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Tax Refunds, Sandy Expenses, New Businesses This Week

Here's a look at the week ahead in Westwood, Hillsdale and Washington Township.

The Hillsdale Council is scheduled to vote this week on authorizing emergency expenses related to Hurricane Sandy.

Borough employees had to work overtime and gas had to be purchased in Massachusetts for municipal vehicles and generators.

If the council votes to authorize the emergency expenses, they will fall under the 2013 budget, a topic which is also scheduled for discussion at the meeting. Officials are expecting FEMA will refund a large portion of the emergency costs.

The Hillsdale Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Borough Hall.

Tax Refunds

The Washington Township Council is scheduled to vote on 50 tax appeal refunds during their meeting this week.

There have been hundreds of tax appeals from township property owners since 2010, which have , not including the newest refunds.

The township last had a revaluation performed in 2006. Officials have been planning to undergo a new revaluation in order to balance the appraised values of property in the township.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Complex.

Westwood Zoning Board

The Westwood Zoning Board is scheduled to continue hearing several ongoing applications for new businesses.

One plan calls for a new five-unit strip mall to be built at the former Chevy dealer on Kinderkamack Road. The board had previously denied the application because of a requested "general retail use" variance, but the applicant has since narowed the request to specific uses.

Potential tenants for the site include 7-Eleven and a hair salon.

The board is also scheduled to continue hearing a plan for a former law office on Kinderkamack Road, where the owner has plans for a dry cleaner and medical office. A third business, from the Westwood Theater.

The Westwood Zoning Board meets at 8 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Complex.

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