Phillipsburg Rejects Ukraine Support Resolution, Focuses on Local Issues

In a recent Phillipsburg Town Council meeting, a resolution to support Ukraine amidst its conflict with Russia was rejected, on the grounds that international matters are beyond the council’s scope. The council instead focused on local issues such as the implementation of shot spotter technology for the police department, a proposal for a new disc golf course, and the potential renovations of a local park.

The resolution urging Congress to continue funding Ukraine and send weapons and air defense systems was presented by a member of the public during the public petitions segment of the meeting. However, the town attorney advised against considering the resolution at that time. While some council members expressed sympathy for Ukraine, one stated they felt uninformed about the complexities of the conflict and would abstain from voting on the resolution. Another suggested that international concerns should be addressed by senators and officials at higher levels of government. Without further action by the council, the public speaker who presented the resolution expressed hope that the council would reconsider supporting Ukraine in the future.

The council also acknowledged local contributions to the community with proclamations honoring a local barber and the founder of a foundation. Another notable development was the announcement by the Chief of Police regarding the implementation of shot spotter technology, which is designed to provide real-time alerts to the police about gunfire incidents, thereby enhancing public safety.

Community engagement and safety continued to be a theme as the Chief of Police reported on plans to increase walking patrols and encouraged residents to report concerns directly to the police. The council discussed the installation of a camera system, passing a motion to expedite a property owner’s resubmission of plans for interior renovations.


One of the more lively topics of discussion was a resident’s proposal for a disc golf course at Delaware Heights Recreational Park. The council members responded favorably, recognizing the sport’s potential to engage the community and attract a younger demographic. They also considered the benefits of partnerships and fundraising to support the project.

The meeting also touched on the building of a new golf course, aimed at attracting younger people and young professionals for recreation and networking. Discussions included the examination of land space, with some council members in support, citing community benefits and the need for youth recreational activities.

A public member sought clarification on the park renovation project, particularly regarding the removal of current committee members and the proposed safety measures near railroad tracks. The town engineer provided details, explaining the funding structure and planned safety measures.


Additionally, the council passed an ordinance to dissolve and reconstitute the open space committee, providing a mechanism for for-cause removal of members not fulfilling their duties. Council President Marino explained that it was necessary to adhere to the law and ensure transparency regarding the terms of committee members.

The council further passed an ordinance deleting and replacing a chapter of the town code regarding open space, and another amending various sections related to the use of parks.

During Council Open Time, the public addressed various community concerns. A community member called for support for the Phillipsburg Downtown Association to assist local businesses. Another individual spoke of the Warren County Warhawks football team’s rebranding efforts and requested town support to bring competitive events to Phillipsburg. Additionally, a suggestion was made to restart block watch groups to foster community vigilance.


In other discussions, a council member expressed gratitude for the community’s support of recreation initiatives, updates on community events, and the importance of acknowledging Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and St. Patrick’s Day. Issues with the municipal building involving mold and asbestos were also discussed, as was the need for additional police officers and the cleanup of the downtown area.

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.

Randy Piazza, Jr.
City Council Officials:
Peter Marino, Meliss Paulus, Matthew Scerbo, Lee Clark, Keith Kennedy, Randy Piazza, Jr. (Mayor)

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