As the City works to not just help better support and provide resources to existing local businesses, but also make it easier for new businesses to move into town, we have created this page to serve as a resource and place for updates about work the City is doing and ways you can get involved!

Are you a current business owner in Lambertville? 

    

Are you a potential business owner in Lambertville?
 

Read the introductory letter from the City's Business Administrator about the City's plans to get feedback from and provide more support for local businesses. Since the impact of COVID-19 on our community in 2020 this has has only become more important, especially as we look towards the summer and future of our downtown and business community.

1. Read Recent Updates to and about the Business Communitiy below: 


Click here to find the presentation from the June 10th City Council meeting describing various initiatives being undertaken to help promote a safe reopening. More updates in the above emails and below calls. 

2. Join weekly roundtables with the business community

To join our weekly roundtables, which are every Monday at 130pm, please click here, or find the Zoom meeting information below. We hope to see you there!

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83633160818?pwd=ZkhudWxrclJldFpOQVJXOUhtRVVGUT09 Password: 838263

Or join by phone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 836 3316 0818 International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbq3hhOoOe

3. Provide feedback: Online survey about business support and needs

Is there support you wish you had? Are there concerns or questions you would like to raise to the City government? Take 10 - 15 minutes to fill out this online survey and provide us your opinion about how the City can help support our local businesses! 

ACTION: Look at the latest business email to find the latest survey link

Thank you! City-hosted Business Roundtables 

We wil be updating more information soon. Thanks for joining us for these discussions!

The City is gathering feedback from business owners through several means, including multiple roundtable discussions, scheduled for the following dates. These discussions will include various City officials, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, and officials from the Borough of New Hope. 


Find all COVID-19 updates, resources and guides here.

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The City is working on a number of programs in partnership with the Hunterdon County office of Economic Development to help make Lambertville an even easier place to open a new business! 

While we work on those programs, please don't hesitate to reach out to these key contacts below and let us know if you have any questions. If you don't know where to start - You can start with our Construction Office's Technical Assistant below. We have also created this detailed list with a walkthrough of what permits you may need to get and links to them, to help anyone get started. 



Crystal Lawton 
Technical Assistant
co[email protected]
(609) 397-0803





Ken Rogers
Construction Official
Building Subcode Official/Inspector
Fire Subcode Official/Inspector
[email protected]
(609) 397-0803



Frank D’Amore 
Zoning Officer
Fire Prevention Officer
[email protected]  
(609) 397-0803



Cindy Ege 
City Clerk
[email protected]   
(609) 397-0110



Emily Goldman
City Planner
[email protected]
(609) 477-7325



Alex Torpey 
Business Administrator
[email protected]
(609) 397-0110

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Julia Fahl 
Mayor
[email protected]
(505) 659-9969

On this page, you can find all of the updates as the City moves through its new budget process for 2020. We suggest bookmarking this page and coming back to find new updates.


-- May 21st 2020 Update -- 

City Responds to Misleading Budget Information

Dear Lambertville:


An unsigned budget analysis was provided to the public and to the City this week. It is filled with inaccurate information that misleads readers. I feel strongly that this document requires a detailed response. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

This document is built specifically to make it appear legitimate, with charts and graphs and specific numbers, but it is not accurate. To help show the total lack of legitimacy of the circulated information, we are providing the following summary of the over ten false, opaque, or misleading claims on just the first page of this document, to serve as an example.

