HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Two longtime state Republican leaders attended Thursday night's Township Committee Reorginization meeting to administer the oath of office to a new mayor new deputy mayor and a 12-year veteran of local government.
Committee members chose Doug Tomson as mayor, Shawn Lipani as deputy mayor and welcomed Frank DelCore to his fifth 3-year term following his reelection in November. DelCore served as mayor in 2019. State Sen. Kip Bateman, (R-16th) swore in Tomson and DelCore; former 16th District Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, expected to run a second time for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination in June's Primary, swore in Lipani.
Tomson, who has lived in Hillsborough his entire life, begins his 9th year on the Committee. During his tenure on the Committee, Tomson served as liaison to many boards and functional areas including Public Safety and Emergency Services, Economic and Business Development Commission, Board of Health, Hillsborough-Millstone Municipal Alliance, Parks and Recreation Commission and Board of Education.
Lipani first joined the Township Committee in August of 2018 to fill a vacancy. He then ran and won the seat in the November 2018 General Election.
Tomson spoke of his priiorities for 2020, including a fiscally-responsible budget under the two percent state-mandated cap and proceeding with an aggressive road paving plan.
Tomson said he would closely monitor the ongoing Route 206 Bypass project, scheduled for completion later this year, to ensure the state keeps to their promise of completing the project, which will then enable to the township to refocus its efforts on creating a downtown along a less congested Route 206.
The mayor also wants to tackle the opioid crisis, ensuring resources are available for those impacted.
Finally, Tomson wants to explore the possibility of building a new senior community center on township property on Mountainview Road..
The meeting concluded with the appointments of residents to various Township Boards and Commissions.