Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well folks, that is just what Mayor Buccellato did to the Responsible Contractors Ordinance recently passed by the outgoing members of the Borough Council. Councilman Malley insisted on the voting for this Ordinance along with Councilman Bunyon and Councilman Mullaney. Against the Borough Council attorney, James Aaron, Esq.'s advice, Malley proceeded. Ironically, Councilman Mendes was not present for the vote. Councilman Cannon and Councilwoman Clifton did not vote cited conflict of interest.
For the entire story, read the details in this week's Independent by reporter Erin Stattel. Facts not presented at the Council meeting are reported. This ties into our thoughts on this Ordinance not being fair to all Contractors and limiting the pool of Contractors able to bid on Borough projects. It is unlikely that the newly elected Council members will vote against the Mayor's veto.
What a great way to end the year! It is our opinion that fairness and the best interests of Matawan Borough prevailed.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We look forward to a Borough Council working harmoniously for the benefit of Matawan.
We wish all a Happy New Year.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
And thought how, as the day had come,
Till, ringing, singing on its way
Then from each black, accursed mouth
And in despair I bowed my head;‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep
Saturday, December 20, 2008
"Chanukah is an eight day holiday which begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression. In addition to being victorious in war, another miracle occurred: When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days. In order to commemorate this miracle, we light a Menorah for the eight days of Chanukah.
This year (5769 / 2008-2009) Chanukah begins at nightfall of December 21, 2008, and ends on December 29, 2008. On the evening before each one of the days, the corresponding number of Chanukah candles are lit."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
A story in a local publication reported Matawan only had to bond for $700,000 for the Road Program per Councilman Michael Cannon. If bonding is necessary why didn't the Council bond to improve the Heating/AC at 150 Main St. Why wasn't the health and welfare of our employees at 150 Main St considered before adding on to the Road Program. It cannot be denied they were aware of the problems, they chose what they thought would get votes. We could have bonded to make repairs at 150 Main St with that $700,000. and still continued with the original 2008 Road Program. But that wasn't grand enough. Now we residents will pay the price in taxation. They are certainly leaving Matawan Borough much poorer than when they came into office. The 2009 Borough Council will have a difficult time in getting Matawan back on track. Our hope is they will stand strong and utilize the expertise of our paid Professionals prior to making any decisions. We wish them luck, the way we see it they are going to need it.
On the Agenda:
Ordinance 08-27 - An Ordinance Adopting a Responsible Contractor Policy in the Borough of Matawan.
Comment: This states that only Contractors who participate in the Apprenticeship Program can bid on Borough projects. It is offensive to all taxpayers as it limits the amount of Contractors who may bid. It is offensive to the good Contractors who have years of experience along with excellent work ethic, BUT do not participate in an Apprenticeship Program. Being a skeptic, we must ask ourselves, why would Councilman Will Malley, on one of his last days in office insist that this Ordinance be passed? Taken from the Elec Reports, Councilmen Malley & Bunyon (both Union members) received a total of $7,500. in campaign contributions from Local Union 400 Pac Fund, Iron Workers Local 66 Pac Fund and last but not least Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 9. Both Councilmen refused to step down from the dais at the last meeting. In essence they are not fulfilling their responsibility to the residents of Matawan by opposing the advice of the Borough Attorney. What is more important "paying back" the Unions or placing Matawan Borough in jeopardy?
Adieu Councilman Malley and Councilman Bunyon....thanks for the memories...(sic)
Monday, December 15, 2008
We who are blessed and never had that experience should lend a helping hand. If everyone in Matawan alone made a donation of a box of cereal, a can of food, or a monetary donation to the FoodBank of New Jersey we could possibly stamp out hunger. Why not purchase an extra can of food every time you do your food shopping?
Donation sites in Matawan can be made at the Matawan Aberdeen Library, Matawan Police Department, Shop Rite and Stop'n'Shop.
For more information please call 908 355-FOOD or through the website www.njFoodBank.org.
Let's see to it that this Holiday Season....THIS BANK DOESN'T FAIL!
Friday, December 12, 2008
"At the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, requests for food have gone up 30%, but donations are down by 25 percent."
"Warehouse shelves that are typically stocked with food are bare and supplies have gotten so low that, for the first time in its 25 year history, the food bank is developing a rationing mechanism."
