Consolidation Study Commission Swears In Members

TAPSCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD,  NJ – At its first organizational meeting, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Consolidation Commission dealt with many agenda items, including voting in Matthew Juckes of Fanwood as one of the commissioners, and then swearing in 10 of the commissioners and two of the alternates. One alternate was unable to be present, and there is one alternate position yet to be filled.

The commission was established after a submission was made by the citizens’ group called “Courage to Reconnect” led by Fred Lange of Scotch Plains. The five commissioners from Fanwood include: Daniel McCarey, Ann Saltzman, Jack Molenaar, Anthony DiBattista, Matthew Juckes, and the commissioners from Scotch Plains include: Don Parisi, Fred Lange, Phillip Wiener, John Thompson and Sarah Dreikorn. Fanwood alternates are Pat Hoynes and Joseph Nagy and the alternate for Scotch Plains is Bruce Arthur, with one more alternative yet to be appointed by the Scotch Plains Council.

Don Parisi (Scotch Plains) and Anthony DiBattista (Fanwood) were elected as chair and vice-chair. The commission is considering the possible position of Secretary and the idea that a volunteer from the community would be greatly appreciated. It is also possible that the position might be a paid position.

Mr. Parisi submitted a draft of the commission’s bylaws, which was discussed at length. Topics included the manner in which the alternates will vote, quorum requirements, and how Commissioners will be replaced should they terminate their position. It was determined that the term for members would be 3 years.

This article originally appeared in The Alternative Press. Click here to continue reading

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Consolidation Study Commission of Fanwood and Scotch Plains to meet Wed., May 22

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the current commissioners of the Consolidation Study Commission of Fanwood and Scotch Plains will meet on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in the Board of Education building located at Evergreen and Cedar Avenue in Scotch Plains to elect two additional commissioners, one from each municipality. All applicants must submit resumes by May 17, 2013 through the contact below. Candidates will be interviewed. The meeting is open to the public.

The Commission’s purpose is to have a study prepared to see if consolidating Scotch Plains and Fanwood would create a more efficient and cost effective government.

The 10 commissioners will elect officers, determine funding and select an organization to conduct a study at later meetings.

Please contact Fred Lange, 2233 Old Farm Road, Scotch Plains, N.J. 908-889-6289

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Consolidation Study Commission of Fanwood and Scotch Plains to meet April 11

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the current appointees to the
Consolidation Study Commission of Fanwood and Scotch Plains will meet
on Thursday April 11 at 8:00 p.m., in the Board of Education building
located at Evergreen and Cedar Avenue in Scotch Plains to discuss a
process by which the remaining two commission appointees will be chosen,
one from each municipality. Although the full commission has not yet been
determined and no appointees have been sworn in, the public is invited to
this meeting. It is expected that at this meeting a process will be agreed
upon and a date set for the selection of the remaining two commission
appointees.

Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goerner Featured in the Philly Inquirer

ImageThis opinion-editorial by Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goerner originally appeared in the Philly Inquirer

An Inquirer poll this fall showed that New Jersey residents are increasingly in favor of municipal consolidation and shared services. It may not be clear to elected officials attached to “home rule” in a state with 566 municipalities (soon to be 565), but the residents are right.

A year ago, the residents of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, where I’m the mayor, approved the state’s first large municipal consolidation in more than a century – a move expected to save millions and improve services. In fact, we’re already enjoying the benefits.

When Hurricane Sandy struck Princeton, the two municipalities responded in a completely coordinated fashion for the first time. We established an emergency operations center staffed by police, fire, public works, and other staff from both towns.

The police were able to coordinate more effectively in prioritizing coverage of the whole area, while the public works departments marshaled their resources to open important roads more quickly. We launched coordinated communication through social media and reverse 911. This single response was a dramatic improvement over our separate responses to previous storms.

But such improvements aren’t the only rationale for consolidation. We are also on a path to savings that exceed our consolidation commission’s estimates.

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Volunteers Needed For Municipal Consolidation Study Commission For Scotch Plains & Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS & FANWOOD – As residents of both towns continue to clean up from Hurricane Sandy, Courage to Reconnect Scotch Plains and Fanwood has extended the application period for those interested in serving on a municipal consolidation commission.

