Council will modify meetings to spur resident participation

John Casagrande is sworn onto the Spring Lake Heights council on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. PHOTO BY SCOTT YUNKER

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Newly-minted Mayor Christopher Campion swore in a new council member and advanced plans to expedite and increase accessibility to borough council meetings, during the council’s annual reorganization meeting on Monday, Jan. 6. 

After appointing Councilman John Casagrande to office, he proposed a reshuffled meeting format and announced weekly mayor’s office hours and consistent livestream coverage of future council meetings.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with everybody up here,” Mr. Campion said. “And I’m very much looking forward to what 2020 is going to bring, and the direction we’re going.”

Mr. Casagrande, who was selected from a batch of three candidates, will serve out the remainder of Mr. Campion’s term on borough council, which Mr. Campion left to become mayor.

“Mostly recently, I have been working with the leadership of the borough on the joint insurance fund program,” said Mr. Casagrande, who has lived in Spring Lake Heights since 2005. “I had put forward my name as willing to contribute [to the borough] … and it turns out there was opportunity to serve out the rest of this term with the borough council. So, I’m excited to join the team and do that.”

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