GLEN ROCK, NJ – Looking to deal with the “future of the local economy,” Mayor Kristine Morieko has launched the “Looking Forward Committee.”
Governor Phil Murphy announced the first phase of the state reopening yesterday, including outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping beginning June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons allowed to open a week later.
Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy
Murphy is trying to determine, as well, when gyms and health clubs will reopen, the road back to some sort of normalcy will come with some restrictions.
This is where Morieko pictures the committee assisting businesses.
“This is a collaborative process,” Morieko said during the Zoom council meeting on May 27. “Our goal is not to look for violations, but to look to work together, give people the feeling of comfort and security they need to go out again.”
Morieko said the committee would consist of representatives from the Office of Emergency Management, police, Health Department, the business community—Chamber of Commerce, Guild and Central Business District—anyone who could assist in helping to determine the “pulse of the new comfort level.”
The committee would be charged with how to open Borough Hall, when to let the public back in and how to suggest people safely enter stores, Morieko said. Recreation and how to resume programs are included, as well.
“The more prepared we can be prior, the better the reopening,” Councilwoman Teresa Gilbreath said.
“We need to continue social distancing, and consider messaging with signs,” Council President Amy Martin said.
“Salons have their own coalition, I’m told,” Martin, who was appointed as co-chair of the committee, said.
“The more communication, the better,” Morieko said.
Gilbreath said she would collect a list of all the businesses in Glen Rock to begin the process.
Councilwoman Mary Barchetto will co-chair the committee with Martin.