In Wednesday's Asbury Park Press and The Independent the residents of Matawan were informed that Matawan's hiring of professionals, i.e. engineers, planners, auditors and borough attorney were flawed. We suggest you read the articles and judge whether or not the former Mayor, Mary Aufseeser along with any Council Members who participated should pay the Borough for the monies that was misspent.
Aufseeser could not be reached for comment. Councilman Mullaney stated, "It's a pretty delicate situation." and "It wouldn't be proper for me to speak." Why not? It is time for the people responsible to step up to the plate and be accountable. Pay the Borough back the expended monies for the second and third request for RFQ's. Fess up, pay back, learn from your mistakes and move on. Any member of the Council who worked with Aufseeser on this matter should be held accountable. It doesn't matter what your party affiliation is, it was wrong for Aufseeser to interview attorneys after losing the Special Election. Have to agree with Mayor Buccellato the Democrats exposed the Borough to lawsuits. They should have known better.
Mayor Buccellato, in a statement said, "The timing of the presentation to the council and myself was done late when most residents left the meeting." "Given the short time I had to review the resolution, if there is an allegation placing blame on the former mayor, there really should be some sort of investigation."
Misspending of Borough funds should always be recovered and wrongdoing should be addressed, in order to prevent this type of spending from happening again.
What do you residents say? Do you think Aufseeser along with any council member who participated, should pay back Matawan? Do you think she did this on her own? If so, why do you think she would have done it? She had already lost the election.