When we say food, we are not talking cookies, we are referring to canned goods, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, canned fish, baked beans. These are just some of the items needed. More to follow on Monday.
You can visit www.njfoodbank.org or call 908-355-FOOD to donate.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Canned Vegetables, canned fruit, pasta sauce, boxed macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned tuna or salmon, pancake mix & syrup, soup, canned stew, ramen noodles, peanut butter.
Please make sure the items are not past their expiration date.
If we all donate 1 item think of the families we will help feed this Holiday Season.
Please don't forget the other locations you can donate are the Matawan Police Dept., Matawan Fire & First Aid. The Fire Dept. & First Aid are also selling live Christmas trees and wreaths, proceeds to go to families in need.
This is what Matawan is all about folks, people helping people.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Taken directly from the Bunyon and Malley for Council, ELEC Report, submitted by Rose Mary Malley, Treasurer, dated May 22, 2008, a contribution was made by:
LOCAL UNION 400 PAC FUND of $5,000.
IRONWORKERS LOCAL 68 PAC FUND of $500.Taken directly from the Bunyon and Malley for Council, ELEC Report submitted by Rose Mary Malley, Treasurer, dated June 24, 2008, a contribution was made by:
PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LOCAL UNION NO. 9 of $2,000.
Folks, that totals $7,500. for a small NJ Borough election campaign. Anyone want to dispute the reasoning behind Councilman Malley's last ditched efforts for the Responsible Contractors Ordinance?
As the saying goes, "I was born at night, but not last night"
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Planning & Zoning Board meeting.
Lakeside Drive matter is carried over until March 2009.
2009 will possibly bring a change in members of the P & Z Board.
Note: P & Z Board Agendas were not available for the audience. We encourage the P & Z Board to correct this problem. Members of the audience have no idea of what the Agenda is for the meeting. The Borough website does not show current Agendas or Meeting Minutes.
A somewhat confusing vote was called for by Board member Kevin Mendes, re a change in the location of signage as stated on an approved site plan for a business located near Mr. Mendes employment. There was only an aerial photo showing the location of the signage and members could not realistically see where the sign would sit. Couldn't help but wonder if there is a conflict of interest on the part of Mr. Mendes. Was it appropriate for him to call for a vote on this issue?
Guess we will leave that to the P &Z attorney, Mr. Irene, who seems to be competent. Don't know how this was missed.
We will keep you posted.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Responsible Contractor Ordinance - A Workshop discussion pertaining to this proposed ordinance was held. The content of the Ordinance limits contractors bidding to only those who participate in Apprenticeship Programs.
Prior to the discussion, Mayor Buccellato spoke about the Borough Attorney's recent correspondence regarding conflicts with Council members. The Council majority after the Borough Attorney reiterated his position voted to ignore him and continue the discussion. Kudos to Councilpersons Cannon and Clifton for voting to uphold the attorney's recommendations. They also stepped down from the dais to avoid any potential conflict with their respective employment or spouses employment. Councilman Mullaney claimed "politics" when Mayor Buccellato requested the Council abide by the advice of the Borough Attorney, James Aaron, Esq., not to continue with this Ordinance. Ironically, Mr. Aaron was Councilman Mullaney and the Democratic Council's choice for Borough Attorney. Politics, we think not. Mr. Aaron is the attorney you chose for the job Mr. Mullaney. Councilmen Malley and Bunyon, both Union members, did not step down. Against James Aaron, Esq., the paid professional Borough Attorney's advice, Councilmen Bunyon, Malley and Mullaney all voted to proceed with this Ordinance. To his credit Councilman Mendes did try to reach a compromise in the wording. If he was true to his word he stated he was trying to get the entire Council to participate in the discussion and eventually the vote. However, Councilman Malley insisted that it stand as written, which would mandate that Contractors participate in the Apprenticeship Program. Councilman Mendes abstained from the vote. Malley, Bunyon and Mullaney (none of whom are attorneys) went against the advice of James Aaron, Borough Attorney, Matawan's paid professional, and voted to have it drawn up by the Attorney for the next Council meeting. It will be presented at the next Borough Council meeting. We will publish this Ordinance once available for your input.
Comment: We have nothing against Unions. However, limiting the pool of Contractors allowed to bid for Matawan projects is questionable. Mandatory restrictions discriminates against experienced Contractors who have chosen not to participate in Apprenticeship Programs.
