BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Councilwoman-at-Large Nina Davis, who was appointed acting mayor for the Bloomfield Council Regular Meeting on Monday due to the absence of Mayor Michael Venezia, thanked the community for their ongoing and productive conversations about race relations.

Regarding the ‘Community Conversations’ forums hosted by the township, and the peaceful protests held in Bloomfield, Davis said, “This has allowed us to bring community voices together and we have seen many displays of civic conversation.  It is great to have these community-based conversations so we can hear other voices and it is an exciting opportunity for us to grow together.”

“We continued this initiative with our first ‘Community Conversation’ (held July 15) and I’m proud to be a part of this community that is open to dialogue and hear about different types of subject matter as we build a common dialogue,” Davis added.

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First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell said, “This Wednesday, we have another ‘Community Conversation’ called ‘Let’s Talk About Race’ and we are looking at producing another conversation on August 12.  And I’m sure we will have more moving forward (in the fall).”

The township is looking to establish a drive-thru Farmers Market where residents can drive-by and pick up pre-packaged fresh vegetables on the last two Sundays in October and the first Sunday in November.  This would lead up to the Mayors Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.

Bloomfield is looking to establish a regular Farmers Market next year, most likely at Municipal Plaza where there is an abundance of space.  Booths would be set up ideally every Sunday in the spring and summer months open to all residents.

Regarding food shortages and the numbers that have increased during the pandemic, eight-percent of individuals in Bloomfield live below the poverty line.  With the pandemic, the need has increased for food programs and distribution.  The town has set up temporary Food Pantry’s to help meet the current need.

In other business, Maria Estrella was appointed to the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Second-Ward Councilman Nicolas Joanow urged all residents to complete the 2020 census, as the township is only at 67% participation.

All introductions of proposed ordinances on first reading were approved.

All adoptions and amendments of proposed ordinances on second reading were also approved.

Monday’s Regular Meeting at the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building immediately followed the Conference Meeting and was held with strict social distancing rules and limited seating capacity.  The meeting was livestreamed on the township’s Facebook page and WBMA-TV.

The Township Council holds another combined Regular and Conference Meeting on Monday, August 24, 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building.