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Restructuring Veto Override Vote Set for Tonight

Vote appears on agenda for township council meeting

The township council is set to consider an override of Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis' veto of a controversial pair of ordinances that restructures township government by eliminating and creating several departmental leadership positions.

Acropolis vetoed the two ordinances, which both passed in 4-3 votes, Oct. 4. The override resolution is included in the agenda for the Oct. 16 council meeting.

In order for the council to override the veto, a "super majority" of five council members must vote in favor of the override resolution.

Council members Joseph Sangiovanni, Domenick Brando and Bob Moore voted against the original restructuring plan. One of those three councilmen would have to change his view on the plan in order to override the veto.

Council President John Ducey has said the plan is designed to save taxpayers $418,000 per year by eliminating several positions in township government. Critics of the plan, including the mayor, have countered that it creates new positions that could potentially go to political appointees aligned with the Democrat-controlled council.

Acropolis has also said some employees whose jobs will be eliminated could "bump" back to civil service positions where they would make more money than they currently do, which could trigger lawsuits by other employees who will be displaced from their positions.

The mayor's veto contained a lengthy legal justification for his action.

Ducey has said since the veto was formalized that he would push for an override.

"I'm disappointed that the mayor vetoed an ordinance that was specifically put in place to give the taxpayers some savings," Ducey said the day of the veto. "The mayor himself brags about how many less employees there are now, compared to ten years ago. By consolidating and eliminating those two departments, the taxpayers would save even more money."

Acropolis has been a staunch critic of the plan since it was initially proposed.

"They are probably the most irresponsible and worst handled pieces of legislation I have seen in my seventeen years as an elected official in Brick Township," he said.

The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the township municipal complex.

BW October 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
You think the circus was bad when they voted to pass this....Just wait till tonight. Acropolis again will act like a spoiled 3 year old and throw a tantrum if his veto is over turned. As far as "bumping goes" Bellus job, Dave F's job are not civil service positions, they are political appointments, so therefore they can not "bump" anyone. Stevie is just worried if Bellu gets canned Stevie will lose his low show job at the TRMUA
Minimew726 October 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I'm confused about the " bumping" rights. From what I know, when " bumping" come into play, the involved employee can only be bumped back into a title they held. How can an employee make more money than they already make in their current title? I strongly doubt they took a pay cut to get their current title. Its not like Bellu and Frances are civil service employees, therefore "bumping" rights DO NOT apply.
OceanCounty October 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM
In looking at the tape of the meeting in which the Council passed this resolution, it appeared there were many unanswered questions. One question is why would the Council want to eliminate a Deputy DPW who oversees 80 personnel and create a Deputy position in the Clerks Office which has 6 personnel; doesn't pass the common sense test to me. It would be good to know if all the questions have been answered, or if the council is on a witch hunt without giving thought to the end result. I agree there may be some potential for synergies and cost savings, but unless they put their heads together ans brainstorm this like adults, I feel we'll be spending more tax dollars correcting mistakes. Yes, the Mayor did not present himself in the best light, but neither did the Council.
brickaddress October 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM
This is what happened in 2008. People who were drivers were laid off and rehired back as laborers or a lower title to keep they're benefits. This caused even more people to loose their jobs. Basically if a township employee who has a title with civil service and is in the union listed under that title they have the right to go for a higher position. I do believe though that if its not within the same Union though that person cannot bump his or her self to a lower title. So if Dave F. wanted to stay with brick after his canning if his firing position wasn't the same union as the position hes trying to bump; employees have a lawsuit.
IGGY October 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Those people in question have never held a lower position in civil service to go back to . They were hired as dept. heasd right from the start. The never worked for the township before. In order to bump, you would have had to hold a lower position for 90 days. MORE SMOKE AND MIRRORS FROM THE "BULLY"
Don Lee October 16, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I agree. Politics as usual from this "council"....ok eliminate unnecessary positions BUT what is this hiring but more politics----get your friends on the political gravy train paid for by the taxpayers. Smoke and mirrors. They think we are all morons. I am fed up.
Minimew726 October 16, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The bumping rights ONLY applies to civil service employees. And they con only bump into a position they have already held. If the title the held was somehow eliminated then they would be bumped into the equivalent title. Appointed positions DO NOT qualify for bumping.
Lou Thomas October 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I heard Councilmen Bob Moore will be taking benefits for himself and his family. What happened to all the promises this democrat group made last year this time.SAD state of affairs.
OceanCounty October 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
As th old saying goes: "Read my lips, I lied"
JHill October 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Anyone on the Council who votes to keep paying Acropolis' boss $150,000 a year on our dime is going to get voted out next election. Sorry, we can't afford this crap anymore.
Jerry Belle October 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
If this is true then he'll be a one and done (term) Councilman. Surprising to see him vote against getting rid of patronage positions too. When all is said and done after all of the campaigning and all of the promises - WE, the voters (I don't care what party anyone belongs to either) need to hold them accountable and stop them NOW, not after several terms in office; they need to be held accountable and held to their promises to clean up and stop the BS.
Jerry Belle October 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
D. Francese has to go...the man's a stump getting paid.
Jerseyshoregirl2 October 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
JHill, you are so right! I don't know how anyone in this town could approve of keeping the jobs that Acropolis created for his buds.
George October 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Lou where did you hear that from or is it a rumor you are spreading around.
forthekids October 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Time to start dismantling the friends and family club, finally. Now we have to hear the bully and the republican hack gilmore attorney threaten lawsuits and bumping jobs??? Karma has a wonderful way of working. Bellu gets canned now Steve and his family members lose their county and TRMUA jobs. Wait till Francis X Gartland starts giving up names of Brick politicians who took bribes in order for his company to keep BOE and Housing Authority insurance contracts, wonder who would take bribes from a guy like that???
Candice October 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Come on now, eveyone on either side of the fence knows if the veto is overturned. The lawsuits will fly , no one will lose any jobs, anytime soon as the legal battles will ensue. Probably take about a year and cost big bucks. If anyone on here thinks that if the veto goes down, they will lose there jobs without a legal battle. Well that bridge is still for sale.
Jose October 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
This is the deal as this layman sees it. Jobs will be lost, positions will be created, & by this time next year the township will be crying the blues that there is no money to balance the budget and they will have to raise your taxes anyway. P.S. Bellu really knows how to throw parties. Been to one of those years ago when he was a simple accountant before the political spotlight.
Cab Driver October 16, 2012 at 09:12 PM
No that was Council President Dookies party. Any word on what job Russel was promised?
BW October 16, 2012 at 09:43 PM
None, she has no desire to get back into the nasty world of Brick politics. But I did hear Matthews is getting a 3rd job on the tax payers dime.
J.JONES October 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
What ever Dem or republic..The bottom line is that the dems tried to do something illegal..and the tax payer will get stuck with this ..
J.JONES October 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Hey Cab...what ever you want to believe..But Russel was promised a position..
Tired of the BS October 17, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Sooooo.....I assume none of these newly created positions will be open for anyone to apply. No matter how you fling it.....it's still shit
J.JONES October 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Its Politics...Bad Politics....simple...
J.JONES October 17, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Dan T. Hats off to you to back away..And Bob what happened its a no last meeting and a Yes this week...Hummmm

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