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Mayor Asks Residents for Feedback on Sandy

Ken Short to host communication discussion Dec. 12.

While township officials have discussed and strategized ways to be more effective in communicating with each other during any natural disasters in the future, Mayor Ken Short is now asking for residents to weigh in.

An area of major concern from the residents after Hurricane Sandy was communication, and Short will host a meeting to receive feedback on how to best provide strong communication avenues to the public.

Short is asking for volunteers to review the township's communication efforts throughout the weeks following the storm. 

"The intent is to provide better and more reliable communication channels between the township and residents," Short said in an email to Patch. "All residents that are genuinely interested and can provide constructive suggestions about improving our communication efforts are invited to attend and take part in an open discussion."

The meeting will be held at the Washington Township Municipal Building at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12. Interested residents are asked to email Short at kshort@wtmorris.net.

To see Patch's continous coverage of Sandy and her aftermath, go here. 

Hookerman November 28, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I'm not clear here. We're supposed to email the mayor if we're interested in attending the meeting, or email him with the suggestion we'd like to offer?
Joanne November 28, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I think he wants interested volunteers to email him if you want to be on the committee . (one which will investigate how to better communicate with residents during outtages and disasters)
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Yes, Hookerman, if you're interested in attending, email Ken Short. Thanks for the comment.
Tracy Tobin November 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Hookerman This is a response to a question you raised on another Patch thread. Some of the threads have gotten so long I can't trace back to your specific comment. It was along the lines of using the Public Library as a shelter if I understood you correctly. I agree that the Library staff stepped up to the plate and reopened the facility as soon as power was restored, even though initially there were problems with the heating system as a result of the storm. The number of residents utilizing the Library increased dramatically as soon as people became aware that there was a place with heat, lights, Internet & Wi-Fi connections, electrical outlets for using & recharging portable units, toilets, activities for children, snacks/water/coffee,etc. The Library is not suitable for 24/7 utilization as a shelter as there are specific standards set by the government regarding health and safety issues that the Library cannot meet. However, it might be possible to expand the hours the Library is open and install a generator to make it available in emergencies. That will have to be discussed with the Library Board, Library Director and the Township.
Domino November 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I would think that most residents have given up on expecting the truth from Ken Short. I can't imagine that your hard-working DPW employees were thinking that the mayor, while sipping cool rum punches under a beach umbrella in his speedo, was doing an effective job of communicating from Aruba while they were working long, back-breaking hours removing limbs from the roads and other duties JCP&L should have performed. Keep in mind that according to later reports, the township had to manage all of this with only one working telephone at town hall. I think many residents would also like to know where their vice-mayor was. Perhaps during the next big storm the entire town government should fly to an exotic carribean island and handle the crisis from there, since they can be, as the mayor said, "so effective".
LLT November 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Lmao. Domino and Ken Nedd are one in the same. Losers. Go to the meeting and stop posting here. Do something proactive/progressive like me. I am a volunteer in town.
Thomas Lotito November 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Jason's it's shameful that you're continuing to with give Republican haters Nedd and Domino and hookerman a platform to bash Mayor Short. I just want to remind everyone that Nedd has been to court twice and convicted of harassment in forums like this. You're feeding a troll. Meanwhile Jason missed the biggest story of the year when the Mansfield Walmart was robbed by two black men using a submachine gun. http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2012/11/mansfield_township_police_seek.html
ValleyGirl November 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM
FEED BACK?????? The words of this townships residents have fallen on deaf ears. The mayor would like feed back now? He was not too concerned during the storm, he was not proactive after the previous storms. His excuse that he had travel plans, is ridiculous (I would hope he was smart enough to have trip insurance). My feed back to the mayor is "RESIGN" and take a long vacation. Many people did not like Kevin Nedd when he was in office, but he is the voice of change and actually cares about this township. We need to rethink who is working in the safety and well-being of the residents of Washington Township.
douglas.nelson November 29, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Seems to me Jason that LVP would be better served just publishing each article. A separate Letters to the Editior page could be included instead of the comments, many of which always appear to be just the same worn out rants without offering much that is constructive.

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