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Jeff Plaza Continues as Bernards Planning Bd. Chair; Some New Appointments

The lineup of the Bernards Township Planning Board at the board's annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 17, 2017. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Jonathan Drill, left, was reappointed as the Planning Board's attorney for 2017. Second to left, Board member Jeffrey Plaza was renamed as board chairman. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Jeffrey Plaza, among the new or returning members on the Bernards Township Planning Board sworn into new terms during Tuesday's reorganization meeting, was reappointed as Board Chair for another year. However, the board will have a new vice-chair for 2017.

Kathleen "Kippy" Piedici, already serving a term on the board, was chosen by her fellow Planning Board members to serve as this year's vice-chairperson. Jodi Alper, vice-chair of the board for most of 2016, resigned late last year to take a judgeship, a position that would not allow her to continue to serve on the Planning Board, Plaza said in response to a question.

Longtime Planning Board Secretary Frances Florio also was not reappointed to her position. Cydi Kiefer was appointed as the board's interim secretary at the reorganization.

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As this year's Bernards Township mayor, Carolyn Gaziano was appointed as a full board member for the year. Township Committeeman John Malay was reappointed to continue serving on the board through the end of 2017.

Board member James Baldassare was appointed to serve as a regular member through the end of 2017; and Barbara Kleinert, Richard Moschello, and Plaza were appointed as regular members to additional board terms to last through 2020.

Moschello had previously been sitting on the board as an alternate if needed to fill in for a vacancy. With his appointment as a full regular member, Scott Ross was appointed as an alternate board member for this year.

Moschello also was named as Chairman "pro tem," meaning he will fill the position if Plaza and Pedieci must be excused from hearing an application for any reason, such as the proximity of their homes to a proposal.

Attorney Jonathan Drill was among the board's professionals who was reappointed on Tuesday night.


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