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Hunting Club Bids Expected to be Approved

Township Committee's monthly work session will cover new fire department rating as well.

The Washington Township Committee is scheduled to meet for its monthly work session Wednesday night at the municipal building, and will be discussing a few hot topics, according to the event’s agenda.

Two resolutions are likely to be passed when the governing body awards bids to clubs who will use two separate parcels of land for hunting purposes.

Those parcels are on Reservoir Road and Spring Lane near Marjorie Drive, according to the agenda. These same parcels were approved for hunting in October 2010 after a contentious public hearing where residents were clearly divided on the issue.

This will be the second consecutive hunting season those areas are used by hunting clubs.

Also on the agenda for discussion is the rating given by , which spent two months analyzing Washington Township and its fire companies to see what could be improved and what was working well.

Company policy was to share the information and rating with the mayor and fire chiefs only, ISO representative Robert Cobb said during a presentation in September.

At that point, it would be up to the officials to share that information with whomever they wanted.

The item is listed in the discussion portion of the agenda for Wednesday. The meeting is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

Meeting time is 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building. 

RH October 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
a map & what is really there are two different things. We are talking about bowhunting, not buckshot, so a "huge parcel of land" is not necessary. Also, don't you think that they would post signs saying there is hunting going on?
cv October 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
@Jon you are right soon nothing will be left. Its time to hunt.
Chuck Ruff October 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I don't know if they are going to post any signs, that's why I asked the question. And how do you know it's only bowhunting? Neither of the articles about this proposal states that.
Peace October 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Wow, pretty harsh comments on here about creatures sharing the planet with us! I am against hunting and do not agree with letting anyone in NJ shoot at anything as half of "hunters" in NJ don't even know how to use a gun or rifle. I am astonished by the lack of sympathy for any living creature all for your landscaping. Give me a break. That's Jersey for you!
Jon October 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
@Peace, I would agree with you about not shooting innocent animals IF we had never wiped out the wolves who would have otherwise kept the deer population under control. We have a horribly unbalanced situation which WE caused. What you have to understand is that by allowing the deer to wipe out the forests, we are passively killing off hundreds if not thousands of other species that would have otherwise flourished, but cannot because the deer have wiped out THEIR natural habitat. You see, it's all interconnected. And the root cause of every environmental disaster like this one is the humans who thought it would be fine to wipe out a species they didn't like, or introduce a species they thought would be fun to have around so they could shoot at it. Look at the history of New Zealand, for example. There were no native mammals (except bats). Then humans showed up, brought rabbits in order to have something to shoot. The rabbits took over the whole place. So they introduced a species to kill the rabbits. That species (I forgot what it was) wiped out all of the native flightless birds. And on and on the disaster goes, all at the hands of us genius humans.

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