The Borough of Peapack and Gladstone is a small suburban town nestled in the Somerset Hills. It is home to the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company and the Olympic-medal-winning U.S. Equestrian Team. It has approximately the same land mass as Jersey City at 5.9 square miles. The “Twin Borough”, as it is known is governed by a directly elected mayor and a six member borough council. On January 5, 2010, Kathy Howes will take a seat on the Borough Council.
The Borough Council is the governing body of the Twin Borough. It makes the rules and oversees the budget process. Each council member serves on at least two or three sub-committees of the borough council. Each subcommittee oversees one department or one aspect of the borough government. (Roads, Sewer, Property, Police, Fire, Open Space, Recreation, Land Use etc.) The borough form of government is a hands-on form of government. It works for small towns. It works for small towns especially when the borough residents volunteer to serve.
Kathy Howes has served in the past as the Twin Borough’s public defender and most recently as a member of the Land Use Board. And now she will serve a three year term on the Borough Council. The meetings are night meetings. We do not expect that Kathy’s new role will interrupt service to our clients. Indeed, Kathy’s service will enhance her insight and experience, and therefore her ability to serve our clients.