Van Dyke Road Bridge Replacement Project

The Mercer County Department of Transportation has announced a bridge replacement project will begin on Van Dyke Road north of Route 518 on or about Monday April 28, 2014.

The project is expected to take 3 months and Van Dyke Rd north of Route 518 will be closed 24 hours a day for replacement of the bridge.  

Eastbound traffic will be directed to Stony Brook Road north from Van Dyke Road, right onto Mountain Church Road, right onto Hopewell Wertsville Road, right onto Featherbed Lane to left onto Van Dyke Road. 

Motorists travelling northbound will travel the same route conversely.

 

 

Scam Alert:

PSE&G is once again urging customers to be vigilant to a telephone scam where callers threaten to shut off electric or gas service if payment is not made that day.

The scam, which has been reported across the country, involves payments using Green Dot MoneyPaks, and currently seems to be targeting customers in Mercer County.  (PSE&G alerted the public to a similar scam several times in 2013.)

 how does the scam work? 

  • Individuals pretending to be PSE&G employees call customers and demand that they make payment within hours using a Green Dot Money Pak, a type of pre-paid card.
  • Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money on to the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called them.
  • Customers are advised that if they do not immediately call back and provide the MoneyPak information, their gas/electric service will be shut off that day.
  • Typically, after the customer provides that MoneyPak number, the scammer transfers the funds to a prepaid card, and cashes it in at an ATM.

 what should customers know?

  • Customers should be wary of callers who demand immediate payment and threaten service termination.
  • PSE&G does not accept Green Dot Money Pak cards.  PSE&G offers a variety of payments options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.
  • When PSE&G makes an outbound phone call to customers, customer-specific information is shared with the customer.  That information includes the account name, address, number and current balance.  If customers do not receive this correct information, they likely are not speaking with a PSE&G representative.
  • Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call from PSE&G — especially one in which payment is requested — should call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
  • PSE&G customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive written notice on their bill at least 10 days in advance.  Customers who are struggling to pay their bill are encouraged to call PSE&G at 1-800-357-2262 to discuss payment options and visit pseg.com/help to learn about programs that can help.


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Municipal Construction Official Kevin Oswald
extension 696 or email koswald@hopewelltwp.org
Building Sub code Official Dan Wydner

extension  640 or email dwydner@hopewelltwp.org
Electrical Sub code Official Allen Rowles
extension 658 or email arowles@hopewelltwp.org     
Plumbing Subcode Official John Weidenbach
extension 697 or email at jweidenbach@hopewelltwp.org  

The Construction Department is responsible for enforcing the regulations of the State Uniform Construction Code, to make sure that new construction (commercial, industrial, and residential) conforms to minimum standards and safety. Township inspectors review structural construction, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and electrical work prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy to insure compliance with the NJ edition of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, and State Uniform Construction Code.

General Construction Information

All building, remodeling, or adding onto your house or business must be done following the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (UCC).  All Contractors are required to be license or registered with the State of New Jersey.  Usually, a building permit for this work must first be obtained. It is recommended that you call the Construction Department before you beginning construction, to make sure that your project conforms to the NJUCC and that it is in accordance with the Township's zoning ordinances. If not, you may need to appear before the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment.

A survey of your lot may be needed and copies of your plans must be provided to the Construction Department, especially if it is a large project. When your plans are complete, the appropriate inspector will examine them and may ask for changes in buidling materials or methods in order for the project to comply with the NJUCC.

Construction permits are issued after all the requirements for the permit have been met and the correct fee has been paid. During construction you will receive certain on-site inspections to insure your project is progressin according to code. A final inspection is required when the job is finished. If the project is completed in accordance with code, the Construction Official will issue a certificate of occupancy or certificate of approval.

Construction forms, guidelines and requirements
 Special Alert for Blow-up and Storable Pools

Construction Department
Frequently Asked Questions

What type of improvements require a permit? Interior work such as painting, paneling, tiling, replacement fixtures and/or cabinets do not require a permit. Replacing electrical wiring, plumbing, constructing or removing walls does require a permit. Permits are also required for decks, fences, and shed.

If I need a permit, who should I contact? Contact the Construction Department at (609) 737-0605. The staff will guide you through the permit process and requirements. If your questions are of a technical nature, you will be asked to speak with the subcode officials, and you will find contact information listed below.

Can I download a permit application?
Yes, the following UCC applications are available from the State of New Jersey Web Site. Construction Permit Application, Plumbing Subcode, Fire Subcode, Electrical Subcode, Building Subcode. Click here for the downloadable forms.

Why is a permit necessary? Permits are required to ensure that all work being performed is in compliance with the proper codes, and being constructed in a safe manner. How do I go about obtaining a permit? First you should contact the Construction Department for a list of criteria required for each specific type of work. Once you have all of the information/paperwork required, you can complete a construction permit application. Once this process has been completed, the department staff will review your permit for the proper criteria, and process for approvals.

If I need a permit for certain types of improvements, does that include my basement, or adding a pool? Both basement work and a pool require a construction permit.

Do I need a certificate of occupancy? A certificate of "approval" is issued on all permits/types of work once all the proper finals have been approved. A "certificate of occupancy" is issued on all new construction.

Do I need a zoning permit? In the Township certain land uses are allowed in areas where such use is appropriate. Depending on the area and the use a zoning permit may be necessary.

Do I need to retain an engineer or architect for my home improvements? The code states that a homeowner may draw their own plans. Homeowners who draw their own plans take full responsibility for the design. Plans must be signed by the owner "Personally prepared by John/Jane Doe" It is strongly suggested that if a homeowner is unfamiliar with the codes and construction, they have an architect or engineer draw the plans.

Where do I find out about setback requirements? Please contact the Zoning/Planning Department to learn about setback rquirements.

What zone is my property in? The zoning officer (Bob Miller) can help you determine what zone your property is in. A representative can be reached at (609) 737-0605 Extension 643.

How can I find out about water and sewer availability? Contact the Township Health Department Department (609) 737-0605.

Where do I find out about septic systems? Septic system installation and requirements are handled through the Health Department. They can be reached at (609) 737-0605.

How long does the Construction Department keep my permits? A permit is kept in the Construction Department archives for the life of the dwelling.

How do I schedule a Construction Inspection? Please make sure that you have all necessary information available before calling. When you are ready please call our Inspection line at (609) 737-0612 Extension 641, 623, or 671. Once you complete the appropriate forms, the Construction Department will assist you in obtaining the necessary permits, and inspecting the permitted work.

 

 

 
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