Letters From Mayor Glackin

Swim Club Season Update

June 11, 2020

The Hazlet Township Committee is re-evaluating the possibility of opening up the Hazlet Swim and Tennis Club for the 2020 season

As you may be aware, the club is sustained entirely by the revenues generated by the Swim Club. This means memberships. In order for the pool club to operate, we need enough memberships to generate enough revenues to operate the club. That is why we are reaching out to potential members, those who have signed up this year or in years past to see if you would sign up for the 2020 season.

If enough memberships can be obtained by the end of June 19, the pool may be opened in the near future. A potential opening date cannot be determined at this time as staffing and preparations would need to be put in place.

The membership fees have been frozen at the early bird rates announced earlier this year. The membership fees would need to be paid by June 19. I know it is a lot to ask. However, the club cannot operate without the revenue. If the pool club were to remain closed, all checks would be returned and payments refunded.

The State Health Department has released guidelines for safe operation of our Swim Club. These guidelines are a bit tedious and will limit pool access and add cost to operate, but they are for our safety. Please consider them before you commit to a potential membership

  • Occupancy is restricted to 50%
  • Number of persons in the pool may be restricted
  • No chairs will be provided.
  • Each person entering will have their temperature take before entry
  • The playground, zip line, and rock wall will be closed, as per state orders.
  • Face coverings, for people of certain ages, will be required when social distancing is not a possibility.

There are other restrictions in the guidelines that will need to be followed. These restrictions may be modified or removed by the State in the future.

Please review the membership rates.

For those interested in signing up, there are options to pay by check or credit card before June 19.

Click here to apply for membership and pay by check. You will input your information, print out the form (3 pages), sign the form and attach your check. You can place the completed application and payment in the drop box at Town Hall (next to the flagpoles) or send by postal mail as soon as possible to the Hazlet Recreation, 1766 Union Ave., Hazlet, NJ 07730

Click here to apply for membership and pay by credit card. (Note, you will need to create an account, upload proof of address, and there is a small convenience fee for credit card processing.)

The swim club will only be opened if we have achieved the appropriate financial levels and can meet the state guidelines for public safety.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have further questions, you may contact Hazlet Recreation.

Mayor Mike Glackin,
Hazlet Township


June 3, 2020

Dear Residents,

It is with great disappointment that I must announce the cancelation of the 2020 Hazlet Pool Club season and Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp program.

For many weeks we have paid close attention to the evolving COVID-19 health situation. As we waited – and continue to wait – on official guidance from the Governor and the State regarding pool clubs, we planned and prepped our popular club for a delayed opening for members and campers.

Unfortunately without guidance and after careful consideration regarding the health and safety of the children, the members, the swim team and our seasonal employees, the Township Committee agreed last night that it will not be possible to save the 2020 season. In addition to the health crisis, we also had to consider the challenge of collecting sufficient revenue to run the self-sustaining pool club once an opening is approved.

Refunds will be available and processed in the near future.

While we are saddened by the cancelations, we want you to know we will take this opportunity to explore plans for improvements to both the Swim Club and the Cullen Center that will benefit Hazlet residents of all ages. Improvements will include a focus on public safety. We plan to seek every grant and or outside funding opportunity available to us for the benefit of our residents.

We know these are difficult times, but we can imagine a better day ahead. We want to be ready for it. 

Feel free to reach out to me or the Township Committee. We welcome your feedback.

Sincerely,

Mayor Mike Glackin

HOW THE DECISION WAS MADE TO CANCEL SWIM CLUB, SUMMER CAMP SEASON

June 3, 2020
Dear Resident,

As a follow up to the Township’s announcement, I would to like to share some background about the difficult decision to close the Hazlet Swim Club and Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp for the 2020 season – a decision that none of us on the Township Committee took lightly.

Currently, under the Governor’s Executive Orders, municipal swim clubs are not allowed to operate.

Our Hazlet Swim Club was originally scheduled to open up on May 23rd, Memorial Day weekend. The process to open and operate our swim club starts well before that. Budgets are prepared, data is analyzed, fee and salary ordinances are reviewed, job applications are processed and many other administrative requirements are performed over the winter and the spring. In March, when COVID-19 hit the East Coast, our Recreation Department continued to prepare for the 2020 season. Spring arrived, and New Jersey was in the middle of the pandemic and statewide lockdown, but the swim club was still being prepped in anticipation conditions would allow us to return to our normal routine.

