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Township Adminstrator Escorted Out of Bldg.

She’s Gone….interim replacement by shared service with Logan Twp.’s administrator, Lyman Barnes, who also is a Gloucester County Freeholder.
http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/off…/…/freeholders/barnes.asp

Wednesday agenda
http://www.westdeptford.com/AutoAgen…/April%2019,%202017.pdf

“6 e) Resolution of the Township of West Deptford Authorizing Execution of a
Shared Services Agreement Between the Township of West Deptford and the
Township of Logan Relative to the Services of an Administrator by and for the
Township of West Deptford”

 

WHY DOES THE MINORITY REPORTER EVEN CARE?

 

At the last Township Committee meeting, when the second reading of Ordinance 2017-06 was read, with public discourse available to the support or objection to the repeal of Chapter 58, Riverwinds Advisory Committee, no one appeared before the Township Committee and addressed the repeal.

Repeal was voted unanimously, 5-0.

http://www.westdeptford.com/ordpdf/O-2017-06.pdf

So, why should the Minority Report of West Deptford even care? Because the operating costs of the Community Center are an additional cost to any taxpayer, regardless if they are not members of the Center? Why care, because of community apathy?

Does anybody in WD really care about how our hard earned money is properly spent?

In a couple months, when the Township and the School Board submit their budgets, is it sufficient to say ” everybody’s taxes go up.” to answer any increase.

Do You care?
You Decide

Do You Hear an Increase in School Taxation?

On Feb 23, on the Democrat side, Senate President Sweeney conducted a short forum on the school funding issue and how it applies to West Deptford. Of course, WD is being shortchanged by $2.7 million, receiving only 84% out of the school formula. Less than 50 people, including those at dais, were in attendance. Reason why? Meeting was scheduled to convene at 430p. Where are the vast majority of WD residents at that time? Working?

You should care. First the education of our children is important. Secondly, your property tax is comprised of 47% going to school budget’

And, on the Republican side, Governor Christie’s budget reveals no increase in school funding. WD is listed at #115 receiving $12.1, which is a 0.00%. Oh, by the way, WD teachers are in negotiations for increase in benes, compensation.

http://patch.com/new-jersey/westdeptford/s/g1snb/n-j-school-districts-getting-most-least-money-in-christie-budget?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=schools&utm_campaign=alert

Possible Impact on West Deptford by Loss of Top Taxpayer

What does it mean when Axeon departs WD?

Axeon is one of the top taxpayers, contributing over $2.1 million to revenue by taxation (See Assessment Report), that is, Axeon pays over 10% of WD revenue by taxation ( See WD 2016 Budget, Revenue by Taxation highlighted- for 2016 revenue by taxation was over $20 million.)

Let’s hope our state legislators intercede to prevent this closure.
Yet, the changing face of the petrochemical industry in West Deptford and the loss of large amounts of taxes by these closures or downsizing severely impacts our town.

The solution is only resolved by Township Committee action to proper fiscal control of all appropriations in the township with the loss of revenue on the horizon.

As a footnote and a reminder, we are still paying almost one third of our budget to debt payments ( approx $9.4 million- see attached sheet 27 from 2016 budget )

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

The Good:

Lamatek, Inc located in the Forest Parkway Industrial Park, off of Mantua Grove Road, in West Deptford, announced expansion of its operation, which may involve additional employment of 20 workers in the coming years.

http://www.nj.com/…/2…/02/lamatek_expands_manufacturing.html

The Bad:

Axeon Specialty products, formerly NuStar Asphalt Refining, LLC is planning to shut down its operation that is situated in Paulsboro and West Deptford. For West Deptford, that may be a loss of over $2.19 M taxes; for Paulsboro, loss of $1.4 M. Reportedly, 100 jobs may be lost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmNJ8Op5pFk

http://www.cnbc.com/…/reuters-america-axeon-plans-to-shutte…

The Ugly:

Besides the loss of jobs for our area, especially many of those jobs performed by WD residents, the potential loss of one of the top tax payers in the Township will adversely affect everyone.

Let’s watch how our Township Committee approach the pending closure and possible loss of revenue for this year’s budget, 2017, or for 2018.

Is it time to watch the purse strings and display fiscal constraint in budgetary matters?

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!

 

WEST DEPTFORD FUN DAY – AT WHAT COST?

Recently, WD residents received a bulk mailing flyer regarding the upcoming fun day this month. How much did this cost in using the USPS rather than utilizing email addresses, social media?

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Take in account that WD has six zip codes for the approx. 9000 homes. (2010 Census). Bulk mailing, if delivered to the 6 zip codes, eventually over 20,000 non-West Deptford addresses would receive this mailing.

Note, there may be a savings of using bulk mailing rather than mailing to each WD address. But does this administration look at overall cost savings, using the cheaper internet rather than USPS?

The savings of mailings could be appropriated to offset the total cost of Fun Day, which is included in your taxes.

Your money, your taxes
YOU DECIDE!

6 zip codes:
08051- Mantua, West Deptford
08063-Natl Park, West Deptford
08066-Paulsboro, West Deptford
08086-Thorofare, West Deptford
08093-Westville, West Deptford
08096-Woodbury, Deptford, West Deptford

 

COST CUTTING- Good Fiscal Control of Your Tax Money

In Comparison
In 2012, the Republican controlled government eliminated the mailing of the Township calendar, saving over $12,000 per year.

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