Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Edgewater Park Loses a Good Citizen, Joh
Edgewater Park lost a good citizen and neighbor yesterday morning. John Burns after a long fight with illness, has moved on to his next life. John was active in many aspects of our community and a dedicated watchdog of our local officials. He was a past member of the School Board, Fire Commission and many other community organizations. He will be missed. Pearl we wish your and your family our prayers with your loss.
If John was younger, I know he would have created his own blog to inform the residents as to what our local officials were doing, and his thoughts on their performance. I didn't always agree with John, but he never took our differences personally. He always enjoyed a good debate. God bless you John and we will miss you.
Edgewater Park Reporter
I would like to add a few announcements pertaining to some local stories;
Tomorrow night 7 PM at the Ridgway Middle School, the local Republican Party will be having a Meet the Candidates Night with the Burlington County Republican Party Candidates, Chris Myers for Congress, Gary Woodend for County Clerk, Aubrey Fenton and Stacey Jordan for Freeholder. I hope you take the time to meet and ask questions of these candidates. I think this is the first time Edgewater Park has had candidates in town at the same time to meet our residents.
Township officials will be meeting today, with some Arthur Drive residents about complaints about the repaving project. It appears that the township is looking to cut cost and has decided not to replace all damaged curbs or driveway aprons. It seems that standards for replacement are different for each property. You need to contact the Administrator if you think your curb and driveway are being overlooked.
The Township Committee will wait to introduce the 2008 Budget till July. Committee claims they think the State may reinstate the State Aid cuts, but the real reason is that they know the best time to announce a large tax increase is summer, when a lot of residents are away on vacation and can't attend a budget meeting. Committee will also claim the large tax hike, is a result of the increased school tax. The school tax increase is a result of the voters approving the School Budget in April and is added to your 2008 3rd and 4th quarter tax bill. If you have been following the budget announcement's for other communities, most have introduced their budgets.
The Sewer Authority is moving to the shopping center on the corner of Cooper and Green Streets. I will be posting a copy of the Sewer Authorities 2007 Audit Report in a future post. You can see for yourself the increased cost of their operating and legal cost. This, along with the cost for moving, will require a large sewer rate increase in the near future. You need to attend the Sewer meeting and question members why they are letting this happen. This criticism on Authority spending isn't Democrat/Republican politics. The Sewer Authority has been controlled by the Democrats for the past several years, but Mayor Hall has replaced those Democrats who are not part of her click with Democrats who are. Mayor Hall appointed Jim Hall, Jim Daly, David Levay and Darren Atzert who resigned and replaced by Geraldine Wing. These new members are responsible for the increases due to their bad judgements and willingness to be controlled by the Township Administrator and Mayor. The Sewer Authority has always been independent since its founding in the 1950s. We in Edgewater Park have enjoyed one of the lowest Sewer Rates in the State, but this will change shortly. The Township Committee is also looking to increase the use of the Authority's money for their own spending and projects. So hold on to your wallet, you will now enjoy the Township Committee's increasing your Property Tax by a large amount, you can also enjoy Mayor Hall's appointed Sewer Board Member's large Sewer Rate increase, after all they think our taxes are not as bad as some other towns in the county. Just ask Tom Pullion.
The Beverly Bee will no longer be mailed to your home, unless as last month someone pays for it. I want to thank the person or organization that paid to have the May edition mailed. The township will no longer pay for the postage.
In the April edition of the Beverly Bee, Mayor Hall stated that "Edgewater Park residents are facing a state of emergency that was not anticipated." She further states that the Township Committee "expected to be rewarded for our efficiency". What efficiency? Just check the increased cost for operating the township and look at the increased borrowing. So much for Committee's definition of "efficiency".
I have also noticed when we have gun shoots fired or bad accidents in town the BCT no longer reports on them. Whats up with that. If we were Burlington City, well I will say no more, just look at your old editions of the BCT.
The Edgewater Park Reporter