Mayor & Council

 Borough Form of Government

The Borough of Morris Plains was incorporated by the State Assembly on January 15, 1926 and operates under a Borough form of government. The Borough form of government consists of a Mayor and six council members all of whom are elected at-large. The Mayor is the head of the governing body and is elected to a four-year term. Council members to a three-year term. Each council member is assigned a portfolio of responsibilities by the Mayor.

Meetings

Borough Council meetings are normally held twice a month at Borough Hall (or virtually). Typically, a conference session begins at 7:30 p.m., and the regular meeting begins at 8:30 p.m. There is only one Council meeting in August and three in December.

View the meeting calendar here.

Agenda and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View the most recent agenda and minutes here.

Link here for Mayor Karr’s Annual Address at the 2021 Borough Reorganization Meeting (2020 Accomplishments and 2021 Goals start at 17.35 on the video)

Governing Body

Email members by clicking on their name. Or type first initial, last name @morrisplainsboro.org.

Name/TitleTelephoneTerm Expires
Jason Karr, Mayor973-538-2224 Office
973-214-5265 Mobile
12/31/2022
Cathie Kelly, Council President973-722-430812/31/2021
Art Bruhn, Jr. Councilmember973-714-472912/31/2023
Sal Cortese, Councilmember973-984-151212/31/2021
Joan Goddard, Councilmember973-206-109412/31/2022
Nancy Verga, Councilmember973-451-051212/31/2022
Dennis Wagner, Councilmember973-452-470612/31/2021

Each Council member chairs a sub-committee and is a member of two other sub-committees. View sub-committees below.

Standing Committees

Finance Committee

Chair: Councilmember Art Bruhn

Members: Cathie Kelly, Dennis Wagner

Responsibilities:

  • Borough Clerk
  • Borough Treasurer
  • Borough Attorney
  • Borough Auditor
  • Tax Collector & Tax Assessor
  • Website and Plains Talk
  • Morris Plains Library
  • Elections

Public Safety Committee

Chair: Sal Cortese

Members: Joan Goddard, Cathie Kelly

Responsibilities:

  • Police Department
  • Municipal Court
  • Licenses
  • Juvenile Delinquencies
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (Liaison)
  • Fire Department & Fire Prevention Bureau
  • Traffic Committee
  • Parking
  • Transportation (Liaison)

Public Works Committee

Chair: Dennis Wagner

Members: Art Bruhn, Jr., Nancy Verga

Responsibilities:

  • Department of Public Works
  • Leaf/Brush Collection & Snow Removal
  • Sewer and Storm Drain Maintenance
  • Roads, Curbs & Sidewalks
  • Maintenance of Public Buildings and Parks
  • Borough Engineer
  • Safety Committee
  • Beautification Committee
  • State & County Highways (Liaison)

Public Buildings and Grounds Committee

Chair: Councilmember Cathie Kelly

Members: Joan Goddard, Sal Cortese

Responsibilities:

  • Public Parks
  • Municipal Grounds
  • Borough Owned Lands
  • Swimming Pool
  • Recreation Commission (Liaison)
  • Shade Tree Commission (Liaison)
  • Patriotic Celebrations
  • Robert’s Garden Commission (Liaison)

Public Health, Sanitation & Sewers Committee

Chair: Joan Goddard

Members: Art Bruhn, Jr., Nancy Verga

Responsibilities:

  • Board of Health (Liaison)
  • Morris Plains Municipal Alliance
  • Animal Control
  • Garbage Collection
  • Sanitation & Sewer Contracts
  • Recycling
  • Clean Communities
  • Teen Center

Ordinance & Public Utilities Committee

Chair: Nancy Verga

Members: Sal Cortese, Dennis Wagner

Responsibilities:

  • Planning Board
  • Board of Adjustment
  • Zoning Officer
  • Building, Plumbing, Electrical & Fire Sub-Code Officials
  • Ordinances
  • Street lights
  • Electricity, Water, Telephone, Internet & Cable TV

Municipal Office

531 Speedwell Ave
Morris Plains, NJ 07950     
 
Fax: 973-538-8834

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.