During this time, I was in nearly daily contact with the Governor’s office for many things, including discussions about municipal swim clubs. For several weeks, I have been told that new Executive Orders to authorize municipal swim clubs to operate at a future date would be given, as well as operational guidance. These are tough decisions that impact the entire state. To date, no new order has been made. We need several weeks to assemble a staff to service the swim club. This does not include any specific preparation that would have to be made to meet state guidelines for safety. The opening had already been postponed from Memorial Day weekend to June 27th as we continued to wait for new orders and sign up club members. On Friday May 30th, the Governor said that no decision on municipal swim clubs will be coming in the immediate future. See article.

The Hazlet Swim Club is a municipal utility, which means that the swim club is funded by the fees generated by its operations. However, any revenue shortages are the responsibility of municipality. So, if there are not enough membership fees, the taxpayers are then responsible to subsidize the swim club. This expense is not part of the municipal budget. As such, this burden would be treated as an unforeseen expense and would be taxed against the residents next year. The 2020 swim club memberships were drastically down from prior years, making it nearly impossible to operate the Hazlet Swim Club even if the governor allowed it. However, there was hope. Several federal bills were being discussed that would help municipalities with revenue replacement. One such bill known as the HEROES Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and presented to the U.S. Senate for review. I have personally been in contact with the Congressman Frank Pallone’s office on almost a daily basis for many things including discussions about municipal revenue replacement. Unfortunately, this bill has stalled in the Senate. Another bill that included municipal revenue replacement, which was introduced in the Senate, was the SMART Act. I have also personally been in contact with the offices of Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on almost a daily basis for many things, including discussions about municipal revenue replacement.  In my most recent conversation, just this past Tuesday with the Senators’ office, I was told that it was not likely that either the HEROES Act and SMART Act would be voted on by the Senate in the near future. Any federally funded municipal revenue replacement would not be available, if at all, until after the summer.

Our summer recreation camp is a fantastic program. It also includes before and after care to cover the full working day. Earlier this year I was able to help work out an arrangement with Hazlet Board of Education to use the schools to expand our summer camp into a "rain or shine" camp. Parents would now have access to consistent activities and care for their children without worrying about the weather. Several days ago, the Governor did allow for municipal summer day camps. CDC guidelines significantly restructure the way camp would have been run and indoor activity would be severely restricted due to the number of people allowed. Field trips would be cancelled. Meal plans would need to be altered. These camps are also self-funded by the recreation fees but with low enrollment, this would have been another burden on Hazlet taxpayers. One of the main features of the summer recreation camp is the use of the Hazlet Swim Club as part of the program. Without the swim club and limited indoor access, heat issues would be a health risk on top of COVID-19 exposure.

Residents could no longer be held in limbo. Alternative plans need to be made as summer quickly approached. The few who paid could not have their money tied up in uncertainty.

After much fact-finding and deliberation, limited by state orders, without federal relief, and to ensure the safety of the swim club members, recreation campers and all the workers and employees, the Township Committee agreed unanimously June 2nd to close the Swim Club and Summer Recreation Camp for the 2020 season.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Mayor Mike Glackin
mglackin@hazlettwp.org


May 20, 2020

Dear Residents,

Hazlet Recreation has been proud to host a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park for over 25 years that has included VFW Post 4303, guest speakers from Fort Dix, the Hearts of New Jersey Chorus, local scout groups, senior clubs, Hazlet first responders and local youth athletic organizations. This well-attended event brings together our Hazlet community in a solemn ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country and way of life.

Unfortunately, given the pandemic, the ceremony this year is canceled.

Memorial wreaths will still be placed at the park. Please know the park is open for individuals to visit and reflect upon those who sacrificed their lives for our country. When visiting the park, please remember to keep distance between you and others.  

We are looking forward to sharing a special Memorial Day tribute video in production by Raritan High School students.

This week, the township DPW workers set out flags along Union Avenue, Middle Road, Hazlet Avenue and Florence Avenue. We encourage residents to show their patriotism too, by decorating their homes with the red white and blue and pausing for a moment of reflection on Monday, May 25.

Mike Glackin
Mayor
Hazlet Township


April 27, 2020

Dear Residents,

Hope you and your families are safe and well.

Governor Murphy laid out a plan today to reopen New Jersey, but it will require hitting several public health benchmarks before the state can be released from its near-lockdown restrictions.

