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Scotch Plains Council Appoints Downtown Development Committee

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Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith announced the names of those who will be serving the Downtown Committee on Tuesday evening at the Council Conference Meeting. Credits: Sean Conklin
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Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones says that he's 'very excited that we have a Mayor and Council who recognize now is the time to make the changes necessary to do significant redevelopment in our downtown.' Credits: Sean Conklin
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Mayor Al Smith announced the names of those who will serve on the Downtown Committee at the Council Conference Meeting on Tuesday evening.  The committee will be comprised of 15 members and will include a variety of opinions from Council members and Township officials to business leaders and residents. Additional professionals may be "appointed as appropriate" to the committee.

The group, which plans to meet publicly on a monthly basis, will outline both goals and objectives to accomplish in downtown Scotch Plains while providing an opportunity to interact with the public in an open forum.

“We’re going to do our best to make this a success,” said Mayor Smith. “Developing the downtown area was one of the biggest concerns in town that people had. I look forward to working with this committee to work towards that goal.”

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The committee will include the following people from each category:

Council Members

• Mayor Al Smith
• Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones

Township Officials/Advisors

• Town Manager Al Mirabella
• Construction official Bob LaCosta
• Redevelopment attorney Jeff Lehrer
• Planner Michael Mictretta
• Paulette Coronato, Chairman of the Downtown Subcommittee of Planning

Business Members

• Dr. Frank DiLollo, Owner of DiLollo Chiropractic
• Joe Mortarulo, General Manager and Partner of Darby Road Pub & Restaurant
• Steve Goldberg, President-elect of the Rotary Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains
• Geraldine Keogh, Consultant and Owner of the online business Dessert Ladies
• Guy Checchio, Head of Checchio Construction and Asphalt

Residents

• Carla Kelly, a resident of Scotch Plains, who is on the Planning Board and Environmental Committee
• Luisa Bianco, a resident of Scotch Plains, who serves on the Library board and is a Recreation Commissioner
• Colleen Gialanella, a former Councilwoman that currently serves on the Recreation Commission

“I'm very excited that we have a Mayor and Council who recognize now is the time to make the changes necessary to do significant redevelopment in our downtown,” said Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones. “It has the right mix of experienced professionals, business representatives, and town residents and the backing and the direct involvement of the governing body to make things happen. It will be a very open process and I hope the public will really get engaged in the conversation.”

The committee will hold its first meeting next Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Township Hall. The public is invited to attend and participate.

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