Advisory Committees

Art Advisory Committee
The South Orange Arts Advisory Committee is a group that advises the Department and liaises with the community and the Village Board of Trustees. It fosters creativity and excellence in the arts to enrich the quality of life for residents, the business community, and visitors to South Orange. It recognizes the special nature of the arts community as fundamental to the identity of South Orange and promotes the town as a home to artists and as a cultural destination for the region.

Meetings: As Needed  Member: Trustee Schnall Alternate: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton

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Board of Education Liaison Committee
Cable Television Committee (formally known as SOMA TV Board of Governors)

The SOMA TV Board of Governors was created to bridge the informational gap between South Orange and Maplewood residents by the provision of a local cable television network. SOMA TV broadcasts information of interest to the residents of South Orange and Maplewood, and enhances the educational opportunities for students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District.

Meetings: As Needed  Member: Trustee Levison

Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC)
The CBAC provides community input to assist the Village Trustees in making revenue and
expense projections and setting tax and service priorities.  The Committee advocates for sound fiscal policy by reviewing annual and interim budget submissions, department budgets, and operations. The Committee also makes timely recommendations to both the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees regarding these budgets, and serves as a conduit between Administration and the public.

Meetings: As Needed  Member: Trustee Schnall  Alternate: Trustee Levison

Community Relations Committee (CRC)
The Community Relations Committee (CRC) was created in 1980 to serve a variety of functions within the Village. Some of these include welcoming newcomers to the Village and acting as a liaison with grievances of the Village. The Committee also prepares and assists press releases, newsletters, and other means of communication to emphasize positive aspects of the Village.

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Member: Trustee Davis Ford   Alternate: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton

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Development Committee (Formerly Redevelopment Committee)
The Development Committee advises the Board of Trustees and other Village entities on matters related to downtown development. The Committee also disseminates information to the community during the development process.  Committee members have varied backgrounds and include developers, planners and an architect.

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month. Member: Village President Collum Member: Trustee Rosner Alternate: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton

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NJ Transit Committee

Meetings: As Needed Member: Trustee Rosner

Public Information & Marketing Committee (PIMC)
The Public Information and Marketing Committee was established to facilitate timely and effective exchanges of information between Village government and residents. In addition, the Committee also advises the Board of Trustees on different approaches to make South Orange more marketable to prospective residents, businesses and visitors.

Meetings: 1st Tuesday of each month.  Member: Trustee Schnall Alternate: Trustee Clarke

River Greenway Committee (formally known as River Corridor Project Committee)
Beginning in the late 1990s, Main Street volunteers and others created a vision for the east branch of the Rahway River to restore its natural banks, remove invasive weeds, plant trees and native species, enhance fish and other habitat, and provide a walking and bicycling path along the river, connecting train stations, play fields, and downtown destinations. A mayor’s advisory committee was created, primarily to steer planning decisions so as to accommodate all of the various interest groups that touched on the river and adjacent fields and urban properties as the environmental permitting and design stages advanced. The committee also coordinates activities with Village government and especially recreation groups.  

Meetings: As Needed Member: Trustee Clarke

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
Originally established in 1980, the Senior Citizens Affairs Advisory Community was created to meet the needs of senior Village residents. The Committee identifies and assesses the needs of South Orange’s senior citizens, and works with the Board of Trustees regarding the needs and challenges facing senior citizens and recommends solutions. The Committee also coordinates with the Village for senior citizen programs for topics including nutrition, consumer protection, and estate planning.

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month. Member: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton

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Seton Village Committee
Appointed in January of 2014, the Seton Village Advisory Committee, representing a vast array of stakeholder groups throughout the area to create a thriving Irvington Avenue which attracts patrons, residents and Seton Hall University community with diverse shops and restaurant, and a safe, attractive and vibrant neighborhood.  

Meetings: 4th Wednesday of each month. Member: Village President Collum

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South Orange / Seton Hall Partnership
The South Orange/Seton Hall Partnership was formed to improve communication and the quality of life for South Orange residents and Seton Hall students and staff.  The Partnership seeks to achieve this goal by building new partnerships and effectively utilizing resources of Seton Hall and South Orange. In addition, the Partnership aims to leverage economic development and revitalization through strategic plans to improve student life and South Orange vitality.

Meetings: As Needed Member: Village President Collum    Member: Trustee Schnall  Alternative: Trustee Trustee Davis Ford

Shared Service Committee
The Shared Services Committee was formed to explore the possibilities of sharing services with Maplewood to reduce costs and improve efficiencies for both municipalities. The Committee seeks to investigate the benefits of coordinated programming, maintenance, and improvements of fields and facilities for the mutual benefit of both municipalities.

Meetings: As Needed Member: Village President Collum Member: Trustee Levison Alternative: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton

Transportation Committee
The Transportation Advisory Committee seeks to study and improve the transportation needs of Village residents and promote balanced transportation to, from, and within the Village. The Committee advises the Board of Trustees with respect to transportation and commuter needs, and coordinates to provide solutions and alternatives. In addition, the Committee provides support in applying for and securing various transportation grants.

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month. Member: Trustee Rosner

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For more information regarding the advisory committees please reach out to the Clerk's Office at (973) 378-7715 ext. 1.