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Post Office Redevelopment a Priority at Maplewood Township Committee Meeting

Patrick Kennedy

Thursday, June 6, 2013 • 6:53am

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Wednesday, the Maplewood Township Committee met to address a variety of issues in local building and development, and to hear a series of administrative reports.  Among the items that received substantial discussion was the redevelopment of the Maplewood Post Office, a project that spurred considerable community feedback at earlier Township Committee sessions.

The meeting began with two moments of silence.  First, the Township Committee honored recently-deceased civic leader Enrique “Ricky” Fernandez.  Then, a moment of silence was set aside for Senator Frank Lautenberg—described by mayor DeLuca as “a friend to the Maplewood area.”

The Committee then moved on to the Board of Health meeting for June 2013.  Health Officer Robert D. Roe has posted information about mosquito breeding on several web sites, and is overseeing cleanup efforts for local parking areas.  Efforts are also being made to create emergency procedures and facilities for the Winchester Gardens retirement community.

In addition, Roe discussed the new regulations in place for New Jersey massage therapists and licensed massage businesses.  Fines for offenses have now been made more specific, and the local Massage Ordnance is being brought in line with broader state laws.  Beyond obtaining a license, all massage businesses should now go through an official registering procedure.

The floor was then opened to public discussion, with the Post Office redevelopment plan front and center.  As one resident noted, “this is a great opportunity to get somebody other than a developer to make a decision for our town.”  Mayor DeLuca emphasized that there will be plenty of public input as the project moves forward and that “any developer will have to follow a plan that we’ve approved.”

Another key item of discussion was the development of the Maplewood’s Woman’s Club.  The activities of the Woman’s Club Task force and “the establishment of parking fees and regulations” were a few of the items on Wednesday’s agenda, though a more intensive discussion will take place at the Woman’s Club Input Session on June 11.

The next meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee will take place on Tuesday, June 18.  For more information, please visit the Maplewood Township web site.

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