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Belleville Municipal Council Meeting Canceled After High School Closing Due to COVID-19 Cases

By kbm0423 on

The Belleville Municipal Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, November 10, has been canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The combined conference and regular meeting was scheduled to be held at Belleville High School starting at 6 p.m., but the school has been closed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and will reopen Monday, November 16. School No. 7 has also been closed.

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, as well as Governor Phil Murphy recently announced enhanced restrictions, Belleville Health Officer Vincent Defilippo is recommending that all meetings going forward should be held via virtual technology for the health and safety of all residents and meeting participants.

The closing of the school does not leave the township with enough time to properly publish a change in venue notice in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act or to move it to a virtual meeting.

There is also not enough time to legally notice a rescheduled notice before the next regularly scheduled meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Municipal Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 24, at 6 p.m.