Thursday, September 22, 2022


Dispatch from City Hall

Mayor Andrew Nowick

I have begun work with the Finance team on matters relating to the 2023 City Budget and we will soon schedule public hearings in November to review proposed departmental budgets. It must be noted that on September 14, the State Health Benefits Commission (SHBS) voted to approve an increase of 22.8% in the health care contribution for municipal employees. A rough calculation suggests additional costs to the City of well over $100k in 2023. At our Council Meeting on August 18, the Governing Body adopted Resolution 151-2022 in opposition to the proposed increase to state health benefit rates, joining many other municipalities who oppose these burdensome increases.

Over the next week or so, we will be hand-delivering the first quarterly printed version of Lambertville Matters to residents. This newsletter contains articles from Boards, Commissions, and City Staff detailing everything from the total number of grants awarded to Lambertville in 2022, to important information on resiliency, Commission activities, upcoming calendar events, etc. We’re hand delivering to help save the City a few dollars of postage costs! Copies of the newsletter are also available for pick up at City Hall.

As I wrote last week, this work will at times seem confusing and invasive, but the City Engineer, City Staff, Kyle Conti Construction, and I will be ever present to support the success of the restoration work. I will be in City Hall this Sunday morning from 9am until noon to answer any initial questions, so feel free to stop by. Overseeing construction and communication will be my priority in the weeks ahead and I ask forbearance if I am a little slower to respond to other routine resident matters during this period. Please note that on Sunday afternoon, I must drive to Boston for a family funeral and will not return to the City until late Monday evening. If you have an urgent question on Monday, please contact the City Clerk, Cindy Ege, at City Hall.

Next week, I will have details regarding the scope and scheduling of our Ida-related road work projects as well as the joint West Amwell—Lambertville creek and road project at the Quarry Street municipal line. It’s going to be a busy few months, that much is sure.

Be well and be kind,


PS. The second installment of Mayor’s Minute takes us underground into a storm drain. Check it out here.

4th Quarter Tax Bills Available

View your November tax bill online (due November 1) as well as 2023 quarterly bills. Use the website to type in your address, or the block & lot of your property.

Bills will be printed and mailed in the next two weeks.

Hunt for Treasures during Art & Antiques Weekend

October 7, 8, 9, 2022

The Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 2022 Art and Antiques Weekend. Lambertville is host to dozens of artist galleries, antique shops and traders, private collectors, and vintage stores who have earned state and national recognition.

Many of our shops and galleries will have featured guests, special offerings, and merchandise expressly for the weekend event. So, if you are looking for that perfect piece for your home or office, or a one-of-a-kind gift for the person on your holiday list who has everything, there’s never been a better time to check out the crown jewels of the River Towns!

This is a current list of participating shops & galleries:

To register your business, or to get up-to-date information on participating shops and galleries,
click here!

As an added plus, October 8th falls on Second Saturdays when participating shops will be open until 8pm and offer special deals, tastings, and presentations.

This is a perfect weekend to support our local shops, galleries and restaurants!

New Assistance for Hunterdon County Adults with ASD

Lambertville Police Department Officer in Charge Lt. Robert Brown and the Hunterdon County Police Chief’s Association promote the Blue Envelope Program to better assist drivers who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

There are no laws against driving with ASD, but safety is key. Driving can be stressful for anyone. Autistic people may struggle more to adapt to rapid changes and challenging situations while on the road. Individuals with ASD can also have difficulty communicating with others (verbally and nonverbally) or misinterpret instructions.

Families and caregivers of individuals on the spectrum often know them better than anyone, and can interpret their stressors. But alone on the road, or at a traffic stop, a person with ASD may have a hard time, and so may officers involved.

The Hunterdon County Police Chiefs Association has developed a Blue Envelope Program, modeled on a program first developed and distributed in the State of Connecticut. The purpose of the Blue Envelope is to improve the interaction between a driver with ASD and a Police Officer on a traffic stop, so that they can each understand each other a little better.

The primary goal of the Blue Envelope is to assist drivers with ASD with document organization and to help them understand what to do on a motor vehicle stop. Secondly, the Blue Envelope provides Police Officers with the means to quickly identify a driver with ASD and helps guide Police Officers with the interaction.

Blue Envelopes can be picked up at the Lambertville City Police Department
(349 North Main Street), or at any other police department in Hunterdon County.

Click here to read one mother’s blue envelope story.

The canal: good for your health?

Next Week at the Library

Hot to Turkey Trot

Sponsorship Opportunities: Time is “running” out to sponsor the Trot! BECOME A SPONSOR of this fun THANKSGIVING tradition by the October 1st deadline!
Click here to register as a sponsor!

Runners Registration: $40 in advance online, $50 day of. Online registration closes 11/18/22. Early Bib Pick-Up will be at the Lambertville House Canal Room on Wednesday, November 23rd from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. “Day of” bib pick-up and “day of” registration will open at 7:00 AM on race morning and close at 8:00 AM at the Lambertville Station parking lot. RACE STARTING LOCATION: Lambertville Station Parking Lot. Participants who pre-register will receive a commemorative race shirt. Shirts will be limited to the first 1000 registered participants. Prizes will be awarded!

The proceeds from this event support the Chamber as well as Fisherman’s Mark, a local nonprofit organization in Lambertville, NJ.

Today in History: Champaign Makes its Mark

In 1985, while performing at the LiveAid benefit concert, Bob Dylan made comments about family farmers in the United States in danger of losing their farms due to mortgage debt and steep competition.

FarmAid is still going strong today. This year, the festival is taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and features Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, the Dave Matthews Band, and Sheryl Crow, just to name a few.

Hurricane Ida Survey Still Open

Thank you to all of the residents who have already completed the Hurricane Ida survey! We appreciate you taking the time to share about your experiences.

The survey is still open for anyone else who wants to participate.

Click here to complete the survey

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