Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, Dumont Recreation has been postponed; Dumont Borough Hall and Police Station will have limited access to the public; the Dumont Dixon Library, DPW building, and Senior Center are closed to the public. Dumont Parks are open for passive exercise and recreation only. To find more information and updates, please visit https://covid19.nj.gov or https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/health-promotion/2019-novel-corona-virus

Governor Murphy recently signed Executive Order No. 130, which allows municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments due on May 1st to June 1st. The Dumont Governing Body strongly support any action that provides much-needed relief to taxpayers struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including this measure. After a careful financial analysis, The Mayor and Council supported a resolution to extend the second quarter property tax grace period to June 1st 2020 to provide a modest measure of tax relief to residents that have been affected by this horrific public health crisis. Please be advised any payment made after June 1st accrues retroactive interest back to May 1st as per statutory guidelines.

On 4/29/2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order no. 133, which authorizes the opening of State Parks and Golf Courses.

On 4/30/2020, Mayor Andrew LaBruno and OEM Coordinator/Police Chief Michael Conner determined that all Dumont parks and recreation facilities shall continue to remain closed at this time.  The decision to keep our parks closed is based on public health concerns related to the continued possible spread of the COVID-19 as Bergen County remains the epicenter of this public health crisis. 

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our residents, and we believe the early decisions made by the Borough of Dumont helped to limit the spread and saved lives in our community. Yesterday was the first day since March 13th that no new cases of COVID-19 were reported among our Dumont family. As friends and neighbors, we have joined together to help limit the spread and flatten the curve. Now is the time to remain vigilant and stay the course as we battle this crisis as a community.

The Borough of Dumont will continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19 in the Borough and assess when there is no longer a threat to human life and health. We appreciate your understanding and wish each of you continued safety and health during this unprecedented public health crisis.

Due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Phil Murphy, the Borough is unable to safely conduct the public Joint Land Use Board meeting scheduled for April 28, 2020.  Accordingly, the matters on that agenda will be tentatively carried to the May 26, 2020 Joint Land Use Board meeting subject to the pending State of Emergency Declaration.

 

In light of the continuing COVID-19 public health crisis, summer camp registration has temporally been postponed until at least May 15th. We will continue to plan for our summer recreation program with the hope that it will be fully operational this summer. Please continue to follow us for updates as we remain committed to do all we can for the benefit of Dumont families.

Due to the social distancing protocol as mandated by Governor Murphy in Executive Orders 107 and 108, The scheduled Dumont Economic Development Committee will be held by means of communication equipment. Please see details below:

Dumont Economic Development Committee Meeting 

Date: Apr 22, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM Eastern Time 

To call in dial 978-990-5000.  The access code is 859534.

The Mayor and Council are proud to announce that S&P Global Ratings recently assigned its 'AA' long-term rating to the Borough of Dumont citing the following:

  • Strong Budgetary Performance
  • Strong Institutional Framework
  • Overall net debt is low at 2.5% of market value, which is a positive credit factor
  • Budgetary flexibility has remained strong over the past three fiscal years

 

On April 7, 2020, the Borough Council approved two resolutions which will continue our fiscally responsible long-term Debt Management Plan. The actions taken by the Governing Body provides the Borough with the opportunity to solicit bids from financial institutions in the bond market in connection with the issuance of 15.5 million dollars in long-term bonds.

  • The Borough currently has financed previously authorized capital ordinances with the issuance of Bond Anticipation Notes. The Notes have a maturity of one year, and are subject to market conditions upon renewal. The Notes total $15.5M and pertain to seven different ordinances. The current net debt is $39,279,622.
  • The resolution does not authorize any additional monies that can be spent in the ordinances named. The plan discussed with the public in 2019 was to explore the possibility of converting these Notes into long-term bonds. The major advantages of issuing serial bonds would be to take advantage of the low interest municipal bond rates as well as locking in the rate for 25 years.
  • Despite the overall increased volatility of the financial markets during the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term municipal AAA MMD Interest Rate Index remains significantly below its 10-year average.
  • If the Borough rejects the bid or decides that the market conditions are not favorable for the sale of long-term bonds, the existing Notes will be renewed when they mature in May, 2020.

The Delong Avenue Rehabilitation Project is currently on hold due to two members of the contractor’s workforce testing positive for COVID-19. The Borough of Dumont has confirmed with American Asphalt that all the equipment that remains onsite has been cleaned and disinfected. They have also instituted a practice of having their subcontractors and workforce clean and disinfect their equipment daily. Construction will restart beginning Monday, April 20th with a different crew. The Borough of Dumont, through its engineer, have reiterated and notified American Asphalt that the requirement to follow the standard practices of Executive Order No. 122 must be adhered to while working on the project.

 

During this COVID-19 pandemic residents are reporting people coming to their homes and calling them seeking donations for COVID-19 Organizations. These individuals are not affiliated with any Dumont Emergency Services Organization (Police, Fire or Ambulance) and do not represent any COVID-19 organizations. These individuals are looking to defraud you out of your money. Do not provide them with your bank account numbers, credit card numbers, debit card number or make any payment to them (cash or check). Hang up on callers that claim to represent COVID-19 organizations or Emergency Services Organizations within the Borough of Dumont. Call the Dumont Police Department if these individuals appear at your front door. We will respond to your address and charge them accordingly.