Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

May 31, 2015

Maybe He Should Have Read The Petitions First

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Everyone in town received this letter from the mayor yesterday.  I really wish he would provide an electronic version of his letters on the borough website.  As it is I had to scan it and then chop it into 7 pieces in order to pick it apart.  If you click on any of the little pieces it will bring you to a scan of the whole letter, unchopped up.

We’ll start with the beginning:

letter1So far it’s very good.  He should have left it at that.letter2Yay!letter3Maybe he should thank the hard working American taxpayer for actually creating the wealth that these politicians can take and use to make themselves look good.letter4If there is a person in town who is opposed to the pipe being installed I would like the mayor to identify him or her.  And if the petitioners were still “in the process of creating a petition” how would he have any idea what was in it?  He obviously didn’t know what was being prepared and should have waited to see before saying such a nasty thing about these people.

You see, you can’t petition to change an ordinance, only to stop an ordinance or to create an ordinance.  So the petitioners have prepared two petitions and signers have to sign both.  One stops the ordinance for the Lake Como/Streetscape projects that also contains an appropriation for the overpriced Taylor pavilion plan that was nixed by the voters last year.  The other proposes an ordinance that is basically the same as the original ordinance but with the appropriations for Taylor pavilion removed.  Anyone who would oppose this proposed new ordinance would be against fixing Lake Como.

letter4 copyFortunately none of the petitioners are mute and they will be able to explain why this is not true.letter5Anyone who is asked to sign a petition is supposed to call him?  Is he going to answer hundreds of phone calls?  And what is he going to do about it…call the police?letter6Sincerely?  If he was really being sincere he would have mentioned that it is the unpopular Taylor pavilion plan that the petitioners are trying to stop, not the Lake Como project.

Anyway, here are the two petitions:Scan 5 Scan 6This petition has attached to it the 5 page proposed new ordinance which, like I said, is basically the original ordinance but without Taylor.  If the mayor wants to create a separate ordinance for Taylor he can go ahead and do it but there will probably be petitions collected against it.

Maybe They Mean The Color Of The Curtains

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This morning’s front page of the borough’s website:

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If you click on the image you’ll go to the “send us your ideas” page.  There you can see all the suggestions that were made last year and ignored.  Also ignored is the results of last year’s special election.  The pavilion ordinances that will be passed on Wednesday are for the exact same buildings at the exact same price as the ones that were rejected by a 57 to 43 plurality last year.

Last Week

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May 30, 2015

Feel The Love

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May 29, 2015

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May 28, 2015

Tom Volker Named Belmar Citizen Of The Year…..

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….And joins George Komitas and Clair Deicke as one of Belmar’s Immortals.



Personally I don’t think we should have such a thing as “Citizen of the Year”.  I think it’s divisive, really serves no purpose except for the politics of it and the whole thing just seems kind of stupid.  But if we had to have such a thing I think Frannie Hines would have been a good choice this year.

(BTW, not that I would ever have accepted but I heard a few people submitted my name and that their suggestions never made it up on to the Facebook page for some reason.)

May 27, 2015

Broadco Suit Dismissed Without Prejudice

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Which means they can re-institute the suit if they want to comply with the discovery requirements.


Click on it to read it.

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deRouville fights on and refuses offer to settle:


Again, click below.  This one contains transcripts of the depositions.  Pretty interesting stuff.

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Vehicular Homicide Charge In 2014 Connolly Station Altercation

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May 26, 2015

Press Covers!

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Click on the image to link to the article.

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What Do The People Want?

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One pavilion?  Two pavilions? No pavilions?

We certainly know what they don’t want.  They don’t want the plan that was soundly defeated in last summer’s special election and that has been reintroduced unchanged and attached to a very important infrastructure project that everybody wants done.

When I was out last year campaigning for a “no” vote in the special election I heard a lot of opinions about the pavilions.  There were many folks who thought that the plans the mayor proposed were ok but feared that the cost included a lot of goodies for the laborers union and the electrical workers union.  Having union members campaigning and paying for campaign materials only served to reinforce that belief.

Still others thought the buildings were bigger or fancier than they needed to be.  Many thought we should only build what we can legally pay for without taking out long term bonds.  The mayor’s suggestion to those who want to build, but for less, is for them to go out and hire their own architect, have plans made, and present those plans for the Council to summarily shoot down.  The mayor says he wants to run Belmar like a business, but no business would say that to their customers.  Maybe we’re not the people he considers to be his customers.

A surprising number of people I spoke with wanted only one pavilion or no pavilions.  This is not an unpatriotic viewpoint.  Nobody gave as a reason for opposing the reconstruction that they hated Belmar and were against its recovery.  To the contrary, they thought the beach looked beautiful and natural the way it is and didn’t want to clutter it up with big buildings.  Actually I have to wonder if the mayor loves Belmar so much, why does he want to redevelop the whole damn town from one corner to the other?

It’s too bad that the primary is only a week away.  Had the mayor decided to bring back his pavilion plan a few months ago maybe we could have had on the primary ballot a public question about what people actually want up on the boardwalk.  Now we would have to have a special election.

Maybe it would be worth it.

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