MADISON, NJ—The search for a downtown manager who will manage Madison’s vibrant area is imminent, Councilman Wolkowitz said during yesterday’s Mayor and Council meeting. 

“The issues downtown are enough to have someone in the position full time,” Councilman Wolkowitz said. “This is not an unusual thing for a town of our size.”

Surrounding towns like Morristown already have downtown managers in place, according to Wolkowitz.

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A study by Urbanomics and several other planners, presented at a May 22 council meeting, recommended the appointment of a full-time employee who can manage all affairs associated with the downtown area and help tackle problem areas like parking.

Wolkowitz said the job description for this new municipal position is nearly finalized and will be submitted to the council for approval before the search begins.

Mayor Conley responded in yesterday’s meeting to concerns that mounted over another of the study’s recommendations—that Madison should no longer be nicknamed “Rose City.”

 “While our staff and volunteers will be working on ways to attract non-residents to our downtown, no recommendations that would include dropping Madison, the ‘Rose City’, will stick to that board,” he said.

“The greenhouses are long gone,” he said, but “all long-time Madisonians know very well the impact the Madison rose industry has had on our community.”

“The Rose City is our history, our heritage, our bloodline, and we will never let anyone forget it.”

Madison auxiliary police officer Vincent Ciccarelli officially retired at yesterday’s meeting after 46 years of service on the force.

At least a dozen officers and auxiliary officers, including Lt. John Miscia, came out to support Ciccarelli, as well as another of their comrades—26-year-old Edward O’Donnell, who was sworn into the auxiliary force at last night’s meeting.