Public Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 to discuss consolidation of Scotch Plains and Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS – Should Scotch Plains and Fanwood merge?

That is the question that will be discussed at a public forum on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Scotch Hills Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Road, in Scotch Plains.

The free event will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature Gina Genovese, Executive Director of Courage to Connect New Jersey, who will explain the growing efforts statewide to connect municipalities and outline the process that interested towns can follow. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The event will be hosted by Fred Lange, a Scotch Plains resident who heard Genovese speak in Plainfield on June 27 and asked her to make her presentation in his town, where shared services is already a hot topic. The shared services discussion between the two towns is a separate issue, although Genovese supports that discussion. This forum will focus on the potential benefits of merging both towns under one municipal government, with the goal of saving taxpayers money.

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