SOMERVILLE, NJ - The annual Somerville reorganization meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan, 1st beginning at noon in the auditorium at Somerville High School, 221 Davenport St.
With a nod to tradition and the borough's rich history, town crier David Lang - dressed in colonial-era leggings, waistcoat and tri-corner hat and ringing a brass bell - will call the meeting to order.
Gen. George Washington and his Continental Army spent two winters encamped in Somerville and the surrounding area during the Revolutionary War.
Reorganization meetings following November elections are generally required to be held in the first seven days of January. The rule applies to New Jersey municipalities that have a traditional form of government, including the town, city, borough, township and village forms, according to the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government. School boards have a few more days, according to state statutes; their deadline is Jan.10th.
Democratis Jane Kobuta, (3 years) Granville Brady (1-year unexpired term) and Roger Vroom III, ( 3 years) all of whom won reelection against their Republican challengers in November's elections, along with Democratic Mayor Dennis Sullivan (4 years), who ran unopposed, will be sworn to their new terms.
Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter, a Somerville resident and former Borough Council president, will administer the oath of office to all four officials.
Sullivan ran unopposed in November and received 1,801 votes; Kobuta, 1.534, Brady, 1,498 and Vroom, 1,448. The Democrats will retain a 6-0 majority on the Borough Council.
Republican challengers Hank Werner received 1.044 votes, Paul Cataldi, 949 and Mario Haddad, 985.
Sullivan will preside at the meeting and call for votes on a succession of appointments, beginning with the borough's volunteer fire department, after he presents the Citizen of the Year award and delivers his State of the Borough address.
Appointments will be made to various boards and committees, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Environmental Commission, Library Board of Trustees, the Caring for Our Own Committee, Board of Health, Recreation Committee and others. The Committee will also vote to approve the position of township attorney and make other professional appointments.
Several resolutions will also be on the agenda.
All municipal offices are closed on New Year's Day.