The government is finally acknowledging we are in a recession. We don't understand why anyone who claims to be looking for the best interests of Matawan would want to limit the bidder pool, potentially increasing the Borough expenditures on a project.
One would have to think that Malley's insistence on this order and the recent results from the the November election has something to do with campaign contributions. We are investigating this further and will report back on this blog. Fact is Malley is a union member. Self-serving.....pay back....in the best interests of Matawan.....you be the judge.
Even deceased, famed Oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, through a fogged face mask, could have seen through this sham. Never under estimate the intelligence of Matawan's residents!
Employee Health Plan - A presentation will be given at the next meeting.
Bonding Ordinances were passed to Bond for the 2008 Road Program along with Improvements to the Water/Sewers. Total amount of bonding was unavailable. Amounts mentioned in the Ordinances were $665,000. and $200,000.
Comments: At the very least the Road Program project should have gone out to bid again, we repeat the RECESSION! Do we really need this work done at this time?
Shared Services - Councilwoman Clifton requested a vote for Matawan to participate in a Waste Management Study at no cost to the Borough. It was passed.
Comments: We look forward to the results of the Study.
Police, Fire & First Aid - Councilman Mendes' report informed residents that there was a shooting in the Clinton Street Park area. A local newspaper blogger commented on this prior to the Councilman's report to the residents. In an ironic twist, the same blogger did not comment on the Responsible Contractor Ordinance, which is their choice. Per Councilman Mendes, Chief Alston is "beefing up" patrols in that area. We think it would require overtime for our Police Department. As reported by Councilman Mullaney, Chief Alston called him and discussed the closing of Clinton Street Park during the investigation. No determination has been made to date pending further discussion with the Chief and Council.
Comments: We are confident everything is being done by our Police Department to keep Matawan safe.
Democrat, Republican or Independent, residents must let the Council know Matawan will not be a place for personal agendas or political pay backs. We urge you to attend the Dec. 14 Borough Council meeting and let your voice be heard as the voters did on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sorry for being so long winded, but it really annoys us when elected officials try to B.S. us.
Hope to see you there.....
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
As a side note: Keep in mind that these wonderful volunteers picked up the ball when the Recreation Commission decided not to participate in the Tree Trimming and Santa Claus Events. Kudos to the Matawan First Aid and Matawan Fire Department for not allowing this Matawan Tradition to be terminated. We may not say it often enough but we residents do appreciate all you do for us. This prompts us to ask if the Recreation Commission gave some of their Budget money to help with the costs of these functions? Anyone know?
Mayor Buccellato was the only attendee from the Borough Council. Ironically, the Recreation Commission ran its 5K Turkey Trot Run/Walk was held the same day. Guess they were all busy.
Comment: We would be remiss if we didn't report on Councilman Mullaney's Police escort to TD Bank with the proceeds from the Turkey Trot. Really Councilman, don't you think Matawan Police Officers have more important things to do with their time, our taxpayer money? We residents carry money to the bank without an escort every day. Should we request an escort too? Maybe now some of the money can be used to make our parks handicapped accessible? Or isn't that showy enough?
The changes on Borough Council can make positive changes in Matawan. Instead of separatism, we want to see togetherness in Matawan. All parties working in unison to make Matawan the best it can be! Just think of the possibilities if all participated in the Tree Trimming, the Santa Run, the Menorah Lighting, etc.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
SAVE THE BIG BLUE HOUSE
Planning & Zoning Board meeting on Monday, December1, 2008, 7:30pm at 201 Broad St. Matawan Borough Community Center. One of the topics to be discussed is to be the Big Blue House on Main Street. It seems there are many residents who oppose changing the zoning on this property in order to allow commercial use. The present owner would like to create office space in this beautiful Matawan treasure.
Comment: We oppose the change in zoning. We think with the surrounding residential homes it would affect the quality of life. Without a clear plan to keep the integrity of the home, it seems ludicrous to allow the zoning change. We would like to see a family purchase this home and restore it to its original beauty. It is a one of a kind treasure that should be saved for future generations. Sadly the previous owners stripped the home of its marble mantles, Tiffany doors,
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
MATAWAN COPS ARE TOPS IN OUR BOOK!
Matawan Borough Police Department PBA Local 179 is holding its annual Toy and Food Drive. The drive will support Matawan area families in need during the holiday season. Toys should be new, in the box and unwrapped. The department is accepting toys for all ages. Donated food should only be nonperishables such as canned goods or boxed food items.
