BLOOMFIELD, NJ – ‘Youth Week’ in the Township of Bloomfield was declared during the Council Conference Meeting on Monday, May 6 at the Municipal Building.
Present at the meeting were Mayor Michael Venezia, First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Second-Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Third-Ward Councilwoman Sarah Cruz, Councilman-At-Large Ted Gamble and Councilman-At-Large Richard Rockwell.  Not present was Councilwoman-At-Large Nina Davis.
Prior to the official proceedings, several junior and senior students from Bloomfield High School participated in a mock Township Council Meeting as part of Youth Government Day.  The students discussed the topic of bringing public broadband internet to the community.
The students also visited the Bloomfield Police Department, Fire Department, Engineering Department, and Department of Health and Human Services.  While there, the students spoke with several directors and department heads to learn about all the different aspects of government within the township.
“The future of our Country, the township, and our world depends upon our youth, and a strong moral character, a spirit of patriotism, and a sense of responsibility in our young people are essential to the overall strength and progress of our nation,” Councilwoman Cruz said while reading a Proclamation.

Cruz continued, “The Township of Bloomfield recognizes its obligation to aid our youth, mentally and physically and spiritually, in preparation for leadership in the future.  (We) are extremely proud of our young people and wish to express appreciation for their many achievements.”
Also present at the meeting were Township Administrator Matthew Watkins, Township Attorney Michael Parlavecchio, Township Engineer Paul Lasek and Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano.
All items on the agenda were unanimously passed, including a procedure for Veteran street sign requests; appointments for police department auxiliary officers, an intern and crossing guards; approval to retain Tom Haas as Engineering Consultant; and emergency repairs for Montgomery Street sewers.

The next Township Council Regular Meeting is Monday, May 20 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.