Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MAY COUNCIL MEETING




As expected, last night’s meeting was short and slam bam except for Rivers and Tolliver’s no vote on the Budget. River did give an explanation immediately after the vote was taken. When Tolliver belatedly tried to comment Council President Williams cut her off and told her she was now out of order and could make her comments when the Councilors had their moment at the meetings end.

The budget was accepted with an amendment to add $425377.20 in Grant funds.

Rivers and Tolliver continued to harper on the 11K salary increase (to the Superintendent of Recreation) as the overseer of the Senior Center. Smiley note that there was an Administrative change for efficiency and the Senior Center director now reported to Recreation not to the Director of Administration and Finances, The increase in salary was for Recreations extra workload. It should be noted that ever since her appointment Rivers and Tolliver have attacked the functioning of Recreation.

Tolliver also questioned again the 10K reserve fund in the budget.

Rivers continued her harangues about the Senior Center during the Councilors’ comment session refusing to yield the mike to President Williams and talking over her comments about Robert’s Rules and The President’s right to terminate discussion.

At that point Williams called for an adjournment vote which passed.

In the public comment period two speakers questioned the changes in procedures at the Senior Center. They remarked that supplies were late in coming, and that attendance had dropped off. An example was that where there used to be a 100 for the lunches there were now about 60. Other programs had seemed to have the same decrease in attendance.

Public Works Director Dabney’s response to a question why some road projects were awarded through the Morris County Co OPT and others via bidding through the City Engineer was not satisfactory. He claimed that the Copts contractors did only milling and repavements whereas the other contractors were responsible for curb and other pavements.

The next meeting is in June and after the primary election. It is possible that there will no longer be need for a vocal public advocate.

8 comments:

  1. Doc, keep holding their feet to the fire. Tolliver should consider resigning to avoid further embarrassment.
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  2. Why in the world would an eleven thousand dollar raise be given to the recreation superintendent. The senior citizen director has been doing the job by herself and doing a good job for years. Wow,Doc you are out of it. The recreation program is terrible , it is a joke, a bunch of fluff. Doc go see how many kids show up for these no interest programs. This is a total waste of taxpayers money, and one of the yes votes was a total conflict of interest.

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    1. Don't tell me I am out of it.I have not commented either for or against the 11K salary raise. I would say that the two have campaigned against the Superintendent ever since she was appointed. If Recreation is now a problem to you and them why was it not one previously when there were questions about its handling of finances? Since you are critical of me it would have been appropriate if you had signed your comment, You should thank me for posting it

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    2. Fluff? Is it the parent who decided the programs were fluff without putting the child in it to see if they might like it? If you don't expose them to new possibilities they will be limited to only striving to be a basketball player or other sport. There are plenty of sport programs in town. What is wrong with trying to expand interest. Is it because the parents are limited in their exposure? Try something new.

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  3. The Morris County Cooperative's contract is for "road resurfacing" not "reconstruction." I read through the specifications which are online and can affirm that the specs do not provide for major reconstruction of a road. There is a section for curbing replacement, but that, to me, appears to be for work that is incidental to the milling and road resurfacing. In my experience overseeing public works and engineering projects, this Co-op contract is consistent with the practices I've observed and utilized for many years while working for municipal government. Road reconstruction projects are always bid; they are usually too complex for the simple work specified in a cooperative contract.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Your comment is clearer than any answer I received Monday night.

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  4. Some people forget the suspect goings on in Recreation with the previous. People should know if they don't know that he got a 10k raise with no added responsibilities. I believe Bridget voted for that then. Also those seniors may have been misled. The person in charge has ALWAYS answered to someone. It should also be known that she (senior citizens) has her own budget to buy supplies. She just has to order it in a timely fashion.
    Senior citizens and the Municipal Alliance program is now under Rec. Did they know that Recreation wrote and won a grant for $25k specifically for the center? Sometimes people get sucked in by fake tears and false information before they do their homework behind the complaints. Don't allow yourself to be used.

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  5. And to follow up with 2:09 pm the Recreation Division wrote that grant not the Senior Center Unit head. The CBAC sees the budget and knows that the Senior Center has a budget for supplies and that it is up to the Unit head to get supplies. She let things go so much that the sewing room had broken machines that she did not bother to get fix. She sent those seniors to the council meeting to complain but when you tell half truths they end up holding a half empty bag. Councilwoman Rivers is out of line trying to get in the day to day operations, and she knows it. Slush funds, can't wait to see her election filings.She appointed her boyfriend to the CBAC but he didn't see any problems. Maybe because he was playing video games during all the meetings. If he didn't see a slush fund why is Bridget complaining. Why didn't Bridget question salaries during budget hearings when she had the Division heads there? This is just campaign smear time for her.

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