Committee celebrates birthday of Hamilton Township

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Hamilton marks 200 years Charlie Pritchard /Committee members Rodney Guishard, Judy Link, Aline Dix and Roger Silva watch Mayor Amy Gatto cuts the cake commemorating the township’s 200th birthday. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Residents who attended the Monday, Feb. 4 Township Committee meeting were provided with an unexpected treat. In the meeting room there was a large birthday cake in front of the governing body, set there to celebrate the formation of the township on Feb. 5, 1813.

Mayor Amy Gatto announced that the cake would be sliced after the meeting. Not coincidentally, the meeting was one of the shortest in recent memory.

The meeting did include recognition of the outgoing chiefs of four of the township’s five fire companies. Chief Anthony Cortez of the Mizpah Fire Company and Chief David Elkner of the Cologne Fire Company were on hand to accept their awards. Laureldale Fire Company Chief Frank Gabriel and Mays Landing Fire Company Chief Dave Connelly had previous commitments. Chief John Carrigan of the Weymouth Fire Company is the sole holdover.

In other business, the committee voted 5-0 to amend the previous Residential Rental License Ordinance to make it easier to adjust the cost on an annual basis. By law, the township cannot make a profit for this type of service. Thus, the fee must be adjusted to reflect the revenue and expenses generated each year. As a result, for 2013, the fee was lowered from $100 to $75.

As the meeting neared conclusion, Gatto related some facts about the township 200 years ago, including naming the elected and appointed officials. She drew laughter from those in attendance when she said the township clerk on that date was Joan Anderson – referring, of course, to the present clerk who has served in that capacity for many decades. Few people can remember when anyone else held the position.

As the meeting adjourned, Gatto invited those assembled to share in the cake, prepared by Brownies Squared Bake Shop in Mays Landing. The township will take the birthday celebration outdoors June 29 and 30 for its annual Hometown Celebration, to take place this year at Lake Lenape.


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