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Another Special Election Coming?

The deadline has passed.  The Council had until October 31 to formally accept the petition’s stipulation that the pro-union language at question be kept from our bidding ordinances.  Since the deadline for “adequate notice” of a meeting tomorrow has passed, the option to accept the petitions is no longer on the table.

The Falkner Act will now require a referendum on the matter.

Jim Bean obviously would never reintroduce such language but I believe even if he wins the election the Falkner Act will still require a referendum.  Under Bean it would be a formality and there probably wouldn’t need to be a special election.  He has stated that if it’s necessary to have a referendum he will try to include it on the June primary ballot so there’s no cost to the taxpayers.

Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly has already announced the mayor’s intention to reintroduce some sort of “responsible bidder” ordinance and it’s pretty certain Doherty won’t wait until June to get the referendum out of his way.  He is going to put us through another special election.

If he wins next week, this stuff is never going to end.


  1. VITO CORLEONE wrote:

    If he wins it is time to sell and leave town

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:34 am | Permalink
  2. Bill Straus wrote:

    No Vito if Doherty wins we will exercise our power and stop him. We have all the tools to now make them listen you will learn how very soon.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink
  3. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    In Law We Trust …. when you can’t trust the unreasonable regime:
    It took the threat of litigation from environmentalists to persuade the regime to use U.S.A. recycled material for the boardwalk reconstruction …. instead of rainforest lumber …. and save $700K taxpayer money, PR and eliminate barefoot splinters.
    It took a lawsuit to thwart the regime’s power grab attempt to privatize the Belmar beachfront and deprive Belmartians of any say in development.
    It took the Faulkner Act to stop the $7M hemorrhaging of taxpayer money for monstrosity pavilions …. including buddy engineers and contractors.
    It took a lawsuit to expose the regime’s meddling with the “Responsible Bidder Ordinance” …. between readings.
    Now, it is necessary to use the Faulkner Act (again) to communicate to the regime that Belmar Taxpayers don’t want to bankroll a construction labor apprenticeship program …. without tangible benefit.
    Lawyers are necessary tools when people are unreasonable weasels …. the regime can only blame itself for turning our beautiful beach into an attorney sandbox …. when elected officials disregard the Law …. Taxpayers pay.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink
  4. guest wrote:

    The number of yard signs being displayed for both candidates look to be significantly down from years past. I think overall the town is growing tired of politics in Belmar.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  5. DR ZAIUS wrote:

    The town people are tired of all that man/women throw at them. Read what Creamer has to say. What a disgrace …This town is out of control

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

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