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Five Things To Know From The Aug. 14 Council Meeting

Council discusses shared services, potential parking regulations on street near Absegami.

Besides honoring retiring Galloway Township Police Sgt. Frank Weir and discussing parking regulations on Reeds Court, the council also discussed some other topics and rescheduled a future meeting.

Here are five things to know from Tuesday's Township Council meeting:

1. The Township Council decided on Tuesday to change the start time of the next council meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, September 11. Instead of a 6:30 p.m. start time, the meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. because of a 9/11 ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. at the that evening.

2. During the Council Committee Reports session of the meeting, Deputy Mayor Anthony Coppola said that he has recently heard from an investment group that wants to discuss ideas for the , including a possible plan to divide the 400,000 square foot property into "more manageable" portions.

3. Shared services were also discussed at the meeting. Mayor Don Purdy said that, "Years ago, nobody ever wanted to lose their services or join services," but said that Governor Chris Christie is looking to "basically reward the ones that do [share services] and penalize the ones that don't...Shared services is the only way this state and municipalities can move forward in these tough times."

4. A resolution to "Support Buy Local/Buy Fair & Approve GT for Consideration as a Fair Trade Town," which was originally included on the Aug. 14 council agenda, was moved to the Sept. 11 meeting because a planned presentation on the subject needed to be postponed.

5. The meeting was newly-appointed Councilman John Mooney's first, and the rest of the council welcomed him at the end of the meeting. Coppola said that "already your [Mooney's] comments and concerns are insightful."

Mooney pledged to uphold the , saying that "every vote that I take and every moment of consideration will be to the best interest of the citizens of Galloway Township and not based on partisan politics."

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