Collection boxes for donated goods are set up at several area businesses.
In Matawan, boxes are located at the police department headquarters at 150 Main St. and at Quick Chek, 60 Main St.
In Aberdeen, items can be deposited at Panther Press, 37 Lower Main St., ShopRite supermarket, Route 34, and at Stop & Shop, Route 34.
Residents who know of a family in need in the Matawan area and/or would like to donate to the toy and food drive should contact Matawan Borough Police Department Patrolman Andrew Marsala at 732-290-2020, ext 318.
We urge everyone to contribute to help those in need. Afterall, isn't that what Christmas is all about.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Finances - Resolution 08-11-35 - Emergency Temporary Appropriation - Allows the moving of funds from unused line items, i.e. Historic Sites etc., to pay down some of the health care debt. We do not believe this will eliminate the current deficit, but it will hopefully reduce it.
Invoices presented for August and September 2008 and approved for payment from Ansell, Zaro, Grimm, & Aaron, Borough Attorney totalled $16,049.38.
Dog & Cat licensing - Ordinance 08-25 - Chapter XII - Animal Control - This will make licensing for dogs & cats set at a rate of $10.00 per animal. The introduction of licensing cats will be required in 2009.
Leaf Collection - Councilman Mullaney reported that leaf collection workers are removing leaves every day, weather permitting. Any questions regarding leaf pick up should be directed to Councilman Mullaney.
Privilege of the Floor - Several residents spoke. Residents from Lakeside Drive who were advised to take attend the Planning & Zoning Board meetings to discuss their issues. A resident along with her Contractor stated the Building Dept. has been very helpful, however, due to Inspectors work load cannot get to their inspections for 3 months.
All in all the meeting went quickly. Two more to go prior to the new Council being sworn in. We hope the transition goes smoothly.
Hope to see you at the next meeting.....
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Rob was the Mayor of Matawan Borough from 1996 until 2005. In addition, he served on the borough's unified Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Board of Health, and the Monmouth County Board of Drug & Alcohol Abuse Services. He also served as chairman of the Bayshore Conference of Mayors.
He has been employed by Comcast Cable Corp. as Director of Government and Community Affairs since 2001. Prior to that, he was Director of Industry Relations for the New Jersey Pavement and Asphalt Association, where he acted as liaison between the trade association and municipalities throughout the state regarding road improvement issues. He also served as Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and a legislative aide to former Assemblyman Michael P. Arnone.
Mr. Clifton was elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2004. In his first term as a Freeholder, Rob oversaw the Department of Human Services, Health and Transportation, and as such served as liaison to the following county departments and agencies: County Board of Health, Tuberculosis Control Unit, County Adjuster, Health Care Facilities, County Historical Commission, Human Relations Commission, Department of Human Services, which includes the Division of Transportation and Senior Citizen and Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Social Services, Mental Health Board, Employment and Training, Workforce Investment Board, Office on Disabilities, Office on Aging, Human Services Advisory Council, Office of Veterans Interment Services, and Youth Services Commission.
Freeholder Clifton is serving his second three-year term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders, having been re-elected on November 6, 2007. Currently, Freeholder Clifton, is Deputy Director of the Board, oversees the Department of Finance and Administration. In this role he oversees a $475 million budget. He also sits on the Board of the United Way of Monmouth County.
Rob Clifton and his wife, Tracy, reside in Matawan with their two sons, R.J. and Jack.
Friday, November 7, 2008
On the upside, a Troop of Boy Scouts were present earning themselves Badges for their attendance. The Mayor asked them to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Privilege of the Floor-Several residents spoke their concerns regarding the deficit, purchasing signs for the Parks by the Recreation Commission, the hopes that the Councilmen-elect will "hit the ground running," the lack of the Matawan Parks not being handicapped accessible and a Volunteer Fireman who was fired and felt he was treated unjustly. It was interesting to note the Recreation Commission unanimously voted no to utilizing the monies from their events to make the Parks accessible to the handicapped. If one handicapped child/adult is denied access to our Parks someone must speak up for them. What good are pretty signs denoting a Park if one child/adult is denied access to it because of their handicap? Maybe the signs should also read, NOT HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE.
