HAZLET –Michael Glackin is Hazlet Township’s new mayor, taking the reins from former 2019 Mayor Scott Aagre. The deputy mayor is now Tara Clark, who is succeeding Glackin in that role.
Both Township Committee members were sworn in Jan. 1 at the annual organization meeting for one year terms by Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley, a former Hazlet mayor. Colleagues and township leaders present at the ceremony joined family members in applause.
“I’m very excited for this new year, new decade, Hazlet Township will be entering into,” Glackin said in his speech, which he delivered with enthusiasm, standing before the audience instead of speaking from his chair. Last year, he noted, the governing body under Aagre’s leadership kept the township budget from growing bigger while still funding important improvements for the police, first aid and launching a long term road program, he said.
But he added, “We can always improve.” In 2020, communications will take a big step forward with the rollout of a new township website, as overseen by Clark. There will be improvements to township parks and recreation areas and the road paving and repair program will continue. Even the possibility of townwide trash pick-up service, an issue raised by Hazlet Democrats in last year’s election, will be investigated.
“We will continue to work and explore. Nothing’s off limits. We’re going to check out everything,” said Glackin, who joined the governing body in 2016. “We will continue to help our merchants and our commercial property owners explore new ways to build our community and build our economy.” Glackin is a financial controller for a commercial holdings and land development company in Neptune City.
The appointment was supported by their colleagues on the dais, Committeemen James “Skip” McKay, Scott Aagre and Michael Sachs. Prior to the announcement, Glackin and Aagre were sworn in to three year terms after winning last year’s election.
Also at the meeting, resolutions were passed for a temporary budget and 2020 cash management plan.
The following professionals and volunteers were appointed by resolution:
Township Engineer: Greg Valesi of CME Associates
Township Attorney: James Gorman, Esq.
Labor Attorney: Matthew Giacobbe, Esq. of Cleary, Giacobbe,
Alfieri & Jacobs
Township Auditor: Jerry Conaty
Bond Counsel: Gibbons P.C.
Township Planner: Fred Heyer, Heyer, Gruel & Associates
Consulting Engineer: Robert Keady, Jr. of T&M Associates
Municipal Prosecutor for Hazlet and Matawan Court: Paul Granick, Esq.
Public Defender for Hazlet and Matawan Court: Raymond Raya, Esq.
Improvement Search Officer: Evelyn Grandi
Confirmation of appointments of Township Fire Chief, First and Second Assistants: Joseph J. Schroeck, Chief; 1st Assistant, Christopher Alcott; 2nd Assistant Patrick Woods
Land Use Board: Michael Glackin (Class 1); Thomas Horner (Class 2); Michael Sachs (Class 3); John Percia (Alternate #1) Michael Lencsak (Alternate #3)
Public Compliance Officer: Dennis Pino
Environmental Commission (Mayor’s appointment): Steve Marchi, Ronald Isenberg, Kathleen Pollitta (alternate)
Open Space Advisory Council: (Mayor’s appointment) Edward Young (Alternate #2)
Official Newspapers: Asbury Park Press and The Independent
Hazlet Township Safety Committee: Ken Lind, Gail Scaglione, Scott Mura, Ken Kruk, Ed Hoover, Scott Aagre and Dennis Pino.
Bayshore Regional Environmental Council: Walter Clark, Ron Dente
Township Physician: Antonios Tsompanidis, D.O., of Hazlet
Township Chiropractor: Staci Addessi, D.C., of Hazlet
Employee Assistance Consultant: Michael J. Khan, Ph.D, C.P.M., C.E.A.P. of Employee Consulting Associates, Maplewood
Monmouth County Office of Aging municipal coordinator and alternate(Mayor’s appointment): Bill Lawton and Lillian Lawton
Recreation Advisory Committee: (Mayor’s appointment) Steve Sanfilippo, Tricia Sheldrick
Library Commission: Ursula Glackin and Walter Clark
Green Team Advisory Committee: Sharon Keegan, Ron Dente, Bob Friesendorf
Program for Public Information (PPI) Committee: (This group was formed in 2014 to enhance public safety, protect property and preserve the natural functions of floodplains, and to reduce flood insurance premiums for citizens of Hazlet); Scott Aagre, Tara Clark, Annie Eng, Joe Pobega, Joe Barris and Meghan Leavey.
OEM Coordinator: Tom Horner
Standing committees assignments were also approved:
A. Dept. of Public Works: Aagre, co-chairman, Sachs, co-chairman
B. Public Safety Liaison: Fire Dept., First Aid and OEM, McKay; Police, Glackin
C. Insurance: Aagre, Chairman
D. Library Commission: Clark, co-chairwoman; McKay, co-chairman
E. Environmental Commission / Green Team: Aagre, co-chairman; Clark, co-chairwoman
F. Finance and Control Purchasing: Clark, chairwoman
G. Recreation Advisory Committee: Glackin, co-chairman; McKay, co-chairman
H. Sewer utility: Aagre, co-chairman; Sachs, co-chairman
I. Board of Education: Aagre, co-chairman; McKay, co-chairman
J. Personnel Committee: Glackin, chairman
K. Hazlet’s PTO Liaison: Aagre, co-chairman; Clark, co-chairwoman
L. Swim Club: Aagre, co-chairman, McKay, co-chairman
M. Open Space: Glackin, chairman
N. Construction: Aagre, chairman
O. Econonomic Development: Aagre-co-chairman; Clark, co-chairwoman
P. Land Use Board: Sachs, co-chairman; Glackin, co-chairman