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OT Council Workshop, Planning Ahead

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OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The Ocean Council's Workshop held on July 20 was the added meeting the governing body has introduced to beef up activities of keeping all members up on managing the tasks in the township which is heavily engaged in multiple activities.

Traditionally the township holds two Council Meetings per month, a Workshop followed by a General Council session afterward. On the 20th the council met in a workshop session, and afterward in executive, closed session.

The Council meetings are public, but the Workshops generally have small public attendance.

Mayor Chris Siciliano welcomed visitor Jersey Central Power and Light's James Markey to introduce himself to the members, some new, and to talk briefly about the recent storm impacts, mostly north of Ocean. Mr. Markey offered JCP&L's "We are here when you need us" and explained that residents should be alert to the company/s warnings of storms and other weather conditions that might have serious impact on homes and businesses.

The mayor asked Ocean's Clerk, Vincent Buttiglieri to lead a discussion on the first Agenda item, "Administration Procedures Update - the Clerk's Office". He explained the responsibilities of the Clerk's office to assure for all members how the flow of information is best managed with the various departments in the township. It was a reaffirmation of long established procedure.

For a more complete listing of the Township Clerk responsibilities see www.oceantwp.org/clerk.

The second item for discussion led by Business Manager Michael Muscillo and the mayor was an "Open Space Update". The members will be addressing places throughout the township where open space exists and may be acquired by purchase or alternatives. There will likely be tax implications as that event comes about.

A Resolution for open space acquisition will be drawn up by Council and introduced soon. The pubic will learn the details as the Resolution is introduced.

The intent in reviewing is to bring the zoning up to date, to prepare management as development come to pass, and to address concerns of necessary updating to meet planed rather than "just happening" changes.

The rest of the meeting was to address certain matters in Close Session, such as litigation, and contract items sensitive to the need for closed discussion as provided under law. 07 Council

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