Monroe Township Honors Retiring Clerk Patty Reid for 27 Years of Service

Monroe Township Council honored Patricia E. Reid for her 27 years of service as the Township Clerk, with Mayor Stephen Dalina and council members expressing gratitude for her professionalism and positive impact on the community. The meeting also addressed various issues, including school improvements, development concerns, and open space acquisition.

The Monroe Township council meeting held on March 4th was marked by a momentous occasion as the council issued a proclamation recognizing the retirement of Patricia E. Reid after 27 years of service as the Township Clerk. Mayor Stephen Dalina, alongside the council, praised Reid for her professionalism, dedication, and kindness. Reid thanked the mayor, council members, and her colleagues, reflecting on her tenure with gratitude and emphasizing the relationships she built.

The council members each shared personal anecdotes and expressed their appreciation for Reid’s leadership and mentorship throughout her service. The tribute underscored her consistent leadership and the positive relationships she fostered within the community.

Following the tribute to Reid, the council addressed other items on the agenda, leading with the ordinances for second reading. These included a conservation restriction agreement, bond ordinances for capital improvements and improvements to Applegarth School, and an ordinance for the acquisition of property for use as open space. Discussion ensued, with members of the community raising questions about these items during the public comments section.

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A resident expressed support for the allocation towards Applegarth School and the acquisition of open space, while advocating for reforestation and continued shared services with the Board of Education. The significance of preserving open space for environmental sustainability was emphasized, as well as the necessity to address infrastructure considerations related to the expansion of the gardens and the provision of water and sewer services.

One notable issues discussed during the meeting was the approval of water and sewer services for a new development on Bentley Road. Residents expressed concerns about the absence of these amenities in the area, despite repeated requests. Council clarified that the developer would provide water and sewer services, with the timeline contingent upon the commencement of unit construction. Additionally, flooding and septic system issues were brought up, prompting residents to urge the township to expedite solutions.

Another resident raised environmental concerns about a garden center’s plans for a playground and restroom facilities, questioning the potential effects on the community’s well water. The council engaged with these concerns and discussed the prioritization of road repairs and inclusion of housing communities in the township-wide paving plan.

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The council approved an ordinance for improvements to Applegarth School, which was part of a shared services agreement with the Township Board of Education. During the public hearing, residents questioned the use of taxpayer money for these improvements, with some expressing frustration over the decision to proceed despite a school budget rejection by voters. A resident decried what they perceived as financial mismanagement by the School Board and called for a more sustainable approach. Yet, another resident argued the necessity of such investments for the quality of education and school infrastructure.

The council also approved an ordinance for the acquisition of property for open space without public comment.

In terms of resolutions, one was removed from the consent agenda for a separate vote, while others, including one related to the landfill, were approved. The availability of meeting recordings on YouTube was also discussed.

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Public health and community events were also topics of note. The council mentioned the construction of a Force main to prevent sanitary sewer system issues and addressed complaints concerning outdoor air quality. Public Works was tasked with reviewing the landfill’s impact on health, and the Parks Department was acknowledged for field preparations for sports. The council members highlighted community events such as a vigil for the Ukrainian war and a flag raising ceremony, while the Cultural Arts Commission’s provision of virtual tours was mentioned.

Another council member spoke about attending reading events, activities for Black History Month, and the Senior Center’s programs. Bridge inspections and repairs, county paving, and autism awareness initiatives were also discussed. The importance of professional and respectful dialogue within the council was emphasized, along with the need to follow up on resident emails.

The handling of residents’ emails was a point of contention, with one council member requesting to read an email that had been sent to the mayor and council. The decision was made to circulate the email among council members instead of reading it publicly. The upcoming budget hearing was highlighted, with a call for resident participation.

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In the public comments section, Joe Atanasio expressed gratitude for the council’s response to the issue of truck drivers using engine braking, and Colleen Pace inquired about the Valor Home project’s allocation of units for veterans. The mayor clarified that the units are intended primarily for veterans. Commendations for local sports achievements and community initiatives were also discussed, with the mayor reporting on the approval of grants for open space preservation and the expansion of license plate reader cameras for crime prevention.

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.

Mayor:
Stephen Dalina
City Council Officials:
Miriam Cohen, Terence Van Dzura (Council Vice President – At Large), Michael A. Markel, Rupa Siegel, Charles Dipierro

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