First, there must be a sustained drop in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over 14 days. New Jersey will double testing capacity, establish contact-tracing measures and create locations for infected individuals to self-isolate. Then, the state will execute a planned methodical and strategic return to work with continued attention to safety.

NJCovid-HospitalizationsThe latest data include glimmers of hope that we are flattening the curve, with hospitals reporting a sixth straight day of declining cases of suspected or confirmed cases. However, the Governor’s stay-at-home Executive Order will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice. As such, we must continue to do our part. Stay home. If you must go out, practice social distancing, wear a cloth face covering and follow other measures as recommended by the CDC.

I know that these five weeks have not been easy, even harder on some than others. As the weather gets warmer it is more difficult to adhere to these executive orders, but please be responsible. So much hard work has been done. Please be aware that the essential workers, first responders and health care professionals put themselves at risk for us.

We can do this. We do not want to go backwards and extend this shutdown longer that it needs to be. Be safe.

Mike Glackin

Mayor
Hazlet Township
mglackin@hazlettwp.org

April 23, 2020

Dear Hazlet residents,

I hope this letter find you and your family safe and well!

We are at the height of our shutdown and it is important to continue to do our part to break the back of this virus. Throughout New Jersey, the curve of new COVID-19 cases remains significantly flat and there is a slowing of the rate of spread. With our diligent work of staying home, practicing social distancing, wearing a cloth face covering when we must go out in public and other CDC recommended practices, this curve will start to go downward

Since early March, when this pandemic hit our state, approximately 100,000 people have tested positive in New Jersey. Of these positive cases, 46,000 people have already exited the two-week incubation period and have likely defeated the virus. The terrible casualties in this war have climbed to over 5,000 in our state and we pray for those who have passed.

This pandemic has had a huge impact on our economy as well. While some are doing fine, others are struggling. This has been a difficult experience for so many.

The digital billboards on Route 35 in Hazlet are reminding people they can access food resources via Fulfill by texting “FindFood” or calling 732-918-2600Also, the food pantry at St. John’s United Methodist Church at 2000 Florence Ave. is available to anyone on Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. The Hazlet-based RAINE Foundation stands ready to help with its basket of resources. Find them at RAINEFoundation.com or call (732) 865-3555. Nobody in need should hesitate. So many have been financially affected through no fault of their own.

Hazlet has been tracking some of the federal fiscal stimulus programs. You can read updates on the HazletTwp.org website

Please know, our Hazlet Township parks (but alas, not the playgrounds or equipment) remain open for mental health breaks. Take a walk, enjoy the flowering trees and the brilliant sunshine. We are cheered by the sight of children’s colorful drawings in the windows around town and blacktop chalk messages of encouragement. There was a moving salute by our Hazlet first responders and other area agencies to our heroic healthcare professionals at Bayshore Medical Center that made us all proud. We know many of Bayshore’s employees live here in town, and we are so grateful.

WeddingAnd love lives on! I was happy to officiate at a small, "socially distant" wedding this week at the gazebo in Veterans Park. It was my first wedding as mayor. I look forward to more!

Reminders:

Our U.S. Census response rate is at 65.1% in Hazlet. Let’s nudge that upwards today. Just go to 2020Census.gov to fill yours out. It just takes a few minutes.

Hazlet First Aid’s annual fund drive is going on now. Please help them help us by responding to their mailed appeal or via their website.

The Township Committee is conducting regular business and township employees are working. Though public access to buildings is temporarily suspended, you can still call or email staff members for assistance and use the drop off next to the flagpole to submit payments or documents.

Please take care and stay safe!

Mike Glackin

Mayor

Township of Hazlet

Email: mglackin@hazlettwp.org


April 10, 2020

Dear Hazlet residents,

As our week comes to an end, it marks the end of the third week of the Governor Murphy’s stay at home order (Executive Order 107.) We also find ourselves in the Easter season and Passover. Please refrain from gathering in large groups. Obey the governor’s executive orders and follow the CDC’s guidance and we will get through the COVID-19 crisis together. As the governor stated in today’s press conference, “This is beginning to pay off.”

HappyEasterThe CDC also recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings can be made from everyday materials. Cloth face coverings do not replace social distancing standards. Please visit the CDC for guidance. Let’s make our efforts at home count. When we must go out in public, wear a face covering.

