I guess my crystal ball was a pint short. Other then the normal mundane township business, the only good news was that they hired another police officer. Talking a long time getting this PD staffing up to snuff but its getting there. As long as they staff and then maintain at least 24 PATROLMEN and don’t go ballistic at the last minute and handout promotions like candy on Halloween, the department should be in good shape with just a few more hires. It would be a nice change of pace to have more patrolmen on the road then Captains and Lieutenants in headquarters on any given shift. At present, with Deputy Chief White retiring and his position removed from the Table of Organization, they’ll have 28 men and women with six more still needed.
I remember when I listened to Chief Kugler and Dep. Chief White make their staffing presentation to the mayor and council some six months ago, they were seriously looking into changing to 12 hour shifts. If I remember correctly there would be four patrol shifts of six officers, 1 Lt., 1 Sgt., and 4 patrolmen. That is 24 officers right there. The chief would be 25, and three Captains, 28 in total. There used to be only 2 Captains, one to head the patrol division and one for the Detective Division. Without the additional six officers still needed there can’t be any detectives so obviously those officers would have to be pulled from patrol. The present 28 men and women still can’t cut it if we were to be honest. No school recourse officer, or Community Service Officers. It is getting closer to the time when things will be better, its just painfully slow. The Chief, Dep. Chief and PSD D’Arminio have done their best considering who they had to deal with for the past four years. Let’s just hope the new administration can fix in a shorter amount of time what the past administration took 4 years to screw up.
The reason there was not a dog and phony show last night might have been because Mayor Chamberlame did not show up for the meeting. Some one said she was just practicing for January.
Why is it that every time an administration changes the TV station goes back into Moth Balls only to spend more money to revive it yet never returns as good as it first was? Here we go again!
Isn’t it going to be just peachy keen when come January 1st 2015 THIS kind of notoriety will be long gone from local newspapers?
I know, I know, it isn’t over till the fat lady sings and our fat lady of the day still has enough time to belt out an entire opera so it would not be wise to count our chickens before they hatch. But unlike the Phantom of the Opera there will be no love loss here come January.
There may very well be other feuds between the new mayor and council but none will be as contentious, long lasting, or downright damaging. Horary! Long live the Queen (in Florida)
True to the way this administration has done most things for the past four years, they stick to their tried and true method of not letting you know about what is happening until the very last minute once again.
I am referring to their Special Council meeting on November 24th, 7 pm at Townhall. This special meeting was mentioned at their regular October council meeting however since Mr. Halko decided to not tape this meeting, most residents are probably not aware or it. And of course as of this posting, Friday, November 21, 2014 there is still no mention of it on the townships official website other then a blurb within their calendar mentioning a meeting but with no further details. It is in the Townships official newspaper that I’m sure you check daily. Boy do I hope this kind of lack of attention to their residents changes come January 1st! We’ll see.
Anyway, to the best of my knowledge this meeting is meant to cover existing issues with Veterans Field among other things. Frankly since the ordinance has already been passed I’m not quite sure why they have a need to dig it all up again but I guess we will find out soon enough.
They intend to discuss a nepotism ordinance. Guess they liked that idea when Mayor Elect Bob White suggested it. And since Conte can’t get his son anymore raises, what the hell!!
I also wonder if we will all be presented with a few surprises. Total conjecture on my part with absolutely no ‘inside’ information, I wouldn’t put it past them to announce a promotion or two, maybe within the D.P.W. or a opening for Sergeant in the P.D. After all politically this would be the time for Chamberlame and the outgoing council to ‘take care’ of their donors and supporters. But again I have no information that would support my allegations. And of course they still have December to play with.
Suffice it to say this meeting like the past two will not be televised. So if you’d like to see and learn for yourself you’d have no choice but to actually attend the meeting. I’m sure they will post the agenda sometime Monday when few will get to see it.
39 more days.
Lets see, with only 44 days remaining in the Chamberlame administration, are we now to assume there will be more gotcha, take that, up yours, to say nothing of just plain contentious moves, hiring, and general muck-it-up antics? Ordinarily I would lean towards saying no but apparently we’re not dealing with the ‘ordinary’ here. The mayor decides to hire a dispatcher who has not submitted an application or been vetted. Protocol, and I would assume the law, dictates any applicant for that position would have to have his/her background investigated. Chamberlame knows that. Yet she for reasons only known to her decides to circumvent the law anyway. This seems to open the floodgates for litigation if you ask me. So why put the Township in this position when she is losing hers? I truly can’t come up with a viable answer to that. I guess that answer is obvious to some but when you try to give a person the benefit of the doubt you need some kind of feasible retort but I just can’t find any. Guessing someone’s motives without any substantiated facts is just a guess. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it’s a duck is but one-way to resolve this perplexing move. You just can’t help but wonder what moves are around the corner.
And then we have the apparent shutdown of the TV station. Nothing official of course but still apparent since Councilman Halko is no longer uploading meetings to YouTube or bothering to record the November meeting leaving little belief that Decembers or the Reorganization meetings will be covered either. Did he forgo his stipend for the last two months since the TV was the reason he was taking it?
As I have said before, we can all understand the disappointment felt by Chamberlame, Halko, and Conte. After all they did their best for years and apparently their best was not good enough. Or maybe, just maybe, as with most politicians, they usually don’t have a particularly long shelf life. They gave their best to this community doing what they believed to be the right thing for all. While you can argue its merits you really can’t argue that they didn’t do what they believed. If they in fact did that for the past 46 months then why not also do it for the two remaining months. I would think it harder to go out with your tail between your legs then holding your head up high being proud of your accomplishments.
44 days to go that’s all. 44 days left to show you always held the best interests of Saddle Brook close to your heart. Rise above the disappointment in your gut and show everyone they made the right choice when they voted for and elected you in the first place.
The residents deserved and expected no less from all of you for 48 months, not 46.