Holmdel Township Committee introduces ordinance to record, live stream meetings

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HOLMDEL – Members of the Holmdel Township Committee are planning to video record and live stream their meetings.

To put that plan into motion, the committee members at a meeting on Jan. 14 introduced an ordinance directing video recording and live streaming of public meetings of the Township Committee.

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A public hearing on the ordinance has been scheduled for the governing body’s Jan. 28 meeting. Residents may comment on the proposed ordinance at that time. The committee members may adopt the ordinance following the public hearing.

In the ordinance, the committee members state that “while not required by the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, in an effort to foster transparency and to engage the residents of Holmdel in the township’s governance through the use of modern technology, the Township Committee seeks to direct the video recording and live streaming of its public meetings.”

The ordinance directs the the township administrator and the township clerk “to facilitate the video recording and live streaming of the portions of meetings of the Township Committee that are open to the public … to the extent technologically feasible at each public meeting.”

The administrator and the clerk will also be responsible for creating and maintaining an electronic repository of video recordings of Township Committee meetings that is available to the public over the internet, according to the ordinance.

In other business, Anthony Calogero was reappointed as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer with the Holmdel Police Department at a rate of $30 per hour.

The following individuals were reappointed as special officers with the Holmdel Police Department: Leonard Sasso, Special II, Charles Hancock, Special II, and Louis Torres, Special II, each at a rate of $15.65 per hour.

Mayor Gregory Buontempo appointed and Karen Strickland to fill a vacant seat on the Holmdel Environmental Commission for a two-year term expiring on Dec. 31, 2021.

Finally, committee members awarded a contract to Spana Contractors for renovations to the second floor bathroom in the municipal building. Quotes for the job were received from Spana Contractors ($18,953) and from Mitch Favorito Home Improvements ($19,020). The contract was award to Spana Contractors for the quoted price.

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