FANWOOD, NJ – While the Fanwood Council covered many agenda items at its regular meeting Tuesday evening, the concept of the looming Consolidation Study dominated the conversation.

The Council has been very vocal regarding their views of how the process concerning consolidation has been handled, and how it is not seen as a true “grassroots” effort.  However, in spite of these vocal objections, the State Finance Board approved the application for a Study in September of 2012.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr began the discussion on what were the options available to the Council going forward, stating that there was an appeals process.. According to Fanwood Attorney Dennis Estis, i f an appeal is filed it needs to be done by October 27th, 2012.  “I really feel we have a strong case to pursue an appeal,” said Council President, Russell Huegel.

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However, Mayor Mahr is “not supportive of tax dollars to fund an appeal.” She stated that an alternative to an appeal would be to have the study and “let it run its course and be an active participant in the next year, two or three years.” Money would have to be raised for the study, which could be anywhere between $50,000 to over $100,000.

Additional Council topics included a short talk by Fire Department Chief John Piccola  on Fire Prevention Week, and the theme for this year is “having two ways out”.  Each household should have two planned escape routes. a meeting place, and should become familiar with the use of the fire extinguisher. He also reminded us to replace the batteries in our smoke alarms.  “Two ways out is not going to help you if you don’t wake up”, concluded Chief Piccola.

A summary of Fanny Wood Day was presented and Councilman Anthony Parenti stated that is was “The best year yet!”  With the largest crowd ever, with an estimated crowd of 15,000, 125 vendors, great food and beautiful weather and everyone on the committee working very hard, Fanny Wood Day was a huge success. The money collected from Fanny Wood Day will be enough to put up an electronic signboard to showcase Fanwood.

Coincidentally, the co-chairmen of the Fanny Wood Day Committee, Jason and Steven Parker of K-9 Resorts, were named as the first Business Volunteers of the Month.

“We take a moment to shine a light on residents and business owners that go above and beyond what it means to live in Fanwood” said Mayor Colleen Mahr. The Parker brothers were thanked for their involvement in Fanny Wood Day and were presented with a framed drawing of the Fanwood Train Station.