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Consolidation Study Looking for Commissioners

The approved consolidation study is now looking for commissioners from Scotch Plains and Fanwood.


    Courage to Re-Connect, the organization backing the study to consolidate Scotch Plains and Fanwood is beginning the search for comissioners for the study.

On Sept. 12, the Local Finance Board in Trenton approved the application for the consolidation to be studied.

The process calls for a total of 10 commissioners for the study.

Courage to Re-Connect will sort through applicants to choose two commissioners from Scotch Plains and two from Fanwood.

Following this, each town's council will choose an additional two members. Each four person group will then choose a fifth commissioner. 

Last week Fanwood held a special meeting on consolidation, Mayor Mahr was interested in knowing what criteria would need to be met for the commissioners.

According to Gina Genovese, executive director of Courage to Re-Connect, there is no specific criteria when receiving resumes.

"No one should be discounted, it should be an open process," she said. 

Genovese is expecting cover letters will be sent with the resumes so that applicants can express why they would be a good fit for a commissioner.

She added, the more applicants the better, so that people would be motivated and interested in the process.

If not chosen as a commissioner, applicants can also have an eventual opportunity to be a part of a committee or be involved in the study in some way. 

Interested applicants send documents to:
Courage To Reconnect
Scotch Plains and Fanwood
PO Box 481

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Or email spfreconnect@gmail.com 

The deadline to apply is Nov., 16. 

Genovese added that the additional commisioners will be probably be chosen within 2-3 weeks of Nov., 16. 

Michael Lewis October 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Judging from the location of the address, it seems possible (I never knew who ran that antique store).
bgporter October 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM
@Michael -- curious & interesting indeed. I also like this detail: "Some residents, however, protested that their mayors had not been invited to the forum." Perhaps they learned in Fanwood that they can't count on the mayor to applaud their efforts, so it's better to stay under that radar as long as they can.
Barney Oldfield October 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Builda - Have you actually met Mrs. Heinemeyer? Your nice woman is my whining, cantankerous curmudgeon.
Derek October 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Where's the comment "like" button?
Builda Wall October 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
She's always been pleasant to my wife and me the several times we've gone into her store. However I do know her reputation for causing trouble at council meetings, and a google search turns up a lawsuit she filed charging the city for overbilling her on taxes for 30 years and using the RICO statute, amusingly. (Though there are folks here who would claim the local GOP is indeed a mafia, with Godfather Marks, Fredo Malool and so on.) Her apparent dislike of the town's governance would make her an easy mark for groups promising a change in the power structure, to be sure. Nevertheless I can only speak to personal experience with her, which has been fine. I'm sure if you work for the town (do you?) you might see a different side of her.

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