Maplewood Township continues its 2016 budget process with a second budget hearing (postponed from Jan. 23) on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Town Hall.
Residents can attend the meeting at 574 Valley Street, watch it live on television, view it later on the town’s YouTube channel, and/or email questions to the Township Committee before, during or after the meeting.
Departments and organizations presenting their budgets on Feb. 20 include: The Maplewood Village Alliance; Springfield Avenue Partnership; YouthNet; South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race; Tax Assessor; Clerk & Township Committee; Finance, Tax & Sewer Collection; Open Space Trust Fund; Public Works/Recycling; and Engineering/Planning & Zoning. (See the agenda below.)
There is no specific period for public comments; however, Committeeman Greg Lembrich told Village Green, “The public is invited to attend and ask questions or make comments during/at the end of each presentation.”
In addition, residents can also email the Township Committee before or during the meeting with questions and observations at firstname.lastname@example.org. Assistant Township Administrator Cesar Correa will review any questions that come in and bring them to the attention of the TC.
On Jan. 9, Mayor Vic DeLuca outlined the budget process, and department heads including Police, Fire, Health, Recreation/Cultural Affairs, and the Maplewood Library presented their budget requests and challenges before the Township Committee. One interesting conversation from the Jan. 9 meeting involved the fact that Maplewood is actively discussing shared animal control services with South Orange.
Residents can watch the meeting live online here.
Meetings are also broadcast live — thanks to SOMA tv — on Fios Channel 24 and Comcast Channel 35.
You can also visit the Maplewood Township YouTube channel for archives of meeting videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/maplewoodasstadmin.