SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Earlier this week, Consolidation Commision President, Don Parisi, attended the Scotch Plains Town Council meeting seeking support for their newly formed commission.
The purpose of the Consolidation Commission is to provide measurable insight - beyond dollars and cents - into the character and identity outcome of merging some of the two town services. Both towns are currently looking into the efficacy of merging police and public works. The Consolidation Commission is not looking to duplicate existing efforts; however, they would like to consider using some of the same professional services from the towns.
"The fiscal agent idea came up for incidentals following the model that Princeton Township employs," said Parisi.
The volunteer effort is made up of 10 individuals - 5 from Fanwood and 5 from Scotch Plains - and would require a majority vote on any bylaws.
Questions came up from council members concerning what time and potential financial commitment might be expected from the township acting as fiscal agent. In particular, Deputy Mayor Gialanella had concerns as to whether or not the township might open itself up to liability.
"We're two months in and don't have funds yet but, there will be de minimum time commitment and a charge we would need to pay you for," said Parisi.
The Consolidation Commission is waiting to hear back from Fanwood over their interest in becoming fiscal agent.