MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee emailed an update to the Township on several topics yesterday.
Responding to the complaints of harassment at the Maplewood Community Pool, he said, “I want to reiterate our sincerest apologies to those who endured the alleged misconduct directly and others who were impacted by it indirectly. We take any and all allegations of harassment or discrimination seriously.”
While reiterating that the Township would not comment on specific personnel matters, he said, “our investigation is ongoing and initial actions have been taken. We will continue to keep the community updated on this matter as appropriate, including at our next Township Committee meeting on September 1.” The Instagram account MCPJustice has advised their followers to tune into the meeting and speak during the public comment portion if they are so inclined.
Pedestrian safety measures were also stressed in his update. “Recently we installed a four way stop sign at the intersection of Harvard and Prospect to address an area that has been problematic for years. We believe this will enhance the safety of our residents including our Tuscan elementary community,” McGee stated. He also said “enhancements” were coming to Rutgers and Burnett Avenue. “These actions are the result of the study performed by NJDOT/NV5 and we have more traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements outlined in our roadmap.”
McGehee also relayed that the event From Awareness to Action would take place this evening at 7. The Township of Maplewood, The Maplewood Community Board on Police, The Maplewood Memorial Library, and ValleyArts are co-presenting the event on the theme What We Can Do to Improve Police & Community Interactions with Black Youth. Participants may register online at https://tinyurl.com/whatwecandomplwd.
Coming on the heels of the rally at the post office, McGehee announced that this week “I will be meeting with a regional USPS representative and the Postmaster from Union who is also in charge of our Maplewood offices to discuss our concerns and issues with mail delivery in Maplewood. More to come. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Your input is very much welcome.”
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