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Public Works 'Deadline' Extended as Council Looks to Restore Funding

Council members hint at effort to save department

The of the township's public works department have been notified that a potential layoff date has been moved to May 15.

A layoff date of April 1 had been set to coincide with a municipal budget proposed by Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis that eliminated the department in favor of utilizing private contractors for services such as solid waste and recycling collection.

The April 1 layoff date represented the earliest date the employees could have been laid off under state civil service laws. The township council, however, has not yet completed its task of making adjustments to the mayor's budget proposal, meaning all township services will continue to function under temporary budgets that mirror last year's operating plan.

The final say on the budget – and whether funding for public works will be restored for 2012 – will come from the township council. There are indications that council members are planning to fund public works under their spending plan, which they will most likely adopt at the April 17 council meeting.

"We're looking to restore the department of public works," said Councilman Jim Fozman, at the council's March 28 meeting. "Along with stabilizing taxes in 2012, we are looking to cut spending in various departments but keeping garbage, trash collection and other services provided by the 77 public workers of the Department of Public Works."

Fozman said the department is "important to the Brick community."

Council President John Ducey said the council has received a good deal of input from township residents on the budget, and the goal is to balance budget cuts with funding restoration for public works.

"One thing that we want to add is the Department of Public Works back into the budget," Ducey said.

Councilman Dan Toth, who has said he will not vote in favor of any budget that eliminates public works, forecasted a budget proposal from the governing body that will save money in multiple areas.

"I believe that when we finally introduce it, it's going to be showing a very good picture for the future of the Township of Brick," Toth said.

If public works funding is not restored, administration officials have said they would propose ordinances to govern private collection of trash and recycling, either through a master contract with one provider for the entire town, or individual contracts between residents and private haulers.

