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Minutes of the December 11, 2013 Meeting of the Consolidation Study Commission

Dan McCarey

Monday, January 13, 2014 • 9:58pm

Minutes of the December 11, 2013 Meeting of the Consolidation Study Commission
Board of Education Conference Room
Cedar Avenue, Scotch Plains

The meeting was called to order at 7:07. Mr. Parisi read the Open Public Meetings Act notice and called the roll. Those present were Mr. McCarey and Dr. Saltzman from Fanwood, and Ms. Dreikorn, Mr. Lange, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Wiener and Mr. Parisi from Scotch Plains. Ms. Hoynes, alternate from Fanwood, was also present as was Mr. Arthur, alternate-designate from Scotch Plains. Dr. diBattista, Mr. Molenaar and Mr. Juckes were absent, as was Mr. Nagy, alternate from Fanwood.

In addition Eugene McCarthy attended for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, a non-voting commission member.

Dr. Saltzman and Mr. McCarey moved and seconded approval of the November 13 meeting minutes, which were unanimously approved by those in attendance at the November meeting.

Mr. Parisi informed the Commission that there was nothing to report on its insurance application.

Dr. Saltzman updated the Commission on her research into funding sources, noting that she has researched additional foundations beyond the list she provided at the November meeting, but the additional sources appear to be longshots. Mr. Lange provided a list of the largest foundations in New Jersey and suggested that each commission member continue to explore their own contacts to expand the number of foundations to which application for funding can be made. Mr. Parisi concurred and emphasized the point to the Commission.

The meeting was then open to the public. There being no public comment, that portion of the meeting was closed. Ms. Dreikorn moved to go into executive session to discuss the bids. Mr. Lange seconded and all concurred. The Commission then met in executive session from 7:18 until 8:25 p.m. Mr. Lange moved to return to public session, seconded by Dr. Saltzman and unanimously approved. Upon return to public session Mr. Parisi reported that the matters discussed in executive session would be summarized at the January meeting.

The Commission set January 8, 2014 as its reorganizational meeting at the Board of Education offices, at 7 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned on motion made, seconded and unanimously approved at 8:29 pm.

The Commision was formed in June 2013. It is charged with overseeing a study, by an independent contractor, on the benefits and costs of consolidating Fanwood and Scotch Plains into one municipality without either losing its identity as a community.

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