WALL TOWNSHIP — The Wall Township Municipal Building is now open to the public at normal business hours, Mayor Tim Farrell announced last week after the township committee hosted its first in-person meeting in 14 months.
“On behalf of my fellow Township Committee members and the Township employees, I am pleased to inform you that the Municipal Building will return to normal business hours [on Monday, May 17],” Mayor Farrell said in a statement on Friday.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your demonstrated patience and understanding during the past 14 months of unprecedented circumstances.”
The municipal building will now be open on Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents entering the building are asked to wear masks.
On Wednesday, the Wall Township Library also announced its return to regular business hours on the following schedule: Mondays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [exception of July and August Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]; and Sundays, closed.
Last week’s township committee meeting was the committee’s first return back to in-person meetings since the pandemic first broke out in March of 2020, closing public facilities and forcing public meetings to a remote platform.
Committee members welcomed the return to the in-person meeting format back at the municipal complex’s meeting room, which has just been renovated with new seating and carpeting.
Attendees sat socially distanced, and all in the room wore masks for the duration of the meeting.
Committeeman Thomas Kingman said he believes the in-person format offers a more formal space to comment on public issues after some testy exchanges between the public and elected officials at recent remote meetings.
“It’s very good to be back in-person. It’s a nice change,” Mr. Kingman said at the meeting. “Although it was nice to be home and be able to go to meetings and go directly back to what you were doing, I think this … brings a little more formality to the proceedings. And it gives people the opportunity to come out and actually be face-to-face …
“I want to thank everyone for the work that they did, especially our IT department, in making that happen the last year and a half. That was quite an undertaking.”
Committeeman Kevin Orender echoed Mr. Kingman’s thoughts, saying he hopes it will get the community involved.
“I hope we get more involvement from the taxpayers this way. It’s always good to see faces, reactions and whatnot, so I’m glad that we’re almost at the end of the COVID thing, it’s been a long time and I want to thank everyone in the township for doing their part.”
OUTDOOR DINING EXTENDED
The committee passed a resolution extending the township’s temporary outdoor dining areas through Nov. 30, 2022.
According to Township Administrator Jeff Bertrand, the township has a current resolution extending the dining areas through July of 2021.
“We felt it was good to stay ahead of this,” Mr. Bertrand said.
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