What Would You Ask the Holmdel Candidates?
November 8 is approaching, and elections have consequences. If you had the chance, what would you ask of the candidates?
Attention Holmdel voters: there are only 21 days left until election day. On Tuesday, November 8, you'll be able to cast your votes to fill two seats on the 5-member Holmdel Township Committee.
What would you like to ask the candidates?
Patch will put together a list of your questions to ask both sides, then we'll publish their answers. If you'd like to know where they stand on property taxes, Lucent redevelopment, municipal services (leaf, snow, and trash removal), the BRSA Commission, energy conservation, environmental protection, Holmdel's emergency preparedness -- or anything else -- now is your chance. What do you, the voters, think the issues are?
Below are the candidates:
||H. Brian McFarland
What the positions mean to Holmdel:
According to the Township website Holmdel operates under the Township form of municipal government. The Township Committee, which is the Governing Body, consists of 5 members elected at large for 3-year overlapping terms. But Holmdel residents don't elect their mayor directly. The 5 members of the Committee vote to select the mayor and deputy mayor at their annual reorganization meeting in early January. The mayor gets to appoint residents to fill planning and zoning boards, as well as other committees.
Further, the Township Committee "exercises control over the conduct of municipal business by means of legislation through ordinances or resolutions, approval and adoption of the annual budget and the formulation of policy to be carried out by the staff."
The Township Committee is currently comprised of Mayor Patrick Impreveduto (R), Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso (R), Committeeman Rocco Pascucci (R), Committeeman Larry Fink (D), and Committeeman Eric Hinds (R).
Impreveduto's and Pascucci's terms are up. Pascucci has announced he will not seek re-election.
In 2011, Committee members were paid a salary in the range of $2,600 to $4,300 a year. The mayor receives a salary of $2,800 - $5,000 a year.
The Township Commitee meets every two weeks for regular meetings at Town Hall which are open to the public for observation and comment. The Township Committee may also conduct business in Executive session which is closed to the public. Members also represent Holmdel at official and community functions throughout the year.
The mayor and deputy mayor also perform marriage ceremonies upon request.