CLARK, NJ - The Clark Township Council, acting as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Monday evening passed a resolution authorizing the transfer of Aliperti’s Restaurant’s liquor license to Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. Whole Foods is the anchor store of the new Clark Commons shopping center. The consumption license will allow for the creation of a pub within the store.
The council also passed a resolution authorizing the purchase and shared use, in a joint agreement with the city of Rahway and the boroughs of Roselle and Kenilworth, of an Automated Brine Machine. (Read the TAP into Clark story).
During council comments, Councilwoman Marie Soyka questioned why the late Councilman Richard Kazanowski had not served as a committee chair during his last months in office. Soyka was appointed to serve the remainder of Kazanowski’s term on June 26 after his sudden passing earlier in June. She took his place as the second vice-president, or alternate, of the Pool Committee. Soyka is the only Democrat on the council. Kazanowski also was a Democrat.
Addressing Council President Brian Toal, Soyka asked, “Is there any particular reason why Rich wasn’t put on any committee?” She cited the number of committees that other council members serve on and then said, “Rich was only an alternate for one committee. I’d like to know why.” She went on to ask, “Was that a punishment for him being a Democrat?”
Toal replied, “Absolutely not. Councilwoman, that’s not proper to say. Rich Kazanowki, God rest his soul, he was selected from the previous year and it was carried over. To turn around and say it was wrong, that’s just improper.”
He continued, “Rich was never excluded; committees were formed year by year and that was that. Rich never came up to me and said I want to be on this committee or that committee, not one time. I can only speak for 2014, but Rich served on a committee and he served honorably.”
Both Toal and prior Council President Pat O’Connor said that Kazanowski had never asked them for a specific committee assignment. Soyka asked, “Is that the new process, do you have to ask to be on a committee?”
A discussion among the council members took place with Councilwoman Albanese speaking last. She said, “In accordance with our ordinances, it (committee assignment) is at the pleasure of the president of the council. Each year stands on its own.”
The Town Council’s next meeting, a workshop meeting, will be held in Room 30 of the Municipal Building on Tuesday, September 2 due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 1.