Hightstown, East Windsor councils to hold reorganization meetings

The Hightstown Borough Council and the East Windsor Township Council are planning to hold their annual reorganization meetings one day apart, on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, respectively. Both meetings will be held virtually.

The highlight of the Hightstown Borough Council’s reorganization meeting, which is set for Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m., is the swearing in of two Borough Council members.

Joseph Cicalese and Cristina Fowler will be sworn into office for a three-year term on the Hightstown Borough Council.

Cicalese was appointed to fill out an unexpired term in 2019 and subsequently ran for election for a full term. He has lived in Hightstown since 2016.

Cicalese said he wants to focus on promoting increased transparency, improving the quality of life and building public trust during the next three years.

Fowler, who is a political newcomer, has lived in Hightstown for three years.

She plans to focus on the economic development of the town’s business district, as well as enhancing communications between the town and its residents.

Once the new Borough Council members have been sworn into office, the council will choose a council president from among its ranks. It will also adopt its meeting schedule for 2021.

The Hightstown Borough Council will appoint its members to serve as liaisons between itself and the advisory boards and committees. It will also make appointments to fill vacancies on those advisory boards and committees.

East Windsor has set its reorganization meeting for Jan. 5, also at 6:30 p.m.

The East Windsor Township Council did not hold an election in 2020, but the council will choose a member from among its ranks to serve in the ceremonial post of mayor for 2021.

In other business, the East Windsor Township Council will appoint volunteers to the advisory boards and committees that include the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, the Commission on Aging, the Economic Development Committee, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Current and past volunteer members of the advisory boards and committees also will be recognized by the Township Council.

“We welcome the public to join us at this reorganization meeting as a great way to launch the new year and thank our local volunteers for their dedication – especially during these difficult times,” East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov said.

Information on how to view the virtual reorganization meetings is posted on the Hightstown Borough website at www.hightstownborough.com and the East Windsor Township website at www.east-windsor.nj.us.