Tuesday night's meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee, the last of 2012, featured a packed agenda. Here is a brief recap of some of the key votes and discussion items:
- Voted 5-0 to adopt new parking regulations in Maplewood Village.
- Voted 5-0 to continue the pilot chicken raising program, and to expand it in 2013 to 15 households.
- Former mayor Fred Profeta proposed the creation of a new park near Jefferson School, which he would help fund. The TC agreed to assign the study of the new plan to the Planning and Engineering Committee.
- The Committee announced that virtually all appointments -- including that of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and various committees and boards -- would remain the same for 2013.
- Voted 3-2 to approve the second annual Beer Garden at Maplewoodstock in 2013 (Larrier and Brownlee voted against.)
- In light of the recent Newtown shootings, the committee passed (5-0) a resolution in support of three proposed actions by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which will be sent to President Obama and congressional leaders along with NJ elected officials. Actions are:
1. Mandate criminal background checks on all U.S. gun sales;
2. Keep lethal, military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets; and
3. Enact measures to make gun trafficking a federal crime.