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Maybe He Should Have Read The Petitions First

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.


  1. linlee wrote:

    NOT every Belmar resident received the Mayor’s letter yesterday (speaking as one taxpaying, registered voter), and I appreciate knowing about this latest grossly deceptive mayoral ploy. In addition to signing the petitions currently in circulation, I urge our community of neighbors to come together and attend this Wednesday’s meeting. In light of what has/does happen in Belmar I often feel a sense of futility that things will ever change, but I also believe a strong physical presence will best demonstrate this town’s majority cohesion and dedication to (1) expedite and complete the urgent Lake Como project, (2) our refusal to accept further bullying and manipulation from the Mayor and Council members despite a clear, legal resident vote and mandate on August 19, 2014, and (3) our interest in developing a fiscally responsible plan for the future development of our town.

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    WE should start a petition to remove these rascals out and have a new election!!!!!!

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink
  3. Oy vey wrote:

    The people have a right to use petitions. Why is the town so eager to shut down the voice of the residents?

    Fix Lake Como, and take the pavilion out of that scheme. Why must every issue involve so much spin from the town? Vexing.

    Spread the word to attend the council meeting. Call the media too.

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm | Permalink
  4. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Lake Como flood hazard reduction is a PRIORITY …. that doesn’t need to be mixed in the Pavilion sauce.

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:30 pm | Permalink
  5. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Why is the town so eager to shut down the voice of the residents?
    Because they fear the people.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:12 am | Permalink
  6. Cathi wrote:

    Contact the representatives mentioned in this letter (Singer, Kean, Rible and Smith) to let them know Mayor Doherty is thanking them for their support of the $6 Mil Lake Como grant with a request to “bundle” bond the Pavilion projects as well. The bond which the Belmar residents already voted AGAINST.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:05 am | Permalink
  7. Guest wrote:

    Mayor, release the grants for Lake Como and Main Street revitalization. The south end of town needs to have repairs completed and their homes protected.

    Then have an open discussion with the town about the Taylor pavilion and bring with you documentation of reimbursement amounts from all sources, specific plans for usage, and operating costs. There is a restaurant inside what process will be used to determine the amount of the lease concession. Have you already picked the restaurant? Will there be an open and fair bidding process so the town earns the most revenue possible.

    You decided to spend well over 1 million dollars on engineering plans for three ridiculous two-story pavilions. You need to explain yourself and how this debt will be paid.

    You don’t rule us, you work for us, plain and simple. And by the way, put parking meters on both sides of Ocean Avenue and stop causing so much controversy. It is you, who is trying to divide us but that’s not going to happen.

    We love Belmar, we pay taxes to live here and want it to be the best shore town. We will fight to get what is best for the community.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:46 am | Permalink
  8. Guest wrote:

    “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” – Nancy Pelosi

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:09 am | Permalink
  9. Don't Forget wrote:

    If you challenge any of their ideas you are a racist, a woman hater, a this and a that. They will never praise Carly For her desire to be President, etc etc. What a bunch of Phonies.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 9:18 am | Permalink
  10. elemental wrote:

    Let’s hope Doherty was “hoisted by his own petard.” (Meaning: Injured by the device that one intends to use to injure others.)

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    10 Elemental, not to worry what goes around comes around. They will eventually get what they deserve.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  12. Cathi wrote:

    Who does Mayor Doherty represent anyway?

    The Public Hearing for the bond will be on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00pm at 601 Main Street in Belmar.

    The grant will reimburse the town after construction so the project costs would first need to be bonded by Belmar. This bond will be introduced this coming Tuesday at the meeting of Mayor & Council.

    What you don’t hear is how it’s tied to the construction of the Pavilions too. Don’t let the Mayor & Council hold the Lake Como Grant award hostage. Belmar voted NO to borrowing Millions to build pavilions.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
  13. admin wrote:

    The Meeting is Wednesday because of the primary Tuesday.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  14. Cathi wrote:

    Notice of meeting and Agenda not yet posted on Belmar site??

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    It’s a secret.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  16. sweetiepieface wrote:

    WHAT???? sub rosa in Belmar… NEVER

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm | Permalink
  17. Guest wrote:

    When will the town remove the carnival food trucks? I find them some of them very seedy looking.

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  18. GUEST wrote:

    #17 don’t be confused that if and when the pavilions go up the food trucks will leave. The town is getting rent for these trucks and I don’t think the current administration will give up those dollars just because they have pavilion space to rent. They are most likely here to stay!

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

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