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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hearing to Discuss Dropping the 'Township' in South Orange's Official Name


South Orange, New Jersey: Plans are moving forward for the Township of South Orange Village to simply be called South Orange Village. 

According to legal notices, the South Orange Board of Trustees passed an ordinance on first reading on January 23rd to authorize the filing of a petition with the New Jersey state legislature seeking the adoption of a special law for an amendment to the Township of South Orange Village's special charter. The plans not only call for changing the municipality's name from the 'Township of South Orange Village' to 'South Orange Village', but also include proposals to change the name of the governing body from the 'Board of Trustees' to the 'Council', change the name of the role of 'Village President' to 'Mayor', and to turn the name 'Village Treasurer' into 'Chief Financial Officer'. 

South Orange is one of just four villages in the state, and is currently New Jersey's only municipality with a 'Village President' instead of a 'Mayor'. 

The South Orange Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing and second reading to further consider the adoption of the ordinance during its meeting at 8:00pm on Monday, February 20th at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

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