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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other Things

It is my sincerely held belief that many of the brightest, most interesting people in town visit these pages and we are very fortunate that some of these folks occasionally send me their own research.  The information below was submitted by a reader who, like me, can’t understand how the Belmar Borough Council can pass 27 resolutions without any public comment being permitted.  He, like me, doesn’t buy the excuse that somehow the fact that it’s a reorganization meeting exempts the Council from having to hear questions and opinions from the public.  He wanted to see if that was accepted practice for our neighbors or if Belmar’s behavior is unique to Belmar, so he checked the reorganization meeting agendas for some other towns in the area.  Here is what he sent:


Asbury Park:

Happy New Year Belmar FWIW I attended Asbury Park’s inaugural/reorg meeting. The meeting was taped and there was a public session at the end of the meeting

Congratulations to Eileen Chapman, Yvonne Clayton and Amy Quinn.


Bradley Beach:

Public comments at the 2017 Bradley Beach meeting Jan 1



Manasquan had Audience participation at the Jan 3 2017 meeting.


Spring Lake:

Spring Lake had public comments at the reorg meeting.


Spring Lake Heights:

Spring Lake Heights had public comments at their reorg meeting


Wall Township:

Wall had public comments at their reorg meeting (note the residents in Wall get 7 minutes, interesting)



Neptune Twp had a brief meeting “Sine die” had to look that one up (with reference to business or proceedings that have been adjourned) with no appointed date for resumption. Learn something new every day. In addition they also provided for “PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR/PUBLIC COMMENTS”


Neptune City:

Neptune City encouraged public comments


Sea Girt:

Sea Girt provided for public comments



Avon.. I could not find the meeting agenda but as I have had the pleasure of chatting with Mayor John Magrini I would bet he would welcome public comments…. so  “one of these towns is not like the others….”



  1. Katrina wrote:

    Brian McGovern started to invite public comment at that meeting. Colleen cut him off at the knees. So we have another instance where our governing body folded to our administrator while Dorehty sat off to the side because of his pay 2 play violations. And we are to accept that??
    Oh and PS. How come I’m not invited to the BS party at the school?

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:27 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Dave, what meeting did Mark Kirschenbaum explain his experiences with Realty Appraisal Company?

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    I’d have to look for it.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  4. callmecynical wrote:

    And what about that “deal”, I think that was the word used, between the mayor and the assessor that Mr. Kirschenbaum referred to and the outrage by Robin Kirk at the allegation? Just framing a picture in my mind. The information is on the meeting video.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:58 am | Permalink

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