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Township Committee Members

The Township of Blairstown is governed by the Township form of government, registered voters directly elect members of the five-member Township Committee. The Committee selects the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, from amongst themselves, annually at the reorganization meeting held annually on January first.  It is at the reorganization meeting when newly elected members of the Committee are sworn-in and committee assignments are delegated and members of Board/Committee are appointed.  

The Mayor, and the Deputy Mayor (in the absence of the Mayor), serve as the presiding officers at Township Committee meetings, administers oaths of office and execute contracts/agreements along with the Township Clerk, who serves as the Governing Body's representative/liaison to the various departments of the Township.

The Township Committee governs through the adoption of policy ordinances (municipal legislation) and resolutions (codified actions) of the  municipality.  In the Township form of government the Mayor and Deputy Mayor do get the opportunity to vote.  In the Borough form of municipal government, the most prevalent form in the state, the Mayor can only vote in the event of a tie.    

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Stephen Lance -  Mayor
Committee Term Expires December 31, 2020
Contact:

Rob Moorhead 
Term Expires December 31, 2021
Contact: rmoorhead@blairstowntwp-nj.com

Debra Waldron
Term Expires December 31, 2020
Contact: dwaldron@blairstowntwp-nj.com

TOWNSHIP PROFESSIONALS
Attorney: Dorsey & Semrau 973-334-1900  
Engineer: Norton "Ted" Rodman   908-362-6079 

Giovanna "Joanne" Van Valkenburg - Deputy Mayor
Committee Term Expires December 31, 2022
Contact: jvanvalkenburg@blairstowntwp-nj.com

Steven Sikkes
Term Expires December 31, 2021
Contact: ssikkes@blairstowntwp-nj.com

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
COMMITTEEMAN ROB MOORHEAD
Subcommittee Member of:  
Water Department (Primary), Recreation (Alternate), Roads/Buildings & Grounds (Primary)
Liaison to:  
Senior CItizen Advisory Committee, Blair Academy, Main Street Advisory Committee (Primary), Animal Control Officer, Blairstown Elementary School

COMMITTEEMAN STEVE SIKKES
Committee Member: Land Use Board (Class I)
Liaison to: Open space cmte, Construction, subcode & zoning, Coalition on Affordable Housing (COAH)
Subcommittee: Roads, buildings & grounds, Public Safety - Fire

DEPUTY MAYOR GIOVANNA "JOANNE" VAN VALKENBERG
Subcommitte Member of: Water (Alternate), Budget  & Finance (Alternate), Animal Control Officer (Alternate)
Liaison to:  Recreation (Primary), Personnel (Primary), COAH (Primary)

COMMITTEEWOMAN DEB WALDRON
Land-Use Board Member:  Class III
Subcommittee Member: Police Commissioner, Public Safety - Fire (Alternate)
Liaison to:  Municipal Alliance, Personnel (Alternate), Main Street 

MAYOR STEVE LANCE
Budget & Finance (Primary), Public Safety - Fire (Primary), County Officials, Inter-Municipal Government, Public Information, NJ League of Municipalities
Liason to:  Office of Emergency Management, Historic Preservation