There isn’t often a big crowd at Town Council meetings, but Verona’s governing body is taking no chances during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Monday, March 23, meeting will be held entirely via conference call.
Instead of meeting together in the Council chambers in Town Hall, all of the Council members, as well as Township Manager Matthew Cavallo, Town Clerk Jennifer Kiernan and Town Attorney Brian Aloia will be dialing in, and the public can dial in to listen — and ask questions.
The conference call number is 1-857-799-9782, and Cavallo asks that, if you are going to participate, you begin calling in around 6:50 p.m. The meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m. as usual.
The agenda for the March 23 meeting can be found here. The meeting will include the introduction of this year’s municipal budget and a resolution to waive the $1.05 transaction fee for anyone who pays their water and sewer bill online using an e-check. (The fee will cannot be waived if you pay by credit or debit card.) There will also be a resolution on a shared services agreement with Roseland that will allow Verona’s construction code officials to also serve that town.
If you cannot dial in, the meeting will be recorded and posted to the town’s YouTube channel along with other Council meetings.
The Council meeting is not the only important government conference call set for Monday night. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ11) will hold a telephone town hall on the coronavirus outbreak, beginning at 8:15 p.m. Details on how to dial in to that meeting here.