BRIELLE — The Planning Board voted unanimously to return to in-person meetings at its Tuesday, June 14 meeting. The issue was initially brought up during the board’s May meeting, and was opened up for discussion and vote this month. After brief discussion, the board voted unanimously to set the new meeting time for 7pm, in-person at town hall, starting in August of 2022.
David Cark, planning board attorney, noted that proper notice had to be provided to residents and applicants to ensure that they were aware of the new meeting time and place. Additionally he noted concerns that the meeting must take place at a reasonable time and central location so that everyone relevant was able to attend.
Mayor Thomas Nichol spoke on the matter as well, saying, “keeping meetings virtual does reduce issues with timing as everyone is able to call in from where they are, and we have not had many issues with the technology so far. Additionally, it is a greener option for the town as we won’t have to power the municipal offices after hours, and a greener option for individuals as it would cut down on the amount of gas they would use to drive to meetings.”
The Mayor did, however, vote “yes” on returning to in-person meetings.
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