The Volunteer Fireman spoke at length about the injustice he has suffered. It seems he may have done himself a disservice. Mr. Aaron, Borough Attorney explained he was not sure if the Fireman jeopardized his request for an impartial review by the Council by reading his statement. Accordingly, the Fireman was instructed to continue to follow the proper procedures as outlined by the rules and regulations. We found this whole matter to be disconcerting as this was not the first time this Fireman has had issues with the Borough Volunteer Fire Department. We will continue to follow this matter to its conclusion, if possible.
The Agenda items were eventually voted on with no surprises. Penalties for the Parks was established and can now be enforced by Matawan Police Dept.
2008 Budget - There seemed to be some discrepancies regarding the 2008 Budget deficit and the dollar amount that was transferred. Councilman Cannon originally stated he thought the deficit would be reduced to zero. Mayor Buccellato stated he thought we had borrowed from the 2009 Budget to the tune of $100,000. to accomplish this reduction. Councilman Cannon then amended his statement. We believe the deficit was lowered but to what extent we are not sure. We are not sure what the deficit will be by December 31st. It would be great if everyone talked straight so we, the residents, could decipher what they are saying. We will follow up on the Budget and keep you posted.
Matawan Police Dept. - The Resolution for the Police Chief to Undertake Preliminary Interviews for Class I Officers was passed. Councilman Mendes stated the Police Chief cut the Police Dept. Budget by $40,000. which constitutes a give back to the Budget. Kudos to the Chief.
Hiring of Attorney for and on Behalf of the Board of Fire Officers for the Borough of Matawan. This relates to the Fireman previously mentioned. The amount authorized was limited to $2,000. The Attorney will only be utilized if needed.
THINK about this.......there was more discussion and debate on the amount authorized of $2,000. for the attorney than there was over awarding a no bid contract to Maser Consulting of $300,000+. This is an example of why we needed a Council who would prioritize appropriately. A little late to "pinch pennies."
Let's see less politicking and more action on the part of the Council. Keep in mind you are working for the residents of Matawan.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Comment: As the Budget permits want to see Matawan Parks accessible to the handicapped. Perhaps Matawan could seek out Grants.
Ordinance 08-17: An Ordinance to Fix and Determine the Salaries and Wages of Officers, Management, Supervisory Personnel and General Employees not Represented by an Organized Bargaining Unit and Employed by the Borough of Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Consent Agenda: New businesses seeking Approval of Business Licenses in Matawan are:
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
It's time to put politics aside and work together to make Matawan the jewel of New Jersey.
We would not endorse any Presidential candidate as we want to keep this blog strictly for Matawan. Based on our observations at Matawan Borough Council meetings, we support TOM FITZSIMMONS AND JOE URBANO for Matawan Borough Council. We need people who will cut the Budget and eliminate unnecessary spending. We don't believe it will be easy, but we need a strong Council who can make the tough decisions and will bring Matawan forward. Adding these two men to the Council will help get Matawan back on track and out of the red.
God Bless America!
Monday, November 3, 2008
The current owner wants to change the zoning so he can redesign it into offices. Nearby residents are opposed to rezoning for quality of life issues. The Historical Society is opposed to rezoning as the home is of historical significance. It is a beautiful home which has been neglected and it would be an asset to Matawan if kept residential. If someone, and we are sure they are out there, who loves to restore old homes had the opportunity it could be brought back to its former glory.
Some residents wanted to see the Train Station torn down. Well look at it now. A new coat of paint brings it back. Once the interior is renovated we are confident it can be put to good use as a historical treasure.
If keeping this Matawan treasure residential is important to you, please attend this meeting. Let your voices be heard!
Proceeds to benefit Matawan Parks.
The last request to utilize funds by the Recreation Commission was for signage for the parks. While this is a wonderful idea to beautify Matawan, a thought comes to mind. Matawan Parks are NOT handicap friendly. When financially possible (aware of Matawan's Budget deficit) don't you think people would be better served by making our parks accessible to the handicapped? While signs are pretty, parks are for people, all the people. Something to think about as the Recreation Commission wants the proceeds from this event earmarked for Matawan Parks only. As the head of this event and Recreation Committee is the prominent Physical Therapist, Michael Mullaney, we are sure he would agree with us.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Dear Matawan Aberdeen softball parents,
I normally do not get involved in local politics, yet a recent flyer sent out by the two incumbent Matawan Councilmen seeking re-election has forced me to.
