|January 3, 2008
Special Mayors’ Roundtable Session – Thursday, January 31, 2008
As you begin to face the many challenges ahead in the New Year, it may be helpful to know that there are state funds available to support economic growth and vitality in your municipality.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is moving forward with numerous initiatives that will expedite the process for revitalizing abandoned or marginally productive contaminated properties that are blighted and polluted.
In order to provide you with up-to-date information on brownfield remediation and redevelopment, we have scheduled a special mayors’ roundtable session for Thursday, January 31st from 9 a.m. until noon in the DEP’s public hearing room located on the first floor at 401 East State Street in Trenton.
You will learn how the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), a grant and loan program designed to evaluate and clean up brownfield properties, can benefit your municipality by providing up to $5 million for investigating and remediating sites. You will hear from municipal officials who have Brownfield Development Areas (BDAs) in their community where contaminated properties have been successfully transformed into attractive housing communities and viable tax ratables. You will also learn how your residents can receive grants up to $1,800 to remove and replace non-leaking heating oil storage tanks or up to $500,000 to pay for the cleanup of a leaking tank.
We encourage you and your staff to attend this important roundtable session. Kindly confirm your attendance either by e-mail to Gail.Lemaldi@dep.state.nj.us or by phone at (609) 292-0231.
The information you will receive at this roundtable will be most beneficial to you and your community and we look forward to your participation.
Lisa P Jackson
William G. Dressel
NJ State League of Municipalities