It was good to witness the Council working together to bring a matter to completion. Mayor Buccellato conducted a productive meeting last night. Councilman Bunyon recommended Matawan adopt the same ordinance as Eatontown with a few modifications. This was seconded by Councilman Mullaney. Councilwoman Clifton encouraged the Council to make a decision and bring the matter to fruition. All members agreed and it was decided to take each item line by line in order to modify the Ordinance to meet the needs of Matawan. Mayor Buccellato then proceeded to read and request discussion from the Council as to modifications. All in all this went very well and an Ordinance should be ready by the next Borough Council meeting on March 4th.
Councilman Bunyon decision to start with the Ordinance instead of the Recreation Director position as the Agenda read was not met with any opposition. The Recreation Director position was put on hold until the Budget is presented to Council. It is the opinion of Councilman Cannon that this position must be part time with a salary as yet to be determined by the constraints of the Budget. Which by the way doesn't look good. Councilman Cannon is trying to do a good job for the people of Matawan, however, he is met with demands from other Council members to spend, spend, spend.
How can you possibly mention Gravelly Brook Park renovation when the Borough has more pressing matters to address. The Water Filtration system, the Police/Court Building, Fire Department and First Aid equipment needs, to name a few.
A small amount of politicking was evidenced by Councilman Mendes but the discussion was brought back to focus on the matter at hand by the Mayor. A good lesson is to be learned here, this Mayor runs a meeting without political agendas and tries to keep the focus on the issues.
Overall a job well done by Mayor Buccellato and the Council. It is amazing what they can accomplish when they work together.