As you may remember, late in 2007 and early 2008 representatives from the league appeared before the Matawan Borough Council to request that a small portion of Hourihan Field, located adjacent to Borough Hall, be dedicated to use by the our league solely for girls softball. To make a long story short, the council majority threw up every roadblack they possibly could to keep this from happeneing and ultimately forced us to pay half the cost of the field, depleting almost every dollar we had in our savings account.
You can imagine my surprise when I received a flyer for the two incumbent councilmen which included among heir successes building a girls softball field and negotiating a 50% reduction in costs for the project. For these two gentlemen to take credit for something which they tried to stop from happening, and take pride in the fact that they forced us to pay almost every dollar we had to get this field done for our girls is disgusting. When you take into consideration that the council is almost 500,000 over budget this year, its even more insulting. Apparently they found lots of important things to spend money on, but a softball field for 7 and 8 year old girls wasnt one of them.
Tom Fitzsimmons and Joe Urbano are running for Borough Council this year and I urge you to vote for them and send a message to the people who played politics with a softball field for our kids. Again, I'm sorry for getting political, but this just made me so mad, I had to say something.
Note: This is exactly how it appears in the email.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
After having to listen to their political rheotoric all year, this would have been as good a time as any to tell us what your plan will be and how it will affect us financially. Not once have we heard any of them address the Budget deficit. Even when the Mayor has consistently reminded them and offered his assistance and expertise.
Well, now that we have gotten that out of our system, let's share the Curfew information.
Coming soon - We have obtained a copy of the Contract between the firm representing Matawan in the capacity of Borough Attorney. This is to clarify to residents, where Mr. Aaron, Esq. is of late. It seems an associate has been attending Borough Council meetings.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Kudos to the Matawan Fire Department for participating. Thank you all for caring enough for our children to take time from your busy day to attend.
Don't get too excited as previously reported it is a limited Agenda.
Under New Business:
Resolution 08-10-15 - 2008 Halloween - Set Curfew
Resolution 08-10-20 - Stipulation of Settlement
Resolution 08-10-19 - Payment of Bills
There will be "Privilege of the Floor." Let's see if we get answers or political rhetoric.
Hope to see you there......
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Based on their flyer, can anyone explain how they are saving us money? All we want to know is how did they manage to overspend to the tune of $500,000? Please don't blame it on previous administrations. Don't recall Matawan every having to borrow money to pay bills this year from next years Budget. Oops, we almost forget they did the same thing last year.
It is amazing how they can distort the facts and try to make you believe any of their little starbursts. Funny they should use Starbursts, it reminds us of Starbursts candy. With Halloween coming, it is more of a trick than a treat!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Changing the time to 6:30pm also doesn't allow many people who work to attend. Good political strategy on the part of the Democrats. Newspapers can't publish any information on the Budget deficit or what residents have to say at the meeting on such short notice.
When the Agenda becomes available we will let you know.
See you there......
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
In the words of Harry S. Truman, former President of the US, and a Democrat, "IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN."
Were they afraid to answer questions on the Budget deficit, what will happen to the residents of Mill Road and their sewage problems, what about spending the money for new Park signs, what about the Borough employees raises, what about the 2008 Road Program bonding for 1.3 Million, were they unable to justify paying for all those political signs in Matawan and surrounding areas. So they are not able to answer the tough questions. Yet these same people want us to vote to keep them in office. We want people who can take the heat and people who are not afraid to justify their positions, not run away.
Remember the cowardly acts of cancelling this meeting when you go to the polls on Election Day. Keep in mind vote for the person, not the party. Most of all, GET OUT AND VOTE.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Matawan Ladies Auxillary First Aid Bus Trip to Trump Plaza is on Sunday, October 26. 2008. Bus leaves Matawan Railroad Parking Lot at 8:45am Sharp. Donation: $25.00 - Receive: $25.00 back in coins and $5.00 Food Coupon.
For information and ticket sales please contact:
Theresa 732 566 8643.
Proceeds go directly to the Matawan First Aid Squad.
This is an item that should have been resolved a long time ago. The Council is still talking, talking, talking. The Mayor has pushed them to make a decision and give the family that has raw sewerage backing up into their home relief. That is what this is all about. Now if this Council can't make a decision when raw sewerage is coming into a homeowner's residence, then how can we expect them to make any serious decisions on anything!
