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Better Communication and Transparency

Better communication and information sharing can help avoid some of the divisiveness and negativity that has unfortunately characterized many of the recent issues experienced in our community. Particularly in a busy and diverse community such as ours, not all residents and business owners can access information in the same manner and modality. Accordingly, it is important for the Township Committee and the Township’s various departments to explore alternative avenues of creating dialogue and transmitting information. 

More effective communication and transparency can be accomplished by arranging town hall meetings and other informal events on weekends so that residents can meet members of the Township Committee, get information, and express their views and ideas.

Additionally, I will look for ways to enable remote participation (not just viewing) in Township Committee meetings for residents who cannot regularly attend meetings in person; for example, by leveraging remote electronic communication systems such as Skype, Facebook Live, and/or Twitter. Also, I want to increase both the Township’s and residents’ use of the Notify Me and Swift911 notification systems and social media to promote awareness of issues and events, solicit input and ideas regarding decisions being made by the Township, and encourage more residents to become regularly active in the local government process.

Proactive communication and dialogue will enable sharing, and hopefully comprehension, of diverse perspectives, and consequently better more informed and well-received decisions.

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PO Box 245, Millburn NJ 07041
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