HAMILTON, NJ --  Approximately one year after the Hamilton community learned of health and safety concerns at the Hamilton Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, members of the Township Council will hold a public meeting on Wednesday night to receive an update on actions taken to address these issues.  

The bi-partisan subcommittee consisting of Council members Ileana Schirmer and Rick Tighe will be held Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30pm at the Hamilton Municipal Building Council Chambers on Greenwood Avenue. The meeting is open to the public; however, no public comment will be taken. 

The committee is expected to hear from Marion Mumford, the current head of the Hamilton Animal Shelter. 

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Schirmer said that the meeting is important to communicate with the public about the facility. 

"What has changed?  What improvements have been made?  What still needs to be done?" Schirmer said are among the questions she is looking to be answered at the meeting.  

In May, Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede released a four-minute video explaining the actions taken by the Township at that time to address concerns at the shelter. 

"We made additional improvements beyond what was required. We implemented electronic forms to improve record-keeping. We expanded volunteer opportunities. And we moved towards what is commonly referred to as a 'no-kill' model for our shelter," said Yaede in the video.

"It's time for the Mayor to give the public another update on any changes that have been made at the shelter, any improvements already done and still need to be made," said Tighe of the council's desire for a more recent, in-person update. 

Raising additional concern about the animal shelter operations, council members have said,  and as previously reported by TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, was the revocation of  Hamilton Township Health Officer Jeff Plunkett’s health inspector license by the state Office of Local Public Health (OLPH). 

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