Hazlet parks remain open. This has been posted on the township’s website. Our website is our official source of information for residents. Please sign up for automatic updates on our website.

Please fill out your 2020 Census. This greatly impacts services, funding and representation that we all receive. Hazlet’s response needs to increase. So far only 59.9% of residents have responded. It takes less than 10 minutes and can be done online at my2020census.gov/ or by mail or by phone. It has never been easier than now, and our response has never been more important than now.

On the lighter side, our Fire Department and First Aid Squad will be escorting the Easter Bunny around Hazlet on Saturday between 11 am and 2 pm. The Easter Bunny will not be stopping, he just wanted to check in to encourage us to keep up the good work. When you hear those sirens, please give the Easter Bunny a wave.

Speaking of First Aid, they need our support now more than ever for donations so please visit their website.

Please keep up the good work. By doing your part, you are helping the first responders, health care professionals, public workers and essential employees. Help them help you by staying home. Let’s win this war and flatten the curve.

I wish everyone who celebrates Easter and Passover a safe, happy and healthy holiday. I know it may be difficult not to spend these holidays with your extended families, loved ones and friends, but we can still stay connected. I encourage everyone to reach out to a relative, friend, or neighbor by sending a text or email, or making a thoughtful phone call. By doing so, we can spread the true message of this holiday season.

Mike Glackin
Hazlet Mayor
mglackin@hazlettwp.org


April 6, 2020


Dear Hazlet residents,

As we start the second week under the "stay at home" executive order there were some encouraging words from Gov. Phil Murphy during his press conference where he stated “while we are not anywhere close to being out the woods as of yet, we are clearly on the right path to get there....Our efforts to flatten the curve are starting to pay off.”

There is still more work to be done and this requires us to be vigilant in our approach. We need to continue our practice of social distancing, smart hygiene and staying home unless it is necessary. Do your part in winning this war.

The Township Committee continues to follow several of programs included in the federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act. This includes the stimulus checks.  These are direct payments that are to be made to many citizens. These payments are on the way and ALL SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS WILL GET A STIMULUS CHECK.  For further information please visit this link to a recent article on this topic.

We also continue to monitor the PPP loan program of the CARES Act, please visit our Paycheck Protection Program information page.

Census-April6

I urge each Hazlet household to fill out its 2020 Census form online, by phone or by mail.  The Census is important now more than ever to ensure our community receives COVID-19 federal and state relief funds, as well as funding for services, roads, nutrition and health care access and much more in the years ahead.

This is the first time in history that the Census can be completed online. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and is easy to do.

The Census Bureau’s deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 crisis so that all Americans can be counted without risking their health and safety. Please help us.

Hazlet’s First Aid & Rescue Squad will be sending out its Annual Fund Drive donation request by mail in the coming days. Please consider making a generous donation.

FirstAid-April6Hazlet’s all volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad relies on donations to help provide the best quality care to our residents and to have excellent equipment on hand during emergencies. This is especially crucial during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Please help our volunteers by donating, so they can help you.

Donations can be made:

Online:

Hazlet First Aid website http://www.hazletfirstaid.org/donate.html

Hazlet First Aid Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hazletfirstaid/

By Mail:

Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 162, Hazlet, NJ 07730


Our First Aid and Rescue Squad members are an amazing group of individuals and need our support.

Please visit the town website and sign up for updates.  Please use the links of the website for additional information.  And, as always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mike Glackin

Mayor

Hazlet Township

mglackin@hazlettwp.org


April 3, 2020

Dear Hazlet residents,

As we come to the end of another week in our new reality, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all those who serve on the front line as we wage war on COVID-19. From health care professionals and first responders, to essential employees and public workers who continue to carry the weight of keeping our community moving forward as we battle the spread of this virus. Do not put these men and women in unnecessary danger. If you do not need to go out, stay home. Do your part so we can “flatten the curve” and defeat the enemy.

Hazlet Township will continue restricting public access to township facilities through April 30. This includes playground equipment, though the parks are open for passive enjoyment. Visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines by remaining at least six feet away from other visitors.

The Township Committee continues to be in contact with county, state and federal officials as we share information and make are needs and concerns known. Our federal representatives continue to share information and benefits of the federal spending program known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Please read an update to the Paycheck Protection Program information posted from earlier this week.

Please be safe and obey social distancing and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Thank you,

Mike Glackin
Mayor
Hazlet Township