This is only a partial update on the meeting. However, it is of importance that Matawan is aware that there may be a solution to the day laborer situation.
Robert Heinlein once said: “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him” Sounds like Councilman “Buddy” Mullaney? “ Buddy” is still dictating what we residents have made it obvious we do not want, C-Town in Matawan.
He was pushing to have the parking lot on the corner of Broad and Little Street seal coated and striped. Good idea, if we had money in the Budget. My question is why now? Is it because it’s election time? Is he trying to help C-Town? You decide?
Relocation of Municipal Court -At the Borough Council meeting of 9-18-07, several Resolutions were tabled again. Poor planning is my take on the Court relocation when the bids came in $60K higher than The Administrator told the public. The $170K construction price does not include floor coverings or furniture. Well its back to the drafting table on this project, as well as others. This seems to be the way for Matawan under the current Administration.
7-11 Issues - On a positive note. The Mayor reported the Health Department visited 7-11 and informed them that they must clean up the area. I guess she realized the election is around the corner and that she better do something about an obvious health condition perpetrated by the Day Laborers. I speculate that Councilman Malley did not mean the entire site of the 7-11 when he stated at the last September 4, 2007 Council meeting that the 7-11 passed a health inspection and is very clean.
Day Laborers - Finally, someone on the Council came up with a possible solution to the dangerous, unsafe conditions caused by employers hiring/picking up day laborers at the 7-11 parking lot and along Main St. In the interest of public safety, Councilman Paul Buccellato spoke about an ordinance in Matawan already on the books requiring businesses in the Borough to register and submit to a background check. Buccellato suggested the following:
Idea #1 -All Day Laborers voluntarily register and submit to a background check on criminal activity. After which they are to given ID cards. Buccellato called for the Council to request Mr. Menna, Borough Attorney, to reach out to the NJS Attorney General’s office to ascertain whether registering Day Laborers was contrary to any Federal or State laws. For some strange reason, Councilmen Mullaney & Malley, first abstained, eventually deciding to oppose the idea... Why you ask…. can you say C-Town, boys and girls? The fact that Councilman Mullaney lives clear on the other side of town and as such one would wonder whether this would effect his property values.
Idea #2 – Request Mr. Menna, Borough Attorney, to reach out to the NJ Transit to request that we use the Train Station (where the white building is located) as a “safe” location for Day Laborers to be hired and picked up for day work.