J King April 03, 2012 at 12:36 AM
The the name Ritacco ring any bells? Buh Ya!!!!!! His cells big enough for two.
J King April 03, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Yea They talk about the extra funds due to the lack of snow fall, well here's an Idea. Stop laying people off and stop trying to fix something that's not broke like outside contractors to handle township work. come on! I'm quite sure the Mayor and Council members haven't even considered the hardship for families that would loose there jobs or even the tax payers who think there taxes are going to be reduced by subcontracting these services. No, the only thing that's going to happen here is more money out of our pockets for private garbage disposal and other services. While the Mayor and Council members all give themselves a slap on the back along with nice raises. It's the same old (very old) stuff here, I for one think they should all be voted out next election, We need people who are not lifetime politicians who also think that there entitled to the taxes payers money at our expense. Watch the raises they think there entitled too.
Chief Wahoo April 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
here is how Solar is working out across the country....... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/worlds-largest-solar-plant-21-billion-energy-department-loan-guarantee-files-bankruptcy
Kevin Koch April 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Interesting article Wahoo.. I guess that's what we have to look forward to. Spend spend spend... Our quote unquote leaders of this town are seriously out of touch with the reality of today's financial situation. They need to completely stop spending in this town unless 100% necessary. 4 months into our new council's reign and they've managed to continue the spending right where the old school left off. What a waste...
Mickey April 03, 2012 at 01:25 PM
as anyone heard from the justice seeking duo John C or Artie ? they must be dying to put on spin on this.
Arlene Carmody April 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM
So very glad to hear that our DPW may remain as promised. Thank you to our new council for it's reconsideration and saving these local jobs. What is happening with the new recycling truck & recycle cans Steve had ordered?
Stinger April 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The council is going to vote how they see fit, but slapping a band aid on the problem is not going to cure the disease. I think our police, teachers, and public workers do a very good job overall. That being said, they work for us, we don't work for them. Their jobs are no more or less important than any other job out there. All of us do our part to make what is the community of Brick. Although it's been difficult, in Wisconsin they have taken HUGH leaps towards fiscal responsibility by taking a tough but fair stand with their public employees. I think we could do the same. It may mean taking a few steps back before we start to move forward but I think with the right people in our towns government we could have an outstanding community with good schools, clean and well maintained roads and adequate services for its residents all while keeping the taxes within reason. So my question to our council is: Are you the right people? Martin Luther King once said: "The ultimate measure of a man (or Woman) is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Which person will you be?
Tired of the BS April 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Nicely stated Stinger. Everyone needs to comprimise & realize that the public workers' comfort is no longer affordable to the taxpayers that are struggling to keep their homes. With Obama's healthcare reform under way, those of us who can not afford, or are not offered health insurance thru employment, will be forced to purchase a policy or face expensive fines can not place a public worker before our own families.
John C April 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I am pretty much bored with rehashing the same nonsense over and over with hacks and trolls with multiple screen names and paid political bloggers. The facts are out there for anyone that really wants to get them. You are not going to get them from internet posts. The lies repeated over and over in these posts are pretty pathetic at times.
BW April 03, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Pot please meet kettle. You can always tell who has been sent in to do damage control. Instead of discussions, they call people names, accuse them of being trolls.
John C April 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
guess I hit a nerve! who'd that walking across my bridge!!??
John C April 03, 2012 at 08:22 PM
stabalize....does that mean only a 2% increase and they couldn't find any of the cuts they campaigned on??
John C April 03, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Oh well, I guess that the new council couldn't find any of the cuts they insisted were in the budget during the election! Who's suprised? and they took the benefits too!
Chief Wahoo April 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM
so we are finally in agreement , no difference from either gang of thiefs......both gang are liars and self serving, the republicans just did it more arrogantly
Mickey April 03, 2012 at 10:13 PM
thanks John C, I bet someone your ego wouldn't allow you to remain silent after my post....some people are just so easy to manipulate.
Joseph Woolston Brick April 03, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Your looking at Wisconsin as an example? Really? The whole state is in an uproar, their Governor is about to get booted out of office, many have resigned or have been recalled in the state. We got enough problems in Brick without using Wisconsin and all the turmoil out there as an example as the way to run things. Here, educate yourself... http://www.thenation.com/blog/167145/wisconsin-recall-real-petitions-certified-elections-set-june-5
Joseph Woolston Brick April 03, 2012 at 11:46 PM
An American governor sought to impose a radical austerity agenda that attacked labor rights, public education and public services—while cutting taxes for multinational corporations. The people of Wisconsin filled the streets and occupied the capitol to object. The governor and his allies refused to listen to the people; they enacted the anti-labor law—portions of which were, on Friday, found by a federal judge to be unconstitutional. In the face of Walker's extreme moves, the people dusted off an old progressive tool of accountability—the recall power— organized the grassroots United Wisconsin movement that attracted 30,000 volunteers. The governor pushed back with a multi-million dollar television advertising campaign that attacked the legitimacy of the recall and urged Wisconsinites to oppose it. His allies in the media portrayed the recall as inappropriate, unnecessary and costly. His political backers claimed that the recall effort was collecting fraudulent signatures and suggested, again and again, that it would not stand up to scrutiny. On January 17, that movement filed close to two million signatures on petitions seeking the recall of the governor, lieutenant governor and four powerful state senators. Now, a little over two months later, the petitions have not just been judged to be credible. They have been found to have a dramatically fewer flawed or fraudulent signatures than have historically been found on recall and referendum petitions. The recall is on!
John C April 04, 2012 at 01:30 AM
JS only got 18 months after he sang like a bird, maybe they will offer the same cell.
John C April 04, 2012 at 01:31 AM
haha you need to get out more if i am the topic of your conversations and bets!
John C April 04, 2012 at 01:35 AM
until Starkey, Langer, Lazro and Blandina are out of the picture there will be no difference from the old Green and Gold "Uncle Joe" team years. So far it has been a parade of the same old tired faces that turned a blind eye back then.
Mickey April 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM
you're usually the topic discussed on here, you just prefer to post under a different screen name. do you prefer posting from Brick or Toms River ?
Tired of the BS April 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I heard through the grapevine that John Menshon said DPW will not be laid off & that his job is safe. Does anyone have any more information on that?
brickanderson April 05, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Of course a person who is in cahoots with administration is gonna have a confident feeling about not loosing his job. LOL.. Isnt that the brick town way? Hire friends and family so when it comes time for layoffs they are last on the list and whoever isnt related gets the boot. BTW has anyone noticed scott hasnt commented once since the tax payers called em out on this spin and lies.
Scott Pezarras April 05, 2012 at 01:31 AM
brickanderson I am tired of talking to you people on here, you are not really looking for answers but have other agendas. If you want to talk about anything call my office @ 732-262-1050.
Scott Pezarras April 05, 2012 at 01:37 AM
BW You must have dialed the wrong number because I am usuakky the last one out of the parking lot. I may not be available to take your call immediately, but if you leave a call back number I will call you back. Ask Kevin Koch
bricktonian April 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
This deserves a fair answer: *Any resident who would like to add; please do so. - Scott; first things first, how come parks and recreation didn't get layoff notices if their part of the same union? And before you spin saying "they were separated from public works, forced by civil service" save it. If they were forced from the states union then they should of gotten their own union instead of the twu. Lets list all the members in parks and rec, connect them with township family and friends; then explain to the tax payers that the administration now is no different then the administration before.
BW April 05, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Scott, I am not calling the wrong number. Secondly, your attitude and rudeness are really coming through. It almost seems like you too, have had it with King Steve and George's merry band of clowns. I have googled, I have found and verified, that some of your spin makes no sense, and in fact, some of "your facts" cant even be found. Maybe you just dont get it, but the FACT is, not all of us hold multiple public jobs and are set for life. 95% of us, still live paycheck to paycheck, trying to make ends meet. We have to pay for our own health insurance, pay much more into 401k's or IRA's. The FACT IS, this town is spending money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, with absolutely no regard for tomorrow. Maybe it is time you stop spinning Steve's tall tales and tell us what is REALLY going on. Whether you believe it or not, the taxpayers are NOT stupid!
Scott Pezarras April 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM
BW You are entitiled to your opinion, just like the rest of us.
BW April 05, 2012 at 01:05 PM
:)
DennyD April 05, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Scott-Exactly what are Juan Bellu's responsibilities? What would his job consist of, say today!! What time does he punch in and punch out? What does he do while in town hall or out on the road? Easy enough? Fair enough? He got a $50K pay RAISE. Come on Scott you can do it. The peons deserve an answer.

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