Maplewood TC to Vote on Feral Cat Program, Post Office Developer

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The Maplewood Township Committee will cast a final vote Wednesday night on whether to approve a feral cat trap/neuter/release pilot program.

The meeting is being held Wednesday rather than the usual Tuesday because of Election Day. The meeting is at Town Hall and begins at 7:30 p.m.

The full preliminary agenda can be found on the township website.

The committee voted to introduce the ordinance by a 4-1 vote in October, with Committeeman Marlon K. Brownlee dissenting.

The new program, which would run for a period of three years beginning Dec. 1, 2014 and ending Nov. 31, 2017, will allow registered, trained residents to feed feral cats providing they follow certain regulations, including helping trap cats for neutering, taking food in after one hour, vaccinating cats against rabies, and taking care of sick cats. Furry Hearts Rescue will oversee the program.

The program will be reviewed annually.

Read the full ordinance here.

In addition, the committee will introduce an ordinance to establish 20-minute parking and a limited-time (between 9-10 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Mon. through Sat.) loading zone in front of 195 Maplewood Avenue, the site of the new retail operation of the Post Office.

Finally, the TC will formally vote on a resolution designating JMF Properties as the preferred developer for the current Post Office site.


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