Some key takeaways of the first page of this document:

  • This document is a misrepresentation of the numbers the City provided to the public to create a narrative that the city is over spending. 
  • If you include all spending by the City, both operating and capital, the 2020 budget will likely have the lowest spending levels since before 2017. 
  • There is basic math in this document that does not work. It is impossible to tell why because no proper citations are used nor was any backup documentation provided.
  • Multiple line items from the budget were wrong. In our response we have provided the Sheet and Cell number for each of our corrections in the state budget document.
  • This document uses a label “discretionary spending” within which they include over a dozen completely non-discretionary items, in an attempt to exaggerate spending levels. 
In the age of the internet, where you get information from is important. We must all be wary of unsigned and unsourced information that is circulated. Our community is not immune from tactics that are designed to make false information appear true and persuasive. For example, using a footnote that neither cites a specific page or line item, but rather broadly references an 85-page spreadsheet. This document uses that citation to source a number that does not appear anywhere in the budget they referenced. This style of writing makes the document, on firstglance, appear legitimate. But these tactics should raise red flags as the author is not actually providing backup to their claims.  It is important to look at anonymous “information” posted on the internet with a critical eye. 

Our community deserves better. My administration has shown our work by providing dozens of presentations totaling over hundreds of pages of accurate budget and finance information. All of which was vetted by named finance professionals, auditors, and others. This includes spreadsheets and screenshots of the City’s accounting system. A historic level of data has been  provided to the public for review. All information was shared publicly in six presentations in 2019, as well as several Council meetings in 2020 and the Q+A webinar hosted by myself and our Administrator.  I have asked this local organization that produced this “analysis” to do the same: Sign your names to your work, provide backup documentation, and host a public forum where the public can ask questions. 

Click here to view a detailed point-by-point analysis of the first page of the presentation. 


-- May 20th 2020 Update -- 

Thank you to the 45 members of the public who tuned into the Mayor and Administrator's live Question and Answer session on the 2020 budget last night! The next discussion is the public hearing/adoption scheduled for June 9th. 

-- May 6th 2020 Update -- 

Last night, the City Council introduced the City’s 2020 Budget. This budget confronts a number of significant challenges, and makes sustainable choices to help reduce the short and long-term tax impact to the community in a way that is more responsible. We encourage all community members to familiarize themselves with the available information. The public hearing and adoption is scheduled for June 9th at 7pm.

To help navigate the various budget documents that the City has made available starting this year, please feel free to use this list:





-- May 1st 2020 Update -- 

The City faces a number of financial challenges going into 2020 and beyond. These challenges require immediate and significant action to help prevent future tax increases.

Join Mayor Julia Fahl and Business Administrator Alex Torpey as they give a comprehensive review of the City's finances and budget for 2020, including:

Background of the budgeting practices that created the City's current financial challenges

  • A detailed explanation of the status of the City's savings, reserve accounts and surplus
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the City's finances and taxes, and why the City's finances were especially vulnerable to this unexpected event
  • A review of the available options the City has to reduce the oncoming tax increases caused by many years of spending beyond our means
  • Tax impact for 2020, and anticipated impact for 2021 (and through 2025)
  • And more


All documents available prior to the meeting can be found here.


If you'd like to review only the summary highlights, we have also created a short ten-minute video with some of the key takeaways. 


--April 24th 2020 Update-- 


To view the budget slides from the 4/23 Council meeting, please click here

-- March/April 2020 Update --

Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the anticipated introduction, public hearing and adoption of the budget has been pushed back, per guidance from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The current anticipated schedule is as follows. As soon as materials are completed they will be made available here.
- April 23rd 2020: Budget Discussion
- May 5th 2020: Budget Introduction (and public comment)
- June 7th 2020: Budget public hearing & adoption


-- December 2019 Update -- 

Please find below pdfs of all budget presentations. Most of the information contained in these presentations was sourced from the City's internal accounting software (screenshots at various points) or the budget documents publicly available here online. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to [email protected]














-- October 2nd Update -- 



Would you like to learn more about the City's finances and new budget process? 

Please join Mayor Fahl and other interested and engaged Lambertville residents to learn about the City's new budget process, ask questions about the City's finances, and find ways to get more involved as important changes take place in how the City's budget works.

The dates and locations are below. If you can't make any of the dates, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mayor Fahl at [email protected] to find offices hours, setup a one-on-one meeting or learn more. More dates may be added so check back on this page as well.

