Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday night's Tinton Falls BOE meeting produced lively discussion on whether to make the switch and who should have the authority to do so.
In the end, the decision to move school elections from April to November for the Tinton Falls School District was passed by its board by only one vote. Monday's board of education meeting, which was attended by the borough's mayor and administrator, was filled with plenty of discussion on the issue, as well as the borough council's vote to move the elections and resulting comments on online news sites. TFBOE Approves the Move, Voting 5 to 4 in Favor Members of the board of education debated the pros and cons of the switch, which also eliminated the annual school budget vote, before approving the resolution 5 to 4 at their Feb. 13 meeting. Among the issues discussed were the potential costs or savings to the district; the implications of …
Friday, February 10, 2012
"The issue isn't the vote," said Board President Peter Karavites, "it was the procedure."
Although the Tinton Falls Borough Council voted Tuesday night at its meeting to move school elections to November, the resolution was not supported by one member who said he felt the decision should be made by the school board. "I'm uncomfortable," said Steven Schertz, a council member who has served two terms on the school board, before the vote. "I feel we are ramming this decision down the school board." The borough should support the school board's decision, said Schertz, not impose it. All other members of the borough council voted in favor of the move. Municipalities have until Feb. 17 to decide whether to move elections to November and eliminate the annual vote on the school budget, provided it stays within a two-percent cap. The …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Council will also support moving school elections to November
Tinton Falls' mayor will present the 2012 budget and discuss contributing factors at the borough council's regular meeting on Tuesday night. Mayor Michael Skudera' presentation will include: Also on the meeting's agenda is a resolution authorizing the move of the district's annual school board elections from April to November at both the elementary and high school levels. Skudera told Patch in an e-mail that the borough's recent move of its municipal elections to November resulted in cost savings and increased voter turnout and he felt school board elections would see similar benefits if moved. The Tinton Falls Board of Education will discuss moving elections at its Feb. 13 meeting.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The borough council approved an ordinance setting salaries for 2012.
The Tinton Falls Borough Council passed an ordinance at its Jan. 17 meeting approving salaries for department heads, mayor and council members for 2012. The ordinance states that certain non-union salaries must be adopted by ordinance for statutory employees, department heads and elected officials. According to the ordinance, collective bargaining agreements froze salaries for two years in exchange for increases going into effect on Dec. 31, 2011 and July 1, 2012. The approved salaries are as follows:
Monday, January 9, 2012
Borough officials gave updates of some of the ongoing issues for the community at the Jan. 3 council meeting.
The first meeting of the year for the Tinton Falls Borough Council on Jan. 3 brought with it a number of updates on ongoing issues for the borough. Borough Engineer David Marks told the mayor and council that the contract for the job had been awarded to Compass Construction and that work would begin the week of Jan. 16. The project is expected to take about three to four weeks, said Marks. The job will require a temporary deenergizing of the overhead power lines in the neighborhood, according to Marks, causing power outtages for residents. He said those affected would be notified in advance by the borough with details. Borough Administrator Gerald M. Turning, Sr. said he visits Fox Chase every day at around 10 a.m. to assess the number of …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
New council member Christopher Pak is sworn in
The new year brought one new face to the Tinton Falls Borough Council on Tuesday at its reorganization meeting, which included a swearing-in of council members, the selection of council president and deputy president and appointments to various municipal boards and committees. Three council members who had ran unopposed in November were sworn in at the Jan. 3 meeting to begin their four-year terms. Christopher Pak joined council members up on the dais and fills the seat recently vacated by Andy Mayer, who chose not to run for reelection in the fall. Gary Baldwin, who was also selected to serve as council president, returns to that role in his second term on council. Steven Schertz, who joined the council eight months ago and filled a …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Departing Councilman Andy Mayer recognizes all who guided him during his three-year tenure
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Dear Tinton Falls Friends and Neighbors, Tuesday, Dec. 20 was my last borough council meeting. I chose not to run for reelection during the recent election in November, and my current term expires at the end of 2011. I am proud to have served the last three years and one month, since I was elected to the seat vacated by Brendan Tobin. First and foremost, I really need to thank one person for tolerating my time of service on council, and that is my wife, Lisa. She’s the one that got to hear all about each council meeting when I came home afterwards, and trust me she often got an earful. I also wish to thank my daughters, Nicole and Lauren as well as my sons, Bryan and Alex; they have been great supporters of me throughout this whole …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mayer opted not to run for reelection after completing his three-year term on council and says he's probably "more of an activist than a politician."
With a nod to his family for their support and invoking George Washington and Cicero in his closing speech, Andy Mayer stepped down from the Tinton Falls Borough Council on Tuesday. The councilman opted not to run for reelection in the fall as his three-year term drew to a close, and said that he sees himself as "more of an activist than a politician." He said the difference is that a politician declares a river to be dirty whereas an acitivist wants to clean it up. "I want to clean up the river," said Mayer. Council President Gary Baldwin commended Mayer for his "unrelenting desire to reduce (government) spending. "He was always asking the tough questions," said Baldwin of his fellow councilman. "But those questions were always good and …