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Things To Object To Tuesday Night:

Well, the three main things.

1)  The “Responsible Bidder” ordinance.   Responsible to who?  Us?

2)  The hiring of a $4000/mo consultant for Colleen Connolly, our borough administrator.

Her name is Megan Downing.  A Google search came up with this resume.  I believe it is hers.

You may recall that Ms. Connolly, whose close-to six figure salary is one of the highest in the area, started here as a consultant to Bill Young, whose close-to six figure salary was one of the highest in the area.  (You also may recall that Robbin Kirk did a perfectly acceptable job of it and we were only paying her $30,000.)  No mention was made, either publicly or in closed-session (ha ha) that we were even looking for an aide for Mr. Young.  But the person that we hired, Ms. Connolly, just happened to be a co-worker with Xxxxxx Xxxxx in Jon Corzine’s office.  (Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe they were also college room mates.)

Again, no mention was made either publicly or in closed session (ha ha) that we were even looking for a consultant to assist Ms. Connolly.

  3)  Public hearing on the $118,700 proposed budget for…….

The Sid-Red


  1. Tom Burke wrote:

    It is my feeling that the manner in which something is presented to people goes a long way toward influencing the reaction to the content of the message.

    “Things to object to….” Is a rather foreboding comment isn’t it? In the presenting of the three things in this blog, no verbiage is included for why these items should be objected to.
    I would agree that questions need to be asked. Answers need to be forthcoming to be sure. I even agree that all three items are not seemingly in the best interest of the Belmar taxpayers and residents. But, I continue to be concerned of the continued presentation of concerns or issues in such a contemptuous manner.
    I think the author of this blog has some degree of responsibility to go beyond being scornful of so many local issues. From past posts to this blog we have seen factual presentations that help the reader make an educated opinion on an issue. Yet, in my opinion, when a local concern arises, all too often an approach of disdain is taken. Let’s deal with just the facts and do it in a civil manner. Given the proper facts, I trust the majority of the people will make educated intelligent decisions.
    Being critical, but with well thought out reasoning is acceptable. If it is suggested that I be against something, I want a presentation suggesting as to why I should feel that way. Short of that isn’t it just an attempt in promoting disdain and scorn?
    The current degree of continued negativity presented is resented by a vast majority of the residents of Belmar. Why can we not be less scornful in addressing the issues at hand? This attitude needs to go beyond what I or others write or say, we all need the return of civility in finding solutions or direction.
    Remember our 2013 Republican campaign slogan ‘Let’s move Belmar Forward Together’?

    Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    I’ve written dozens of stories outlining my objections to the SID and suggesting alternatives. Unless I have anything new to add, which I presently don’t, I’m not going write any more about it.

    And what you might call contemptuous, disdainful or scornful, I might call snarky or sarcastic. It may occasionally be over the top but taking chances keeps it interesting.

    Anyway, I do this only to have some fun and maybe provide some information and entertainment to those who are interested. I don’t profess to speak for or represent any other people or groups.

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:27 am | Permalink
  3. Tom Burke wrote:

    Snarky = rudely sarcastic or disrespectful.
    That is what my dictionary says… I guess we agree, that is what you are presenting, and calling it entertainment.

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:52 am | Permalink
  4. Time To Question wrote:

    What does Megan Downing do? What has her consulting services done for the Borough? What’s going to happen when her contract expires? Someone should be asking these questions.

    Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

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