November 27, 2012 at 9:22 PM
VERNON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Vernon Township Councilman Dan Kadish had openly addressed the public at the recent township council meeting on November 26.
The letter was in response to Mayor Victor Marotta’s memo from November 13.
“The council was copied a notification memo dated November 13 informing our CFO that the bills’ list would no longer be an agenda item routinely presented at our meetings for the Council’s approval,” explained Kadish. “Now, according to the memo, if the council wishes to ‘review’ the bills’ list, they are directed to go to the Clerk’s Office [Susan Nelson] and review it there.”
Kadish explained that, “The Clerk informed me that the issue was researched and told me that since the council had approved the budget last spring, approval by the council for disbursements was no longer necessary.”
Kadish then strongly stated, “This new procedure is unacceptable. The council cannot take any action or approve any expenditure except in a public meeting duly noted. Councilman cannot approve individually except during an emergency. Unless there was a secret meeting, no one on this council made a decision regarding a policy change in our procedures. According to the mayor’s memo, he initiated a change of policy as well as a change of agenda protocol. It appears that the mayor has confused the budgeting process with how he disburses the money. The implication here is the town council will no longer be needed to approve expenditures nor be the body responsible for how the funds are spent. Council oversight is a necessary legal component of every township council regardless of its character.”
Sparta, Newton, and Hardyston were three towns which Kadish mentioned that all approve expenditures during their meetings on the agenda list.
Kadish wrote the letter in order to move a proposal to retain the bill’s list as part of the towns approving resolution process.
“This is a council meeting. We set the agenda through the township clerk and she is the council’s employee, not the mayor’s. There is a reason we sit up here and you sit down there,” said Kadish as he looked at Marotta.
For several weeks now, the mayor and council have been facing an ongoing battle with former Mayor Sally Rinker, and Monday night was no different. Previously, Rinker had asked to see a signed copy of an ordinance pertaining to Main Street Associates which was approved by the council in July. After asking the question, Rinker was told by the Marotta and council President, Brian Lynch that it has not been signed yet.
During the first talk, Kadish had exclaimed that the ordinance had been signed, however, Lynch replied with, “I have no idea what he is talking about.”
At last night's meeting, Rinker said she had used a voice recorder during her five minutes of speech time to prove when it was and what exactly was stated.
The recorded speech had indicated Lynch stating that the township’s Attorney, Kevin Kelly, was unaware of a signed copy.
“You are all liars except for Dan [Kadish],” said Rinker.
“I resent being called a liar,” said councilman Patrick Rizutto.
“The agreement had showed Marotta signed the request on July 31. The clerk had stated it had not been signed which disobeyed her oath. You are a disappointing group of people,” said Rinker.
“You have some nerve,” stated Marotta in a disgusted tone of voice as he leaned back in his chair, rolling his eyes.
“I will not take this abuse from the most incompetent person this town has ever had,” said Marotta. “You have no brains.”
“Really Vic?” questioned Rinker.
“That is really professional,” she said, sarcastically.
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