The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Consolidation Study Commission has moved from discussion to action this week, with the issuance of a request for proposals for a merger study.
The commission is a volunteer body charged with analyzing the potential merits of a consolidation between the two communities; it is made of of members of both Scotch Plains and Fanwood, including some of whom were appointed by the governing bodies in both towns. The group has been meeting since the beginning of the summer.
The merger study request calls for "a study the full range of government services and
the administration of the Borough of Fanwood and the Township of Scotch Plains" followed by "an analysis of options
and impacts of a potential consolidation of the two municipalities."
Once proposals are received, the group will know exactly the price tag of commissioning the study and will begin fundraising in earnest. The deadline for proposals from analysts willing to undertake the study is Nov. 13. The group's next meeting is Oct. 9.