Monthly Archives: January 2017

What’s New in West Deptford?

Taxes Going Up?
Jobs? Leaving WD?

If you answered YES to both, you are probably correct on the first and accurate on the second.

Comcast is closing their warehouse operations in the Industrial Park and 88 jobs will be lost.

In addition, a company that came to WD in 2013 ……
(http://www.gloucestercitynews.net/…/cnbnews-spotlight-on-zo… )
is reducing their personnel by 65 workers.

Not good for the economy in WD.
Loss of 153 jobs.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/…/comcast-zoo-pr…/97160860/

Maybe, Mayor DiCarlo, as a controller in the Comcast business Services, has some positive influence on preventing the loss of jobs in WD.

So far, WD is going in the wrong direction.

YOU DECIDE!

 

N.J.S.A. 10:4-14. Minutes of meetings; availability to public

For those who want to be informed of what time frame to approve Township meetings………

Each public body shall keep reasonably comprehensible minutes of all its meetings showing the time and place, the members present, the subjects considered, the actions taken, the vote of each member, and any other information required to be shown in the minutes by law, which shall be promptly available to the public to the extent that making such matters public shall not be inconsistent with [N.J.S.A. § 10:4-12].

No hard and fast definition of “promptly available” exists. In one case, a court determined that promptly available meant two weeks following any regular meeting

New Jersey cases regarding “prompt” public access to meeting minutes

The Sen. Byron M. Baer Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-14) requires public bodies to make their meeting minutes “promptly available.” But, what does this mean?

Here are the cases that shed some light on this question.

PUBLISHED DECISIONS:

Liebeskind v. Mayor and Municipal Council of Bayonne, 265 N.J. Super. 389, 394-395 (App. Div. 1993). The Appellate Division did not take issue with the trial court’s order that required the Bayonne City Council to make “copies of final meeting minutes . . . available for inspection within two weeks after each meeting and at least three business days before the next meeting.”

Matawan Regional Teachers Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional Board of Education, 212 N.J.Super. 328 (Law Div. 1986). The court interpreted the statutory requirement of making the minutes available “promptly” in light of the Meetings Act’s policy “favoring public involvement in almost every aspect of government.” Id. at 330. The court held that making minutes promptly available implements the Act’s overall purpose by, among other things, “[p]roviding all persons with the opportunity to take action prior to the next meeting of the public body.” Id. at 331.

 

NEW YEAR, NEW TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE TRANSPARENCY? ACCOUNTABILITY?

Mayor DiCarlo has consistently throughout her term as a Committee member and as Mayor evoked the concept of transparency in government.
That, government SHOULD be transparent, we can agree on. Without transparency, there is no accountability.

Yet, it seems it goes on deaf ears and action with her administration in the past, especially last year, when several months passed by without the Township Committee approving minutes from July, 2016 to November, 2016, until on December 7, 2016, they were approved by a vote of 3-2. Committeemen Maher and Hansen were dissenting votes, whereas Committeeman Maher stated, “questioned the length of time and process needed to place the minutes on the agenda for approval by the committee.”

http://www.westdeptford.com/…/December%207%202016%20meeting…

Take note that the Administrator explained after Committeeman Maher questioned the length.

Don’t you think that in this instance that the administrator’s explanation for the delay should have been written in the minutes?

Is this transparency? Accountability?
With a 5-0 committee, are we to witness consent agenda with little discussion?

YOU DECIDE!