The Board of Selectmen addressed several topics at its most recent regular meeting, including approval of the schedule of regular monthly meetings for 2021. The schedule will be posted on the town Board of Selectmen page. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of the month, but there are exceptions in April and September.
The board approved a motion to appoint the law firm of Berchem Moses to represent the town in regard to the South Park Avenue bridge project and unpaid amounts to the contractor. The decision follows a letter to the town from attorneys representing NJR Construction. The project started in 2019 but was not completed until earlier this year.
The selectmen decided not to take action on an application for a driveway variance for a Belgium block apron at 40 Bradley Road. The town zoning enforcement officer advised that the driveway grade does not meet town zoning regulations. The compliance issue was noted in 2017. The zoning enforcement officer suggested requiring the owner to correct the zoning issue as a condition of the variance approval. The selectmen considered such a motion but opted to wait to take action until their next meeting. That will allow time for the town to reach out to the homeowner about the proposed conditions of approval.
Appointments made at the meeting include:
- Reappointment of A. Reynolds Gordon, Paul Lindoerfer and Ray Longo, and appointment of new member Scott Charmoy, to the Tax Relief for the Elderly Committee
- Emma Montoya to the Board of Ethics
- Darrell Harris to the Easton Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
In response to public comment about reestablishing the town Road Commission, Selectman Bob Lessler said the ordinance governing that commission may need to be revisited. The Road Commission ordinance calls for three members and requires all the members to be civil engineers or have experience in the field of road construction. Lessler noted that in the past it was difficult to find qualified people to serve because of those restrictions and that it may warrant a revision.
View video of Board of Selectmen meetings through the town website.