Followup to Storm Recovery……

Other facebook sites are discussing that current ruling majority is handling the situation great with the 2 republicans doing nothing and stop being so melodramatic. Hansen was seen around town as previously noted by resident. Even, former Mayor Chintall was seen on Locksley Wed nite checking on residents.

Melodramatic? That is a very crass statement, even on Facebook. It shows lack of concern, lack of sensitivity for one’s neighbor’s misfortune.If your house was damaged, you are entitled to be upset.

Township leadership is responsible to help residents recover from the storm. Move township assets to help them. Politics has nothing to do with emergency response. Even if an elected official offers a generator or a helping hand to cut a fallen tree, it far exceeds the action of others attending a political fund raiser.

It is unfortunate when things are not done correctly and pointed out then others claim it is only political finger pointing.
Wrong. Leadership should transcend the political ideology in this town. If the leadership is wrong, then it is up to everyone to point it out.

If you recall, there was more outrage about leaf collection than the township’s response to the storm where property was destroyed. That is definitely a A-Ha moment!!

Please stop drinking the kool-aid of politics in WD. If it s wrong, stand up and say it.

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STORM RECOVERY OR FUND RAISER?

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As our community manages to recover, it has been reported many still have no power. So Mayor DiCarlo’s letter about the storm response http://www.westdeptford.com/autopdf/Resident%20letter%20-%20Storm%20Damage.pdf

can not be seen by those without power. Any other form of notification?
By police? By fire dept.? By leaflet drop at those areas without power? Reverse 911?

Several residents have spoken about the lack of concern for our community’s welfare by the current administration during this storm recovery.

So where is the Mayor? At a scheduled fund raiser at Riverwinds Restaurant. Definitely politics before people. Under the current circumstances, a postponement of the fund raiser would seem appropriate.

Committeeman Hansen was seen out and about serving the community by surveying the situation and offering assistance.
(Committeeman Maher was out of town on business) No other elected official was seen helping our community.

It also has been mentioned on other sites that the reference to this event and how the minority report and others have pointed to the lack of concern by Mayor DiCarlo as politically oriented claims.

It is about leadership, when one really needs it. Regardless of party affiliation.

YOU DECIDE.

SPEND, SPEND, SPEND

In the amending of the old loitering ordinance and changing it to a picketing ordinance, both the township solicitor Scaffidi and labor counsel, Miles, worked on the amendment, Scaffidi at $175/hr and Miles at $195/hr. It is unknown what the total cost will be for this proposed ordinance that seemingly will go to court, resulting in more attorney fees.

Scaffidi as the township solicitor has not submitted a bill for his services. NOT ONE BILL

PRO BONO work?
YOU DECIDE!

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MEMORY LANE

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The Minority Reporter is always looking for good news out of West Deptford. Our community deserves the best, especially out of our elected officials, working together, like Mehaffey and Reid stated right after the election.

They want us to work together,” said Reid. “Talking to people, I heard that they’re tired of the arguments and bickering.” (SJ Times 11-17-14)

“You have to pick a side — Democrat or Republican — in order to run, but after the election, then you work for the people of West Deptford,” said Mehaffey. (SJ Times 11-7-14)

http://www.nj.com/…/west_deptford_democrats_talk_bipartisan…

Of course, the spin will be negatively directed to Hansen and Maher for not always agreeing to the ruling majority decision-making.

Isn’t that the way that West Deptford got to be burdened with so much debt? All YES people?

REMEMBER what happened years ago…then YOU DECIDE!

West Deptford Response to Storm

West Deptford and surrounding communities are slowly recovering from the storm damage that occurred Tuesday night around 6 pm.

Mayor DiCarlo responded with a letter to the residents posted on the township’s website: http://www.westdeptford.com/…/Resident%20letter%20-%20Storm…

The timeliness of the posting is appropriate. Most of the supplied information is informative but is lacking to a fully enveloping response for WD residents. The letter sounds more of a “canned county response” than one that should be more responsive to our residents.

Better Response:
1. Rather than be given emergency center addresses in Clayton and East Greenwich, residents in town should have been afforded the use of our fire houses and even Riverwinds Community Center, which has a large emergency power generator that was acquired for such an event and finalized in 2013 from a fully paid grant.
(See page 33 of Township’s minutes for 2-13-13)
http://www.westdeptford.com/AutoAgenda/February212013.pdf

2. Those residents that don’t have transportation should have been afforded the use of the township’s bus in order to be transported to a township facility with power, etc.

3. How about contacting the Senior Citizen Club to assist in calling our town’s seniors for a welfare check?…or just be neighborly and just give a kindly reminder in a letter for residents to check on their neighbors. That is what a community is.

Hindsight is 20/20, but good leadership through proper risk assessment and previous preparation and planning should provide help to all residents, and manage township personnel to help in recovery.

Grass cutting the little league field the morning of Wednesday seems misdirected in the proper use of our town’s personnel immediately after a storm. Mayor DiCarlo and Committeeman Reid, who is the chair for public works and recreation, should have directed all personnel to prioritize help in the immediate recovery, removing trees, brush throughout the town.

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PICKETING ORDINANCE: INFRINGEMENT OF 1ST AMENDMENT?

 PICKETING ORDINANCE: INFRINGEMENT OF 1ST AMENDMENT?

The June 17th Township meeting included action approved by the ruling majority to restrict picketing within the township. Many have stated that either it is a “bad idea” ( http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/nj_towns_strict_protest_limit_a_bad_idea_letter.html#incart_river ) or is very restrictive ( http://savejersey.com/2015/06/update-sweeney-inspired-ordinance-advances-in-west-deptford/ )

The one point that was not overlooked by Committeeman Maher, when he was interviewed by radio 1210 am talk host Gary R’Nel, (see below video or click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKlgrrhN6PU) was the cost of legal review by the Township Solicitor, Tim Scaffidi, and Township Labor Counsel, Mike Miles (Brown & Connery). Though at this point, the total hours remitted by the legal pair for updating/revising the ordinance ( see below) is unknown, Scaffidi rate is $175/hr and Miles is $195/hr. Remember how Mayor DiCarlo commented at the beginning of her term in office that it costs to have qualified personnel. Well, time will tell the high quality of the township’s legal team when the picketing ordinance is contested in court. For our town, many more legal costs.

 

 

Picketing Ordinance

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