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Council Meeting Of May 19, 2015


  1. LoveTheShore wrote:

    Watched parts of tape. I find it hard to believe that this Governing Body is holding the Lake Como Project hostage and refuses to separate the projects using additional costs as an excuse. The Ordinance says the Finance Officer has authority to sell Notes. I would think that Legal/Accounting fees for financing would be minimal in the scheme of things and probably not til permanent bond financing after projects are done . Logic would be not to take any chances and additional time to lose grants and move forward to bid those projects. I don’t know what the Mayor was talking about having a FEMA grant for one Pavilion. I didn’t see it anywhere and he said employees are talking with FEMA. Ugh. If any part of the grant(s) are lost, it’s their fault, NOT THE RESIDENTS. BTW, has that Disaster Loan of almost $5 million that the Governing Body took out after Sandy been forgiven or any part of it forgiven? Heard that towns have to appeal to even get a partial reduction and percentages aren’t great. Don’t know if that is true or not. No tax increase is nice, but am concerned that the lawsuit, loan, debt, expenses etc., etc. that this possible creative financing by this Mayor and Governing Body is going to evidentially catch up with them or the next Body and it will be the residents who suffer in their pockets. Hope I am wrong. Love living here.

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm | Permalink
  2. Southie wrote:

    Belmar will not stand for anymore shenanigans from this administration. The residents can see right through the bullying and arrogance of the mayor. Attaching the Lake Como and Streetscape grants to the controversial pavilion issue just shows if the mayor doesn’t get what he wants he takes his ball and goes home.

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  3. Guest wrote:

    I would be furious if I lived along Lake Como. The mayor is holding this pipeline hostage for his pavilions. I hope someone on council has the courage to stand up for the residents along lake Como and do the right thing write separate ordinances. Those people’s property and safety is not worth the additional administrative costs to separate (the additional cost which the mayor didn’t know but based his decision on). At one point the mayor said bundling the two projects was worth it if the savings was only $1. While I believe he was joking I think that those people’s property and quality of life is worth some amount of additional cost if it reduces the risk of not moving forward with the project. I wish we could put to vote whether to split the lake Como project off of the ordinance for the pavilion to ensure our neighbors around lake como’s best interests are served.

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:33 pm | Permalink
  4. GUEST wrote:

    I wonder what Brian Wilton and the Lake Como council think?

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:24 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    #3 He is bundling the projects on purpose so the Unions and $$$ supporters get the Pavilions Jobs.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  6. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    This is known as a “rider.” They tag an unpopular bill (in this case the pavilions) on a popular one and hope that it’ll ride in on the shoulders of the popular bill. They do it everywhere, Washington, Trenton, and they’ve done it here as well. A few years ago, the crummy school board voted to disfranchise the voters from voting on the school budget. They did it by putting the disfranchisement on as a rider to the bill that moved the school board voting to the general election, supposedly to save money by not holding a separate school board and budget election. Now, the citizens never get to vote on the school budget anymore.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm | Permalink
  7. Cathi wrote:

    The Feds call it adding “PORK” to a bill.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm | Permalink
  8. wrote:

    Belmar is prime training ground for Matt’s D.C. career. (Chop the pork now!)

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

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