Wall Committee postpones return to in-person meetings

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Wall Township Municipal Building

WALL TOWNSHIP — The Wall Township Committee agreed to hold off for one more month before returning to an in-person meeting at the municipal complex for the first time in over a year after it was discussed at Wednesday night’s virtual committee meeting.

Tentatively, the committee has pinned May 26 as the target date to return to in-person. The committee will discuss further and vote on returning at its next regular business meeting on April 28.

At the close of the meeting, Mayor Tim Farrell had initially announced that all meetings, including planning and zoning board meetings, would resume in-person meetings immediately at the municipal complex courthouse as permitted beginning March 19 per Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order.

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Mr. Farrell said there would be no capacity limits beyond the courtroom’s listed capacity which he estimated at 157.

However, Deputy Mayor Daniel Brecht suggested that perhaps due to the recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases confirmed locally, as reported by Wall Police Chief Kenneth Brown earlier in the meeting, that the committee postpone return to in-person meetings.

“I’m a tad concerned by the fact that it seems that the numbers seem to be unticking and I don’t know whether it makes sense for us, because it takes time to publish the notices and everything in the appropriate time periods, that perhaps we wait until May 1 or the second meeting in April just to get a handle on what’s going on and make sure we don’t put any of us at risk,” Mr. Brecht said.

“I think [delaying return to in-person meetings] gives us just enough wiggle room in the event that the numbers really tick up and there’s some issues,” he said. “We worked so hard, we spent this whole year [working towards return] and we’re getting close. I just don’t want to skunk the works.”

“Why don’t we make it June 1, or next year?” Mayor Farrell said. “I mean we got to get back to normal business,” Mayor Farrell said.

The committee ultimately took no action, and plans to discuss at future meetings.

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