HOLMDEL – The Township Committee has established the ad hoc Holmdel Human Relations Committee and appointed the initial group of members to the panel.
According to a resolution, on July 28, committee members adopted a motion that established the new committee, pending a formal resolution, and directed the township administrator to advertise for residents who were interested in serving on the panel.
During a meeting on Sept. 8, the Township Committee named the following residents to serve as public members of the ad hoc Human Relations Committee: Sarrah Buker, Francine Campis, Hannah Friedman, Carey Goldson, Michael Nikolis, Robert Shearer and the Rev. Dr. David C. Bocock.
Deputy Mayor Cathy Weber was appointed as a Township Committee member of the ad hoc committee, and a representative to be appointed by Holmdel’s police chief will serve as a police representative on the panel.
During the July 28 meeting, Weber was the elected official who made the motion to form an ad hoc committee on human relations for the development of programs to educate the community about discrimination, according to minutes of the meeting posted on the municipal website.
The appointments took effect immediately and constitute the full membership of the Human Relations Committee unless further action is taken by the governing body.
In other business, members of the Township Committee approved a professional services proposal from the township architect regarding a new firehouse that is planned to be constructed at the municipal complex on Crawfords Corner Road.
The governing body approved a proposal submitted by Arcari Iovino Architects for work regarding the new firehouse.
Earlier this year, committee members authorized Township Administrator Cherron Rountree to explore the feasibility of locating a new firehouse at the municipal complex.
Rountree obtained a proposal from Arcari Iovino to provide necessary architectural services, including bidding and construction services, in a total amount not to exceed $78,750, and the governing body took action on that proposal.
In a related action, committee members approved a professional services proposal from the township engineer regarding the proposed firehouse.
According to a resolution, Rountree obtained a proposal from the township engineer, CME Associates, to provide necessary professional engineering services, in a total amount not to exceed $16,300, and the governing body took action on that proposal.