LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Township Council members said at Monday’s session that they would consider installing a six-foot fence rather than a four-foot fence on the border of Madonna Field at the suggestion of Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Fuhrman, pastor of St. Philomena's Roman Catholic Church.
Since the church’s property borders the field, the governing body scheduled to meet with the monsignor to discuss the topic further.
At a meeting earlier this month, deputy mayor Edward Meinhardt suggested that the portion of the budget intended to purchase a scoreboard should instead go toward higher fences to keep both balls trespassers out of nearby yards. The council agreed to schedule a second open forum with neighboring residents to discuss these and other concerns, such as noise and time restraints.
Acting Township Manager Russell Jones also said that the township is considering additional plantings along the border between the field and the church property.
Mayor Shawn Klein complimented Jones on his efforts to have Public Service modify the lights it recently installed on the border of the field so that the lights are not shining into the backyards of homes located near the field.
In the ongoing search for a more permanent township manager, Klein said the township is happy with the work of the firm it has hired to search for a replacement for Michele Meade, who was released from the position in 2016.
The mayor noted that the firm, which is the same firm hired in the search for a township manager 11 years ago, is doing the preliminary search, but someone other than the township council would do the final vetting before candidates are recommended to the governing body.
He would not comment on whether Jones would be offered either the manager or a deputy manager position when the decision is made, citing confidential personnel concerns, but said the acting manager’s “institutional knowledge” certainly would be passed along to the new manager.
Klein also said the township would be looking for someone with the same knowledge of and dedication to Livingston as acting manager Jones.
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