goleader.com - Union County, NJ Newspapers 97sep18
Councilman William (Bill) E. Populus. Jr., and local Realtor Patricia "Pat" Plante have begun their fall campaign for election as Democratic candidates to the Fanwood Borough Council.
Mr. Populus has been credited with bringing a business focus to council meetings, saving money and improving services.
He has served on the Fanwood Council for four years, having first been appointed to the governing body in 1993. The councilman was elected for a three-year term in 1994, gaining the largest number of votes of all four candidates who ran that year.
Mr. Populus spearheaded the renovation of La Grande and Forest Road Parks.
In 1997, Mr. Populus chaired the councils Administration and Finance Committee, which met the state deadline for introducing the municipal budget for the first time in several years.
Mr. Populus restructured the boroughs banking arrangements to earn tens of thousands of dollars in interest, according to a spokeswoman for his campaign.
He also has obtained more than $400,000 in grant monies for Fanwood. Mr. Populus convinced the Borough Council to engage a consultant who specializes in finding grants to finance vital public improvements, the spokeswoman stated.
"Fanwood citizens pay a lot in state and federal taxes. Its our job to see that they get back as much as possible. And the more successful we are, the better able we will be to continue to hold down local property taxes," Mr. Populus emphasized.
Mr. Populus and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in Fanwood for 27 years, where they have raised three children. The councilman is a self-made businessman and founder of Populus & Associates, a real estate appraisal firm.
Mrs. Plante is a member of the Fanwood Board of Health, and served
on the Fanwood Centennial Committee. She also serves as a volunteer for the Brunner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association and for the Scotch Plains/Fanwood YMCAs childrens programs.
"I moved to Fanwood nine years ago, and my husband, Tom, and I are delighted to have found such a lovely place to raise our family," said Mrs. Plante.
"I was raised to believe that if you care about the place you live in, you should become involved," noted Mrs. Plante, "and I have seen that one person can make a real difference in a community."
Most recently, Mrs. Plante was appointed to the Union County Transportation Advisory Committee by Linda d. Stender, Freeholder Chairwoman and former Fanwood Mayor.
"I want to serve on the Borough Council so I can make a difference, and so I can do more for my family, my neighbors, and for my community," Mrs. Plante commented.
Mrs. Plante said her years as a local Realtor have given her a "keen sensitivity" to issues that affect property values. She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Realtors Million Dollar Club.
Mrs. Plantes government experience is also extensive. She worked for the federal Social Security Administration for 18 years, rising to Operations Supervisor during her career.
There are a total of six positions on the Fanwood Borough Council, with each term lasting three years. There presently are three Democrats and three Republicans on the governing body. General elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4.
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September 23, 1997
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