  • Budget Talks: Monday, October 28th 6:30 p.m. at 208 Holcombe Way. Please reply to Barbara Coe [email protected]
  • Budget Talks: Wednesday, October 16th 6:30 p.m. at 10 Hillside Court. Please RSVP to Kelly Kappler at [email protected] 
  • Budget Talks: Friday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. at 65 South Main Street. Please RSVP to Megan Ruf [email protected]

Don't forget to check out the resources below if you want to learn more!


-- August 12th Update -- 


Thank you for taking some time to learn about the City's budget and new budget process! Below, you can first find a summary video prepared by Mayor Fahl and the City's Business Administrator as they walk you through an overview of why this process is so crucial, some important facts and figures, and where we go from here.


Below, you can find a link to the full presentation that was given at the August 6th meeting of the Governing Body. 

Download PDF


-- August 6th Update --

You can view an (anticipated) timeline of steps of here:

Early August 2019

Governing Body goal setting process - workshop where Governing Body sets goals/priorities for the coming year

Early August 2019

Departments and Commissions are briefed on new budget process and provided summary sheet of the timeline and steps for new process

September 2019

Capital planning (for six years) performed, including facility reviews, vehicle inventories, infrastructure evaluation, etc

Mid October 2019

All operating and capital requests due from Departments and Commissions

Mid/Late October 2019

Administration discusses and finalizes requests with Departments and Commissions

End of October 2019

Mayor and Administrator finalize requests for Governing Body

November 2019

One or two public budget workshops held (Approx 2-3 hours of time total), where departments and commissions present “year in review” as well as operating and capital requests 

December 2019

Feedback (from governing and/or public) from budget workshops taken back and Administrator and Mayor finalize anticipated 2020 budget introduction 

January/February 2020

Budget is reviewed by Financial Team, and ready for introduction as soon as state/county/etc numbers become available 

Late February/Early March 2020

In three sequential governing body meetings:

  • Municipal Budget Discussion 

  • Municipal Budget First Reading/Introduction (and explanation)

  • Municipal Budget Public Hearing and Second Reading/ Adoption

End of March 2020/Early April

2020 Municipal Budget Adopted 


Early April 2020

Bond ordinance for 2020 capital items introduced/adopted 

April 2020

2020 Capital spending, road resurfacing, etc will begin process


Julia Taylor was first appointed to fill an open City Council seat in November 2018 and was elected to a full term in November 2019. She has lived in Lambertville since 2006 and grew up just across the river in New Hope. 

Prior to serving on Council, Julia served on the Environmental Commission for nine years and was chairperson for two of those years. As part of the Environmental Commission, she was instrumental in organizing a citywide visioning process that resulted in conceptual plans for the park at the corner of Cherry and North Union Streets and in developing our Third Can Program. Julia was also a founding member of an environmental group called SEE Lambertville (standing for Society, Environment, Economy) that raised funds for and constructed the Lambertville Learning Garden at LPS, successfully encouraged area restaurants to offer more locally produced foods, and hosted several environmental education events.

A city planner by training, Julia is currently the Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships with the Trenton Health Team, where she fosters collaborative efforts at the intersection of community development and public health to ensure the long-term well-being and prosperity of Trenton's residents and neighborhoods. Prior to joining THT, for more than a decade Julia lead large-scale community development initiatives in Trenton as Managing Director of Community Planning & Development and Deputy Operations Officer at Isles, Inc. Julia earned a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University.

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Lambertville announces new drop-off single-use plastic recycling stations!

In a partnership with Trex, the City of Lambertville is now accepting a number of one-time use plastics that can be turned in and recycled, helping to keep plastic out of landfills and waterways. These recycled items get processed and turned into long-lasting recycled outdoor furniture that Trex sells. If we collect enough bags over the next six months, the City can even earn a free recycled Trex bench! Remember, these items can only be dropped off at the locations below, plastic bags can never be placed in your recycling bins.



Learn about this new program: 




Learn where you can drop them off: