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New Era of Brick Government Starts Tonight

Meeting agenda includes advice and consent of mayoral professional picks

Though ceremonial traditions quickly gave way to policymaking at the township council's annual reorganizational meeting on Sunday, the first caucus meeting of the new township council is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the .

On the agenda are primarily formalities: specifically, the approval of mayoral appointments. Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis has said he using the services of the Gilmore and Monahan law firm, headed by Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, as township attorney. Birdsall Engineering will continue on as engineering firm, he said.

Other appointments include such figures as the municipal prosecutor, public defender and their alternates, as well as the provider of employee health benefits.

There are no new ordinances up for a vote, nor are there many action items of note, besides some bulkhead improvements and EMS supplies.

Council President John Ducey has said the new council will hold – two caucus meetings and two regular meetings – to allow residents more access to municipal government. The caucus meetings will allow for a slightly less formal atmosphere where concerns can be brought to the attention of the governing body, he said. Still, action can be taken by the council at either meeting. Ducey said the appointment of citizens to a number of advisory boards would be coming soon, after residents had one last chance to send in resumes.

But no matter how light the agenda, the meeting is sure to cover the latest on the Traders Cove contracts approved by the old council Dec. 30, and unanimously opposed by the new council majority. The council, at Sunday's reorganizational meeting, Acropolis refrain from signing the contracts.

BW January 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Of course Acropolis is keeping Gilmore, George says he has to, and Acropolis must listen to the boss. I DARE Acropolis to show us, he really wants to change and he really is trying to do what is our best interest and FIRE Gilmore and appoint another law firm.
knarfie January 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
If Acropolis does not appoint Gilmore, bye bye to the job in Toms River.
walt tupycia January 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM
can the new council overide the general or is it field marshall.
common sense January 03, 2012 at 02:12 PM
If these are lawyers that the mayor trusts then why would he get rid of them?Just to prove to a bunch of a--holes that he can? If a bully tells you he wants you to change your friends just because he wants you to,would you?Grow up people--you appoint people that you know and trust1
I know January 03, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Unfortunately these appointments have to be made and no matter who makes them they are politically based. Gilmore, Starkey...they all play the game, I don't know if there is a difference between them. My hope is that the new council does not get dragged into the gutter with the mayor over issues like this. Approve these appointments and move onto the real issues. Explore the Trader Cove issues, look at the Foodtown site and make a decision based on what's best for Brick, work out a budget that doesnt include layoffs or threats, get rid of Bellu, cut the mayors salary by ordinance and listen to the citizens of Brick.
Glenn January 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Well said.
nan January 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Thank God for the Patch. I was out of town for the entire holidays. I searched in vain to find out who the new Council Officers are. I looked for the agenda for the January 1 and 3 2012 Meetings on the Township website. Silly me! I looked under Meeting schedule and agenda. The Patch pointed me to Resources for the agenda and God pointed me to the broadcast of today's telecast of the 1/1/2012 meeting. Good Health to all in 2012 and the rest will fall into place. Let's all strive for the best of everyone in Brick as it sounds like the new Council is striving.
Daniel Nee (Editor) January 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
They could oppose it, but as it's been explained to me, the whole thing would eventually go to the state (DCA) and they would side with the mayor. Our form/type of government calls for the mayor to make these appointments.
g January 03, 2012 at 10:19 PM
new lawyers should be used because these rep/dem lawyers are tainted, they represent behind the scenes deals that are wrong; and the mayor knows it. Legal services could be bid out and maybe there would be some cost reduction. I know, I'm dreaming!
walt tupycia January 03, 2012 at 10:45 PM
it is real sad that this town is going so far in debt on this marina. There is no end to this spending.Also how many people will really use this marina.Every time you turn around more money is being bonded.This is reall scary.Hopefully this new council will stop anymore spending.
walt tupycia January 03, 2012 at 10:47 PM
What is this prime minister doing about the old foodtown.
disgusted homeowner January 04, 2012 at 02:57 AM
@Me, you have a better chance of winning the powerball tomorrow niote than steve defying King Gilmore. He is the root of all evil in this county.. Just wait for the Ritacco trial to begin........
disgusted homeowner January 04, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Over $100 Million dollars in debt and climbing. But this "spray park" is something "we have to have".. Well your kids and grandkids will be paying for it, if they can afford to live in Brick.

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