Here are the ways they are saving us money(sic.)
Appointment of Borough Attorney - Jerald Zaro, Esq. - Ansel, Zaro, Grimm & Aaron. Replacement for Pasquale Menna, Esq. There is still a question as to how Ansel, Zaro, et al, knew of Mr. Menna's prices for the position of Borough Attorney?
Appointment of Labor attorney- The Arnette Firm - Scott C. Arnette, Esq. Why have a Labor attorney when the Council doesn't bother to follow the Collective Bargaining Agreements? Or is this for when Matawan gets sued by other Borough Employees who don't get the "cushy" package received by others outside of the Collective Bargaining Contract?Appointment of Redevelopment Attorney/Appointment of Environmental Attorney -William W. Northgrave, Esq., McManimon & Scotland, LLC. Hey a double header!You might remember them from the Monmouth County Democratic Party case when Bunyon dropped out of running for Council and the Party sued and won to put Mike Cannon on the ballot. Why are we appointing for a second year, the same Redevelopment Attorney when no Redevelopment is expected? What non-productive work was done last year? Don't recall any progress being made on the Redevelopment Program. This is definitely appearing to be payback. Why else would the Democratic majority want to appoint the same attorneys again and just in case there is no progress on the Redevelopment Plan , they threw in the Environmental for extra measure. Talk about hedging your bets.
What environmental issues are there in Matawan to warrant hiring of an Environmental attorney? Oh that's right we forgot, is this payback for the Monmouth County Democratic Party's financial support? How much more must we taxpayers payback? When does it end?
Appointment of Borough Planner - Maser Consulting -Joseph J. Layton, PP. AICP. We
already had a Study done by Beacon Planners. That report was originally paid for with our tax dollars, lost (only former Mayor Mary Aufseeser and Council Bud Mullaney reported receiving the Report) and we have yet to utilize the plans from that Report. Now the Council wants to hire another Planner to do WHAT? Save us money.....we don't think so! Implement the Beacon Study before any more Reports, Studies, Surveys are done. Let us get our monies worth.
Some other Resolutions to be voted on will be:
Rejection and Re-bid of Water Quality Test
Authorizing the Parade Route for Memorial Day Parade
Approving the Discharge of Fireworks in the Borough to celebrate Independence Day
Authorizing the Hiring of a Part Time Recreation Director
Authorizing the appointment of Summer Program Assistant Director, Summer Recreation Program 2008
Approving funds for Flowers for Downtown Beautification
Authorizing Police Dept to administer Examination for Lieutenant
Authorizing Mayor to Proceed to Execute and Implement the Current Proposed Negotiated Agreement with the IBEW. Why bother, when the Personnel Committee makes individual agreements without the authorization of the Council?
We will say one thing for this Council, they sure know how to spend money. But remember they are doing what is best for you and you will appreciate them....Kinda makes us think of "Big Brother."
They just don't get it. Council members were voted in (excluding Bunyon, who was appointed) and can be voted out! They can also be recalled by petition, just like citizens are presently signing for Corzine.
If any of this spending bothers you, by all means come to a Borough Council Meeting and speak. We are aware that work, children, etc., take much of your time. However, your silence is interpreted as you approve of how the Council is spending your tax dollars.
Lastly, we will be interested in hearing where they are getting the money for all these attorneys, planners, etc.
Hope to see you there.