That brings us to another item. Resolution 08-10-17 Authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to pay $4,750. to Signs by J.K. for the fabrication and installation of Signs for Terhune Park, Clinton Street Park, Gravelly Brook Park, Freneau Park and Ravine Drive Park according to a proposal #317 dated August 28, 2008.
Kinda of reminds us of Nero fiddling while Rome burns to the ground! With a deficit of $500,000 and growing what does our Council decide to do.......why vote on a resolution for signs for the Parks in Matawan. Guess Councilman Mullaney, Councilman Malley and Councilman Bunyon thinks this is more important than trying to cut the Budget costs. The signs are beautiful and a welcome addition to Matawan. However, wish the Council could move this quick to make Budget cuts.
Wonder if Signs by J.K. made all those huge political signs we see all over Matawan? Just wondering.....
Speaking of Budget items, Ordinance 08-17 will be introduced tonight. This Ordinance pertains to Fix and Determine the Salaries and Wages of Officiers, Management, Supervisory Personnel and General Employees not Represented by an Organized Bargaining Unit and Employed by the Borough of Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
How can you say no to the Borough employees after the Borough Council has given others benefits, perks or raises?
We are anxious to hear what the Council has to say tonight. Expect a whole lot of political BS tonight.
Hope to see you there.....
Friday, October 17, 2008
With the looming deficit approaching $500,000., it is absurd Matawan residents are paying to remove Malley/Bunyon signs from Borough and County properties. Need we say more about the lack of accountability.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The following items are under:
1.Mill Road Sewer
2.Road Program 2008
a. Park Use Penalty
b. Refund of Matawan Day Fees
c. Revision to existing ordinance
d. Trust Account
e. Review Resolution for Gravelly Brook Payment
f. AAU Basketball Use of MMCC
4. Budget Status 2008
5. Police Department
a. Special Class I Police Officers - Hiring
b. Towing Ordinance
6. Construction Department
a. P/T Electrical Inspector - Hiring
a. Ordinance revision regarding waste pick up
b. Opposing the Third Round COAH Regulations
c. 4 Day Work week
d Sale of Property on Little Street
5. Public Comment
Two items of interest are the 2008 Budget and 2008 Road Program.
Interested in hearing the Council's plan for the deficit. Where will get the money which is approaching $500,000+/-.
Opposed to the expanded 2008 Road Program at this time. Interested in costs of same to the taxpayer. Under the current financial circumstances Nationwide, the fact NJ State, several NJ Counties and NYC (which has a much larger tax base) are all cutting back on their Road Program due to the high cost of asphalt. Again what will the cost to taxpayers be and can taxpayers afford any increase in taxes.
The Democratic majority Council has already passed the Highest Tax Rate Increases of 26% from 2006-2008. And Bunyon and Malley want us to vote to keep them on Council? Do they think we are stupid or crazy?
Hope to see you at the meeting.....
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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Privilege of the Floor - Former Councilwoman Donna Gould asked what Councilman Bunyon did to lead the Redevelopment Committee out of litigation as stated in the Bunyon/Malley political flyer. Well, Councilman Mullaney stated that Bunyon's wife is an attorney. What was Mullaney implying Bunyon discussed this matter with his wife? Still haven't gotten the connection. But we know B.S. when we hear it. According to the flyer, an inexperienced appointed Councilman Bunyon and Councilman Malley singlehandly lead the Redevelopment Committee out of litigation. If you believe this story they have one of those "big" political signs to put in front of your house. Apparently, Mullaney, Cannon, Mendes, don't believe it either as they don't have any of those big signs in front of their houses. Guess what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander! Now don't the residents who allowed them to put up those "big" signs in front of their homes feel used.
Residents from Lakeside Drive complained to the Council regarding a neighbor who allegedly violating building rules and regulations. They brought photos for the Council's review.These same residents have come to several meetings asking for the Council's explanation. Councilman Mullaney, Chairman of Public Works, Streets, Roads, Buildings Grounds and Property Maintenance was strangely silent. No assistance or explanation from Mullaney was given.
Mullaney did report the amount of building permits issued and the amount collected by the Building Department during his Report to Council.
Recreation Report - Councilman Bunyon thanked the Mayor for appointing two new members to the Recreation Committee. We wish them the best of luck.
Engineering Report - Borough Engineer, Bill White of Maser Consulting, reported that the bids for the 2008 Road Program will be discussed at the Workshop meeting. The Council will be bonding for the remainder of the money needed to pay for the expanded Road Program. The question is with the current financial climate, will Matawan be able to get bonding?
