Deer Overpopulation Dominates Borough Council Discussion

In a recently convened Franklin Lakes Borough Council meeting, the scholarship recognitions took the center stage, closely followed by critical discussions on key ordinances and an animated debate about overpopulation of deer in the area.

At the forefront of the debate over deer overpopulation was Mr. George from North Halden who stated he was firmly against any form of deer hunting citing the risks to the community. His sentiments were echoed by council members who highlighted the potential danger of hunting near residential areas.

Members exchanged stories of personal property damage due to deer, and concerns were voiced about the effectiveness of local hunting efforts, given deer’s disregard for town borders. The council explored several control methods from the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife. Suggestions ranged from trap and transfer to chemical fertility control and hunting by authorized agents. A consensus was reached to invite a representative from Fish and Game to the next meeting.

The discussion of deer overpopulation coincided with criticism of Bergen County’s lack of a comprehensive wildlife management program, showing the council’s willingness to confront the county. It was within this context that the council decided to invite a Fish and Game representative to discuss possible solutions, including the professional culling of deer.

Separately, Alexia Coulakourdas, a semi-finalist in the Lewis Bay Second Future Municipal Leader Scholarship Competition, was honored for her civic contributions. Charlie Green and Dylan Kucharski were also celebrated as 2023 Scholarship winners, with Kucharski’s moving video essay and Green’s story of personal growth through basketball capturing the essence of the occasion. Coulakourdas underscored the government’s instrumental role in her life, expressing her wish to raise her future children in the town, highlighting community trust in the municipal government.

The council pushed through multiple other ordinances that covered a range of governance aspects, from amendments to property rehabilitation laws to authorizing the borough to acquire an easement for drainage facilities.

Council members also grappled with disagreements over previous meetings’ minutes, particularly surrounding the placement of a bandstand at Parsons Pond. Councilwoman Kelly adamantly denied ever agreeing to the bandstand, leading to a clash of memories and a subsequent vote against approving the minutes.

Finally, Ordinance 1922 was introduced, authorizing a bond issuance not exceeding $1,590,000 to finance part of the cost of a new fire ladder truck.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Not avaliable:

City Council Officials:

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending meetings
across the country:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Airport Advisory Board
Art and Culture Board
Beach Committee
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
Building Committee
Cannabis Control Board
Cemetery Commission
Charter Revision Commission
Child and Family Services Board
City Council
City Identity Committee
Code Enforcement Board
College Board of Trustees
Community Appearance Board
Community Preservation Committee
Community Redevelopment Agency
County Council
Disability Advisory Committee
Economic Development Board
Elderly Affairs Board
Electric Advisory Board
Environmental Commission
Financial Oversight Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Licensing Board
Mental Health Commission
Municipal Alliance
Open Space Commission
Oversight and Review Committee
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Pension Board
Planning Board
Police Review Board
Property Assessment Board
Public Safety Committee
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Control Board
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Special Magistrate
Taxation & Revenue Advisory Committee
Tourism Board
Trails Committee
Transportation Board
Utility Board
Value Adjustment Board
Veterans Committee
Water Control Board
Women's Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by County
Bay County
Bradford County
Brevard County
Broward County
Clay County
Duval County
Escambia County
Gulf County
Hendry County
Highlands County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Leon County
Levy County
Liberty County
Manatee County
Marion County
Martin County
Miami-Dade County
Monroe County
Okaloosa County
Orange County
Osceola County
Palm Beach County
Pasco County
Pinellas County
Polk County
Putnam County
Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County
Seminole County
St. Johns County
Taylor County
Volusia County
Walton County
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County
Filter by sourcetypes