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January 21, 2022

Posted on January 21, 2022 at 12:36 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, January 24, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. There is one volunteer interview at 6:45pm.


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from January 6, 2022 – Reorganization Meeting and January 10, 2022 – Regular Meeting.


This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone. This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.


Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 


There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2022-1 will include Animal Control Officer in the Town Salary Ordinance.


If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 

Resolution #59-2022* will authorize submission of a Strategic Plan for the Municipal Alliance for grant cycle July 2022 – June 2023.

Resolution #60-2022* will authorize the Town to enter into an agreement with Phoenix Advisors, LLC as our Independent Registered Municipal Financial Advisor.

Resolution #61-2022* will approve reimbursement of health benefit contributions for retired officer Shawn Burke.

Resolution #62-2022* will award Bid #9R-2021 Equipment Maintenance Services to Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc.

Resolution #63-2022* will approve vacation and sick leave and accumulated compensatory time payout for Mahir Kaylani.

Resolution #64-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


As of January 20, 2022, Morris Lake is even with the spillway.

Next week (Tuesday-Thursday) the 2nd floor of Town Hall will be closed while new carpeting is installed in the hallway, Kat’s office, and the Town Manager’s Conference Room.

Work continues on the 2022 municipal budget.

The PB approved apartments at 122-124 High Street.

We are in the process of completing the revamped Annual Report as well as the newly stylized Spring Newsletter.

Special enrollment meetings were held virtually to discuss UNUM LTD policies.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to receive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training/certification through Rutgers University, Center for Executive Leadership in Government. I look forward to the learning.

I hope everyone took a moment or two this week to reflect on the amazing legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of my favorite quotes from him: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Yours In Service,


PS – how about them Rangers…