Old Business - Resolution 08-09-42 Approving Funds for Emergency Gravelly Brook Park. POSTPONED. There is a discrepancy as to who declared this emergency as the Council did not authorize the funding. Councilman Mullaney had stated Anthony Bucco declared it was an emergency. Mayor Buccellato disagreed saying he spoke with Mr. Bucco and Mr. Bucco denied it. This kind of nonsense delays progress in Matawan. It appears one of the lamp posts at Gravelly Brook Park fell down almost hitting a visitor to the park. Somehow all the lamp posts were taken down, the holes filled in (safety issue.) Now here is where it gets confusing Councilman Mullaney at a Council meeting stated that he and Chief Alston, at no cost to the Borough, saved the Borough money by having all the lamp posts removed. Confused yet? We were....Now the Borough receives bills totalling $1900+/-. are you still there......the way we see it one (1) lamp post fell down and had to be removed. We have yet to find out who authorized the taking down of all the remaining lamp posts. You see spending taxpayer dollars must be a decision reached by the entire Council, not one member. One pole falling would constitute an emergency, removing all is not. We should learn more at the Workshop meeting.
New Business - Resolution Authorizing the Borough of Matawan Police Dept to Hire a Class II Special Police Officer. This Resolution received a unanimous yes vote. It was explained by Councilman Mendes, Councilman Malley and Councilman Mullaney that the hiring of a Special Police Officer will save the Borough money. The use of a Special will be cheaper than paying for a Police Officer.
Payment of Bills - Councilman Mendes, Chairman of Public Safety, Police, Fire & First Aid abstained from voting to pay the bill from his family owned business, Key Auto Body. Kudos to Councilman Mendes for abstaining. The question remains is it appropriate for the Chairman of the Public Safety Commission's family business to perform work for the Borough or should the work go out for bid?
At this time of financial crisis with stockss falling, 401Ks sinking, business closings and foreclosures rising, wish we had some positive, happy news in Matawan. Guess when you hit bottom the only way is up.
Hope to see you at the next Borough Workshop meeting....
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Call us dreamers, but we were ever hopeful the Matawan Planning & Zoning Board would implement a sign ordinance outlining the size of political signs. As a matter of fact it would be a good idea for the sake of continuity to have guidelines for all signage. Signage should include banning those stupid little advertisement signs stuck into the grass.
Without mentioning parties, you would think the "party" that lined the Main Street strip mall with political signs the day of the special election and had "BIG" signs all over the Borough have learned that "Bigger isn't always better!" They lost the Mayoral election in spite of their attempt to "brain wash" us to voting for their candidate.
We must consider the candidates on their merits and not the amount or size of their political signs.
As we have seen in the Mayoral election, every vote counts. Let's not forget to get out and vote.
To answer our own question, Bigger Isn't Always Better!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Several months ago, you and I stopped Governor Corzine's $38 Billion borrowing and toll hike scheme, but the Trenton central planners just don’t like it when their plans to take more of your hard earned money go awry. Now, they are back with another toll hike scheme and they are trying to ram this one through without anyone noticing until it is too late.
Below is a schedule of public hearings on the toll hikes. The late notice is so people who oppose the new hikes won’t find out about the hearings in time. Everyone should attend any of these meetings that you can. Tell them that we don’t need a toll hike and that New Jersey taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for a tunnel that will benefit New York and not New Jerseyans.
BLACKWOOD: Tuesday, September 23 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Camden County Community College, 200 College Drive
WOODBRIDGE: Wednesday, September 24 - 9 am to Noon
Turnpike Authority Headquarters, 581 Main Street
ATLANTIC CITY: Wednesday, September 24 - 9 am to 11:30 am
Atlantic City Convention Center, One Miss America Way
PARAMUS: Wednesday, September 24 - Noon to 3 pm
Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road
DEPTFORD: Wednesday, September 24 - 1 pm to 3 pm
Municipal Building, 1011 Cooper Street"
The closest location for Matawan residents is Woodbridge. Don't let Corzine and his Democratic majority find another way to get our hard earned money.
Friday, September 19, 2008
As it is a Presidential election year there will be more voters. Keep in mind the political party you chose to led the country, may or may not be the best for Matawan.
Let's be informed voters!