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South Brunswick Township Council

Two candidates are vying for a one- year term on South Brunswick Township Council.
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    Ken Bierman (Dem) Facilities Manager

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    Julie Ferrara (Rep) Substitute Teacher/Musician

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges for South Brunswick Township?

what personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges?

Please address changes in goals or priorities to the annual operating and capital budgets that you feel are necessary. If none, please state and explain.

Given the voters' competing needs for a safe environment, adequate transportation, and appropriate housing development, what new proposals for ordinances, if any, are needed?

Residents without cars are hard-pressed to get around our area. Do you think South Brunswick needs a bus system with more frequent trips and more stops? If so, how should it be managed?

One of the most important challenges for South Brunswick Township is meeting the Affordable Housing Mandate set by the state. Another important challenge is to maintain the tax rate so that it is both fiscally responsible and also provides the highest possible level of services to the taxpayers.
I earned degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Rutgers. Through my education and work experience I have dealt with budgeting, forecasting, work place compliance and fiscal responsibility. While serving on the Zoning Board for 5 years, I now have a working knowledge of land use, zoning, and affordable housing laws.
The South Brunswick tax rate is the lowest in Middlesex County, and I will work to keep that rate while maintaining our present level of services to the taxpayers.
We need to look into the traffic problems affecting historic Monmouth Junction. We need to discover a way to keep the traffic moving, protect our pedestrians, and still preserve the character of historic Monmouth Junction.
I don't think we need an additional bus system, we should utilize the existing bus system that runs North & South on Rt #27 and up Finnegans Lane. We also have a Park & Ride by Exit 8A, at the intersection of Rt #32 and Rt #130, and I believe this is sufficient at this time for our current needs.
Current Elected Position I am seeking a council position in South Brunswick
The most important challenges are the safety and security of our residents. The security of our town hinges on the need for a "town center". The residents have expressed that they are tired of having to leave town to go shopping. If we can create a space with retail stores and restaurants that has a contemporary feel, the residents will gather and get to spend time together. Second, I will lobby our state legislators for a complete widening of Rt.1 throughout South Brunswick to relieve traffic congestion. Finally, I will Propose that a further study be done to determine the impact of COAH on the town of South Brunswick and on it's school system.
I have lived in South Brunswick for many years. I have raised my six children here. Being active in school cite councils and PTO's in South Brunswick have given me a broad base and keen understanding of the current need for growth and development that meets the citizens of South Brunswick's needs.
I am in favor of a move from any more construction of warehouses to a concentration on town planning with the resident in mind.I also favor allocation of funds to our public library for continued growth.
Since I am a first time candidate, I believe that I lack current expertise to comment on the new ordinances. With that being said, there are many issues of concern: Recreation safety in our parks, stores and places to be built that will enhance the well being of our residents, and ongoing needs for traffic safety throughout the town.
We use a grant based system to run our town bus system. the system is for our elderly residents and also for our handicapped residents as well. I believe it is adequate at this time, but may need to be expanded in the future, dependent on the continuation of our grant monies.

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