19 Jan Borough Special Meeting 1-23-2020
January 19, 2020
To all CTWWW Members and Neighbors,
Two recent decisions by the leaders of West Wildwood were of great concern to us and, as we will explain in this notice, ought to be of great concern to you. It is important that you understand the implications and costs associated with both of these choices made by Mayor Fox and Commissioners Golden and Korobellis.
First, a $1,750,000 bond ordinance is being read at a public hearing on January 23rd at 9AM. It is suggested that the money will be used for sewer improvements.
While there is nothing out of line with the advertisement for the bond, it is imperative that the borough includes specific details outlining how the money will be spent. These written details should also include the scope of work with estimates from the contractors.
Why is this interesting? Because in the last 18 months, there has been no mention of the bond at any borough meeting, despite the topic of sewer issues being discussed frequently.
More importantly, there are only two ways the bond can be repaid. Either by an increase in property taxes or an increase in sewer costs.
Both of which will affect you, the taxpayers of West Wildwood.
If possible, please attend the January 23rd meeting at 9AM at borough hall. Formal meeting details appeared in the Cape May Herald on January 16, 2020 and are listed below.
Secondly, Mayor Fox hired Mary Bitner as full time legal counsel for our small borough, at a salary of $60,000 plus benefits, and stated that her private practice will be stopped.
Other municipalities that are about the same size as West Wildwood do not employ a full-time counsel. Stone Harbor (pop. 811) doesn’t. Wrightstown (pop. 778) doesn’t. Barnegat Light (pop. 588) doesn’t. It is just not necessary for our borough (pop. 780) to have one.
Mayor Fox and Commissioner Golden have repeatedly ignored taxpayer concerns in pursuit of questionable decisions like this one.
These added expenses, which include an unnecessary salary we cannot support and a bond that cannot be repaid without an increase in charges to the taxpayers, are just the latest ways they have mismanaged the borough’s finances.
Your attendance at the upcoming meeting is vital to preserving our input in leading the borough and protecting your taxpayer dollars from unnecessary expenses like this one.
Thank you for your continued support.
The CTWWWW Advisory Council
Taken from Cape May Herald – January 16, 2020
BOROUGH OF WEST WILDWOOD
SPECIAL MEETING – JANUARY 23, 2020
CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
THIS SPECIAL MEETING WAS CALLED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE OPEN PUBLIC MEETING LAW. NOTICE OF THIS MEETING WAS SENT TO THE ATLANTIC CITY PRESS AND THE CAPE MAY COUNTY HERALD ELECTRONICALLY AND POSTED ON THE OFFICIAL CLERKS BULLETIN BOARD AND POSTED ON THE BOROUGH WEB-SITE
ORDINANCE 578 (2020) – Second Reading/Public Hearing – BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR SEWER UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS ON POPLAR AVENUE IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WEST WILDWOOD, IN THE COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $1,750,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $ 1,750,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF
Note: Ordinance 578 (2020) was previously published in the Atlantic City Press on January 13, 2020 in accordance to law, stating the date, time and location of the public hearing.
2020-020 – AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF MONTHLY CLAIMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONSENT ORDER IN FERENTZ v. BOROUGH OF WEST WILDWOOD FOR THE BALANCE OF THE 2020 CALENDAR YEAR
2020-021 – AWARDING AN ALTERNATE TO FAIR AND OPEN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT TO KYLE & McMANUS ASSOCIATES FOR PLANNING SERVICES REQUIRED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPLIANCE FOR A TERM THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND A FEE OF $142.00 PER HOUR, NOT TO EXCEED $ 7,500.00
OPEN TO THE FLOOR FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
OFFICIAL ACTION SHALL BE TAKEN