HOLMDEL, NJ - 2020 is about to get underway in Holmdel Township government.
The Holmdel Township reorganization meeting is slated for 6 PM on January 2, at the Library and Learning Center Conference Room, in Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Coner Road. The meeting will reflect a new direction in engineering, auditing and other professional service roles for the year. The Township Committee will first welcome Cathy Weber and Prakash Santana as newly elected officials. After they are sworn in, the group will choose a Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the year. They will be joining Committeemen Gregory Buontempo and Rocco Pascucci, who have elections themselves this year, as well as Committeeman Tom Critelli.
A number of significant changes are in store for professional services. T&M Engineering, who has served the Township for many years, is set to be replaced by CME Associates. A new auditor will also be hired from the firm Suplee Clooney. Many professional appointments will be the same, however. Assemblyman Sean Kean will continue as Municipal Prosecutor. Kean investigated the former Township Administrator. Long time Bond Counsel Steve Rogut has also been removed. He is being replaced by Gibbons, PC.
Much of these changes appear to have connectivity to the political turbulence of the 2019 calendar.
In addition to the appointments of new citizen volunteers to a host of committees, some familiar faces will remain. Former Committeeman Mike Nikolis is slated to be appointed to the Planning Board and the Environmental Commission. Newly elected Committeewoman Cathy Weber will serve on the Planning Board as a Class III member. A Class III member is chosen from the Township Committee to serve for the year. The governing body choice to be Mayor also sits on the Planning Board by law. The 2019 Planning Board canceled an unusually high number of meetings last year, over thirty percent. It is widely expected that 2020 will likely be a very busy year indeed. This is particularly so after the affordable housing ordinances that were passed during the holiday meetings in late 2019. With the litigation resolving and the plans in the pipeline, expect development applications for northern Holmdel to be submnitted in the first quarter of 2020.