Lower Township may not have a meeting on Wednesday. Coastal Broadcasting has learned that Lower Township will likely have two council members at best show up to Wednesday night’s meeting. The Republican Party is going to take a vote among its committee members on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for who is going to the fifth council member in the township. Deputy Mayor Kevin Lare and Councilman Tom Conrad are both on separate vacations this week and will not be in attendance for the 7 p.m. council meeting on Wednesday night. Lower Township Mayor Mike Beck said he is not going to cancel the meeting and plans to hold a roll call vote. Council will lack a quorum if only two members show up at the meeting and no action can be taken by council.
The Republican committee had presented three names to council at its reorganization meeting, but council was unable to break a 2-2 deadlock. Mike Beck and Glenn Douglass voted against, while Conrad and Lare voted for. Many other key votes including solicitor were deadlocked at 2-2 a piece and council was unable to move anything significant.
The Republican committee vote will be binding and the winner of the vote on Wednesday night will be seated as a Ward Two council member at a future date.