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Attendance Policy Mulled By Town Committee

Volunteer boards, committees could be affected by measure under consideration

The Township is mulling an attendance policy for members of the town’s volunteer boards and committees.

The governing body is looking at developing a resolution that would set minimum standards of participation for volunteer board members. At its workshop meeting on Wednesday, the committee examined sample resolutions from Sayerville Borough and from the League of Municipalities.

The identical resolutions required members who without cause misses four consecutive meetings or eight consecutive weeks, whichever was longer, could then be replaced.

Currently, there is no attendance policy in place and members of the governing body said some committees and boards in the past have been unable to meet for want of a quorum.

“This is good common sense,’’ Committeeman Clinton Hoffmain said. “This is not a conspiracy to get rid of people. If someone truly cannot participate, then there’s a mechanism in place to allow someone else the opportunity to take that spot.”

The sample resolutions are being reviewed by Sean Kean, township attorney, and a Wall-specific measure could be put on the agenda for the next voting meeting, scheduled for Jan. 23.

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