municipal building.

So, how do you participate? At 6pm on April 14th, use the link provided here to join the Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/609594369
Meeting ID: 609 594 369

Note: you do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided but an account is not required.

Questions? Contact the Municipal Clerk's Office at 609-641-2832 x 123
Click here for full text of Public Notice

LIBRARY CLOSED MARCH 16TH-APRIL 20TH
The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield will be closing the public library on the same schedule as the Northfield Community School. Therefore the closure that began on Monday, March 16th, has now been extended until Monday, April 20th. The safety of their community is at the forefront of their decision-making as we all continue to respond to this current health emergency. The Northfield Public Library serves the entire neighborhood including elderly individuals, newborns and those with underlying health issues. Fines will be waived on all materials due prior to April 20, there is no need to call to renew your items. Through their website, www.nflibrary.org, you can connect to Overdrive to download audio books and ebooks. There are also resources for students available to you for all of us who have students beginning home instruction. Please check in to our website and social media feeds for further updates from the library.

PET LICENSE DUE DATE EXTENDED
As you may know, the City of Northfield had to cancel our annual free rabies clinic, which had been scheduled for March 21st. We hope to be able to reschedule, but we are not sure it will be possible and have no details at present.

In order to give our residents extra time to have their dog or cat vaccinated without being subject to a late licensing fee, the deadline for renewing pet licenses has been extended. With the extension, no late fees will be due if licenses are renewed by May 31st; any license renewed June 1st or later will be subject to a $5 late fee.

As always pet licenses can be renewed by mail and a link to the renewal form has been provided. Rabies vaccinations must be valid through at least 10/31/2020 in order to renew.

Stay well, Northfield!
Click here for pet license application form

ATLANTIC COUNTY BOARD OF TAXATION - APPEAL DEADLINE
ATTENTION - Revised Filing Deadlines due to COVID-19. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey has extended the deadline for filing property tax assessment appeals to May 1. This deadline will now apply to properties located in all 23 municipalities in Atlantic County. May 1 was already the deadline for Atlantic City and Pleasantville.

The Board of Taxation office remains closed to the public, but they are available by telephone from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. In addition there is a drop box located in the lobby of their building at 5909 Main Street in Mays Landing for the deposit of petitions and evidence.

All filings can continue to be made by mail as long as the petition is received by their office before 4:30 PM on May 1, 2020.

Please note that all forms and instructions needed for filing an appeal, are on the Board of Taxation website - see link provided. Petitioners seeking comparable sales can perform an online search by clicking on “How to Find Comparable Sales” on that page.

Click here to visit the Atlantic County Board of Taxation Website

GOVERNOR'S STAY AT HOME ORDER
To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY'S OFFICIAL COVID-19 HUB, AND TO READ FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE STAY AT HOME ORDER

MUNICIPAL OFFICES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS OF 12PM ON MARCH 19, 2020
As a precautionary measure in response to the Corona virus, as of noon tomorrow Mayor Chau will be closing the Municipal Offices to the public. Municipal building employees will report to work as usual and should be available by phone or email to assist residents and customers.

In the Mayor's letter, residents / customers are advised to contact the Municipal Clerk's office with general questions; the letter also provides contact information for municipal departments. Residents who need to present themselves in person to execute a transaction are advised to make an appointment with the appropriate department to do so. For any such appointments we will continue to maintain the 6-foot social distancing measures we have currently in place inside our facility.

Stay well, Northfield!

Click here to view message from Mayor Chau

COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
As the concept of 'social distancing' has become part of our daily vocabulary as we engage in efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we would like to remind you of the alternate methods available for making payments without coming in to City Hall.

For property taxes and sewer, payments can be made online via the City website, on the "Tax/Sewer Payments" page, or if you prefer to pay by check, there is a drop box at the rear entrance to City Hall (1600 Shore Road).

Pet licenses may be renewed by mail; the renewal form can be found on the FORMS page of the CITY SERVICES TAB. Rabies vaccination must be current through 10/31/20 in order to renew - please enclose a copy of the certificate along with the completed renewal form and payment; we will return the certificate to you when we mail your pet's license. Unfortunately we have had to cancel our March 21st free rabies clinic, but we are working on extending the late-fee date. Stay tuned here for details.

The Covid-19 situation is still evolving; residents are encouraged to get their news from trusted sources, and of course to take steps to protect yourself, and others from exposure.

We have provided a link to the CDC's website, where you will find resources and up to date information.

Stay well, friends.
Click here to visit the DCD's webpage for Covid-19

Events

4-1  Metal Collection Day
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4-2  Planning Board Meeting-CANCELED City Hall, Council Chambers, 1600 Shore Rd
Time: 7pm

4-4  GARAGE SALE / FLEA MARKET Northfield Community School, 2000 New Rd
Time: 9AM-2PM

4-8  Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting City Hall - Council Chambers
Time: 5pm

4-10  Municipal Offices Closed
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