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Council Postpones Action On Speakers At Middlebush Park

The Township Council will not be presented at its Sept. 9 meeting with a resolution concerning installing a speaker system at Middlebush Park.

The resolution was postponed because one council member, Roz Sherman (D-Ward 2), will be absent from the meeting, and because a new proposal for portable speakers has surfaced, said township manager Bob Vornlocker.

Vornlocker said the portable speaker proposal was made during a meeting of the council’s land use committee.

He said the council also did not want to take any action on such a proposal if Sherman, in whose ward Middlebush Park falls, could not be present.

The park also falls in part of Ward 3, which is served by Councilman Phil Kramer.

The idea to install a permanent speaker system in the park’s football stadium, broached earlier this year by Councilman Carl R.A. Wright (D-Ward 4), has been controversial since its inception.

Wright and supporters of the idea maintain the the speakers would benefit the township’s Pop Warner football program, and would make the stadium area more desirable for outside sports groups who may want to rent it.

Opponents – mainly residents who live in neighborhoods surrounding the sprawling park – contend that the noise from the speakers will negatively affect their quality of life, and that the Pop Warner program is successful without the speakers.

Vornlocker said the resolution would probably be taken up at the council’s Sept. 23 meeting.

The issue was last discussed at the council’s Aug. 12 meeting, at the conclusion of which a majority of council members in attendance said they ould not support installing permanent speakers in the park.

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