Though ceremonial traditions quickly gave way to policymaking at the township council's annual reorganizational meeting on Sunday, the first caucus meeting of the new township council is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the .
On the agenda are primarily formalities: specifically, the approval of mayoral appointments. Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis has said he using the services of the Gilmore and Monahan law firm, headed by Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, as township attorney. Birdsall Engineering will continue on as engineering firm, he said.
Other appointments include such figures as the municipal prosecutor, public defender and their alternates, as well as the provider of employee health benefits.
There are no new ordinances up for a vote, nor are there many action items of note, besides some bulkhead improvements and EMS supplies.
Council President John Ducey has said the new council will hold – two caucus meetings and two regular meetings – to allow residents more access to municipal government. The caucus meetings will allow for a slightly less formal atmosphere where concerns can be brought to the attention of the governing body, he said. Still, action can be taken by the council at either meeting. Ducey said the appointment of citizens to a number of advisory boards would be coming soon, after residents had one last chance to send in resumes.
But no matter how light the agenda, the meeting is sure to cover the latest on the Traders Cove contracts approved by the old council Dec. 30, and unanimously opposed by the new council majority. The council, at Sunday's reorganizational meeting, Acropolis refrain from signing the contracts.