Jefferson Township Mayor Eric Wilsusen is working toward helping small businesses in in town to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, he said at the May 20 township council meeting.

Wilsusen sits in on regular conference calls with Governor Phil Murphy and all the mayors of New Jersey, where he noted that many mayors are becoming puzzled by the lack of information.

“Many mayors would like to see more local control,” Wilsusen said. “The orders come from the governor’s office, but it is up to each municipality to enforce them.

“While I’m happy for the conference calls, they are not overly informative. When someone asks a question, it gets answered. But information isn’t always offered. And we’d like to be able to let our businesses know what’s going on,” Wilsusen said.

The mayor noted that parks and private beaches are allowed to be for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend with restrictions; however, the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies held in town are cancelled this year.

In addition, the mayor said that Jefferson Fest is on hold right now.

“We can get another date for the fireworks, if need be. We may not have the food trucks, but we are going to try and have some event,” Wilsusen said.

The mayor and all council members lauded the classic car parade that took place on May 16.

“It went very well,” Wilsusen said. I’d like to thank Grace (Rhinesmith, recreation director) for taking the lead on the parade. Now they are saying they want to do it every year. It was a great success.”

“it was wonderful to see the cars come down my street,” councilwoman Deb Merz said.

Business Administrator Debra Millikin said that all township workers will be back to work full time May 26.

“We have put measures in place to keep our employees safe,” Millikin said. She added that the DPW and Parks and Recreation staff came back to work on May 11.

“The DPW is busy preparing for the road construction projects we have scheduled for this summer,” she said.


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