LET'S PLAY SOFTBALL - NOT IN MATAWAN - Last night we observed the Democratic majority excercising their clout. Here are some of the highlights, Matawan-Aberdeen Baseball and Softball, two separate organizations requested the Borough create a softball field to compliment Hourihan Little League Field located at the Matawan Borough Community Center on Broad St . They were willing to pay half of the cost to build the field (Borough has a quote of $21,000. approx) and the League will maintain the field. The Girls Softball teams have no dedicated field to play on in Matawan. Why did this project go out for a quote if the Council wasnt going to utilize the quote? Why do we spend money requesting quotes or bids if the Council already has its mind made up? Three Council members have delayed any progress being made by their political posturing. The Matawan Advocate wholeheartedly endorses the project and the Girls Softball League. Councilman Mullaney requested Mazur conduct soil test borings at Gravelly Brook Park to see if those fields can be utilized....cost to the Borough approx. $2500+. Folks, adequate soil borings will be difficult to conduct while the ground is frozen. The fields could not be utilized without addressing the drainage problems that exist at Gravelly Brook. In the interim where do Girls softball play? Not in Matawan.
Renovating Gravelly Brook Park was mentioned as a long term goal in Mayor Buccellato's vision for the Borough at his first meeting as Mayor. All of a sudden it became the vision of the rest of the Council? As the Mayor mentioned this project will take years, yes, years to accomplish. Why are we wasting money now to pay Mazur Consulting to do soil testing when the remediation work would cost an amount we cannot afford. If the majority of the Council had daughters who play softball you can bet there would be a softball field for them to play. Under the guise of being frugal, Councilman Mullaney and the majority simply used this as a delay tactic. Let's see if the Girls Softball League has the "right stuff" to demand a field for our children. If the Recreation Dept has money from all those events run last year, why can't some of it be designated for our children to have a Softball Field in Matawan? Afterall, isn't that what the money is allocated for....our childrens' recreation? Instead of granting the request, the Council gave in what was best said in a line from the movie, "My Cousin Vinny", "Oh, a counter offer." Still no solution.
We commend the members of both Leagues and support their efforts. Their pleading with the Council, only fell on deaf ears. Is the Council forgetting that they are here to meet the needs of the Community, not dictate what those needs are?
Edgewater Drive Restricted Parking Ordinance
On February 11. 2008, the Council majority delayed the vote to permit more time for them to study the Street. Matawan's Traffic Safety Officer has spent considerable time and effort in his study of the situation and presented it to the Council for a decision. Three weeks have gone by since the initial introduction of this ordinance, and these people who serve the Borough need more time?
Planning & Zoning Board Appointment - In an unprecented move Councilman Will Malley called a Council vote on the appointment of Councilwoman Linda Clifton's appointment by the Mayor to the Planning & Zoning Board. Councilwoman Clifton graciously resigned and the majority Council nominated, voted and approved to replace her with Councilman Kevin Mendes. Wish they could move that fast when it comes to the Girls Softball League,Edgewater Drive Safety issues and the 2008 Budget!
Looking forward to seeing a Preliminary 2008 Budget from the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Michael Cannon. Purportedly all the appropiate people couldn't meet in time to put figures together as yet. We think the Budget is important enough that all concerned should make the time in lieu of political posturing.
Hope to see you all including the Girls Softball League at the Borough Councl meeting next week.....