HAMILTON, NJ -- Employing what many consider a lost art, a review of correspondence this week between Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede and Council President Jeff Martin indicates the two are now communicating primarily via letter. The crux of the letter writing back-and-forth centers on the establishment of an official Hamilton Township Senior Citizen Commission.
Yaede and Martin are squaring off against each other in this year’s mayoral election with voters going to the polls on Tuesday, November 5.
In a letter dated Monday, September 9, Yaede called on Martin to make a final decision as to whether or not to override the Mayor's veto of the proposal to create the Commission. The matter was tabled for further action by the Township Council following a public meeting on July 16.
"Subsequently, at the August 20, 2019 Township Council Meeting, despite having another opportunity to override the veto, once again, no action was taken on this issue," wrote Yaede.
"Instead of stalling, I am calling upon you and your Council colleagues to make a decision one way or the other. Despite my disagreement with your decision to seek an override, I am calling upon you to either override my veto or publicly announce that you are reversing your original decision. Do not continue to play politics with our senior community," added Yaede.
No date has yet been announced to take up action on the matter.
Her written salvo drew a response from Martin on Friday in his own missive to Yaede.
"It is funny to be questioned by you about my commitment to senior citizens when you took money out of the pockets of senior citizens by all but eliminating permit fee waivers, when just a few months earlier you gave yourself a $7,000 raise; or how you cut funding for the Senior Citizens services in your first year as Mayor by over 10 percent," said Martin. "I would be more than happy to speak with you face-to-face about this issue rather than communicating back and forth through letters to find a common-sense solution."
Martin went on to suggest that an in-person meeting between the two community leaders include key topics such as restaurant health inspections; municipal employees currently charged with official misconduct; criminal investigations involving administration; contract with the firemen to make fire consolidation a reality; and the increase in crime rate.
No word as of time of publication if an in-person meeting will take place and when it may happen.
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