Knowlton is organized under the township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is the oldest form of municipal government in New Jersey, and it was designed to imitate the legislative bodies that first arose in New England in the colonial period. Vo ters directly choose Committee members in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as mayor and another as deputy mayor for that year. At this meeting, the members further divide into subcommittees to supervise the town’s administrative activities.
The Township Committee represents the residents of Knowlton, and its primary responsibility is to develop policy and resolve issues that arise through motions, resolutions, and ordinances that reflect the needs of the public. Behind the scenes, Committee members often work to understand state and county intragovernmental policies and how they will affect Knowlton. They work to incorporate this knowledge, along with the counsel of seven separate advisory boards and committees, into policy formulation for the township.
The Township Committee is assisted regularly by the township attorney, who prepares ordinances and advises on legal issues, the township engineer, who provides professional advice on construction and engineering projects, and the township clerk, who prepares resolutions, records minutes of Township Committee meetings, and acts as the daily liaison between the public and the township.
The current members of the Knowlton Township Committee are:
|Name||Phone #||Term Exp|
|Mayor Frank VanHorn||[email protected]||908-475-5664||12/2025|
|Deputy Mayor Debra Shipps||[email protected]||908-217-0836||12/2023|
|Committeewoman Kathy Cuntala||[email protected]||908-496-4193||12/2024|
|Committeeman Michael Bates||[email protected]||201-951-3443||12/2025|
|Committeeman James Mazza||[email protected]||570-396-8043||12/2023|
Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7pm and 4th Thursday. The Thursday’s are as needed.
The Township Committee meets at the Knowlton Township Municipal Building on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The first half hour may be reserved for executive session, in which case the public will be asked to wait outside. New Jersey’s “Sunshine” Laws require decision-making bodies to conduct business in public except in specific circumstances where exclusion of the public is needed to protect safety or the privacy of individuals. Thus for the first half hour, the Township Committee may choose to meet in executive session to discuss topics such as contract negotiations or employee performance.
As of 2023 meetings are now one time a month
|Township Committee Meeting|
|January 23 ,2023|
|February 13, 2023|
|March 13, 2023|
|April 10, 2023|
|May 8, 2023|
|June 12, 2023|
|July 10, 2023|
|August 14, 2023|
|September 11, 2023|
|October 26, 2023|
|November 13, 2023|
|December 11, 2023|
|2nd Monday and 4th Thursday. The Thursdays are as needed.|
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Please note that residents are always encouraged to attend Township Committee meetings. There is a public comment period at the end of every meeting and the Committee members welcome residents’ thoughts and opinions, no matter what the subject. It is sometimes difficult to gauge public sentiment when residents don’t speak up, so communication is essential. Every resident should recognize and exercise their right to address the Committee.