Courage to Reconnect Scotch Plains and Fanwood, a non-partisan, grassroots group of citizens who have secured state approval for a municipal consolidation study for both towns, has extended the application deadline to Nov. 30.

The group has already received applications from a number of qualified individuals from both towns, but wants to ensure that every resident interested in serving on the commission has the opportunity to apply.

Four members of the 10-member commission will be appointed by the grassroots group, actively seeking civic-minded residents from both communities who can analyze information objectively and without political bias. Other commission members will be selected through the citizens group and representatives of the municipal governments of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

“The purpose of this municipal consolidation commission is to implement a fair and balanced assessment about the pros and cons of merging the government structure of the two towns,” said Fred Lange of Scotch Plains, a founder of the grassroots group. “The ultimate findings may show the towns are better together, or better apart. There are no pre-conceived notions as we approach this.”

Dan Winigrad of Fanwood, another group member, said there have been disturbing misconceptions that such a commission is designed to force a merger. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “That is why we are asking elected representatives of both towns to appoint commissioners. And that is why this process is being closely monitored by the state Department of Community Affairs. We are simply conducting a transparent study; voters will ultimately decide – once they are equipped with unbiased information, presented independently, outside the lens of our elected representatives or municipal workforce.”

Those interested in serving on the study commission should send a cover letter explaining their interest, ability to satisfy a time commitment of one meeting a week for six months and a resume to: Courage to Reconnect Scotch Plains and Fanwood, P.O. Box 481 in Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Interested individuals can also email spfreconnect@gmail.com.

This article originally appeared on NJToday. Click here to read the full article. 

Deadline Extended for Residents Applying to Serve on the Municipal Consolidation Study for Scotch Plains and Fanwood

Ten Volunteers Needed from Both Towns for Six Months of Service

SCOTCH PLAINS & FANWOOD – November 14, 2012 – As residents of both towns continue to clean up from Hurricane Sandy, Courage to Reconnect Scotch Plains and Fanwood has extended the application period for those interested in serving on a municipal consolidation commission.

Courage to Reconnect Scotch Plains and Fanwood, a non-partisan, grassroots group of citizens who have secured state approval for a municipal consolidation study for both towns, has extended the application deadline to November 30.

The group has already received applications from a number of qualified individuals from both towns, but wants to ensure that every resident interested in serving on the commission has the opportunity to apply.

Four members of the 10-member commission will be appointed by the grassroots group, actively seeking civic-minded residents from both communities who can analyze information objectively and without political bias. Other commission members will be selected through the citizens group and representatives of the municipal governments of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

“The purpose of this municipal consolidation commission is to implement a fair and balanced assessment about the pros and cons of merging the government structure of the two towns,” said Fred Lange of Scotch Plains, a founder of the grassroots group. “The ultimate findings may show the towns are better together, or better apart. There are no pre-conceived notions as we approach this.”

Dan Winigrad of Fanwood, another group member, said there have been disturbing misconceptions that such a commission is designed to force a merger.  “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “That is why we are asking elected representatives of both towns to appoint commissioners. And that is why this process is being closely monitored by the state Department of Community Affairs. We are simply conducting a transparent study; voters will ultimately decide – once they are equipped with unbiased information, presented independently, outside the lens of our elected representatives or municipal workforce.”

Those interested in serving on the study commission should send a cover letter explaining their interest, ability to satisfy a time commitment of one meeting a week for six months and a resume to: Courage to Reconnect Scotch Plains and Fanwood, P.O. Box 481 in Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Interested individuals can also email spfreconnect@gmail.com.

 

Consolidation Study Looking for Commissioners

Courage to Re-Connect, the organization backing the study to consolidate Scotch Plains and Fanwood is beginning the search for comissioners for the study.

On Sept. 12, the Local Finance Board in Trenton approved the application for the consolidation to be studied.

The process calls for a total of 10 commissioners for the study.

Courage to Re-Connect will sort through applicants to choose two commissioners from Scotch Plains and two from Fanwood.

Following this, each town’s council will choose an additional two members. Each four person group will then choose a fifth commissioner.

Last week Fanwood held a special meeting on consolidation, Mayor Mahr was interested in knowing what criteria would need to be met for the commissioners.

This article originally appeared in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch. Continue reading the article here